Bill Moyers Resurfaces - First with Stephen Colbert, Then On His Own New Series

Bill Moyers with Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report"

Bill Moyers is back — twice! This weekend, he’ll make you think, as he launches the inaugural edition of public TV’s Moyers & Company. But already this week, he’s made you laugh — as Stephen Colbert’s guest on Tuesday’s installment of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Not many people can parse the differences between tax breaks and tax dodges on one show, and screech owls and hoot owls on another. But Moyers can, and does…

Granted, we’re approaching only the ides of January — but the playful byplay between Moyers and Colbert on The Colbert Report ranks, to this point, as one of my favorite shows of the year.

The Moyers guest spot, in its entirety, can be seen HERE, courtesy of The Colbert Nation website. And if you missed it Tuesday, you owe it to yourself to — if you’ll forgive this echo to the grand early days of CBS News — see it now.

Or, if you like, you can visit NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross website after about 5 p.m. ET Thursday, and read and hear my review of Moyers’ new public TV series, Moyers & Company, HERE. I open with two choice samples from Moyers’ feisty Colbert Report visit, just to set the mood.

Here, all I’ll add is that what’s wonderful. and valuable, about Moyers & Company is not only the people interviewed for the show, but how much time they’re given to make their points. It’s not only instructive — it’s civilized.

And speaking of civilized — while waiting for the weekend, and Moyers & Company, to roll around, why not read TVWW contributor Eric Gould’s The Cold Light Reader review of another Bill Moyers program. This particular program is 25 years old, but it’s still TV Worth Watching.

In fact, it’s one of the best, most inspirational television series ever made. Read about it HERE.

Then, to find where Moyers & Company is playing in your area, click HERE.

- David Bianculli