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Conan O'Brien Pens Touching Tribute to David Letterman

1 May 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

As David Letterman enters his final weeks as Late Show host, following a late-night career that has spanned more than three decades, many of his favorite guests have stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theater to bid farewell to him. Since Conan O'Brien, who took the reins of NBC's Late Night program after Letterman left to host CBS' Late Show in 1993, is likely too busy filming his own show to visit Letterman, he penned a touching tribute for Entertainment Weekly to the man who inspired him to venture into late night. »

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David Letterman: 33 Years in Latenight by the Numbers

30 April 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The numbers have been crunched on David Letterman’s 33-year run in latenight. As of his final night on May 20, Letterman will have presided over 6,028 broadcasts in latenight, counting his 1982-93 run at NBC in addition to his CBS tenure.

Here’s the rundown released today by CBS:

Late Night With David Letterman” had 1,810 broadcasts and ran for 595 weeks. “The Late Show With David Letterman” has had 4,214 broadcasts, as well as four primetime specials, and has run for 1,135 weeks.

The first face to appear on both “Late Night” and the “Late Show” was that of Calvert DeForest (or, as he was known on “Late Night,” “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman”).

Bill Murray was the first guest on the premiere broadcasts of both “Late Night” on Feb. 1, 1982, and “The Late Show” on CBS on August 30, 1993. As of May 20, 2015, he will have appeared on Letterman’s latenight talk shows 44 times: 12 appearances on “Late Night”; 32 on the “Late Show. »

- Variety Staff

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At Comedy Central, Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ Finds Its Own (Offbeat) Rhythm

29 April 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Most of TV’s latenight shows revel in consistency. Sure, the guests and jokes and sketches change, but viewers know by and large what they are going to get, and how the show will deliver it.  At Comedy Central’s “Nightly Show,” however, every night seems to bring a new surprise.

In the course of about three and a half months on the air, producers have turned “Nightly” into a sort of laboratory, where one of the few constant elements is the show’s willingness to rip up the playbook.  A debate moderated by host Larry Wilmore among four panelists now takes place among three, and Rory Albanese, the show’s executive producer, suggests further testing of an even smaller group is not out of the question. One night, a panel discussion took up the entire program, and on another evening, Wilmore went mano-a-mano in conversation with New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio. »

- Brian Steinberg

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David Letterman opens up to New York Times about Colbert, the Jimmys & more

29 April 2015 6:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Throughout his 33 years in late-night television — and particularly in the time he's spent at CBS — David Letterman has only rarely agreed to be interviewed, and he's even more rarely as open and self-reflective as he is in this great piece by Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times. I'd advise you to read the whole thing, but among the highlights: * Letterman said he was bothered that CBS didn't consult with him at all on his successor, "just as a courtesy," but also understands that it's CBS' choice, and that Stephen Colbert needs no advice from him on what to do. "He's not a kid. He's not a beginner. He's had pretty good success." * In talking about the rivalry with Jay Leno's "Tonight Show," Letterman says he felt he took "Late Show" in the wrong direction, "going a million miles an hour," and that it took him a very long »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Terry Crews’ ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Channels Run D.M.C for ‘Sucker Mc’s’ (Video)

22 April 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mike Tyson better watch out, because Terry Crews has some sweet lip-syncing skills. Spike released a preview of Crews’ performance of Run D.M.C’s “Sucker Mc’s” ahead of Thursday’s episode of “Lip Sync Battle,” in which the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star goes up against boxing’s former heavyweight champion of the world. Though Tyson proved himself a capable lip syncer in the preview of his performance of Salt-n-Pepa’s 1986 hit “Push It,” Crews appears to work the crowd into a frenzy with his mic skills, stage presence and  white Adidas — a Run D.M.C. signature style mark. See »

- Joe Otterson

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Patrick Dempsey, Jay Leno Weigh in on Paul Newman in Racing Documentary

17 April 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Racers and car enthusiasts rolled over to the charity screening of “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

The film — preceded by a red carpet and followed by an after-party, both held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — celebrated actor Paul Newman’s passion for racing with archived footage of the late actor and his wife, Joanne Woodward, who remained married until Newman’s death in 2008.

Director and producer Adam Carolla started making the film about two years ago. “It was just a story that I knew people didn’t know, and I wanted people to know it,” he said. Carolla talked to Bob Sharp, whose racing team Newman drove for from the mid ’70s until the ’90s, and together the two took a trip to Newman’s home track, Lime Rock Park in Salisbury, Connecticut, where the concept for the documentary took form. »

- Seth Kelley

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National Geographic Channel’s Late-Night Formula: Neil deGrasse Tyson + ‘StarTalk’ = ?

16 April 2015 2:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to boldly go where no latenight host has gone before.

When the astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host takes to the National Geographic Channel on Monday night to launch TV’s latest ’round-midnight entry, “StarTalk,” he will do so without a monologue or a set of humorous skits poised to go viral across the digisphere. All he will have at his disposal is his vast store of knowledge about the realm of science, his inner geek, a few guests and a tie festooned with the trappings of distant galaxies.

NBC has Jimmy Fallon. ABC has Jimmy Kimmel. CBS will soon have Stephen Colbert. Starting Monday at 11 p.m., National Geographic will, for 10 episodes, have Tyson, who could bring with him a new wrinkle to TV’s latenight wars.

No one pretends the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium will draw the numbers of »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Late Show': David Letterman Leaves Behind More Eager-to-Please Latenight Field

14 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Letterman looked fidgety, as he often does, listening to Al Franken compliment him. Although the comedy writer/performer-turned-u.S. senator from Minnesota doesn’t do many talkshows, Franken told the CBS host he wanted to pay homage to Letterman “before you become an eccentric recluse” after he retires from “The Late Show” on May 20.

“I have enormous respect for you, not just as a comedian,” Franken said, lauding Letterman as a great broadcaster, a caretaker of the timeslot, and someone who changed comedy.

Franken is right on most counts. Letterman offered a new look and feel to what could happen on latenight talkshows — in a way that has greatly influenced the generation that followed — and it also seems likely that he’ll emulate his idol, Johnny Carson, by riding into the sunset after a staggeringly long run (33 years in Letterman’s case, between NBC and CBS, vs. 30 for Carson »

- Brian Lowry

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Letterman's Last Stand: Clooney, Oprah, Seinfeld and More to Guest

13 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

With only six weeks left before David Letterman officially bids farewell to The Late Show, the longtime late night host has revealed some of the big-name guests that will sit on his couch before he retires on May 20th. Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks are just a few of the stars (and Letterman favorites) that will visit The Late Show one last time.

Bill Murray – Letterman's first ever Late Show guest and a fixture during the show's »

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David Letterman's Final Shows to Feature Oprah, Clooney, Seinfeld, More

13 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David Letterman's final weeks are upon us. Though the longtime host has remained characteristically low-key about his looming exit, his booker has lined up a star-studded guest list for his final six weeks. Though the roster does not include rival Jay Leno, it does feature the pair's 2010 Super Bowl commercial co-star Oprah Winfrey along with Letterman pals Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker. Also included in the A-list mix are George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Ray

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- Lacey Rose

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Watch: Step on the Gas in 'Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman' Trailer

10 April 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Acting legend Paul Newman is known all around the world for his extraordinary film career, including an Oscar win for Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money" (1986), and his charity Newman's Own Foundation, which has raised over $450 million since its creation in 1982. But fans of the late actor will get to see a whole new side of him when directors Adam Carolla and Nate Adams explore one of Newman's biggest passions: car racing. In the upcoming documentary "Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman," the actor's high speed obsession is explored through rare archive footage and interviews with friends and fellow car lovers Robert Redford, Patrick Dempsey, Robert WagnerJay Leno and Mario Andretti. Although Newman didn't start racing until he was 47, his career behind the wheel lasted over 30 years, nearly sidelined his acting career and earned him four national championships as a driver and eight more as an owner. »

- Zack Sharf

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Eddie Murphy to Receive Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize

9 April 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Washington — Comedian Eddie Murphy has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Train Prize for American Humor.

Award will be presented Oct. 18 at a Kennedy Center event to be taped for later broadcast. A gaggle of top entertainers is again expected to assemble for a celebratory roasting and video clip-a-thon of the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and box office magnet.

“We look forward to paying tribute to Murphy’s important and lasting impact on American culture,” said the center’s new president, Deborah Rutter.

The award, in its 18th year, is the centerpiece of an expanding emphasis on showcasing comedy at the KenCen. Murphy joins a growing list of “SNL” alums who’ve received the award including Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal and Lorne Michaels. Last year’s recipient was Jay Leno.

Murphy joined “SNL” in 1980 at the age of 19; his impression of Buckwheat, »

- Paul Harris

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Kevin Hart Helps Conan O’Brien Complete Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive Challenge (Video)

8 April 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Conan O’Brien may want to consider a gym membership, or at least hiring Kevin Hart as his personal trainer. On Tuesday’s episode of “Conan,” the TBS host played a video in which first lady Michelle Obama challenged him to take the #GimmeFive challenge, an initiative Obama started five years ago to encourage physical fitness. Obama said she noticed O’Brien was not very muscular and she wanted him to complete five chin ups as part of the challenge, which the comedian took exception to — without any support from his sidekick, Andy Richter. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of. »

- Joe Otterson

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From Colbert to Kimmel: James Corden Reveals the Gifts He Got in His First Week on 'Late Late Show'

8 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Hours before James Corden's first installment of The Late Late Show aired March 23, a food truck arrived with lunch for the CBS show's staff. Behind the premiere day treat: the staff of The Tonight Show on rival NBC. The outpouring continued, with host Jimmy Fallon sending over a foosball table and a note welcoming Corden to the "premiere" league. David Letterman and Seth Meyers gifted him with whiskey and champagne, respectively, and Jay Leno turned up without warning to offer Corden a

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- Lacey Rose

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Jimmy Fallon, Kat Dennings Challenge Michael Douglas, Jon Cryer in Charades (Video)

7 April 2015 7:38 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Charades has never seemed more intense. Kat Dennings, Michael Douglas, and Jon Cryer appeared on Monday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to play a few rounds of the classic party game. Fallon and Dennings were on one team, while Douglas and Cryer were on another. Both teams scored early points when they successfully acted out clues for “The Macarena” and “House of Cards.” The audience got quite the treat when Cryer was forced to mime “Pretty in Pink,” the 1986 John Hughes movie in which Cryer played Molly Ringwald’s best friend Duckie. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All. »

- Joe Otterson

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FilmBuff to Release Adam Carolla’s Paul Newman Racing Documentary

6 April 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmBuff has licensed worldwide rights to distribute “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” directed and produced by Adam Carolla, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, co-directed and produced by Nate Adams, will open in select theaters nationwide and on-demand on May 22.

Newman’s racing career spanned 35 years. He won four national championships as a driver and eight championships as an owner.

Carolla started restoring and racing vintage racecars in 2003 and has since acquired, restored and raced seven cars that Newman raced.

“There were so many incredible stories about Newman over his 35-year racing career and I was amazed that no one wanted to commit to telling his story,” he said.

Adams has over 30 credits in producing and directing documentary programming for Showtime, CBS, Animal Planet and History. FilmBuff released Carolla’s comedy “Road Hard” in March.

The film includes interviews with Newman, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Wagner, »

- Dave McNary

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James Corden Plays Hide-and-Seek with Beck, Jeff Goldblum (Video)

3 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Corden is not only a good late-night host, but a fine hide-and-seek player as well. Corden and his “Late Late Show” crew took over the house of a fan named Tommy, where they decided to play an old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek. The British host was the seeker, while bandleader Reggie Watts, actor Jeff Goldblum, singer Beck, and homeowner Tommy were the hiders. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon Beck’s hiding skills definitely left something to be desired, as Corden found him almost instantly. Goldblum was game, »

- Joe Otterson

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New Series Zero in on the Gap Separating Older, Younger Viewers

1 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

One seldom-discussed aspect of ad-supported entertainment is its generational divide, and the fact top power brokers and creative masterminds — usually in their 50s and 60s — are tasked with determining what young adults will want to watch. Yet despite this obvious tension, the issue rarely finds its way onto the screen.

Given that, it’s noteworthy to see two series premiering that deal with how different generations don’t communicate very well regarding matters of culture and commerce — a gap that risks becoming more of a chasm, one could argue, thanks to the self-selecting and like-minded communities that spring up via social media.

The Comedians,” an FX comedy set in Hollywood, tackles the issue pretty directly, chronicling the arranged professional marriage of Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. Playing versions of themselves, the two are thrown together to co-star in a fictional variety show. Beyond the meta aspects, the fact they can »

- Brian Lowry

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Quotes of the Week From The Royals, DWTS, Undateable and More

29 March 2015 11:54 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

An American Idol contestant, Jay Leno, the right-hand man to a fictional president, a super-speedy superhero and Cyndi Lauper. What have they got in common?

RelatedWho Is TVLine’s Performer of the Week?

They’re all part of TVLine’s latest installment of Quotes of the Week!

RelatedKids’ Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Modern Family, Austin & Ally and More

This time around we’ve got a Twitter tip courtesy of The Royals, a lesson in DJ-ing from Undateable, some kinky banter on Person of Interest, a language lesson from Girls and much more.

So click through the gallery below for the full »

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Jimmy Fallon and His Wax Figures Sing Beach Boys Classic ‘Barbara Ann’ (Video)

27 March 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jimmy Fallon and the Wax Jimmys may be coming to a concert hall near you sometime soon. The “Tonight Show” host debuted a taped segment on Thursday in which he is inspecting his wax figures that will go on display at Madame Tussauds. He is preparing to head out to start his show, and belts out a few bars of the Beach Boys 1965 classic “Barbara Ann,” which stirs the wax figures into accompanying him. See Photos: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon Fallon brushes it off at first and keeps singing. »

- Joe Otterson

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