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Remember when Conan O'Brien seemed like the coolest, hippest guy in late night, back when the youngsters were rooting for him over Jay Leno? Well, those days are over, at least according to Daniel D'Addario. While hosting the MTV Movie Awards last night, O'Brien "seemed weirdly out-of-touch," D'Addario writes on Salon, "straining to please an audience he couldn’t possibly understand." D'Addario compares O'Brien to a dad awkwardly trying to fit in with his kids. Though Conan once occupied the center of "the network-tv conversation," he's "now almost entirely outside" of it, watching Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert "[rise] »
- Evann Gastaldo
Don’t feel bad for Conan O’Brien. Again.
The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS’ the Late Show when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show Conan on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the “right person” to take over the show from Letterman.
“I wasn’t up for it,” O’Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, which he’s hosting for the first time. “I’m very happy where I am, »
- Associated Press
But O’Brien just set the record straight that he was never in the running.
“I wasn’t up for it,” O’Brien told the Associated Press. “I’m very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. … I’m really glad that he got the job.”
The comedian, who will be hosting Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, said Stephen Colbert is the ideal replacement on the CBS staple. “I’m glad that it’s the right person getting it,” he added.
O’Brien took over “Late Night” when Letterman left NBC in 1993. He then hosted “The Tonight Show »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Los Angeles (AP) — Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again. The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS' the "Late Show" when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show "Conan" on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the "right person" to take over the show from Letterman. "I wasn't up for it," O'Brien said backstage Friday during a break from rehearsing for Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, which he's hosting for the first time. "I'm very happy where I am, but I love Stephen. I think Stephen is great. I'm a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being. I think it's fantastic. I'm really glad that he got the job. I look forward to seeing his show." O'Brien originally succeeded Letterman on NBC's "Late Night" in 1993 when Letterman moved »
- Derrik J. Lang (AP)
The second generation of post-Carson latenight hosts plays better together than the first.
Carson’s two immediate heirs, Jay Leno and David Letterman, were never that close. And who can blame them? NBC’s decision to hand over its latenight mainstay, “The Tonight Show,” to Leno over Letterman made a close friendship almost impossible. Now their successors are exhibiting warmer feelings for each other.
Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, and, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Ferguson, are among the latenight hosts wishing Stephen Colbert well on the heels of CBS’ announcement Thursday that Colbert would take the reins of its “Late Show” when David Letterman retires in 2015.
Each has a reason to be snarky. Colbert arguably got his start on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” which led to a berth on “Colbert Report.” Fallon, already grappling with Jimmy Kimmel at ABC, will be a direct competitor of Colbert’s new version of “The Late Show »
- Brian Steinberg
So did CBS make the right move?
According to the data analysis site Kontera, it did — at least as far as Twitter is concerned.
Of the 23,000 tweets made in the hour after the announcement, 27% were in favor of the decision (61% were neutral and 11% were negative).
But even some of the negative tweets supported the Comedy Central star. While some of the naysayers were upset that a woman didn’t get the job, others were sad that this move means the loss of his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report.”
Still, the Internet seems to be in agreement with Variety TV critic Brian Lowry, who wrote that CBS “has found the perfect choice to replace David Letterman, in a coup that could potentially reset the »
- Nikara Johns
Jay Leno was recently replaced by Jimmy Fallon to host "The Tonight Show." And then a few days ago came word that David Letterman is retiring from "The Late Show." Rumors started popping up immediately about who will replace him, including Chelsea Handler, Tracy Morgan and many others. But now, CBS has announced that the job will go to Stephen Colbert, the host of the Emmy-winning "The Colbert Report." "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today's announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night." Colbert said: "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though »
“CBS just declared war on the heartland of America,” the conservative host told his listeners. “Ho longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values. Now it’s wide out in the open. What his hire means is that it’s a re-definion of what is funny and a re-definition of what is comedy. They’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise the world is changing. People don’t want the kind of comedy »
- Lynette Rice
Skeptics will wonder how long CBS had Stephen Colbert in its back pocket, given how smoothly the baton pass worked out. But whatever the back story, the network has found the perfect choice to replace David Letterman, in a coup that could potentially reset the latenight race to a scenario much like the one that existed for years between Letterman and Jay Leno.
Anyone fretting about Colbert’s ability to hold down an hour or step out of the self-absorbed conservative talkshow host persona he’s affected on “The Colbert Report” clearly hasn’t been paying attention to the obvious, which is Colbert’s gift for improvising in that character is virtually unmatched. (Sacha Baron Cohen would be a close cousin, but it’s a different vibe.)
Those talents should serve him extraordinarily well in creating the show at the desk – the area where Letterman (and before that Johnny Carson) traditionally outshone Leno, »
- Brian Lowry
Less than a week after David Letterman announced his retirement from The Late Show, CBS has announced his successor: Stephen Colbert. The Colbert Report host has signed a five-year agreement with the network and will step into the role following Letterman's departure in 2015, but the current Late Show host has not yet decided on a timetable with the network for when he will say good night.
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"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. »
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Tired of taking the subway? Hate the hassle of flying coach? Celebrities who live in mansions would never be caught dead on public transportation, which is why they’re spending millions on pimped out rides all their own. We’re talking the luxurious jets, yachts and Maybachs (on bachs on bachs) that successfully transport the likes of Paris Hilton and Patrick Dempsey from Point A to Point B.
If you’re like McDreamy or John Travolta, you probably like to kick things up a notch — things being speed and/or altitude. But if you have as many Academy Awards as director Steven Spielberg, you’ll simply want to spend $200 million on a fully staffed yacht and call it a day. But it’s not only what kinds of transportation the stars buy, it’s the ridiculous and expensive things they do to them. Take Dallas Mavericks owner »
- Emily Exton
Stephen Colbert Taking Over 'Late Show'
On Thursday, CBS released an official statement to announce Colbert as Letterman’s successor to the late night post.
“The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast,” the statement read. “The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.”
“Colbert’s premiere date as host of the Late Show will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015,” the statement continued. “Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the »
The world first learned that George W. Bush had taken up painting in February 2013 after a hacker broke into his sister Dorothy’s email account and discovered two self-portraits - later posted online - of the former U.S. president in the shower and bathtub. In the months that followed, other paintings by Bush began to leak out - dogs, cats, a watermelon, a horse, a landscape of a golf course. Bush even presented a portrait of Jay Leno to the late-night talk show host during one of his final broadcasts. Now, the latest of our Portraitist in Chief's artistic »
- Johnny Dodd
NBCUniversal has named Alison Moore general manager and executive vice president for TV Everywhere in its Content Distribution Group. In the newly-created role, Moore will be responsible for the TV Everywhere initiative, building a team to drive the consumer experience and develop marketing and strategy to increase audience awareness, adoption and engagement across the company's portfolio of networks. Also read: NBCU CEO Steve Burke: Jay Leno or Tina Fey Contractually Free to Go to CBS Late Night Moore will work with Ron Lamprecht, who will have expanded responsibilities in his current role as Executive Vice President, Digital Distribution. Lamprecht will broaden his focus on. »
- Tony Maglio
Old and New Media were out in force at Miptv on Tuesday (8) as veteran producers and writers unveiled projects and new media heavyweights YouTube and Twitter discussed the pulling power of their platforms for traditional content creators as well as newcomers.
A round-up of the day 2 events:
Us writer and producer Frank Spotnitz joined Olivier Bibas, producer and managing director of Paris-based Atlantique Productions, for a breakfast preview of the second series of Transporter adapted from Luc Besson’s popular film franchise.
“We want to keep the identity of the original but also deepen Frank’s world,” said Spotnitz, noting each episode »
“On demand and online video are no longer competing with each other, they’re competing with every other sources of entertainment,” pointed out Alex Carloss, global head of entertainment for Youtube, in his high-powered mastermind keynote titled “The Power of Choice” at MipTV.
Citing the innovative digital efforts developed by late night hosts in the U.S., Carloss said the battlefield for ratings has completely shifted as passive audiences have evolved into potentially highly-engaged fans.
“Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman have all realized that the size of their late night audience has peaked and (…)they’ve realized that if they’re going to succeed they have to find younger audiences,” said the exec, joined Youtube in 2011 from Paramount where he headed digital distribution
Using YouTube to create easily sharable sketches that have a life well beyond their time slots has proven effective path to help traditional TV shows »
- Elsa Keslassy
Barbara Walters is known for turning her interviews into sob sessions, but as she exits the business she’s known all her life, she’s determined not to do that. When the legendary broadcaster retires next month at age 84 from ABC’s “The View,” following a groundbreaking career that’s featured more than 50 years in front of the television cameras, she’s adamant she won’t shed any tears.
“I’m not going to cry,” Walters says, from her corner office at ABC News in midtown Manhattan. She recalls watching Jay Leno’s misty final appearance on “The Tonight Show” in February. “I think Jay felt that he was pushed out,” Walters says. “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” Walters says she settled on a timeline for her departure three years ago, as rumors about her retirement began to swirl.
It’s been a long goodbye. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
With David Letterman officially announcing his retirement from the late-night stage, the question on everyone's mind is "Who will replace him?" Many names have been bandied about, and NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke isn't taking former The Tonight Show host Jay Leno and former 30 Rock star Tina Fey out of the pool of potential candidates despite their past connection to NBC...
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- Tim Surette
Just three days after TV's longest running late-night talk-show host David Letterman announced his retirement, his onetime rival Jay Leno has broken his silence regarding the 66 year old's departure from the boob tube. "Oh well you know, he and I [are] gonna do The Sunshine Boys on Broadway, so we're very excited about that," he joked to Extra. The rivalry between Leno and Letterman began in the early '90s, when the former was chosen ahead of the later to replace Johnny Carson on NBC's Tonight Show after the comedian retired in 1992. Their public feud only escalated when Letterman moved to CBS, igniting a ratings battle that lasted for over two decades. But »
The list of people who might take David Letterman’s latenight role on CBS seems to be getting smaller.
Neil Patrick Harris didn’t exactly do somersaults Monday when asked if he was interested in the role, even though recent speculation has put the thespian, best known for hosting CBS’ Tony Awards and a long tenure on the Eye’s “How I Met Your Mother,” on the shortlist of potential candidates.
“I’m super focused on ‘Hedwig’ at the moment, so that hasn’t even been a part of the conversation at all,” said Harris Monday at a press event to lobby for tax incentives for Broadway, mentioning his current role in a revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Still, he said, ”But I’m a big fan of CBS and Les’,” referring to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.
Wouldn’t hosting a latenight show on a big broadcast network be fun? »
- Brian Steinberg and Gordon Cox
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