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Weeks of speculation around the identity of Jon Stewart’s successor on Comedy Central’s the Daily Show came to a surprising end Monday with the remarkable appointment of 31-year-old, biracial South African stand-up comedian Trevor Noah: the first non-white, non-American to fill the role. The precise direction in which Noah will take the show remains, of course, to be seen. But from his three appearances on the show to date – in which he has riffed on his outsider status to critique myopic American attitudes to international affairs (including a lack of understanding of Africa, and Boko Haram’s motivations) – it’s clear that he’ll bring a fresh perspective from which to satirise domestic and world events.
The bold nature of Comedy Central »
- Ashley Clark
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The first Wednesday of the year without Fox’s dominant “Empire” didn’t seem to free up viewers of other shows, as ABC’s “Modern Family” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu” matched their lowest scores of the season. The combo of “Survivor” and “Criminal Minds” lifted CBS to victory, though the jury remains out on the net’s 10 p.m. newcomer “CSI: Cyber,” which was edged out in the young-adults demo by NBC’s “Chicago Pd.”
Fox’s “American Idol,” meanwhile, seemed to miss skedmate “Empire,” as its first Wednesday installment of the season without the drama airing behind it delivered easily the show’s lowest scores on the night this season.
Of note in latenight, meanwhile, it was more of the same in the early going of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” with the CBS newcomer faring better than NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in households (1.2 rating vs. »
- Rick Kissell
In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock, the entire late night TV landscape is currently undergoing a massive changeover. After David Letterman departs The Late Show this spring, and after Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show later this year, we’ll have an almost entirely new late night TV lineup. One of the first big shifts took place last night with the debut of The Late Late Show with James Corden, as the Brit took over for Craig Ferguson, who departed the Letterman follow-up last fall. I haven’t had a chance to watch Corden’s debut just yet, but he made a few significant changes to how late night TV is done here in the States—namely bringing out all of his guests at once (a la The Graham Norton Show), dispensing with the fake microphone atop his desk, and also leaving the desk altogether to take part in the interviews. »
- Adam Chitwood
For those who didn't know, British comedy star James Corden (who you may recognize from Into the Woods or Begin Again) took over "The Late Late Show" from Craig Ferguson and his first official show was last night. It's quite a big responsibility, especially when you're following David Letterman (at least until Stephen Colbert takes over "The Late Show"), but Corden had quite a fun inaugural episode with American treasure Tom Hanks stopping by. Corden and Hanks teamed up to recreate every Tom Hanks movie from his decades of acting in under seven minutes. From Big to Cast Away to Captain Phillips. Watch it! Here's James Corden & Tom Hanks doing every Tom Hanks movie in seven minutes (via YouTube): You can't go wrong with some good clean fun with Tom Hanks. At first he seemed almost annoyed to be involved, but I think maybe it was just beginning with »
- Ethan Anderton
James Corden finds himself in the world of pure imagination that is late-night television thanks to scoring a golden ticket placed in chocolate bars by Les Moonves and his Oompa Loompas. On Monday’s new “Late Late Show” debut, Corden shared a solid pre-taped sketch that explained how he landed the coveted gig, which was manned by Craig Ferguson for 10 years. Here’s how it went down: The CBS chief instructed the Willy Wonka characters to place the winning ticket in a “Late Late Show” chocolate bar. Despite their best over-buying efforts, Simon Cowell, Joel McHale, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, »
- Tony Maglio
Last night saw the debut of James Corden as the newest Late Late Show host, as the British actor, who was last seen on the big screen in the 2014 musical Into The Woods, stepped in to take over from Craig Ferguson in the post-Letterman time slot, following Ferguson’s decision to step down from the role. Corden’s first guests included Jupiter Ascending‘s Mila Kunis and two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks.
Recreating Hanks’ filmography can be a challenge, as the performer has worked in a wide range of films over the years, from comedies such as Turner & Hooch to dramas such as Philadelphia, and even animated fare, such as the Toy Story films. Corden, however, took on that challenge last night, with Hanks in the studio to lend a helping hand. The resulting video, in which Corden dons the same wig to play everyone from Meg Ryan to Daryl Hannah, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Update: In updated affiliate-based estimates from Nielsen, the premiere of “The Late Late Show with James Corden” averaged a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.66 million viewers overall — the largest “Late Late Show” audience on a Monday since November 2011 with Craig Ferguson as host.
Compared to the averages last fall with Ferguson, Monday’s “Late Late Show” was up 33% (0.1) in adults 18-49 and 13% (about 190,000) in total viewers. And versus the same night a year ago, “Late Late Show with James Corden” was even in the demo and up 22% in total viewers.
More detailed viewership estimates will be released later today, but Nielsen estimates that the CBS latenight program averaged a 1.4 household rating/5 share in the 56 metered markets. This is a 27% improvement over the same night last »
- Rick Kissell
James Corden‘s first “Late Late Show” received a 1.4 rating/5 share per overnight Nielsen numbers, which count the 56 metered markets. That rating is up 27 percent versus the same night last year (1.1/4), and up 17 percent over “The Late Late Show’s” season average. As expected, that number is down from former host Craig Ferguson‘s debut many years ago, when TV viewing habits were different. On Jan. 3, 2005, that version of the post-Letterman timeslot earned a 1.8/7. Corden’s kick-off also couldn’t compete with Seth Meyers‘ big year-ago debut on NBC in the same timeslot, a 2.6/9, which was boosted by »
- Tony Maglio
James Corden’s tenure as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show began last night with a metered market 1.4/5 – which CBS noted, is up 27% versus the same night last year (1.1/4). He beat NBC’s Seth Meyers (1.2/4); ABC’s Nightline clocked a 1.4/5 against the first half hour of Corden’s premiere. That said, Late Late Show’s previous host Craig Ferguson had opened on January 3, 2005, clocking a metered market rating of 1.6/6, which eventually translated to an average of 2.1 million… »
It is humanly impossible to be excited by the idea of a new talk show. When's the last time you sat through an entire talk show monologue? Was it recently? If so, then why? What did you hope to achieve by hearing three jokes about current events? Don't you understand that the internet will compile any worthwhile talk show clips for you in the morning? Come on. Grow up. Luckily, James Corden seemed very aware of boring talk show tropes during his "Late Late Show" debut and did his best to circumvent them. The Tony-winning actor served up a modest but promising first show with the help of guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis, who were brilliant and utterly boring (respectively). Kunis spent what seemed like a fortnight on Corden's couch discussing her jewelry designs. Almost bravely dull. To Corden's credit, there were practically no other lowlights to his debut. »
- Louis Virtel
After a mercifully short opening talk in which he joked that viewers at home were thinking Ooh look, Andy Richter's got his own show!, gave a "massive thank you" to former show host Craig Ferguson, got choked up introducing his parents in the audience, promised viewers he would "do my best not to let any of you down,” unveiled show band leader Reggie Watts and gave a “massive” shout-out to Bud Light for sponsoring the show's on-set bar – yes, “Massive” drinking game has… »
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.
Monday night marked James Corden's debut as the new "Late Late Show" host, replacing Craig Ferguson. Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis were his first guests, and you can see they redesigned the set so they're all just sitting next to each other. Mila went on record to say she loved being pregnant and loves being a mom. Bold stance! James told a story where he thought he and his wife were being followed by paps but the photog was really shooting Ashton and Mila. The three of them talked about their kids, and Tom said he is the new face of "manspreading."
In the second video, James introduced himself and the band, »
- Gina Carbone
James Corden, the affable 36-year-old Englishman who has the endearing habit of telling people he’s from High Wycombe – and then saying that people in England don’t even know where that is – took over an American talk show last night and started the long, enviable task of making it his own. Yes, enviable. Like Craig Ferguson before him on CBS’s Late Late Show, there’s really not that much pressure on Corden in this early going to make that show a hit. Part of that is because it did well with Ferguson but was never in the zeitgeist, and
- Tim Goodman
And throughout his mild-mannered opening monologue, the British comic repeatedly referenced his surprise at being chosen to succeed Craig Ferguson in CBS’ 12:37/11:37c weeknight slot and his belief that most Americans have no idea who he is.
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If I’m being honest, though, I wish Corden — who’ll always be »
So David Letterman’s new lead-out? He learned everything he knows about hosting a talkshow from (drumroll, please) … Jay Leno? That was part of the amusing taped piece that kicked off CBS’ “Late Late Show With James Corden,” a slightly uneven premiere with moments of inspired lunacy and some clear areas for the newbie host to work on. Relatively unknown to a U.S. audience and a baby-faced 36, Corden oozed sincerity during his opening – he even teared up introducing his parents – and certainly looks eager to please. That said, he appeared more comfortable during planned bits than interacting with guests.
CBS deserves credit for taking a flyer on a promising if unorthodox choice for a timeslot that provides the latitude for doing just that. (The network even cashed in with an on-set Bud Light sponsorship, although someone should have perhaps consulted Jimmy Kimmel about the potential pitfalls of an in-studio bar. »
- Brian Lowry
While we'll always miss Craig Ferguson, his robot friend Geoff Petersen, and that dancing horse, but we're already kind of in love with James Corden after just one episode. After a quick monologue during which Corden introduced bandleader Reggie Watts and told us "However shocked you are that I am doing this job, you're not as shocked as I am," we were treated to a skit in which he was given the job via golden ticket, Willy Wonka-style, beating out other hopefuls like Simon Cowell, Lena Dunham, Eddie Redmayne, and Katie Couric who opened their candy wrappers to find nothing but chocolate. Then, Corden was treated to some talk show host training sessions by Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Allison Janney, »
Corden spent a good amount of time during the first show introducing himself to the audience. He mentioned more than once that he hailed from a place in England that few if any viewers had ever heard of, High Wycombe. He made several mentions of his wife and two young children.
Leno, Streep and Schwarzenegger took part in a lengthy taped bit that depicted Corden getting into shape for the grueling work of hosting a nightly talk show. Streep recently co-starred with Corden in Disney’s film version of the musical “Into the Woods.”
- Cynthia Littleton
James Corden endured a little hazing courtesy of Jay Leno during his Late Late Show premiere. The British star took over as host of the CBS late-night talk show Monday, and he began by introducing himself. "I know what you're thinking — you're like, 'Oh look, Andy Richter's got his own show,' " he quipped. In a sincere moment, he got choked up when thanking his parents, who were in the audience. He also acknowledged his predecessor: "I want to say a massive thank you to Craig Ferguson." Read more James Corden, 'Late Late Show' Producers Talk
- Ryan Gajewski
James Corden got a handwritten welcome to late-night — or “talk show hell” — from former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno on Monday. Craig Ferguson’s replacement posted the short but sweet (and ominous) note from Leno on Twitter. Corden’s accompanying words were: “This card from Jay Leno this morning!! What a guy! Late Late show starts tonight!!! CBS 12.30!” Leno’s dark warning was: “Welcome to talk show Hell! Have Fun!” The man who dominated late-night ratings for so many years even included a rudimentary caricature of himself smirking to drive home the good-natured point. Also Read: James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Debut Breaks Mila. »
- Tony Maglio
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