Craig Ferguson Signs Off ‘Late Late Show’ with Jay Leno, Homage to Classic TV Finales
Spoiler Alert: Stop reading if you haven’t seen Friday’s edition of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
Ferguson signed off after 2,058 episodes in characteristically quirky fashion, running through many of the show’s regular comedy bits, such as bantering with sidekick Geoff the talking robot skeleton and showcasing Secretariat, the show’s “fake horse” brought to life by two people in a classic pantomime horse costume.
The guest segment featured Jay Leno in a candid, and for Ferguson fairly low-key, session of swapping stories of talkshow host gripes about lame guests, pushy publicists and the trials of aging on the job. Leno, who signed off “The Tonight Show” in February, looked like a guy who’s been semi-retired for 10 months, »
- Cynthia Littleton
David Schwimmer Joins FX's Oj-Themed American Crime Story as Robert Kardashian
David Schwimmer‘s newest friend: Oj Simpson.
American Crime Story, from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, got a straight-to-series order in October — with a 10-episode first season focusing on the murder trial of NFL star Simpson, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
‘Homeland’s’ Howard Gordon Sells First Comedy to NBC
NBC has ordered a script from Gordon for action workplace comedy “Human Resources,” Variety has confirmed.
The “24”-meets-“Die Hard” half-hour single-cam follows a group of unlikely heroes that come together to save their co-workers, jobs and themselves.
Tom Gormican (“That Awkward Moment”) will write the script and exec produce, alongside Gordon and Hugh Fitzpatrick, of Teakwood Lane Productions at 20th Century Fox, and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst. Gordon is under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.
Gordon is repped by Wme, 3 Arts and Gendler & Kelly.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Once Upon a Time Casts Ernie Hudson as Ursula's Father Poseidon in Season 4
A retired Ghostbuster is heading under the sea for Once Upon a Time.
Ernie Hudson will appear as Poseidon in Episode 15 of the ABC drama’s fourth season, our sister site Deadline reports. In addition to being the god of the sea, Once‘s Poseidon is also the father of Merrin Dungey’s Ursula, a concept omitted from Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 1989, though later included in the Broadway musical.
JoAnna Garcia Swisher is also set to appear in Episode 15, reprising the role of Ariel.
In addition to his work on the big screen, Hudson has recurred in a number of TV series, »
AMC Casts Hong Kong Film Star Daniel Wu as ‘Badlands’ Lead
The series, which is based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” follows a ruthless warrior (Wu) and a young boy who take a dangerous journey together to find enlightenment.
“After working together with such a talented team of executive producers, writers and executives at AMC, I am excited for the opportunity to bring this character to life,” said Wu, who will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which was ordered straight to series with six one-hour episodes in July.
Emily Beecham (“28 Weeks Later”), Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors”) and Oliver Stark (“My Hero”) round out the cast. David Dobkin (“The Judge”) will be the director and co-executive producer, alongside series creators/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon”) and executive producers Stephen Fung »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Sarah Jessica Parker Expected to Return to HBO in ‘Divorce’ Comedy
Sarah Jessica Parker is eying her return to HBO.
The “Sex and the City” star is expected to star in and exec produce HBO’s “Divorce,” although the pilot has not yet been greenlit, Variety has learned.
The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. Parker will make up one half of the divorced couple.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Snoop Dogg, Espn Team for Documentary Series Following Performer’s Son
Espn is set to air a five-part documentary style series, “Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream,” which will look at the entertainment icon Snoop Dogg’s journey with his football star son Cordell Broadus.
Espn will premiere the series on Jan. 14, continuing for four consecutive Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Et (reairing on Espnu), with a fifth and final episode airing in mid-February.
Cordell, 17, is a standout student and prep player, and one of the most sought after recruits in the country, with top schools including Notre Dame and USC vying for him. Snoop is a constant presence in his football life.
“People will see a very different side of Snoop,” says Rory Karpf, who is executive producing through his shingle First Row Films. “They’ll see a man navigating the line between father and friend. They’ll see someone whose interest in his son’s life reflects what he himself never had. »
- Justin Kroll
Outlander Stars Tease 'Epic Battle,' High Stakes for Jamie and Claire
“If you enjoyed the first half of the season, the second half of the season’s a lot darker.”
Outlander fans, you have been warned by Jamie Fraser himself.
“The stakes are going to change, and a lot of the relationships will deepen,” Ep Ronald D. Moore hints.
Among the other highlights: Claire and Jack Randall get too close for comfort, Dougal proves his loyalty, Claire is accused »
TVLine's Performers of the Week: Laurie Metcalf and Stephen Colbert
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Laurie Metcalf
The Show | Getting On
The Episode | “Doctor Death”
The Airdate | December 14, 2014
The Performance | From the very first episode of Getting On, Metcalf’s self-absorbed, perpetually beleaguered Dr. Jenna James has been a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown (or perhaps even a psychotic break). In the show’s Season 2 finale — as her fledgling hospice program became the focus of a racketeering and anti-kickback proceeding in California Superior Court — Metcalf conveyed her character’s denial, panic, scheming and, ultimately, her acceptance of a probably grim fate, »
Ratings: Amazing Race Ticks Up With Finale, Splits 3-Way Demo Win
CBS’ The Amazing Race wrapped its 25th running on Friday night with 6.5 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, up 10 percent and a tenth week-to-week but expectedly down from both its May (8.2 mil/1.8) and year-ago (9.2 mil/2.1) finales, which aired on Sundays.
Leading out of the Race, CBS’ star-studded Home for the Holidays special did 3.3 mil and a 0.5.
NBC’s Nick Cannon special premiered to 4.7 mil and a 0.9, while Dateline drew 6.7 million viewers (Friday’s largest audience) and a 1.3 rating, tying Amazing Race and a Shark Tank rerun for the nightly demo win.
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Mysteries of Laura Adds Boardwalk Alum Meg Steedle as Series Regular
Steedle will make her debut in Episode 15 as Francesca “Frankie” Pulaski, a young detective who scored so high on her detective exam that she was initially assigned to headquarters at One Police Plaza — a placement that proved to be underwhelming for her.
When she joins the 2nd Precinct, Frankie’s sunny demeanor and optimism initially gets her pegged as naive and impressionable, though Laura will discover that the noob is using that disposition to conceal a dark secret.
In addition »
Video: Craig Ferguson Bids a Quirky Farewell to The Late Late Show
"If they had done more of that, I probably wouldn't have quit," he said after he received a rousing applause from the in-studio audience and thanked the fans for their ...
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- Kate Stanhope
Best of 2014: Inside Hallmark's holiday TV movie factory
Considering Hallmark Channel's annual "Countdown to Christmas" programming begins on Halloween, it should come as no surprise that Christmas is on the mind of Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming and network publicity for Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, all year round. "We right now are in development and some stages of pre-production and finalizing scripts for 2015," she says. "We like to get real snow as often as we can, but yes, there will be some movies that’ll be shot in the summer and people will be shivering in 80 degree weather with the fake snow." This year's 12 original »
- Mandi Bierly
Darlene Love's Final Late Show Visit: Watch Her Full Performance
‘Twas a bittersweet Christmas celebration at The Late Show on Friday, as David Letterman welcomed back a beloved guest for one last hurrah.
Darlene Love, who’s been belting her holiday classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the past 28 years, returned to the Late Show stage for one last performance — and you’d better believe she went out with a bang.
A red ball gown, falling snow, a full band and choir… There’s no doubt about it, Ms. Love outdid herself this year. (Side note: CBS recently released this supercut of Love’s performances over the years, which is also a must-watch. »
Late Late Show: Craig Ferguson Says Goodbye With Incredible Twist Ending
A massive musical number? Check. A casual, low-stakes chat with Jay Leno? Check. A surprise ending that will surely echo through the annals of television history? Oh my God, check.
Craig Ferguson spared no expense Friday during his final hour as the host of CBS’ Late Late Show, kicking things off with a star-studded (albeit pre-recorded) rendition of Dead Man Fall’s “Bang Your Drum.”
That was pretty much it for the evening’s big surprises, other than a phone call from “Bill Cosby,” who says he’s doing “pretty good,” in case you were wondering. The rest of the »
Glee First Look: A Reunion-y Season 6 — With Bonus Quinn and Karofsky!
Don’t trot out the old adage “you can’t go home again” — not when you’re talking about the plucky, musical twentysomethings of Glee.
As evidenced by the following first-look photos from the first four episodes of the high-school musical’s sixth season, the original wide-eyed members of McKinley High School’s New Directions have all gone back to Ohio — Lima, to be specific — with songs in their hearts and plenty of accompanying drama, to boot.
Quinn and Puck are looking pretty cozy, while Brittany and Santana seem to be spending a lot of time together, too. But Kurt »
'Glee' Season 6 Premiere Photos: Everyone Comes Back to McKinley
Official photos from the premiere of Glee's sixth and final season, airing Friday, January 9 at 8pm. The two-hour premiere will feature the first two episodes, "Loser Like Me" and "Homecoming."
Official Synopsis from Fox: "After Rachel?s humiliating failure as TV actress, she comes home to Lima to figure out what she wants to do next. Upon discovering that Sue has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel takes it upon herself to reinstate and lead the Glee Club. Meanwhile, Blaine, no longer in a relationship with Kurt, has moved home to coach the Warblers while Will is coaching rival Vocal Adrenaline, and Sam is the assistant coach for the McKinley football team. Then Puck, Quinn, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, Artie and Tina all return to McKinley for Homecoming and help Rachel and Kurt recruit for the new glee club." »
The Amazing Race Season 25 Finale: And the Winner Is...
The Amazing Race‘s 25th season reached its final pit stop on Friday, with four teams — instead of the usual three — competing for the $1 million prize. But which team was first to arrive at the winner’s circle?
Before a champ could be determined, the remaining four pairs — surfers Adam and Bethany; wrestlers Brooke and Robbie; dentists Misti and Jim; scientists Maya and Amy — headed back to U.S. soil after their stint in the Philippines.
Let’s hit the highlights of the final leg:
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