I recently came across a hilarious article by the Atlantic about how another Chinese production studio has copied verbatim a United States intro sequence. This one is about the Colbert Report, and it’s among the best we’ve ever seen.
BEIJING — He may be an award-winning satirist in the United States, but in China, even Stephen Colbert is not beyond parody: A provincial TV channel in the country has produced a show that borrows rather liberally from the popular American program.
The Banquet, broadcast on Ningxia Satellite TV, lifted the entire opening credits and other graphics from The Colbert Report. Everything from the host’s entrance—flying down the screen as English words buzz past—to the star-spangled background is mimicked, and even the show’s theme music, the guitar riff from “Baby Mumbles” by Cheap Trick, is reproduced note for note.
When Chinese TV Rips Off The Colbert Report– http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/01/when-chinese-tv-rips-off-em-the-colbert-report-em/283209/
Earlier this year, Conan O’Brien had a heartwarming response to a Chinese copycat of his program, even re-designing and providing them with a new introduction for their show!
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