- - Sunday, January 15, 2012

Colbert one step closer to presidential run

Stephen Colbert isn’t running for president — at least not yet.

During Thursday night’s episode of “The Colbert Report,” Mr. Colbert legally transferred his super PAC to his friend and Comedy Central cohort Jon Stewart.

Dropping by from “The Daily Show,” Mr. Stewart happily signed the documents and accepted the post, which was ceremonially observed by the two holding hands and bodily transferring the political action committee powers.

According to the Associated Press, the move potentially paves the way for Mr. Colbert to enter the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, his home state. Campaigning politicians are prohibited from simultaneously running super PACs.

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But Mr. Colbert only hinted at such a decision, which he had grandly hyped ahead of Thursday’s show. In flirting candidate style, he announced that he is forming an “exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina.”

Patriotically colored balloons were released in the studio while a graphic screamed, “I’m Doing It!”

In 2007, Mr. Colbert attempted to enter the South Carolina primary but was stymied by filing fees. The super PAC could very well eliminate any such financial concerns. Mr. Colbert hasn’t publicly revealed the amount raised from viewer contributions by the PAC, but Thursday he repeatedly hinted it was a shockingly large amount.

A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday found that Mr. Colbert is polling ahead of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. in South Carolina. According to the survey, Mr. Colbert has 5 percent of the vote and Mr. Huntsman has 4 percent.

Upon reading those results Wednesday on “The Report,” Mr. Colbert said: “This just got real.”

Susan Lucci to host show on real-life crimes of passion

All My Children” veteran Susan Lucci is returning to the world of soap operas. But this time, the stories will be real.

Miss Lucci will host and narrate “Deadly Affairs,” a new prime-time series airing on Investigation Discovery. The show will explore true stories of romance gone wrong and the crimes of passion that resulted, the network announced Thursday.

“They are deceptive love relationships, love triangles and betrayal that have deadly consequences,” Miss Lucci said. “And they end in tragedy.

“Every day you hear these stories and you think, ‘Oh, my goodness.’ Then they disappear. You don’t know what happened next, and you don’t know why they happened. I’m hoping that, in exploring them, we’ll shed some light on human nature.”

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