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Colbert, known for his spoofish portrayal of a bloviating political commentator on his “Colbert Report” for the past nine years, now must tackle an even more demanding performance. He will take the chair on CBS’ “The Late Show,” one of three be-all-to-everyone latenight programs set on the nation’s most-watched broadcast networks.
That move raises some questions. Sure, Colbert has been on other series, like “The Daily Show,” “The Dana Carvey Show,” “Strangers With Candy” and the early Comedy Central sketch-comedy effort “Exit 57,” but these were all in the satirical-comedy vein. “The Late Show” is a broad-skewing production that CBS is counting on to bring in more revenue — it will take ownership of the program, which has been the property of »
- Brian Steinberg
We must not be treating our late-night talk show hosts very well. To lose both Stephen Colbert (or at least the "Stephen Colbert" he plays on "The Colbert Report") and "The Late Late Show"'s Craig Ferguson is a misfortune, but to lose them both within 24 hours smacks of negligence.
There's a lot of mourning, hand-wringing, rending of garments, and gnashing of teeth to be done, what with Colbert's departure on Thursday, December 18, and Ferguson's the next night. To add insult to injury, Friday the 19th also marks David Letterman's last Christmas show, highlighted by Darlene Love belting out "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," a tradition that dates back to 1986 on Dave's old NBC series.
It feels like the end of an era, and not just because these long-time hosts are all quitting their shows (though Letterman will still be on for another five months), but also for what »
- Gary Susman
Darlene Love gets lots of offers around this time of year to belt out her well-worn Yuletide hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” made famous by its appearance on a 1963 album of holiday songs produced by the legendary Phil Spector. She has given serious consideration to just one for the last 28 years: David Letterman’s.
Next year, she will have to make new plans.
When Love (pictured above) sings her song on CBS’ “The Late Show” this Friday, she will be sounding a different kind of note. Letterman’s annual “Holiday Show” will mark the start of the durable latenight program’s farewell. Letterman has announced he will step down after CBS broadcasts its May 20 episode, which means that this Friday’s telecast will stand as “a real iconic moment,” said Bill Scheft, a writer who has been with Letterman since 1991, during a recent appearance on a panel at The Paley Center for Media. »
- Brian Steinberg
Episodes: Ongoing (62 minutes)
TV show dates: August 30, 1993 -- May 20, 2015
Series status: Ending
TV show description:
Derived from Late Night With David Letterman, this Emmy Award-winning late night talk show was born as David Letterman switched networks from NBC to CBS. It's produced by Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and follows much the same format as its predecessor.
Letterman is the host, opening the show with a monologue, followed by a live or pre-recorded skit and a "Top 10" list. He then typically interviews one or two guests and many times follows it up with a musical guest performance. Paul Shaffer serves as the show's music director, bandleader, and Letterman's sidekick. »
A night after being celebrated by President Barack Obama and other D.C. dignitaries at the Kennedy Center Honors, Al Green visited the Late Show With David Letterman. The soul legend – still wearing the rainbow-colored ribbon and medal around his neck and accompanied by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra – performed a pair of Green's best tracks, "Tired of Being Alone" and "Let's Stay Together," two of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The performance was so rousing that Letterman exclaimed "Oh my God!" four times following "Tired of Being Alone. »
Foo Fighters Week kicked off Monday night on the Late Show With David Letterman with an unlikely collaboration doing a surprise cover: Dave Grohl and company joined up with Zac Brown for a four-guitar rendition of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." "Well there, you see, that's what we're talking about," Letterman says. "Zac Brown. Black Sabbath. Foo Fighters. I don't know, what do you kids want from me?"
Prior to the performance, Grohl sat down with Letterman to talk about his eight-year-old daughter's love of Amy Winehouse and gangsta rap »
StreamFix counts up the best and most notable in new streaming video on the web every week. Check out our rundown of what to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Crackle. Netflix "Silver Linings Playbook" Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence solve mental illness with a dance-off. Watch closely as Jacki Weaver sneaks into frame three or four times for an Oscar nomination. "Beginners" This delightful movie retraces he relationship between a downtrodden son (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who comes out as gay near the end of his life. Worth it to see Plummer in an Oscar-winning role roaming around the real La gay bar Akbar. "One Day" Anne Hathaway's best? Not by a long shot. But if you still have a vendetta against Hathaway for her streak of cloying interviews in late 2012, this is a good way to spite her. "New Girl »
- Louis Virtel
It's refreshing to watch network late night stars toast Joan Rivers. It feels like a slap in the face to Johnny Carson too, which I love. Though Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81, it's clear her foul-mouthed irreverence will remain appreciated for eternity. Here's the best of late night's respect to Joan. Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman roast each other in honor of Joan's raspy rancor. (For added viewing, enjoy Silverman's "In Bed with Joan" episode. So great.) Conan O'Brien fondly remembers Joan's "Tonight Show" appearances while his guest Chris Hardwick recalls how sweet and bad-ass she was. David Letterman calls Joan "indefatigable" and Paul Shaffer breathlessly recounts how she helped out his daughter with a project. Finally, Seth Meyers' tribute is touching and quaint. So unlike Joan, but still great. »
- Louis Virtel
Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells, and John Milhiser are in good company! After just one season, the Saturday Night Live newbies were fired from the NBC sketch comedy this week, but they weren’t the first to be let go before their time. Over the years, tons of comedy stars couldn’t hack it on SNL. Stars like Mindy Kaling, David Koechner, Anthony Michael Hall, and Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer had short-lived careers on the hit show. Here are the most shocking stars who didn’t last on SNL: 1. Robert [...] »
Dave Chappelle sat down Tuesday night for an alternately hilarious and insightful interview on The Late Show With David Letterman, marking his first late-night appearance in six years (and his first on Letterman's show in a decade). There's a clear mutual respect between the two comedy legends, as the duo exchange friendly family banter and reflect on their comedy careers. But the most obvious talking point – Chappelle's infamous exodus from Chappelle's Show – dominates the conversation, with the host playfully grilling his guest about walking away from $50 million and a third season. »
In the new 10-part docuseries The Sixties, CNN quite literally isn’t sparing any color commentary.
The debut installment, “Television Comes of Age,” examines the origins of the small screen — including the transition from black-and-white to color TV – through the eyes of the era’s biggest stars: Dick Cavett, Diahann Caroll, The Smothers Brothers, and Carol Burnett, among others.
The Sixties also calls on today’s luminaries to discuss how the era’s advances influenced their lives and changed the world. In an exclusive sneak peek of tonight’s opener, the series’ executive producer Tom Hanks (who also played a »
- Lanford Beard
On Tuesday, April 22, Sony Pictures Classics and Jann Wenner hosted a New York special screening of Charlie Paul's For No Good Reason featuring Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Hunter S. Thompson. It was followed by a cocktail reception and preview of Steadman's exhibition at Red Bull Studio.
Among those attending were Ralph Steadman, Sony Pictures Classics' co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, director Charlie Paul, Lucy Paul - producer of For No Good Reason, Tom Wolfe, Griffin Dunne, producer Hal Willner, Paul Shaffer, Tony Shafrazi, Jeremy Kost, designer Danielle Snyder and photographer Bob Gruen.
The last time I ran into music director »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
We’re used to seeing Stephen Colbert in-character on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, looking supremely confident as a right-wing master of the media universe. But Colbert came across a bit more humble during an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show on Tuesday night. It was Colbert’s first appearance on the show since landing the much-coveted gig to take over as Late Show host.
“I’m going to do whatever you have done,” Colbert told David Letterman, who will retire as the longest-serving late-night host next year. “It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave.”
Colbert told a »
- James Hibberd
Less than a week after David Letterman announced his retirement from The Late Show, CBS has announced his successor: Stephen Colbert. The Colbert Report host has signed a five-year agreement with the network and will step into the role following Letterman's departure in 2015, but the current Late Show host has not yet decided on a timetable with the network for when he will say good night.
6 Iconic David Letterman Interviews
"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. »
[Youtube "ldhf30YtWkI"] The Simpsons rarely fails to comment on a major pop-culture event, so it wasn't surprising that the show paid tribute to David Letterman's departure from the Late Show.The extended couch gag from Sunday's episode started with the family rushing through Manhattan traffic to attend a taping of the Late Show, soundtracked - in what must have been a call-out to Manhattan - to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." The scene then cuts to Letterman's studio, where he sits, waiting at his desk: "So what are we doing here?" he asks. "Is this the thing where the family runs in and sits down? »
- Alex Heigl
New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who came under fire for that hefty tax incentive the state gave NBC to bring the Tonight show back to Manhattan — handing over free money to NBC-parent Comcast, critics called it — this morning issued an official: Governor Cuomo’S Top Ten List Of Reasons Why David Letterman Is A New York Legend 10. He has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theatre than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined. 9. He has made more than 4,500 top ten lists. 8. He continued the Ed Sullivan Theatre’s legacy as a true New York icon by taping more than 4,000 shows at this world-renowned landmark. 7. He helped New York heal by being the first late night talk show host to come back on the air after September 11, 2001. 6. He contributed to keeping New Yorkers working by giving Paul Shaffer a steady job. 5. His shows have been nominated for more than 100 Emmy Awards. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The list is boosterism more than anything else, coming on the heels of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s letter to CBS’ Leslie Moonves on Thursday urging him to move the next “Late Show” to Los Angeles. It doesn’t seem to be even meant to be funny, probably a wise move for any politician trying to mimic the professionals.
On Friday, Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, sent a letter to Moonves urging him to keep “Late Show” (or whatever the new show is called) in the city. “‘The Late Show’ has always been an iconic presence in New York City’s rich entertainment industry,” she wrote. “What better »
- Ted Johnson
It’s easy to forget: David Letterman took the formal late-night interview format and made it fun. Goofy, sarcastic, blunt, even. He was an innovator who played with the mechanics of the medium, a B.S.-free trailblazer.
Here, from the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, are the top 10 things we’ll miss:
10. He was doing viral video before there even was viral video.
9. Especially Stupid Pet Tricks, which made us howl.
8. He was and is the best interviewer in the business. Case in point:
7. While other late-night hosts eschewed sidekicks, Dave kept the spirit of McMahon alive with »
- EW staff
On Thursday’s installment of Late Show with David Letterman, the longtime host announced that he will be retiring from the show when his latest contract is up in 2015. Letterman has been a fixture on late-night television for over 30 years, helming NBC’s Late Night from 1982-93, and then Late Show on CBS starting in 1993. During his announcement, which came following his opening monologue, Letterman sat casually at his desk, interacting with longtime band leader Paul Shaffer and reflecting on how long the two of them have been at this. Letterman opened up the conversation with the fact that … Continue reading →
The post David Letterman announces retirement from “Late Show” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
When news broke that David Letterman would be retiring from late-night television after three decades, the source of the news got nearly as much attention as the news itself. That's because it was former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills – a guest on Thursday's show – who was the first to make it to Twitter. In a backstage video, he said he considered whether or not it would be prudent to beat Letterman to the punch of announcing his own retirement but then he decided to go ahead with it.
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