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I write about TV for a living, I watch a ton of TV, and I read a lot of news about TV, including a number of much-hyped stories that seem unavoidable all over the Internet. Yet even I can't bring myself to care about some of them. For instance:
2. The VMAs themselves. The one day a year MTV pretends it still cares about music videos. Again, a year from now, will you remember who won any of these prizes?
3. The Jon-Snow-Is-Alive rumors. Either he is or isn't, but I'd rather just find out when I watch "Game of Thrones" next season and not endure nine months of speculation.
- Gary Susman
James Corden is taking his turn with the critics. The CBS Late Late Show host has been tapped to emcee the 31st Annual Television Critics Association Awards during this year's summer tour. The non-televised event will be held on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the tour stretches for more than two weeks. Corden joins an impressive roster of past hosts, including Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Key & Peele, Ellen DeGeneres, and his Late Late Show predecessor, Craig Ferguson. The news comes nearly four months after Corden replaced Ferguson as the face of
- Lacey Rose
When Jimmy Kimmel launched his latenight show on ABC in 2003, he served his audience liquor and beer. In 2015, James Corden has done him one better: A miniature tavern is located directly on the set of CBS’ new “Late Late Show.”
Bottles of Rolling Rock, Beck’s, Michelob Ultra, Stella Artois and, no surprise, Bud Light and Budweiser adorn a four-seat “Bud Light Bar” seen on set every night during the program, which launched with Corden as host in March. On most nights, its presence is hard to miss. A neon Bud Light sign hangs above the bottles of suds and is easily spotted as the show comes back from a commercial. Sometimes, the bar serves as a backdrop for a sketch, as when Dana Carvey did an impression of Michael Caine or a segment called “Stage 56 Bar Tricks” that had one contestant jump rope while sitting on her rear end »
- Brian Steinberg
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.
"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)
Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »
- Gina Carbone
Late-night fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with this year's crop of variety talk show hosts? With the recent exits of David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert's "Colbert Report" and the impending departure of Jon Stewart, late night has transformed more in the last few years than it had in the preceding 20. Below, watch our exclusive Google Hangout chats with some of this year's variety contenders, including veteran Conan O'Brien ("Conan") and relative newcomers James Corden ("Late Late Show"), Seth Meyers ("Late Night") and Larry Wilmore ("The Nightly Show"). -Break- Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Conan O'Brien on his groundbreaking trip to Cuba: "The 'American idiot abroad' is an invention Mark Twain was doing in the 19th century. The American being out-of-place and out-of-sorts and b..."' »
The Late Night TV landscape—much like the television landscape in general—is going through a pretty intense transformation at the moment. Come this August, the “oldest” regular program in late night will be Jimmy Kimmel Live, which launched in 2003. The Tonight Show Wars finally came to a close (again) in February 2014 when Jay Leno stepped down a second time, making way for Jimmy Fallon to take over the established franchise. And somewhat fittingly, David Letterman felt it was time to retire just over a year later, bringing Late Show with David Letterman to a close this past May. Letterman’s loss was the most striking, not only because Late Show paved the way for a new kind of comedy on late night television, but also Letterman’s interview skills/style was unrivaled. His somewhat prickly personality made for some of the most fascinating and entertaining interactions in all of television, »
- Adam Chitwood
[Press Release] New York, NY - Premium TV network Epix announced today that it will spotlight the surreal, naughty and hilarious comedy of Grammy® nominated, Peabody® and Emmy® Award winning comedian Craig Ferguson, in the Original Comedy Event Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest making itsWorld Television Premiere Thursday, September 10, at 10pm Et/Pt, 9C. The stand-up special airs during the Epix Free Preview Weekend taking place September 10-13. Epix subscribers can watch the Free Preview Weekend across all Epix platforms-on air, online, on demand and via the Epix app. Non Epix subscribers can enjoy the Free Preview Weekend online at Epix.com. Craig Ferguson's new special Just Being Honest capturesa comedic genius at the peak of his powers. He delivers an unrestrained and brilliant »
- Pietro Filipponi
HBO has announced that Meyers will oversee the panel at 2:30 p.m. July 10 at Comic-Con’s Hall H. The panel will include “Thrones” executive producer Carolyn Strauss, director David Nutter and cast members Alfie Allen (Theon/Reek), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Conleth Hill (Varys), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Carice van Houten (Melissandre) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). An autograph signing will follow at 4:15 p.m.
- Whitney Friedlander
American Horror Story has room in its Hotel for one more franchise alum.
Denis O’Hare, who most recently played con artist Stanley in Freak Show, will return to the FX anthology series for its fifth season this fall.
“We’re just finalizing Denis O’Hare’s deal, he’s going to come back,” exec producer Ryan Murphy told our sister site Deadline, though he did not elaborate on the details of O’Hare’s character.
In addition to Freak Show, O »
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Craig Ferguson is returning to Epix. The premium network has set Thursday, September 10 for the premiere of Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest stand-up comedy special. It will air at 10 Pm Et/Pt and 9 Pm Ct during Epix’s Free Preview Weekend which runs September 10-13. Epix subscribers can watch on air, online, on demand and via the Epix app. Non-subscribers can view online at Epix.com. The hour-long special, filmed at New York City’s Town Hall, is Ferguson’s second for… »
There’s been a remarkable consistency among variety series Emmy candidates, starting with Comedy Central’s powerhouse pair. Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” has enjoyed back-to-back wins, while Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” took top honors in 2012 and the previous nine years.
All told, those same six comprise the lineup over the past three years. But 2015’s seismic latenight shifts, with a host of hosts having left or on their way out, could affect the Emmy battle as well.
First rumbles came from the TV Academy itself, which is instituting »
- Bob Verini
The Doctor turned Rocktor yesterday (June 11) when Peter Capaldi was filmed channelling his inner guitar god.
Watch the Doctor Who actor laying down a riff in a Cardiff music shop in the brilliant Vine below:
Here it is folks! #drwho #petercapaldi playing guitar!! https://t.co/pVsnG8uIqC
— ☺ (@Robin_Banksy) June 11, 2015
Dr Who rockin' in Cardiff today #drwho #petercapaldi #Cardiff pic.twitter.com/NCubdgUs03
— ☺ (@Robin_Banksy) June 10, 2015
Doctor Who series 9: Everything we know so far
It's not the first time Capaldi has shown his rock and roll credentials. He used to be in a punk rock band called The Dreamboys with comedian and television host Craig Ferguson.
Rigsy is a young graffiti artist who helped save the world in 'Flatline', and he will now reunite in a new adventure »
The TV presenter, who returns to our TV screens with a new run of Catchphrase this Sunday (June 14), told Digital Spy that the UK has no such equivalent and he would love to create funny skits with celebrity guests.
Corden took over from Craig Ferguson and has been a huge success with audiences across the pond, partly due to his original comedy sketches with game A-listers.
"We're actually in talks about doing a new show - sort of similar to the James Corden show in the Us, because ITV2 don't have anything like that," Mulhern explained.
"Because Britain's Got More Talent does so well, and we have such a laugh in it, the idea is to try do something like that over here. »
Read More: 7 Ways the 'Late, Late Show with James Corden' Is Actually Going to Feel New James Corden brought a different kind of intimacy to Monday's "Late Late Show" when he introduced a new game called "Nuzzle Waaa?" The rules of this game are simple: Contestants wear a blindfold while nuzzling a mysterious object brought out by Reggie Watts, the band leader. Using the sense of touch, smell and even taste, they must identify the mystery object before time runs out. Check out the clip above to see Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") puckering his lips at a snake, and Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") ferociously attacking a giant gummy bear with her entire face. For the final round, Watts brings out a sumo wrestler whom Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley") triumphantly declares to be a "human man" while Kemper shrieks upon contact with the wrestler's nipples. Corden, who replaced Craig Ferguson as. »
- Sara Itkis
Actor and entertainer James Corden has had a lot of attention thrust upon him in his first few weeks of hosting CBS's "The Late Late Show," which he took over on March 23 after Craig Ferguson ended his 10-year stint in December. Corden earned a Critics' Choice nomination, has gone viral on YouTube and followed David Letterman's very last episode of "The Late Show." (Watch our complete video chat with Corden below.) -Break- What am I going to do now that David Letterman is retiring? "It was an honor and daunting and terrifying to be the first person to speak after he said good night," says Corden of following Letterman's landmark sign-off. "How can a man who has just finished 6,000 shows and is as big an institution in broadcasting as you could ever imagine – he's going to speak for the last time, and the first voice people are going to »
Update: In preliminary national estimates, the final broadcast of “The Late Show with David Letterman” drew 13.76 million viewers for the show’s largest audience since February 1994. Only two post-Olympics episodes that month (during the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding saga) and the show’s August 2003 premiere (15.205 million) drew larger audiences.
In adults 18-49, the show’s 3.1 rating is the highest since the night in December 2005 that Oprah Winfrey appeared.
Millions of fans who enjoyed the latenight antics of David Letterman over the years returned Wednesday night as the iconic host signed off following a 33-year run.
Nielsen won’t issue total-viewer estimates until later today, but early indications are that the show drew its largest audience in more than nine years. In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, Wednesday’s »
- Rick Kissell
The veteran late-night host is signed off for the last time after 33 years of post-11 o’clock entertainmentHe was joined by guests including the Foo Fighters, Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Jim Carrey
Review: a stoic but touching send-off for the Late Show
Thank you and goodnight -David Letterman #ThanksDave pic.twitter.com/KV9F3CiLZd
Oh, a segment dedicated to the times he’s blown stuff up: ok
Is there something else? …
I’ve got to admit: he’s been clever here. The jokes weren’t the sharpest at the start but he’s really let the show do the talking all night, dropping in clips that really communicate how much a part of Us »
- Lanre Bakare in New York
Written and Directed By:Adrian Castro
Produced By:Maria Tran
Fight Choreographer:Trung Ly
Make-up Artist:Taylor Davis
Tiger Cop is a fine example of the classic 1980’s Chinese Martial Art genre. If you are fans of Yukari Oshima, Moon Lee and Cynthia Rothrock then this right up your street. Tiger Cop is two sets of extravagant trailers which pays homage to them movies and stars which brought us hard-hitting fight scenes over the years.
Maria Tran plays the new inspector on the force and right away she gets into trouble when introduced to her new partner. It’s a very well choreographed fight scene showcasing Maria’s hand to hand combat, the art of blocking and some very nice kicks. Maria really mixes it up, when watching the fights it takes me back to watching movies such as Angels, Outlaw brothers, Yes Madam and more. »
CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” is carrying some ratings momentum into tonight’s finale, with Monday and Tuesday’s hours drawing some of the show’s best numbers in years.
Last night’s penultimate telecast, with guests Bill Murray and Bob Dylan, averaged a 4.9 household rating/12 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights — the show’s top rating since September 2009. It was up 48% from last Tuesday (3.3/9) and more than double the year-ago score (2.0/5).
And on Monday of this week, “Late Show with David Letterman” did a 4.1/11 in the overnights, a 37% improvement over last week (3.0/8), a 78% surge over last year (2.3/6).
On both nights, “Late Show” was No. 1 among latenight talkshows in the overnight household ratings, though NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” held a slight edge among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.
As expected, the final nights of Letterman on CBS have helped boost recent latenight addition James Corden. »
- Rick Kissell
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