OK, so the world is ending -- comet, Hellmouth, robot invaders from the future, you name it. The point is, we’re all about to say so long to everyone, so what’s the last thing you watch on TV?
In 1980, when Ted Turner was launching his 24-hour cable news channel, CNN, he figured the end of the world would be nicely accompanied by a brass band ensemble performing “Nearer My God to Thee.” He produced a video and set it aside only to be played after the end of the world had been confirmed.
The so-called Turner Doomsday Video was a bit of an urban legend for decades until earlier this year when Jalopnik published the video, which it had obtained from CNN’s internal archives.
But John Oliver, for one, felt like a 34-year-old video was a bit too dated for whatever impending disaster could befall humanity sometime in our future. After all, “Nearer My God to Thee” may have been the song played on the Titanic as it was sinking, but most people these days just think of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from James Cameron’s film “Titanic.”
To help ease humanity into a newer, more modern form of obliteration, Oliver and the “Last Week Tonight” team recruited Martin Sheen to narrate a brand-new doomsday video.
So instead of brass band music, there are cats dressed as cowboys, awesome basketball shots and the soothing voice of the man who was once President Jed Bartlet.
Humanity’s end never felt so comforting. Those cats!
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