TV Quick Hits: Les Moonves on Stephen Colbert, ‘Girl Meets World’ promo, ‘Sharknado 2’ update

Highlights -CBS chief loves Colbert – The huge news that came out this week was obviously the hire of Stephen Colbert to be the new host of “The Late Show” after David Letterman retires next year, and everyone is still talking about it. “Everyone” also includes the man who is behind everything at CBS in Les Moonves.

Moonves took a break from counting his money to be on “CBS This Morning” earlier this week, and explained how he will make the transition over to the network as himself, and not his obnoxious conservative character he has played on Comedy Central for many years:

“The character that he’s currently doing on Comedy Central will end by the end of the year at Comedy Central and then he will come back on CBS as Stephen Colbert … Those of us who know him know that he is multi-talented and can go way beyond the character that he is currently playing. And we’re looking forward to that.”

Moonves added that Stephen had the full support of Letterman, who was involved in the decision of naming his successor. Colbert has appeared on his show a number of times, and the two share a mutual respect.

As for some other news…

First look at “Girl Meets World” – There may not be a premiere date yet for the “Boy Meets World” “sequel” just yet, but the Disney Channel did just release their first promo for the new show starting presumably this summer.

So how is it? We see a certain sweetness and heart to it that was there with the original show, but at the same time, this scene feels a little clunky, like they were deliberately trying too hard to make this dialogue work for the promo. This is going to be a hard show to judge until it actually premieres.

“Sharknado” turns to crowd-funded – We’ve seen a few occasions in the past where entire movies have been crowd-funded, but when has it happened with an individual scene? “Sharknado 2: The Second One” is going into uncharted waters with their new Indiegogo campaign, and the results could end up creating something that is, in a word, Sharktastic.

You can see the campaign page here, where The Asylum is trying to raise $50,000 to have a scene just for the fans in the movie. They are promising that it will contain pretty much everything shark and chainsaw-related … which is probably just what you would want. There are some pretty cool rewards, ranging from autographs to having your scream recorded for the movie to even you getting a walk-on role (which may or may not include you getting killed by sharks).

In the video below, you can see “Sharknado” producer / friend of the site David Latt tell you all about the campaign.

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