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And so Community’s fifth season came to an end with — what else? — a joke about its own obsolescence. After conspiring for twenty minutes to obstruct the sale of Greendale Community College to Subway, everybody’s favorite Thursday-night study group finds an unlikely legal loophole and prevails. The school may live to see another year, and so, its fans no doubt hope, will the show itself. But there’s an objection from the besuited men in charge: “Your school is still bankrupt, it is still unmarketable, and it is still on the permanent chopping block of anybody who has any say in its future!” Do I detect a point being made here? This seething chap might as well have the words “NBC EXECUTIVE” emblazoned on his forehead. Was Even One More Season of Community Worth It?

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To really become a good conversationalist over the long term it is necessary to acquire the habit of conscientiously stocking your mind with facts and information and then forming opinions on the basis of that knowledge. Milton Wright

For eight years—for every minute of every half-hour of every edition of “The Colbert Report”—“Stephen Colbert” has been the exuberantly prim, indefatigably dim, supremely confident faux-conservative pundit who, brandishing a rippling, man-size American flag, has swooped thrillingly down at us four nights a week. Soon he will be gone. And we, his fans, will be bereft, deprived of the consolations he offers us for, among other afflictions, the existence of Fox News. One’s second reaction is a question. Why Colbert? Why not the other guy? The Late Stephen Colbert

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I congratulate Stephen Colbert on being named the replacement for David Letterman. (Next to me) he’s a great choice. When people complain that he only plays a “character” they’re grossly underestimating him. He’s extremely bright, personable, as quick-witted as Letterman or quicker, and he’s a terrific interviewer. I hope he brings a lot of his COLBERT REPORT writers with him. If so, expect his monologues to be the best of the 11:30 bunch. Colbert is also a terrific singer. He’s far more talented and versatile than many detractors give him credit for. By Ken Levine

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CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American, conservative values. Now it’s just right out in the open. This hire is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy. Rush Limbaugh

I hope Colbert will consider me for the Ed McMahon spot. Bill O’Reilly

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I won’t be doing the new show [CBS “Late Show”] in character, so we’ll all get to find out how much of him was me. I’m looking forward to it. Stephen Colbert

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