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CBS aims to give a Super Bowl boost to its late-night lineup, setting a live edition of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to air after the NFL championship game on Feb. 7.
“The Late Late Show with James Corden” will also be showcased in a special Sunday episode to air after CBS affiliates’ local newscasts.
The “Late Show” telecast marks the first time one of the Big Three networks’ late-night variety series has aired after the Super Bowl, which is typically the highest-rated telecast of the year. Colbert took over the “Late Show” reins in September following David Letterman’s sign-off in May. Corden moved into the “Late Late Show” slot in March following Craig Ferguson’s exit in December.
“It’s been a very big year in late night at CBS,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “We’re extremely proud of our two new late night franchises, and »
- Cynthia Littleton
Ian Karmel is a standup comic, doesn’t want to be anything but a standup comic, and, if everything goes to plan, will one day soon be famous as a standup comic.
But if you’re a TV or digital media fan, you might be less likely to know who Karmel is than what he brainstormed: the “Crosswalk: The Musical” series on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” that went viral online, helping put that freshman show on the map.
For decades, latenight TV has been the driver of comedians like Karmel to their dream destiny, most famously with Johnny Carson behind the wheel. While cable and digital have put more vehicles on the road after dark, the recent turnover in hosts hasn’t necessarily opened up the fast lane for comics to stardom.
- Jon Weisman
Conan O’Brien is on the road again, this time journeying to Armenia in the latest of a series of ongoing efforts to mix up his TV routine.
The results of O’Brien’s sojourn to the country, believed to have commenced on Sunday, are slated for broadcast on Time Warner’s TBS on Tuesday, November 10, at 11 p.m. and will be available a day later across digital and mobile venues operated by the network and O’Brien’s Team Coco outlets. Sona Movsesian, O’Brien’s longtime assistant who is of Armenian descent, has joined him. The visit is a first to the country for both and O’Brien’s broadcast will be the first by a host of an American late-night show from the nation.
“I think it’s every boss’s responsibility to take their assistant back to their ancestral land,” said O’Brien, in a statement provided by a spokesperson. »
- Brian Steinberg
Jimmy Fallon pulled a hamstring midway through The Tonight Show monologue Tuesday, but thankfully there was someone in the building who could serve as emergency substitute. Jay Leno returned to the show where he spent over 20 years as host to deliver a five-minute monologue of political humor.
"The election is getting nasty. Ralph Nader called Hillary a corporatist and a militarist. Isn't that incredible … Ralph Nader still alive," Leno joked. Leno also called a presidential showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the battle "between the Tortoise and the Bad Hair, »
It was Leno’s first appearance on The Tonight Show since stepping down as host in February 2014 and he seemed to relish the homecoming, cracking a string of really funny and exceptionally delivered jokes about the circus-like presidential race.
Leno was on hand to promote his new CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage which premieres Wednesday.
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NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” comfortably won the late-night ratings race in the young-adult demo during the opening week of the television season, coming within 5% of last year’s result even though CBS saw significant improvement for its “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.
The new CBS host is clearly bringing a younger audience than the network is accustomed to seeing in late-night, and that’s reflected in the fact that its year-over-year gains vs. David Letterman’s performance a year ago are considerably larger in key demos than total viewers. Last week, “Late Show” got a boost from Tuesday’s appearance by Donald Trump, which was Colbert’s second highest-rated night to date.
According to Nielsen estimates for the Sept. 21-25 frame, “Tonight” averaged a 1.05 rating in adults 18-49 — down just a little from last year’s winning 1.10 average and the highest score for Fallon during a full five-day week since April. »
- Rick Kissell
“If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you, and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives…could you then kill that child?”
It’s a classic philosophical question, one that the average person would never truly have to face. Of course, The Doctor is not the average person, and as such, has to face it nearly constantly. But never so personally, and so literally as when a young boy calls for help…and The Doctor walks away.
The Magician’S Apprentice / The Witch’S Familiar
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
The Doctor lands on a planet torn asunder by war, a war going on so long that it’s using progressively declining technology – space fighters are being shot at with bows and arrows. When a young boy is trapped in a mine field, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."
More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.
Leaving Oct. 1, 2015
"Aces High" (1976)
"A Fond Kiss" (2004)
"Agata And The Storm" (2004)
"A Good Day to Die" (2013)
"Alakazam The Great" (1960)
"All Is Lost" (2013)
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)
"America Declassified" (2013)
"Analyze This" (1999)
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)
"Angela's Ashes" (1999)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
"Baby's Day Out" (1994)
"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)
"Baron Blood" (1972)
"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)
"Big Night" (1996)
"Blue Velvet" (1986)
"Brewster's Millions" (1945)
"Buying & Selling" (2013)
"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)
"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)
- Sharon Knolle
Co-star and writer Baynton told Radio Times: "Even if we wanted to do more Wrong Mans, there wouldn't be an opportunity to.
"So I kind of see that as a good thing in a way because it means we can't be tempted into going back to it and possibly diluting it.
"As a concept it had two series and probably not much more as it starts to wear thin as a premise. Because we were proud of what we did, so we will both be moving on to other things."
Baynton also added that he isn't surprised about his friend's success in the Us, »
Doctor Who, Season 9, Episode 1, “The Magician’s Apprentice”
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on BBC America
After a nine month hiatus, Doctor Who comes roaring back with “The Magician’s Apprentice”, enticing new viewers with the stark visuals of its opening scene and grabbing perhaps skeptical long-term viewers with one word, “Davros”. Unfortunately, after a fantastic setup, the season nine premiere squanders the goodwill it’s built over much of the hour by falling prey to a tired, and long overdue to be retired, genre cliché: the series-breaking cliffhanger. This is nothing new for Doctor Who, which at various points in its 50+ year run has embraced the trope as a familiar and enjoyable structural element; The Doctor is constantly working his way into untenable situations just in time for, “To Be Continued” to pop up on-screen, then barely escaping in the opening moments of the next episode. »
- Kate Kulzick
Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Jay Leno have all left their long-running late-night perches. And now Mario Kreutzberger (known by his stage name Don Francisco), the Chilean-born creator and host of Univision’s Saturday night extravaganza “Sabado Gigante” (“Giant Saturday”), is signing off for the last time on Sept. 19 when the show’s record-breaking 53-year reign as the longest-running TV show in the world comes to an end.
The variety format show, which launched in Chile in 1962 before expanding Stateside, features a frenetic mix of contests, sing-alongs, and music acts, as well as other live entertainment. Details of its three-hour finale (the show’s standard run-time) are still under wraps but it will include highlights of past shows and a constellation of guests, among them celebrated Latin American recording artists Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi, Paulina Rubio and Juanes.
“We want to do something very special, something very meaningful »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Anthony Edwards is scrubbing in for a new TV role, this time on CBS’ Blue Bloods.
The ER vet will guest-star on a Season 6 episode of the cop drama, Yahoo! TV reports.
RelatedEsai Morales Cops Blue Bloods Role
Blue Bloods returns Friday, Sept. 25, at 10/9c; Edwards’ episode will air sometime in November. »
David Letterman has a new hosting gig – of sorts.
The veteran late-night comedian will in 2016 journey to India to examine how that nation is trying to bring solar power to its entire population within the next decade. It’s a far cry from rattling off the popular Top Ten Lists and Stupid Pet Tricks that were so much a part of his more than three decades of wee-hours television for CBS and NBC. But it’s a chance for Letterman to give voice to the issue of climate change on a new, albeit temporary, home: National Geographic Channel.
Letterman will join Jack Black, Ty Burrell, James Cameron, Thomas Friedman, Joshua Jackson , Aasif Mandvi, Olivia Munn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ian Somerhalder and Cecily Strong in the second season of the documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” which explores the issue of climate change and won a 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. »
- Brian Steinberg
History has heard the cry and has signed on for 16 episodes of the new series “Join or Die With Craig Ferguson.”
The half-hour program follows the “Late Late Show” alum as he debates provocative and timely topics — in his unorthodox and iconoclastic manner, of course — with a panel of guests that will include celebrities and historians. Viewers will also be allowed to join the conversation through social media. Topics will range from the biggest presidential campaign flop and who was the greatest founding father to which invention was history’s greatest game changer.
“I’m a huge fan of History and what they do,” said Ferguson. “I’m delighted to be on their schedule and promise that we will have a lot of fun but we will also stick to the truth.”
While this might sound like perfect fodder for late-night TV ala Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” or “@midnight, »
- Whitney Friedlander
History has ordered 16 episodes of “Join or Die with Craig Ferguson,” the network announced Thursday. In the half-hour show, Ferguson will debate topics with a panel of guests which will include celebrities and history experts, as well as the American public through social media. Categories will range from topics such as: what was the biggest presidential campaign flop; who was the greatest founding father; or which invention was history’s greatest game changer. Also Read: Craig Ferguson to Star on ABC Pilot 'King of 7B' The expression, “Join or Die” is not only Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 rallying cry to the divided colonists. »
- Joe Otterson
Comedian and TV host Craig Ferguson will show off his history buff credentials in Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson, which has received a 16-episode order by History. The half-hour series hails from Comedy Dynamics and Ferguson’s Green Mountain West as well as Lionsgate TV where Ferguson has a deal. It will feature the Scottish-born comedian debating provocative and timely topics, in his unorthodox and iconoclastic manner, with a panel of guests which will include… »
"I am having so much fun with this character, probably a little too much fun. Occasionally in a career, you get one or two chances to just really enjoy your work and have it not feel like work—even though it is hard work. It's just a blessing. I'll play her as long as I can, as long as I'm standing. I'd play her in a wheelchair. I love Missy. She's great fun." The new season of "Doctor Who" returns this Saturday.
The character's name is being kept under wraps but is Not the »
- Garth Franklin
Premium cable network Epix later this month will let subscribers watch movies on mobile devices when they’re not connected to the Internet — a feature subscription VOD leader Netflix has said it will never offer.
The move by Epix, a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM, comes as its licensing pact with Netflix is set to expire at the end of September. Epix reached a deal with Hulu that commences Oct. 1, and renewed its pact with Amazon Prime earlier this year.
Epix touted the offline-viewing capability as a first for a traditional TV network. The feature will be available on its mobile apps for Amazon Kindle Fire tablets and all Apple and Google Android smartphones and tablets including iPads, iPhones and Samsung and Nexus devices.
Amazon, meanwhile, this month expanded offline-viewing capability for Prime members to access movies and TV shows on Apple iOS and Android devices. That »
- Todd Spangler
Your Friends are dead. Ok, not really, but what if Friends was a horror movie? What if Chandler killed Monica? Ross became Red Ross? Janice was a stalker? Everything and everybody scared Phoebe? Your answers are in the video below. Everything can be creepy when you put it in black and white and put spooky music behind it. And they sure did a lot of screaming for a sitcom. And let's be real: Monica with the turkey on her head is pretty horrifying, but not as bad as Gladys and Glynnis because those pieces of "art" were pretty flippin' weird. Your favorite Friends have been getting together here and there recently. Lisa Kudrow appeared on Courteney Cox's Celebrity Name Game, hosted by Craig Ferguson. »
At the TCA panel to discuss his new job as host of "Late Show," Stephen Colbert didn't want to go into specific details about his plans for the show. At one point, I asked him directly if he was planning to use the same format — monologue, desk piece, guest, guest, musical guest, goodbye — that had been the familiar structure of the genre practically going back to its origins in the 1950s. "Well, that sounds boring," a smiling Colbert replied, to laughter from the assembled press and CBS employees. "So no. I'm going to go with no on boring." But when Colbert's "Late Show" finally debuted last night, that was almost exactly the format he wound up using. (Technically, there were two desk pieces between the monologue and the first guest.) So no, Colbert wasn't looking to reinvent the talk show wheel on his first night in the Ed Sullivan Theater. »
- Alan Sepinwall
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