Stephen Colbert's "song of the summer" special was either a real- life corporate tiff over Daft Punk or one of the most elaborately planned and funniest corporate cross-promotions in memory.
On his Comedy Central show Tuesday, Colbert said he had Daft Punk booked to perform the hit "Get Lucky" that night. But he said that on the day before, fellow Viacom Inc. network MTV had pulled rank, claiming the French dance duo had agreed to perform Aug. 25 at the Video Music Awards on and make the show its exclusive U.S. TV appearance.
Colbert read a supposed e-mail from MTV chief Van Toffler that said "my peeps" are "feeling funky on this one."
"I don't care what MTV allows," Colbert said. "My audience gets the song of the summer if they want it, and I don't even need Daft Punk to choose my show over the VMAs to get it. This is Colbchella ... and it is time to dance!"
"Get Lucky" comes over the loudspeakers, and Colbert launches into what becomes an elaborate dance video that includes Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston, Henry Kissinger, Matt Damon and break-in appearances on "America's Got Talent," Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" and "The Charlie Rose Show."
After a commercial break, Robin Thicke comes down from the audience to perform his own summer hit, "Blurred Lines."
Was there really an argument between the two networks? Representatives had no comment.
'LeAnn & Eddie' get VH1 show
Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes already get a lot of tabloid attention.
Now the 40-year-old actor and his singer-actress wife are parlaying their notoriety into a new VH1 series tentatively titled, "LeAnn & Eddie."
The six-episode series is scheduled to debut later this year or in early 2014.
In a recent interview, Rimes, 30, said she and Cibrian were interested in doing "a show based in reality. ... A scripted show based around our lives."
D'Angelo cancels S.F. date
D'Angelo has added the Outside Lands music festival to his list of cancellations due to an unspecified medical emergency.
The soul singer had been forced to cancel U.S. dates last week due to illness and also will miss shows in Chicago and San Diego this week. Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, will step into D'Angelo's slot Friday night at Outside Lands in San Francisco.
The nature of D'Angelo's illness was unclear.
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