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3 items from 2014


Comedy Central’s Late-Night: From Minor Leagues To Major Player & Innovator With Deep Bench Of Talent Competitors Vie For

10 April 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

For years in the 1990s, Comedy Central was considered nothing more than an incubator for late-night talent. Its first notable weeknight late-night show, Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher, originated there and ran for three years — from 1993-96 — before ABC snatched it to get into the late-night talk-show game. Maher’s successor at ABC, Jimmy Kimmel, also is a Comedy Central discovery, having gotten his start as host on the network’s Win Ben Stein Money and then The Man Show. Before Politically Incorrect left Comedy Central, it helped launch The Daily Show, which premiered behind Pi at 11:30 Pm before moving to the tentpole 11 Pm slot. Back then, the Daily Show had Craig Kilborn as a host. In 1998, he was poached by CBS as a host of the Late Late Show. Sixteen years later, CBS once again is reaching out to Comedy Central’s Daily Show franchise to replenish its late-night ranks, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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What David Letterman Did That Will Never Be Done Again

9 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Letterman’s sign-off from CBS’ “Late Show” next year will not only mark the end of an era in latenight, it will bring the curtain down on one of the most unique and lucrative deals ever crafted for a television star.

From day one on CBS, Letterman has owned “Late Show” outright through his Worldwide Pants production banner. Even in 1993, that was basically unheard of for talent not named Oprah.

But Team Letterman took advantage of a moment in time that gave it the utmost leverage. NBC had been so ham-fisted in its handling of “The Tonight Show” transition in 1991 that it alienated Johnny Carson and Letterman, Carson’s hand-picked successor. That made Letterman a red-hot commodity for a rival network that was desperate to break into the latenight business. Surprisingly, for all its Tiffany successes, CBS had never fostered a latenight franchise to rival NBC — or even ABC’s perch with “Nightline. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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David Letterman Retiring in 2015

3 April 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

After more than three decades in late-night television, David Letterman will say his final goodnights next year. He discussed his decision to retire at Thursday's taping of The Late Show and will reportedly issue a statement sometime before the episode airs. Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, who was a guest on Letterman's Thursday show, broke the news via Twitter. CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor confirmed the news.

How David Letterman Reinvented TV

Letterman told the audience during the taping that he had informed CBS CEO Les Moonves of his decision, »

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