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Chicago – Saturday, June 21st, 2014, marked a special night at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago – “A Salute to Dick Cavett.” The iconic talk show host, who seemingly knew every celebrity and newsmaker of the 20th Century, was honored for his broadcasting career, which has spanned over 50 years.
Richard Alva “Dick” Cavett was born – like his fellow talk show host Johnny Carson – in Nebraska. Like Carson, he began his entertainment career as a magician, right before he began college at Yale University. Shortly after graduating from Yale in the late 1950s, he was working at Time Magazine when he saw a notice in the newspaper that Jack Paar – then the host of “The Tonight Show” –was having difficulties with his opening monologues. Cavett wrote some jokes, and hand delivered them to Paar, who used them that night. The door to his career was open for Cavett, as he was hired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and that Rossi was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him, »
- Associated Press
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him," said Flores, »
- Associated Press
Bob Newhart was already a very well known comedian and actor before he landed his own show in 1972. During an appearance on “The Late Late Show,” Newhart opened up with Craig Ferguson about his stint as the host of “The Tonight Show” before “The Bob Newhart Show” had even been considered. Also read: How George Takei, Jimmie Walker, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart and Leslie Uggams Changed TV Speculating that it was in 1970, Newhart said that the network was grooming a lot of potential replacements for Johnny Carson during a salary dispute. And so, Newhart got the chance to guest host. »
- Jason Hughes
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.
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
This weekend, comedian David Brenner passed away after a struggle with cancer. He was 78.
Typically, this is not the kind of thing we would cover, but then we found this epic clip of Brenner hosting The Tonight Show, with guests Vincent Price and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The clip comes from 1986, back when Elvira was still rather new on the scene, and Brenner is quite smitten with her. In fact, she leaves him speechless on more than one occasion in this seven minute long clip.
- Alyse Wax
Arsenio Hall received some spectacularly good news during Wednesday (Feb. 26) night's episode of his eponymous late-night show -- delivered by a very special guest.
Making his first television appearance since retiring from "The Tonight Show" earlier this month, Jay Leno surprised his good friend with news that the show had officially earned been renewed for Season 2.
Sneaking up behind Hall during his monologue, Leno removed an envelope from his pocket and broke the news, surprising everyone -- the host included.
Before letting Hall get back to his show, Leno teased his former rival, joking, "Actually, on the second season, I'm gonna be hosting -- they didn't tell you that part."
"The Arsenio Hall Show" premiered on Sept. 9. The show, produced by CBS Television Distribution, had already secured a two-year deal with anchor station group Tribune Broadcasting.
Check out Leno's moment with Hall above.
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On Wednesday's episode of The Arsenio Hall Show, Leno sneaked up from behind Hall and gave the first of two big surprises. The second, via an inconspicuous-looking letter, was Leno's reveal that The Arsenio Hall Show has been renewed for a second season.
CBS Television Distribution sent out a release shortly thereafter making the renewal official. "Since 9/9/13, I've been waking up without...
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- Kate Stanhope
In his first TV appearance since signing off from The Tonight Show, Leno stopped by a taping of Hall’s show to help celebrate the news. Here’s a look:
The Tribune station group will continue airing Hall’s show on 17 stations including Wpix, New York, at 11 p.m.; Ktla, Los Angeles, at 11 p.m.; and Wgn, Chicago, at 10 p.m. The show debuted in September and is watched by 6.7 million unique viewers weekly. The median age of Hall’s show is 50.1.
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- Lynette Rice
Jay Leno stopped by for tonight’s taping to surprise Arsenio Hall with the announcement that CBS Television Distribution renewed The Arsenio Hall Show for a second season. (The show already had a two-year deal with the stations led by Tribune Broadcasting, so the pickup of the syndicated late-night talker was largely a formality). It marks Leno’s first TV appearance since departing The Tonight Show on February 7. Arsenio debuted September 9. “Actually, on the second season, I’m gonna be hosting — they didn’t tell you that part,” Leno joked after sneaking up on his former rival. Check it out: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
President George W. Bush will show over two dozen paintings this April at his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas. Featuring work that has never before been exhibited, The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy, explores "the relationships that President George W. Bush forged with world leaders to shape international policy and advance American interests abroad," according to the announcement by the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The former president dedicated himself to the hobby after leaving office in 2009, says CNN. "I do take painting seriously. It's changed my life," Bush said in 2013 on The Tonight Show, before »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Source: Getty One of the best parts of award season? Getting to see A-listers out and about with their better halves. And as an extra bonus, the winners often give their significant others sentimental shout-outs in their acceptance speeches, providing fans with a sweet peek into their personal lives. Cate Blanchett did just that at the SAG Awards. After winning for her performance in Blue Jasmine Cate thanked her husband, playwright Andrew Upton. She said, "Andrew, my darling, I wouldn't be up here without you." That got us wanting to know more about the man behind the woman. Cate and Andrew, both Australians, have been married for 17 years - but they got engaged only three weeks after their first kiss! Despite that fast courtship, it was not love at first sight for the pair, who met on the set of a TV show in their home country. Last year on The Tonight Show, »
- Annie Gabillet
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake just gave us another highly entertaining lesson in the "History of Rap." The pals performed a fifth installment of their popular segment on Friday, as they closed out Fallon's inaugural week as host of The Tonight Show. The 33-year-old entertainer and the 39-year-old late-night host unleashed some classic tunes, including a medley of verses from hit makers LL Cool J, Run Dmc, Tone Loc, Beastie Boys, Kendrick Lamar, Salt-n-Pepa, Jay Z, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince and much more. Some highlights included the Fresh Prince Theme, perhaps a nod to Will Smith who was the first guest on Monday, and Aerosmith and Run Dmc's "Walk This Way" as the »
Break it down, J.T.! Justin Timberlake stopped by The Tonight Show Friday to support pal Jimmy Fallon as he closed out his inaugural week as the brand-spankin'-new host of the late-night talk show. And to celebrate the crooner's first appearance on Fallon's new gig, the two decided to unearth an old fave: their trusty "History of Rap" sketch, from Fallon's Late Night stint. For Friday's big blowout, the two unveiled their fifth installment in the ongoing series, spitting out verses from hits by the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Kris Kross, Salt-n-Pepa, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Outkast, »
- Alexis L. Loinaz
While visiting "The Tonight Show," Will Ferrell revealed that "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" will return to theaters as an R-rated version, beginning on February 28th for one week. Director Adam McKay went on to revealed that the new version will be much longer than the original. "When my editor told me we had a whole different version of the movie that was more than two hours long with nearly 800 new jokes, I was shocked," he said. "But when Paramount said they were actually going to put it in theaters, I did an 1950's spit take. If you're a hardcore 'Anchorman' fan go see this. If you're not, stay very far away." "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" hit theaters back in December and went on to gross $169 million on a budget of $50 million. »
Online comedy network AboveAverage.com has peeled back the undies for this bit featuring Tim Robinson portraying the original sculptor of the Oscar statue, which it turns out has very impressive origins. Robinson is the Saturday Night Live writer who was a cast member last year but didn’t get much of a chance to shine — too bad because he’s pretty funny. AboveAverage is part of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, which produces SNL, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers and Portlandia. Here’s the sketch: »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Attention, everyone! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, er, continues some more! In what seems to be a very unusual ploy (and maybe the first time ever), Ron Burgundy and the news team from the comedy sequel will return to theaters for one week only with another (raunchier) version of the flick that features brand-new jokes—763 brand-new jokes, to be exact (although it seems like Ferrell may have lost track of the number). Will Ferrell announced the big news during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night, telling the host, "For one week only, Feb. 28., we have a brand-new version with 763 brand new jokes. We did alternate takes and originally the movie was four hours long and they »
E! Late Night host Chelsea Handler has blasted New York Times over a Bill Carter article about Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show,” which placed her inside parentheses. Handler criticized Carter’s story for marginalizing her work as a late night anchor. ”How, in this paragraph, could I only be mentioned as an aside?” Handler exclaimed. “Was it because I’m a woman?” Carter had referenced her in the story saying “(The only female host in late-night is Chelsea Handler, 38, on E!).” Also read: Chelsea Handler, Conan O’Brien Battle Over Old ‘Tonight Show’ Studio – In the Nude (Video) “I »
- James Crugnale
I think we can all agree that Jimmy Fallon has proven himself a more than worthy successor for "The Tonight Show" hosting gig. I'm sure someone misses Jay Leno, but I haven't met that person yet (hey, maybe he or she will show up in the comments! Represent!). Everyone else, though, seems to agree that Fallon is more fun, more creative and yes, more likable than Leno, who had seemed to be phoning it in for quite a few of his 22 years in the gig. But being more appealing than Leno only gives Fallon a boost this week. Ultimately, living »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Every week, Vulture faces the big, important questions in entertainment and comes to some creative conclusions. This week, we theorized about the Yellow King on True Detective, watched Jimmy Fallon's debut as host of The Tonight Show, and gave Gillian Jacobs an emoji quiz. You may have read some of these stories below, but you certainly didn’t read them all. We forgive you.Q: Who is the Yellow King on True Detective?!A: We don't know, but we have a lot of theories. For the super obsessive among you, there was a line that got cut from the end of the latest episode that might have some meaning. (Or not.) Maybe you're like Lindsey Weber, who is just really into making memes about the show. Or maybe you're like everyone else on Twitter and went nuts with #TrueDetectiveSeason2. Get Into It. Q: How was Jimmy Fallon's debut »
- E. Alex Jung
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