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This week Jay Leno’s Garage pays tribute to fathers and the cars that they drive, including an interview with racing legends Richard Petty and his son Kyle Petty. Richard ‘The King’ Petty needs no introduction, having won the Nascar Championship seven times. His son Kyle is a stock car racing driving legend and competed in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series. Kyle’s own son was also a budding race driver but tragically died in a racing accident. So the theme of the show is sure close to the heart of both men as they chat to Jay about the cars they’ve driven...read more »
- James Wray
Twenty-five years ago, in 1992, Johnny Carson signed off on his last Tonight Show and the seats on which his audience watched such breaking acts as Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman were shelved on NBC's Stage 1 studio.
In recent weeks, 24 of those seats — unused save for one season by Jay Leno — were rescued from a potentially depressing fate on the scrap heap and donated to Comisar Collection's James Comisar, the TV memorabilia preservationist who has been amassing quite a collection for his planned TV museum.
The seats will be reunited with other pieces of »
- Chris Gardner
This week on Jay Leno’s Garage, it’s pizza time as Jay makes a delivery in Papa John CEO John Schnatter’s 1971 Camaro. What’s special about this car is that he had to sell in the early day of his business to keep things afloat, but he always wanted it back. Amazingly he kept up his search for over 22 years until evenutally after appearing on national television and offering $250,000, he got his beloved Camaro back. Later actor Dax Shepard also takes Jay for a ride, this time in a 1994 Buick Roadmaster and rallycross man Bucky Lasek takes Jay...read more »
- James Wray
A little over two years after David Letterman commenced his retirement, the talk-show host has announced his return to the small screen for a limited Netflix series. Premiering in 2018, the as-yet-untitled program, which will come out as six, hour-long installments, will find the host interviewing one guest each episode, as well as comedy and "curiosity" bits outside of the studio.
"I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix," the host said in a statement. "Here's what I have learned: If you retire to spend more time with your family, »
Stephen Colbert will executive produce a new animated comedy for Showtime about President Donald Trump's White House. The cable network ordered 10 episodes of the half-hour show, which will premiere this fall.
The as-yet-untitled show will be a mockumentary-style workplace comedy that doubles as a character study. Per a statement it will "present the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. »
This week on Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay discovers his inner child as he takes to the wheel of a motorized dinosaur and checks out a giant train track. Jay heads to Pixar/Disney boss John Lasseter’s amazing 85-acre park that has some of the coolest big boy toys you can imagine. Jay checks out a giant train track, some drifting trikes and even a fire breathing mech dinosaur you can control. He looks a bit uneasy on the trike but he soon gets the hang of it and Also on this episode, Jay and comedian Jeremy Hotz head to America’s oldest...read more »
- James Wray
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” scored its biggest margin of victory in total viewers ever thanks to the CBS late-night show’s “Russia Week” for the frame ending July 21.
The week of shows covered the host’s recent trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow. It won the week in viewers by its largest margin since the show’s premiere in September of 2015, according to Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings, with an average of 2.87 million viewers per episode. The show topped “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” by 450,000 viewers for the week, with the “Tonight Show” averaging 2.42 million viewers per episode. “The Late Show” was also up 14% compared to the same week last year.
Colbert and Fallon have been battling it out in the ratings for months, with »
- Joe Otterson
Ashleigh Banfield, the veteran TV-news reporter, has been wandering around this week in the 110-degree heat of Las Vegas. By the time Thursday rolls around, things in that rollicking city are likely to get even hotter.
Banfield is hoofing around Nevada to cover the July 20th parole hearing of O.J. Simpson, the one-time NFL great whose acquittal in the 1994 murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, and subsequent sentencing in 2008 for robbery of sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room have captivated a nation for decades.
The country’s TV-news outlets believe Simpson’s plight will do so again. He became eligible for parole after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence.
Two high-profile TV series – Espn’s 2016 documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and FX’s 2016 series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” – returned Simpson’s legal travails to the national conversation. Now, the prospect that he may be freed at a »
- Brian Steinberg
“Saturday Night Live” capped a banner Season 42 with a boodle of Emmy nominations.
The NBC late-night institution set an Emmy record for most nominations in a single year for a variety show, and it tied “30 Rock’s” record of 22 nominations in a single year for a comedy series (yes, it competes in a different category, but funny is funny). The Emmy windfall comes on the heels of the show delivering its most-watched season in 22 years.
The haul includes taking half of the slots in the supporting comedy actress field — with noms for Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon — and a bid for Alec Baldwin’s public service effort in playing candidate and then President Donald Trump. Thanks to its 42 years and counting run, “SNL” also ranks as the most-nominated series in Emmy history, with 231 bids to date.
- Cynthia Littleton
While the stock of Snapchat’s parent has taken a beating this week, the messaging and media app got a tip of the hat from Hollywood with its first-ever nomination for an Emmy Award.
The Snapchat Show from NBC for “The Voice” picked up a 2017 Emmy Awards nomination for creative achievement in interactive media within an unscripted program. The Snapchat series was produced by MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television in association with NBC Entertainment.
“The Voice” Snapchat Show debuted on the app in August 2016, ahead of the 11th season broadcast debut. The series featured the singing competition show’s coaches — Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — alongside performance videos submitted by users. Fans then voted on the entries, and Aj Mitchell was crowned the first winner in “The Voice” on Snapchat competition.
“Snapchat has been an incredible partner to innovate with,” said Rob Hayes, Evp »
- Todd Spangler
This week on Jay Leno’s Garage, Tim Allen just can’t stay away and is back for more driving madness with Jay. The actor and comedian joins Jay as they meet up in the their Nissan GTRs and Jay, being down with the kids, lets Tim know that the youngsters today like to drift. However, they are not just going to hit the track without being shown how it’s done, they don’t want to do the dad dance of drifts. Instead Jay has invited along Chris Forsberg, who competes in the Formula Drift series in his Nissan 370Z. He does does a...read more »
- James Wray
Season 3 of Jay Leno’s Garage kicks off tonight with a two-hour show, featuring a whole host of celebrities, modded and mad cars plus a big dose of hijinks. In the premiere episode, Made in America, former president George W. Bush takes Jay for a ride in his Ford F-150 pickup and explains why not being allowed to drive on public roads is one of the worst things about being Potus. We also hear about Bush’s work with veterans and his hands-on approach to working on his ranch. The episode also sees Jay hang with comedian Billy Gardell, and comic...read more »
- David Inglis
I’m Dying Up Here is an American TV show with comedic as well as dramatic elements. It is based on the book of the same name, which told the stories of the hundreds of people such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Andy Kaufman who moved to the city of Los Angeles in the 1970s because of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. However, the TV show is interesting in that it is not meant to be a retelling of their stories but rather a fictionalized narrative in which the characters are composites that are sometimes recognizable as their sources of inspiration
Why You Should Give Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” a Shot »
- Nat Berman
For the week of June 19-23, Fallon averaged 2.66 million viewers to Colbert’s 2.62 million, according to Nielsen data. It should be noted, however, that Colbert’s number does not include Thursday and Friday, as Colbert aired repeats in order to travel to Russia.
In addition, Fallon posted a 0.68 rating in adults 18-49, beating Colbert’s 0.42 by 0.26 of a rating point, or 62%. That represents the biggest margin of victory for Fallon in the measure since the week of Jan. 9-13. The rating is also Fallon’s highest since the week of April 3-7, when a week of episodes from Orlando averaged a 0.69.
Colbert’s viewership numbers have surged ever since the Trump’s election, with Colbert’s pointedly political comedy resonating strongly with viewers in Trump’s America. Colbert »
- Joe Otterson
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 »
"When you work in show business, you get paid stupid money for silly things," says Jay Leno, the former host of NBC's The Tonight Show (1992-2009, 2010-2014), Television Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (both in 2014), as we sit down to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. We're meeting in Leno's office within one of several cavernous warehouses near the Hollywood Burbank Airport where he houses and maintains 160 cars and 130 motorcycles and shoots the show that he now hosts, CNBC's Jay Leno’s Garage. »
- Scott Feinberg
Stephen Colbert has never been shy about going the extra mile for comedy, and this time he went more than just a mile.
On Thursday, the “Late Show” host tweeted a response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he has no tapes of conversations with former FBI Director James Comey in which Colbert is strolling through the streets of Russia. “Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’m in Russia,” Colbert wrote. “If the ‘tapes’ exist, I’ll bring you back a copy!” It is unknown exactly when Colbert will air footage from the trip, with a spokesperson for CBS »
- Joe Otterson
James Corden is reworking the opening of this week’s London-based episodes of “The Late Late Show” in the wake of the terrorist attack that claimed seven lives over the weekend in the British capital.
“What we’re doing is in flux right now, but we had an opening that we’d been working on for a while and we’d shot probably 75% of it, but we agreed that we don’t think it feels tonally right after the weekend to start the show like that,” Corden said Monday. “We’re going to work tonight and tomorrow on how we will open the show.”
The actor-comedian spoke to Variety on the set of his London show in the Central Hall Westminster, a sprawling church and conference center directly across from famed Westminster Abbey.
- Stewart Clarke
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
The Comcast-based media conglomerate is seeking massive hikes in the rates advertisers pay for the 9 a.m. slot, according to two people familiar with current negotiations. NBC has said it will launch a new show anchored by Kelly in the fall at that time. One of these people said NBC is pressing for increases in the cost of reaching 1,000 viewers – a metric known as a Cpm that is integral to talks between TV networks and Madison Avenue – that could reach as high as 30%. In contrast, Cpm rates for ads in broadcast primetime this season are at present expected to rise between 8% to 9% at most.
NBCUniversal declined to make executives available for comment. The company is making its Kelly pitch as part of »
- Brian Steinberg
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