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Helen Mirren Reads Stephen Colbert a Poem Specifically to Make Him Cry. Will You?

As the proliferation of television platforms creates more and more niche programming, surely there’s room for a show that’s just Oscar winners reading poems until you start to cry. Apropos of a conversation about what makes them weep, Stephen Colbert had Helen Mirren read the end of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses.” It’s not full-on sob, but if the poem doesn’t get you, watching Stephen Colbert fight back tears probably will. Blow this out into a half hour, give it a 13-episode first season and we’re good to go (cry quietly about our inevitable demise).

Will Helen Mirren Reading Poetry on Late Show Make You Cry?