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At their respective Thursday tapings, “The Colbert Report” and Comedy Central went with a celebrity-filled version of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again.” Meanwhile, Ferguson opened his last “Late Show” ever with a combination pre-taped and live “Bang Your Drum.” The taped parts had a ton of famous faces in it, while the live closing included a choir and Ferguson’s most-beloved nutty characters.
In closing down their productions for good, the »
- Tony Maglio
The host kicked things off with a star-studded medley of "Bang Your Drum" and a montage of his past monologues.
Ferguson welcomed fellow late night icon Jay Leno as his final interview guest and the two discussed Ferguson’s tenure and getting out of the late night game.
"They may take our talk shows, but they will never take our freedom!" Leno joked.
Leno shared some stories from his Tonight Show days and paid some compliments to his fellow host.
"You’ve been a good friend to me," he told Ferguson. "You always were fair, you didn’t join the late night talk show snippy club."
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen Friday’s edition of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
Ferguson signed off after 2,058 episodes in characteristically quirky fashion, running through many of the show’s regular comedy bits, such as bantering with sidekick Geoff the talking robot skeleton and showcasing Secretariat, the show’s “fake horse” brought to life by two people in a classic pantomime horse costume.
The guest segment featured Jay Leno in a candid, and for Ferguson fairly low-key, session of swapping stories of talkshow host gripes about lame guests, pushy publicists and the trials of aging on the job. Leno, who signed off “The Tonight Show” in February, looked like a guy who’s been semi-retired for 10 months, »
- Cynthia Littleton
A massive musical number? Check. A casual, low-stakes chat with Jay Leno? Check. A surprise ending that will surely echo through the annals of television history? Oh my God, check.
Craig Ferguson spared no expense Friday during his final hour as the host of CBS’ Late Late Show, kicking things off with a star-studded (albeit pre-recorded) rendition of Dead Man Fall’s “Bang Your Drum.”
That was pretty much it for the evening’s big surprises, other than a phone call from “Bill Cosby,” who says he’s doing “pretty good,” in case you were wondering. The rest of the »
Stephen Colbert wasn’t the only late-night TV talk show host to say goodbye on Thursday night.
Craig Ferguson, the longest-tenured host of “The Late Late Show,” bid his staff and studio audience adieu at the Thursday taping, which aired on Friday night (technically Saturday morning, if you’re a stickler). TheWrap was at the taping, but one special moment was held back from both Ferguson’s final crowd and the press — until now, of course.
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At the end of the final Ferguson show, after the Scottish comedian revealed TV »
- Tony Maglio
Craig Ferguson said goodbye to The Late Late Show with a little help from guest Jay Leno and a few dozen other stars. Watch more 'Colbert Report' Gets All-Star Sendoff The opening featured a star-filled video of Ferguson singing "Bang Your Drum" by Dead Man Falls, with a little help from Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Daniels, Steve Carell, Quentin Tarantino, Lisa Kudrow, Marion Cotillard, Betty White, Regis Philbin and many more. But what will likely be talked about was what happened when the horse Secretariat took off his mask for the first time, revealing Bob Newhart was underneath. That led to a meta moment
- Aaron Couch
Television late night has been the subject of a lot of talk over the past five years. There was the battle between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien over who will host "The Tonight Show". There was the surge in popularity of Jimmy Fallon once he took over the position, creating viral video after viral video. There was the time change of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to compete with the primary late night shows. There was the announcement of the retirement of David Letterman, and the announcement of Stephen Colbert taking over the position. One talk show host, however, decided to keep a low profile and develop what has been the most entertaining (and strangest) late night talk show over the past ten years. Craig Ferguson is that man, who has helmed CBS's "The Late Late Show" since January 3, 2005 and will host his final episode tonight (December 19th) at the ripe time of 12:35 A. »
- Mike Shutt
On the final episode of the show, Stephen Colbert transformed himself into an immortal god, and rode off into the night with Santa and Abe Lincoln. Bidding adieu is hard – but he’ll be back
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Much like hosting the Oscars or being a designated driver, taking a final bow on a late night talk show is a thankless task. The show will inevitably differ from the format that viewers know and love, so the last one has to be indelible. And how do you do that without cloying emotion or pandering to nostalgia? You do it like Stephen Colbert, on his final episode of The Colbert Report, which aired on Thursday night.
- Brian Moylan
We must not be treating our late-night talk show hosts very well. To lose both Stephen Colbert (or at least the "Stephen Colbert" he plays on "The Colbert Report") and "The Late Late Show"'s Craig Ferguson is a misfortune, but to lose them both within 24 hours smacks of negligence.
There's a lot of mourning, hand-wringing, rending of garments, and gnashing of teeth to be done, what with Colbert's departure on Thursday, December 18, and Ferguson's the next night. To add insult to injury, Friday the 19th also marks David Letterman's last Christmas show, highlighted by Darlene Love belting out "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a tradition that dates back to 1986 on Dave's old NBC series.
It feels like the end of an era, and not just because these long-time hosts are all quitting their shows (though Letterman will still be on for another five months), but also for what »
- Gary Susman
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Amy Adams played "Holiday Flip Cup" with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, and ... she did her best. She's hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, with One Direction as the musical guest, so hopefully Amy is better at hosting than playing drinking games. But her little "ack!" sound when things go wrong is pretty cute.
- Gina Carbone
Stephen Colbert’s stint as a Comedy Central host ended on Thursday night, and assuming that they were part of the audience, his new bosses at CBS should have gone to bed with big broad grins on their faces.
As several of his latenight contemporaries pointed out in a New York Times piece devoted to Colbert’s farewell, the fact the host was able to maintain the character — and improv through interviews every night while inhabiting it — suggests a well-spring of inventiveness and quickness that will serve him inordinately well in his new gig.
If that seems like an obvious point, it’s been lost on some of those who have wondered about how well Colbert will fare once he retires his blowhard cable-news host persona and has to be plain old Stephen Colbert.
The final episode wasn’t perfect — the weight of expectations appeared to foster throwing in some »
- Brian Lowry
Many wondered if Stephen Colbert, after playing a bloviating conservative for 1,447 episodes of his “Colbert Report,” might finally break character and just speak as Stephen Colbert, human being, in Thursday’s final episode. He did not.
In fact, Colbert took things in the opposite direction. In the show’s middle segment, he defeated death and then declared himself immortal. After a commercial break, he warbled the Ross Parke and Hughie Charles tune “We’ll Meet Again” with a wide-ranging and random assortment of well-wishers -ranging from George Lucas to Katie Couric, to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to Arianna Huffington to Cookie Monster – then took off in a sled to Eternity with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek. »
- Brian Steinberg
News: Craig Ferguson Welcomes Incoming Host
"Even this is making my chest very tight!" Corden joked while facing a barrage of questions from Ferguson.
For those unfamiliar with Corden, he is a 36-year-old actor/writer/producer/singer, who is co-starring in Disney's Into the Woods, out Christmas Day.
Born in the U.K., Corden became a star on British television in 2000 when he starred in the U.K. series Fat Friends until 2005.
At the 2008 BAFTAs, Corden took home the award for Best Male Comedy Performance for his co-starring role on his own BBC Three sitcom Gavin & Stacey, and he won a Tony for his role as Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors in 2012.
If his resume doesn't impress, he also comes »
There's nothing like getting into the holiday spirit with the help of Betty White and a purple hippo. The former Golden Girl visited The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, where she was surprised by a choir, her favorite Christmas song, and giant dancing animals. The longer the clip goes, the more surreal it all becomes. But White's face is that of pure, unadulterated joy, and that's what's most important. (N.B.: Ferguson's run as host ends this week. Jay Leno will be his final guest, on Friday.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Darlene Love gets lots of offers around this time of year to belt out her well-worn Yuletide hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” made famous by its appearance on a 1963 album of holiday songs produced by the legendary Phil Spector. She has given serious consideration to just one for the last 28 years: David Letterman’s.
Next year, she will have to make new plans.
When Love (pictured above) sings her song on CBS’ “The Late Show” this Friday, she will be sounding a different kind of note. Letterman’s annual “Holiday Show” will mark the start of the durable latenight program’s farewell. Letterman has announced he will step down after CBS broadcasts its May 20 episode, which means that this Friday’s telecast will stand as “a real iconic moment,” said Bill Scheft, a writer who has been with Letterman since 1991, during a recent appearance on a panel at The Paley Center for Media. »
- Brian Steinberg
Mark Hamill was a little worried about sighing on to Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas. "I was nervous involving myself in this," the Star Wars legend tells me. "How can they ever top the movie? But with the animation and the songs from the Broadway show, it's like it's own animal now." This new animated adaptation (premiering tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC) stars Jim Parsons as Buddy, the role originally played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 movie. Ed Asner returns as Santa with The Big Bang Theory actress Kate Micucci as Jovie. Rounding out the voice cast are Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Armisen and Steve Higgins. Hamill plays Walter Hobbs. "The most »
Was it really as simple as getting rid of Jay Leno? For the longest time, late-night television was a battlefield. Beginning with Johnny Carson's retirement in 1992—which set up the Leno/Letterman divide that would define the landscape for two decades—and best epitomized by the disastrous 2009 Tonight Show handover and subsequent takeback from Conan O'Brien, late-night has always been a bloody zero-sum conflict that inflated every minor change to the equation into a major tectonic shift. NBC so bungled the Leno/O'Brien transition that when rumors began to emerge in early 2013 that the last-place network was planning to »
- Jeff Labrecque
Buddy the Elf (voiced by Jim Parsons) gets into a bit of a scuffle after exposing a fake Santa Claus in the first clip and a trailer from NBC's Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which we reported in October will debut Tuesday, December 16 at 8 Pm Et. The animated holiday special is based on the hit 2003 live action film Elf, which starred Will Ferrell as Buddy, an "elf" at the North Pole who travels to New York City to meet his long-lost father, Walter (James Caan). Along with Jim Parsons, who voices Buddy, Kate Micucci's Jovie is also featured in this new scene, a character originally played by Zooey Deschanel in Elf.
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas combines the humor and spirit of both the beloved 2003 holiday film, which drew glowing reviews and earned $173 million at the domestic box office, and the hit Broadway production. The special is an all-new retelling of »
The upcoming Natpe market and conference is embracing its “Content Without Borders” theme, said Natpe president and CEO Rod Perth during a media conference call Wednesday.
“We are not a niche market, and this year’s conference is a true testament to the unique and diverse opportunities we serve, spanning the entire content value chain, across all platforms and covering every sector of the business,” said Perth. The programming conference runs Jan. 20-22 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Perth said registration among attendees and exhibitors is running “on pace” as expected. He also announced numerous speakers for the event, including Eva Longoria, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Morgan Spurlock and more, as well as YouTube stars Tyler Oakley, Gary Vaynerchuk, Marcus Johns and Connor Franta, to further bolster Natpe’s support of the digital space.
- Shelli Weinstein
Capping off a big year that saw his Tonight Show exit, Jay Leno was among the first to speak during The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday morning. In celebrating the big names on the Power 100 list, the comedian also decided to draw attention to women's long road to recognition. "There have been breakthroughs," he said, referring to Kathryn Bigelow's 2009 Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker. "If you want to break the glass ceiling, you're going to need explosives." Read More Bonnie Hammer Tops THR's 2015 Women in Entertainment Power 100 List "Have
- THR Staff
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