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It's been a busy week for Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's HBO production. For a while it didn't have a name, but now we know it's titled "Vinyl" and the first brief teaser is here. The premise alone has us hooked. Read More: Martin Scorsese's Bill Clinton Documentary Stalled, 'Silence' Pushed To 2016 Release Set in the swirling world of the '70s music scene, the show will revolve around fictional label American Century Records, and the bustling punk and disco scenes of the era. The label will be headed by Bobby Cannavale, with Ray Romano as his best bud, Olivia Wilde as his wife, with James Jagger as punk rocker Kip Stevens. P.J. Byrne, Joe Caniano, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Max Casella, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, and Paul Ben-Victor round out the cast. Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") wrote the pilot which Scorsese directed. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this manic Monday? We have a letter written by a young Tom Hanks that proved he would be a star, a guide to the most incredible movie and TV weapons and Kyle Chandler returns as Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights for a new PSA. But first, Simon Pegg ranks all of the Star Wars movies. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Simon Pegg Ranks Every Star Wars Movie In One Minute
During LucasFilm's Hall H panel at Comic-Con last month, a behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars: The Force Awakens confirmed that Simon Pegg has some sort of role in the film. While promoting Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, the »
Unfortunately, it won't be called Punk-Rock Mad Men, but it'll probably still be like that. HBO announced Thursday that you can call Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's drama about the '70s rock scene Vinyl, and you can expect it to roll out in 2016. The project currently has Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Jagger's son James, Ray Romano, Andrew "Dice" Clay, and "Connecticut residents" attached to work off a pilot script from Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter. It will reportedly follow "the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound." Deal.Elsewhere in promising HBO updates, the network's president of programming had some good news about David Chase and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Deadline reports that Michael Lombardo has seen pages of Chase's latest series, A Ribbon of Dreams, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Fifteen years ago, Jim Gaffigan was yet another young stand-up comic riding the conveyer belt from the comedy clubs to a network sitcom in the wake of the success of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen, and more. His CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York" was designed as a vehicle for him, but somewhere between the start of development and when it hit the air, the focus shifted to co-star Christine Baranski, an Emmy winner for CBS' "Cybill." It turned out to be a good showcase for neither, and produced only 13 episodes before calling it quits. That wasn't the end of Jim Gaffigan, sitcom actor, but for a long time, it was the end of Jim Gaffigan, aspiring sitcom star. He took jobs on other people's shows ("The Ellen Show," "My Boys") and largely focused on his food-obsessed comedy act (like his famous routine about Hot Pockets). Given how well »
- Alan Sepinwall
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….)
RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
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
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