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I'll miss you, David Letterman

20 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I begin writing this I'm watching David Letterman, in one of his final appearances as host of "The Late Show," walk out to greet the audience as he's done thousands of times. He's talking about the weather in New York, again, as he's done countless times. After Wednesday, he'll never walk out onto that Ed Sullivan Theater stage and shoot the breeze about the weather again. He'll never again throw it to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra to kick off the show. The misfits, alas, will have lost their shepherd. Because at his core, that's who Letterman is and has been. He has represented the off-brand sensibilities of an audience allergic to the vanilla stylings of his cool kid contemporaries. He has been the kind of personality who could give us Stupid Pet Tricks and turn throwing a football at a meatball-topped Christmas tree into an annual tradition. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Natalie Portman Shows Major Skin at Cannes

18 May 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Natalie Portman turns heads in France - HuffPost Celebrity Prince Harry tackles a croc in Australia - Et Did Iggy Azalea get more plastic surgery? - Us Weekly Beyoncé is officially on Team Hillary - Gossip Girl Meet Kate Hudson's rumored new boyfriend - Ok! Magazine Prepare yourself for Janet Jackson's comeback - Lainey Gossip Jaden Smith didn't disappoint with his Batman prom outfit - BuzzFeed Sofia Vergara brings fiancé Joe Manganiello to her son's graduation - People Ray Romano says David Letterman changed his life - Hollywood Reporter Jessica Simpson's new ads are supersexy - TooFab Pitch Perfect 2 sings its way to the top - Rotten Tomatoes Cate Blanchett addresses those comments about her sexuality - Wonderwall 5 stars with incredible business smarts - Newser »

- Nick-Maslow

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Ray Romano on Why He'd Be an Uber Driver Without Letterman

18 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. When David Letterman says goodbye to Late Show, he won't just be leaving a void in late-night TV. He'll be leaving a giant hole in the comedy community, a reality that's hitting some the biz's funniest performers in a very hard way. Here, three of the genre's biggest figures — Ray Romano, Billy Crystal and Don Rickles — reflect on how Dave changed their lives, his contributions to the comedy canon and why he

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- Stacey Wilson Hunt

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Ratings: CBS’ ‘Late Show’ Has Most-Watched Week Since 2011

14 May 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” is picking up ratings steam as it nears the finish line, last week drawing the program’s largest audience for any week in more than four years.

During the May 4-8 frame, “Late Show” — whose guests included President Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Ray Romano — averaged 3.82 million viewers, according to Nielsen. It was up 40% from the same frame a year ago and stood as the most-watched latenight program. NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” ran second with 3.09 million viewers, and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was third (2.23 million).

This was the largest weekly audience for “Late Show” since February 2011.

“Late Show” still lagged “Tonight Show” in the key 18-49 demo, with the NBC program at a 0.93 rating, followed by “Late Show” (0.64) and “Kimmel” (0.54). The CBS program matched its season high and was up 23% vs. last year while its rivals were both down about 10%.

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- Rick Kissell

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'Bates Motel' poll: Which episode should Vera Farmiga submit to Emmy judges?

14 May 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Legions of TV shrewdies checked in to "Bates Motel" this past TV season for two reasons: 1.) When Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) Finally went psycho, this program suddenly got a racing pulse and – stand back, y'all – blood splattered everywhere. It was thrilling to watch. 2.) Vera Farmiga gave the best performance on TV this year. She deserves a dozen Emmys for her multi-faceted turns as Norman's wigged-out, broken-hearted and ferociously protective mother. -Break- Sure, Farmiga was not nominated for Best Drama Actress last year after making the list in 2013, but don't pooh-pooh her current chances. All of the following stars returned to Emmy competition after getting snubbed in recent years: Melissa McCarthy, James Gandolfini, Eric McCormack, Allison Janney and Ray Romano, to name just a few. In 2013, Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") got snubbed, but rallied to win last year. If nominated, I don&#39...' »

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Last Night on Late Night, 5/8/15-5/10/15: Oliver on maternity leave and a recap of Friday

11 May 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.

Last night on late night, John Oliver took America to task for being the only other country, auspiciously paired with Papua New Guinea, to not have any federal mandated paid family leave for the birth of a child. May 10 was Mother’s Day in the Us this year, and Last Week Tonight made the astute move of exposing a pretty horrible injustice.

Also, since very few late night shows broadcast on Fridays, and fewer still upload their clips on time for Saturday, today we see Ray Romano cry on Late Show, U2 “busk” with Jimmy Fallon, and Lance Bass and James Corden do Boy Band-Oke with Grace Helbig on The Grace Helbig Show. »

- Max Wood

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Ratings: Mike & Molly Slips to Series Low, Gotham Rises With Finale

5 May 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

CBS’ 2 Broke Girls this Monday drew 6.5 million viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, flat week-to-week. Leading out of that, Mike & Molly (6.7 mil/1.5) slipped 7 percent and two tenths, hitting a series low in the demo. (Both of the sitcoms are already renewed, so….)

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Closing the Eye’s night, leading out of an old Bang, the 90-minute David Letterman tribute special did 8.1 mil and a 1.5, winning the 10 o’clock hour in the demo.


Fox | The already renewed Gotham‘s finale drew 4.9 mil and a 1.7, rising 6 percent and two tenths week-to-week. The Following »

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David Letterman Primetime Special: Iconic Bits, Awkward Moments, Divisive Feuds

5 May 2015 12:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CBS prepared to say goodbye to David Letterman with a primetime special that featured the legendary talk show host's most iconic moments, including Drew Barrymore flashing him, Justin Bieber revealing his limited art history knowledge, and Crispin Glover aiming a kick at his head. David Letterman: A Life on Television was hosted by Ray Romano and aired Monday, celebrating the host's 33-year career in late-night. His final Late Show airs on May 20. Read More David Letterman by the Numbers: First Top 10 List, Most Frequent Guests, Who Was on His First Show The special started with a medley of

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- Ryan Gajewski

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David Letterman Farewell Begins In Earnest With Obama, CBS Special

4 May 2015 11:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pity CBS. David Letterman’s exit from the latenight stage should be fodder for ticker-tape parades, a classic promotional goldmine. Yet until now, the network has largely been handcuffed by the “Late Show” host’s taciturn nature, thus far keeping the cheers to something short of a roar. That appeared to turn a corner Monday, though, with a pretty potent one-two punch: A classy 90-minute primetime Letterman retrospective; and a latenight appearance by President Obama. Letterman doesn’t sign off until May 20, but that combination served notice that the end, professionally speaking, is near.

Admittedly, 90 minutes hardly seems like enough time to do Letterman’s 33 years as a latenight host justice, and perhaps understandably, clips from his NBC program, which occupied the first decade, were used sparingly. Moreover, despite Ray Romano’s warm stint hosting the special – “I’m only here because of David Letterman,” he said, referring to Letterman »

- Brian Lowry

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‘David Letterman: A Life on Television’ Tribute Celebrates 33 Years of Late-Night

4 May 2015 7:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read if you’ve not watched Monday’s special “David Letterman: A Life on Television”) After over three decades on the air, David Letterman deserved a show about his show. “David Letterman: A Life on Television” celebrated the career of the veteran late-night host on Monday as he entered his final month on “The Late Show.” The CBS special aired in the primetime spot at 9.30 p.m. before Letterman welcomed President Barack Obama on to the show for the last time. Hosted by Ray Romano — who told viewers “I wouldn’t be here »

- Debbie Emery

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David Letterman: A Life On Television tribute on CBS Monday

4 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Ray Romano hosts David Letterman: A Life On Television, a 90-minute primetime special celebrating David Letterman’s television career, opening up the video vault to highlight everything from his early days as an Indiana weathercaster to his greatest interviews, Top Ten Lists, poignant moments and more. Letterman retires as Late Show host on May 20. David Letterman: A Life On Television airs on CBS Monday, May 4, at 9:30pm Et/Pt.

The post David Letterman: A Life On Television tribute on CBS Monday appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Ryan Berenz

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Preview the David Letterman Primetime Farewell Special

3 May 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Just over two weeks remain in David Letterman's Late Show tenure, and while those final shows promise an army of famous guests, CBS will also pay tribute to the longtime host's 32 years in late night with David Letterman: A Life on Television. In this first look at the primetime special, relive many of Letterman's best moments in two minutes, from stupid pet tricks and Top 10 lists to Drew Barrymore's flashing and Paul McCartney's rooftop concert.

Actor Ray Romano – who scored Everybody Loves Raymond following his Late »

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‘David Letterman: A Life on Television’ Trailer Reveals Look into History of Late Night TV (Video)

1 May 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS released the first trailer for “David Letterman: A Life on Television” on Friday, teasing the retrospective on the late-night host’s 31 years on the air. In the video preview, host Ray Romano begins by saying: “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for David Letterman.” Romano first performed on “The Late Show” in 1995, and “a week later they offered me this development deal,” he said, referencing the deal that led to his hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The trailer then offers a brief glimpse of the luminaries that have graced Letterman’s couch over the years, »

- Joe Otterson

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Video: Letterman's Late Show Tribute to Feature Iconic Bits, Tons of Stars

1 May 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We don’t envy the editors working on David Letterman: A Life on Television, who were tasked with paring down the late-night host’s 33-year career into 90 minutes.

In a preview of the May 4 special, host Ray Romano — who owes much of his success in comedy to Letterman — offers a hint of what viewers can expect from the sendoff.

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“If you have children, you should wake them up,” Romano says of the tribute, which will include some of Letterman’s most memorable interviews, Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 lists. »

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Watch: First Look at David Letterman’s Retrospective Farewell Special

1 May 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Before David Letterman bids adieu to latenight on May 20, CBS will celebrate the host with a retrospective primetime special, airing Monday, May 4.

The 90-minute tribute, hosted by Ray Romano, will feature highlights from Letterman’s three decades in television, including musical performers, top guests and that Drew Barrymore appearance.

“You’re going to see everything,” Romano teases in the first look on Monday night’s special, which is targeted toward all fans — new and old — of Letterman. Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Letterman’s first-ever “Late Night” and “Late Show” guest Bill Murray pop up in the preview (watch above).

David Letterman: A Life on Television” airs May 4 from 9:30 to 11 p.m., followed by President Barack Obama’s final visit to the “Late Show With David Letterman” at 11:35 p.m.

More guests next week include Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, Tina Fey and Romano, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Ray Romano Touts David Letterman Primetime Special As Retirement Nears

1 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CBS sent a clip about Monday’s primetime special celebrating the record-breaking career of retiring late-night legend, David Letterman: A Life On Television. Ray Romano, seen in the clip, hosts the 9:30-11 Pm program celebrating his more than three decades in television; Letterman's last night as host of Late Show will be Wednesday, May 20. “If you have children you should wake them up, because if you haven’t seen any of the old Dave you should see,” Romano says in the… »

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David Letterman Says He Was Left Out of Decision That Made Stephen Colbert His Replacement

29 April 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

David Letterman, who’s preparing to exit CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” after more than two decades as host, wasn’t consulted by the network when it decided to tap former “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert as a replacement, Letterman told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday. “No. Not my show,” Letterman told the Times, when asked if he was involved in the choice. “When we sign off, we’re out of business with CBS.” Letterman admitted that the decision bothered him initially, but he’s since made peace with his exclusion from the process. Also »

- Tim Kenneally

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David Letterman Weighs In on Colbert Pick, Says He Wasn't Asked For Input

29 April 2015 11:17 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Stephen Colbert may very well be the right man to fill David Letterman’s shoes, but he wasn’t the veteran talk show host’s first choice.

In an exclusive interview with The New York Times, Letterman revealed that he wasn’t consulted regarding his eventual successor on CBS’ Late Show.

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“I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice,” he said. “And then Stephen.”

Though Letterman is interested in seeing how Colbert plays opposite future time slot rivals Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, »

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Robert Downey Jr. Explains ‘Captain America: Civil War’ to Very Confused David Letterman (Video)

24 April 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Avengers: Age of Ultron” star swung by “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday, but spent more time explaining the concept of a different Marvel sequel than he did promoting the one hitting theaters on May 1. “Help me out with some things here,” Letterman said. “Not this movie — this movie is ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and that’s the new film. And the next film, we think, ‘Captain America.’ You’re in that one, is that correct?” Correct. Also Read: Ray Romano to Host CBS Salute to David Letterman 'A Life on Television' “And you fight Captain America, is that right? »

- Greg Gilman

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Sawyer Sweeten Dead at 19 After Apparent Suicide: Everybody Loves Raymond Costars, Celebrities React

24 April 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Sawyer Sweeten, who was just a year old when he and his twin brother joined the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, died from a suspected suicide at age 19 on Thursday, April 23. The former child actor's castmates, including series lead Ray Romano and his onscreen wife Patricia Heaton, released statements mourning the death of Sweeten. Romano grieved the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of his onscreen son. "I'm shocked, and terribly saddened, by the news about Sawyer," Romano told Us Weekly in his statement. "He was [...] »

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