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Jay Leno Looks Back on His Hollywood Feuds With David Letterman and Conan O'Brien

26 June 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As we've learned from the kings of late-night, hosting a show comes with a side dish of drama.  Such was famously the case for Jay Leno and his colleagues, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. As we know from television history, Leno first faced drama with Letterman when Johnny Carson retired from the helm of The Tonight Show in 1992. While many—including Carson himself—expected then-Late Night host Letterman to replace him, as the infamous story goes, the gig ultimately went to his fellow comedian.  Meanwhile, Letterman settled into his new role as Late Show host, a position that would allow him to directly compete with Leno at the same time at rival network, CBS. The »

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Tonys: Kevin Spacey Shows Off Johnny Carson, Bill Clinton Impressions

11 June 2017 6:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Tonys host Kevin Spacey impersonated some famous figures during his time emceeing the event.

While Spacey has often taken on the voices of Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton, Sunday night he did it with makeup. First up was Carson, with Spacey offering his rendition of the host's recurring Carnac the Magnificent bit.

Spacey also surprised the audience by appearing onstage as former President Clinton. "We've already had some surprising winners haven't we? I'm not even talking about the Tony Awards," Spacey's Clinton joked of the recent presidential election. During the bit, Spacey couldn't help but tease Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt saying, »

- Lexy Perez

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The 71st Annual Tony Awards: TV Review

11 June 2017 3:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Ever since it was announced that Kevin Spacey would host the 71st Annual Tony Awards, the two-time Oscar winner has made it part of his shtick that he was way down the list of potential emcees, and got the job only after everyone ahead of him declined. So did the fallback choice find a new calling as the 21st-century answer to Johnny Carson? Well, that depends whether channeling Carson in one of a series of impersonations Spacey threaded throughout the ceremony counts. For young viewers who tuned in to see the coronation of the hit teen-isolation musical Dear Evan Hansen, »

- David Rooney

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Exclusive Interview: Rick Overton on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here

11 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

On Showtime’s new series I’m Dying Up Here is a Jim Carrey-produced effort and takes a fictionalized look at the 1970s Los Angeles comedy business, incorporating real-life late night veterans like Rick Overton into the cast. Back when Johnny Carson’s decision to move The Tonight Show from New York over to the West Coast in 1972, a floodgate of opportunities arose for many comics. The poignant, bittersweet and wickedly funny series is adapted from journalist William Knoedelseder’s eponymous non-fiction book, starring Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Clarke Duke and Andrew Santino as some of the young comics with visions of superstardom. But in...read more »

- April Neale

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How Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Recreates ’70s Comedy Club Scene

2 June 2017 6:22 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedian Judy Gold appears in episode three of “I'm Dying Up Here,” the Jim Carrey-produced Showtime ensemble series premiering Sunday that fictionalizes the infamous early 1970s Los Angeles comedy scene, where a slew of real-life icons like David Letterman, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Elayne Boosler first rose to prominence and thousands of other young hopefuls followed suit on the heels of Johnny Carson’s decision to move “The Tonight Show” to the West Coast in 1972.

On the new show, Gold plays an aging comic named Judy Elder, who’s vying for a second shot at stardom on the stage of her childhood friend Goldie Herschlag—the tough-as-nails owner of an L.A. comedy club that bears a striking resemblance to The Comedy Store and its real-life proprietor Mitzi Shore.

Yet “I’m Dying Up Here” co-creator and executive producer Dave Flebotti says “Goldie has an entirely different energy »

- Tripp Whetsell

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TV Review: Jim Carrey’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ on Showtime

31 May 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Not quite midway through the first season of “I’m Dying Up Here,” Richard Pryor shows up and gives the entire enterprise a kick in the pants.

Pryor, played with live-wire energy by Brandon Ford Green, is not a major presence in the drama, it should be noted. Versions of real-life people are scattered throughout “I’m Dying Up Here” — Dylan Baker is a perfectly amiable yet chilly Johnny Carson, for instance — but the show is not, for the most part, a behind-the-scenes story about household names. The 10-part series, based on a non-fiction book by William Kneodelseder about the Los Angeles comedy scene of the ’70s, does boast Jim Carrey as an executive producer, but its characters are, for the most part, fictional composites.

And too often, a number of them are a good deal less interesting than the show’s version of Pryor. The series spends a lot of time on truths that are fairly »

- Maureen Ryan

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Jimmy Kimmel Predicts The Final Three Bachelorette Contestants to Rachel Lindsay’s Face

23 May 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Now that The Bachelorette is under way, let the games of speculation, rumors, deception, and drama begin.  The funny thing is that the very first episode aired last night with part 2 airing tonight and we’ve already found out that Rachel Lindsay is engaged.   Given the popularity of the show and Lindsay being the first ever black Bachelorette, she was asked to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.   Like Johnny Carson, Jimmy Kimmel did his best Carnac the Magnificent on Monday, peering into the future of “The Bachelorette” and predicting Rachel Lindsay’s final three suitors.  The ABC late-night host

Jimmy Kimmel Predicts The Final Three Bachelorette Contestants to Rachel Lindsay’s Face »

- Nat Berman

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Jimmy Fallon: 5 Things We Learned From Revealing New Interview

17 May 2017 11:31 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For many late-night critics, Jimmy Fallon's defining moment as Tonight Show host came last September during his banter-filled interview with then-Republican-nominee Donald Trump. After lobbing a few softball questions, Fallon, grinning wildly, reached over his desk and ruffled the divisive politician's hair.

In the subsequent months, the former SNL star has endured fan backlash and ratings slide. In a lengthy New York Times interview, the comedian admitted he was "devastated" by the negative feedback – but unfazed by the viewership numbers. Other comic talents, including Jay Leno and Seth Meyers, »

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New TBS Deal Will Extend Conan O’Brien Beyond Late-Night TV

17 May 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Conan O’Brien will continue to host late-night for TBS for another four years – but new duties will ensure he frequently gets out from behind his desk.

Under the terms of a new deal, TBS and O’Brien’s Conaco LLC will work to create content for digital venues, podcasting, mobile gaming, pay TV and live tours. The production company produces O’Brien’s “Conan” along with the TBS comedy “People of Earth” and a soon-to-launch animated series, “Final Space.” And O’Brien’s staffers are behind Team Coco, the show’s digital hub as well as efforts by O’Brien’s team to  create content for advertisers. The agreement will keep O’Brien behind his “Conan” desk through 2022. Of TV’s many wee-hours hosts, O’Brien is the medium’s longest-serving.

“The TV landscape has changed dramatically since I inherited the traditional talk show format in 1993,” O’Brien said in a statement. “In »

- Brian Steinberg

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Attack of the Late-Night Ads: Madison Ave. Wants to Stay Up With Corden, Kimmel, Fallon and Others

5 May 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Since seizing the reins of CBS’ “Late Show,” Stephen Colbert has held discussions with Bruce Springsteen and Joe Biden; joked around with Jon Stewart; and teased an animated President Trump. On a recent night in April, however, viewers may have been more surprised by a different sort of Colbert guest.

The visitor? Nigel, an animated spokes-owl (for lack of a better word) from Xyzal, the Sanofi-manufactured allergy medication. “We do this show for money,” Colbert explained to his viewers before his team flashed a Xyzal logo on the screen and Nigel took a seat next to him. “If allergy symptoms keep you up at night, Xyzal gives you relief, so you can sleep,” the owl said during the ensuing conversation. Sanofi was in recent weeks also able to get ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and TBS’ “Conan” to embed the product into their shows in similar fashion (A spokesman for the company declined to comment on the »

- Brian Steinberg

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There's... Johnny!: New Retro Tonight Show Series Launches in August (Video)

28 April 2017 9:18 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Get ready to go behind the scenes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. This week, Seeso announced their new TV show There's... Johnny! will debut in August.From Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, the scripted comedy follows "19 year old Nebraskan Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson - "The Hunger Games," "Teen Wolf") stumbles his way into a gig as a gofer at Carson's "The Tonight Show" and into a world that will change his life." The cast also includes Jany Levy, Tony Danza, Roger Bart, and T'keyah Keymah.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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How ‘There’s… Johnny’ Series’ Cast and Creators Treated Johnny Carson’s Legacy With Reverence

28 April 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tribeca audiences were transported back to the 1970s on Thursday night when Seeso’s “There’s… Johnny!” had its premiere screening.

Audiences got to see episodes one and four of the series about Andy, a young man from Nebraska, and Joy, a talent coordinator on the show, as

they work behind the scenes on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”

After the screening, stars Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy, creators Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, and executive producer David Gordon Green spoke about bringing the seven episode series to life 17 years after it was conjured up by Reiser and Simon. The show, which is set in Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973, will premiere later this year.

Here are nine things we learned from the conversation about the series that, according to Simon, is not “That ’70s Show” with wacky Johnny

Carson clips.

1. Johnny Carson is played by Johnny Carson. Reiser »

- Addie Morfoot

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‘There’s… Johnny!’ Exclusive Teaser: Tony Danza Stars In This 1970’s Riff On ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ — Watch

27 April 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s… the first trailer for Seeso’s new Johnny Carson show!

Feast your eyes on the colors of the 1970’s, also known as “the decade that taste forgot”: The putrid chartreuse of a shag carpet, blinding mustard swivel chairs, busy cutouts on a wood paneled desk. Set to the hum of a snappy tune evoking earlier days, this trailer drums up enough excitement without actually showing anyone’s face — though the talent on board boasts Seeso’s biggest names to date.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

Created by Paul Reiser and his “Mad About You” producer David Steven Simon, “There’s… Johnny” follows 19-year-old Nebraskan Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) as he stumbles his way into a gig as a gofer at Carson’s “The Tonight Show” in 1972. Billed as a “fictional comedic trip back in time,” it sounds like a period riff on “The Larry Sanders Show. »

- Jude Dry

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‘There’s… Johnny!’ Exclusive Teaser: Tony Danza Stars In This 1970’s Riff On ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ — Watch

27 April 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Here’s… the first trailer for Seeso’s new Johnny Carson show!

Feast your eyes on the colors of the 1970’s, also known as “the decade that taste forgot”: The putrid chartreuse of a shag carpet, blinding mustard swivel chairs, busy cutouts on a wood paneled desk. Set to the hum of a snappy tune evoking earlier days, this trailer drums up enough excitement without actually showing anyone’s face — though the talent on board boasts Seeso’s biggest names to date.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

Created by Paul Reiser and his “Mad About You” producer David Steven Simon, “There’s… Johnny” follows 19-year-old Nebraskan Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) as he stumbles his way into a gig as a gofer at Carson’s “The Tonight Show” in 1972. Billed as a “fictional comedic trip back in time,” it sounds like a period riff on “The Larry Sanders Show. »

- Jude Dry

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Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

19 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every festival offers up the possibility of discovering something new — new stars, new films, new shows, new platforms — and this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is no different. Now in its sixteenth year, the New York City-set festival continues to grow and change, while constantly embracing what’s new and what’s next. The 2017 edition of the festival includes plenty of rising names to get excited about, from writers and directors to actors and actual platforms for hot content delivery. Who’s going to change the industry in the coming years? We’ve got some ideas.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19 – 30. Check out some of the hottest breakouts to watch out for at the fest.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Brian Shoaf, writer and director, “Aardvark

Not much is known about Brian Shoaf, whose IMDb page is currently topped »

- Indiewire Staff

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Tribeca 2017: 9 Breakout Talents From This Year’s Festival

19 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every festival offers up the possibility of discovering something new — new stars, new films, new shows, new platforms — and this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is no different. Now in its sixteenth year, the New York City-set festival continues to grow and change, while constantly embracing what’s new and what’s next. The 2017 edition of the festival includes plenty of rising names to get excited about, from writers and directors to actors and actual platforms for hot content delivery. Who’s going to change the industry in the coming years? We’ve got some ideas.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 19 – 30. Check out some of the hottest breakouts to watch out for at the fest.

Read More: Tribeca 2017: 14 Must-See Films From This Year’s Festival

Brian Shoaf, writer and director, “Aardvark

Not much is known about Brian Shoaf, whose IMDb page is currently topped »

- Indiewire Staff

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David Letterman’s Feud with Jay Leno: New Biography Reveals the Legendary Host was ‘Seething with Unhappiness’

11 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The feud between late-night hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno has been well documented, but the new biography Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman (obtained by People) reveals more details surrounding the legendary host’s competitive and angsty nature.

“Letterman assumed one day he would get a call from Carson or the head of NBC to offer him the job . It never happened,” writes Zinoman. “Rick Ludwin, head of late-night programming at NBC, respected Letterman as a great entertainer but was skeptical that he could draw the broad swath of viewers that made up the Tonight Show audience. »

- Sam Gillette

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Don Rickles Lives On In New Interview Series

10 April 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Aarp Studio’s ‘Dinner with Don’ is about to introduce a new generation to a comedy legend.Credit: ABC-tv

A legend died last week, but his blistering wit will endure. Don Rickles passed last Thursday as a result of kidney failure. Rickles was 90. Rickles’ career spanned over 60 years. Though, even toward the end of his life, he showed no signs of stopping.

The American Association of Retired Persons (Aarp) Studios — yes that Aarp now has a studio — announced that it would honor Rickles by going ahead with the release of his interview series Dinner with Don. It seems fitting that Rickles’ last project was an interview show as he got his big break on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Before his death, Rickles filmed 1o episodes of his interview series. Aarp Studios released the trailer for Rickles’ show following the comedian’s death. You can view the trailer here.

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- Francesca Fau

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Entertainment News: ‘Mr. Warmth’ Don Rickles Dies at 90

7 April 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Los Angeles – With the flourish of trumpets in “The Bullfighter’s Song,” a pugnacious man would strut on stage and launch a volley of hilarious insults on some unsuspecting targets. That act was Don Rickles, whose show business nicknames included “The King of Zing,” “The Merchant of Venom” and the magnificently ironic “Mr. Warmth.” Rickles died in Los Angeles on April 6th, 2017. He was 90.

In his early career, Rickles was a throwback to the cocktail and burlesque joints of the 1950s and ‘60s, where a burgeoning stand up comic would do anything to engage the audience and keep a gig. With a quick wit and rat-a-tat delivery, Rickles developed a persona that would keep him working virtually all the way to the end. He went from the “Rat Pack” era, through comedy roasts of the 1970s, to the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” series, and never »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down in Tears During Touching Tribute to Don Rickles

7 April 2017 4:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jimmy Kimmel shed plenty of tears, and even managed to get in a few laughs, while paying tribute to good friend Don Rickles, the legendary insult comic who died on Thursday at the age of 90.

“This is not going to be our usual show tonight, and I’m going to tell you right up front: I’m going to cry, which is kind of embarrassing but, well, I’m not good with this sort of thing,” Kimmel warned his audience at the top of his show. “We lost someone that I love very much today… »

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