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The “Ted 2” star was given a chance to play the game Impression Generator, where the guest gets a chance to do impressions of fellow celebrities while simultaneously talking about an ordinary topic.
MacFarlane landed on Liam Neeson and Time Warner Cable, which, unsurprisingly, made the company mildly terrifying.
- Mannie Holmes
Seth MacFarlane showed off his vocal dexterity on The Tonight Show Monday, joining Jimmy Fallon for a round of "Wheel of Impressions," where he rattled off spot-on impersonations of Liam Neeson, Ray Romano and more.
As the wheel generates both a celebrity and a topic, MacFarlane was first tasked with Neeson and Time Warner Cable, effectively bringing everyone's worst nightmares of the communications conglomerate to life: "If you'd like to purchase these channels, I'll come and install your cable, and that'll be the end of it," MacFarlane growled. "If you don't, »
Jimmy Fallon played Wheel of Impressions with Seth MacFarlane on Monday night because MacFarlane is a good sport, as well as a voice wizard. The highlight: MacFarlane doing an awe-inspiring Liam Neeson better than Liam Neeson does Liam Neeson. The lowlight: MacFarlane trying to mimic Ray Romano (that unfortunately sounds more like Teddy from Bob's Burgers doing an impression of Yoda), but, hey, I guess that's a highlight in its own right. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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.
Seth MacFarlane is already known for his impressive vocal talents, so of course the "Family Guy" creator and "Ted 2" director was awesome at Jimmy Fallon's "Wheel of Impressions." Just watch him discuss Time Warner Cable as Liam Neeson (he has a very particular set of channels...), then take on Starbucks as Bobcat Goldthwait, and chat about movies as Ray Romano. All Bobcat impressions are gold, since there's almost no way to miss with that. Of course, these things are never random -- Seth already showed off his Liam impression in Moviefone's Unscripted last year, so they let him do it again.
In his own sit-down interview, Seth discussed how his father, »
- Gina Carbone
21st Century Fox's Star India network is set to air the Hindi adaptation of hit U.S. sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Playing the titular character Raymond Barone, Ray Romano starred in the original as a sportswriter living in Long Island with his wife and kids across the street from his parents and brother. According to a Times of India interview with Steve Skrovan, one of the writers of the original U.S. show, Raymond is called Sumit in the Hindi remake titled Sumit Sambhal Lega, which translates as "Sumit Will Handle Everything." The show will air on Star's flagship
- Nyay Bhushan
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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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
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
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%.
- Rick Kissell
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'...' »
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
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 »
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
- Ryan Gajewski
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
(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
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
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.
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
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. »
Before David Letterman bids adieu to latenight on May 20, CBS will celebrate the host with a retrospective primetime special, airing Monday, May 4.
“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).
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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