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When Johnny Carson signed off from The Tonight Show in 1992, his reign as the King of Late Night was celebrated with an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Granted, the competition that year was sparse: Fox's sketch-comedy show In Living Color and NBC's Late Night with David Letterman were the only others nominated.
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- Michael Schneider
It’s pretty much a well-known fact that there is nothing more difficult than being funny. It’s much harder to make someone laugh than it is to operate on their brain or send them into space. But Adam Resnick has never shied away from hard work — just people. In his new nonfiction book, Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation, the esteemed former Late Night With David Letterman writer and Chris Elliott cohort (Get a Life and Cabin Boy) manages to crack you up on one page and have you in tears the next. And not because it’s sad, either — because you’re chuckling so strenuously. I first met Adam in 1986, when I was interning at Late Night during his long and influential stint there; he and I forged a deep bond over being anxious and constantly sleepy that continues to give us common ground all these years later. »
- Julie Klam
Sanford Jay Frank, a four-time Emmy winning television writer for shows including “Late Night With David Letterman,” “In Living Color” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” died at his home in Calabasas, Calif., on April 18 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 59.
His book “The Inner Game of Screenwriting” was published in 2011.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Frank had a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a law degree from Harvard. He practiced law for a short time before beginning his screenwriting career.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela; three daughters; and a brother.
Donations may be made to the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
- Carmel Dagan
On the face of it, David Letterman and Stephen Colbert don't seem to have that much in common. Perpetually cranky and never much of a people person, Letterman grew up in the Midwest with dreams of getting into broadcasting or comedy, maybe as a standup. A vocal Catholic with an ebullient personality, Colbert was raised in the South, thinking that perhaps he'd become a dramatic actor until he realized that getting laughs was more fun. Letterman has made his name being his lovably ornery self. Colbert has made his playing »
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.
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"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. »
Transcendence star Johnny Depp appeared on Late Night with David Letterman last night, where he brought the first clip from this sci-fi thriller directed by Wally Pfister. This scene, which begins at the 10:07 mark, features Evelyn Caster (Rebecca Hall) introducing Joseph (Morgan Freeman) and Anderson (Cillian Murphy) to Will Caster (Johnny Depp), after his brain has been uploaded to a supercomputer. In addition, we also have four TV spots and a new banner from this highly-anticipated film, in theaters April 18.
Transcendence comes to theaters April 18th, 2014 and stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman, Clifton Collins Jr.. The film is directed by Wally Pfister. »
David Letterman’s plans to retire next year as host of his long-running show “Late Night with David Letterman,” has begun to fuel speculation on his possible successor to go head-to-head against Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”Carson Daly, Ryan Seacrest, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, Drew Carey, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler and Ellen de Generes have all surfaced as possible contenders. Or what about Jay Leno? ...Read More »
David Letterman is officially retiring from Late Show With David Letterman. He has been a late-night staple since 1982, when he first hosted Late Night With David Letterman on NBC before moving over to CBS, where he's been for 22 years. After a friendly anecdote about his family, some background about his decision, and many thanks to his fans, Letterman announced his plans to retire during a taping of tonight's show. "Sometime in the not-so-distant future," he said. "2015, for the love of God, Paul and I will be wrapping things up and taking a hike." Watch the host break the news in the video below: »
- Maggie Pehanick
If you haven't heard by now, we'll break the sad news to you: David Letterman is retiring. The legendary comedian announced he's retiring from hosting Late Night With David Letterman during a taping of his show today. Letterman's last episode will air in 2015. After breaking the retirement news, the 66-year-old told his audience, "I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much." Needless to say, celebrity fans like Jimmy Kimmel, Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres quickly took to Twitter to share their reactions to the news. »
[Youtube "H9eYkpgeeI8"] And the number one reason late-night will feel a lot more lonely ... David Letterman, 66, announced Thursday that he is retiring after more than three decades of making people laugh after their bedtimes. The funnyman, who began in 1982 on Late Night with David Letterman on NBC before moving to the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, told the audience at Thursday's taping that he will leave next year. He said he broke the news earlier to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves. "I said, 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'" Added »
End of an era: David Letterman announced he’s retiring next year.
The iconic CBS late-night host revealed the news during the taping of his Late Show on Thursday. He said he informed CBS president and CEO Les Moonves that he will step down as the host of the show in 2015, which is when his current contract expires.
“The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. »
- James Hibberd
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.
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Letterman told the audience during the taping that he had informed CBS CEO Les Moonves of his decision, »
David Letterman is to bow out of the late night wars next year, after 33 plus years in the trenches. He will have surpassed by four years his idol Johnny Carson who reigned over "The Tonight Show" for almost three decades beginning in the fall of 1962. And he will have outlasted his rival Jay Leno who got the "Tonight" show gig over him and hosted that NBC staple for 22 years before retiring last month in favor of Jimmy Fallon. -Break- Letterman began his career in late night television working for Carson. On Feb. 1, 1982, "Late Night with David Letterman" debuted on NBC in the hour following the "Tonight" show with Bill Murray as the first guest. Over the NBC years, Letterman made it his mission to showcasing people that wouldn't be booked on other shows as well as his loyal staff members including Kathleen Ankers (the NBC bookmobile lady), Jude Brennan, Pete Fatovich, »
David Letterman, the longest-serving late-night talk show host in TV history, has just announced his retirement.Letterman made the announcement during the taping of his show Thursday in New York, telling the audience his last show will take place in 2015.He told the audience ... he's turning 67 and wants to spend more time with his family. Dave went on to say he'd be retiring in the next year or 2. The audience thought he was joking because he said, »
- TMZ Staff
Lady Gaga added a first to one of her last shows at Roseland Ballroom in New York City last night (Apr. 2). She got David Letterman to leave his studio and saunter across the street to catch her act. It was the first time that Gaga has ever appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Dave was joined by actor Bill Murray, ...Read More »
David Letterman has announced his retirement. Late Night with David Letterman was the longest running late night television show in history! So binge watching the series from the beginning will take At Least two weeks.
Nick Cannon is way too honest. In a recent interview with Howard Stern, he revealed way too much about Mariah Carey. For example, Mariah Carey doesn’t know who Kim Kardashian is, Mariah Carey fires nannies all the time, and Mariah Carey doesn’t like it when he says too much. Maybe Nick should stop talking.
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Happy Birthday, Doris Day! Wow. She turned 90 yesterday. Doris says she has had an amazing »
- Leslie Nesbit
David Letterman announced that he will retire from his late night talk show in 2015.
Letterman, 66, made his announcement while taping Thursday night’s Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, reported TMZ. He informed the audience that he will tape his last show in the studio sometime in 2015.
Musician Mike Mills, who will be featured on Thursday night's airing, confirmed Letterman’s retirement on Twitter.
Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) April 3, 2014
Letterman is the longest-running late-night talk show host in TV history. After gaining steam as a stand-up comedian in the 70s, in which he often appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he eventually landed his own late-night show in 1982 – Late Night with David Letterman.
The stars were looking super chic this week! From rocking the red carpet to strutting it on the street, these best dressed stars did not disappoint.It’s no secret that Emma Watson has been a fashion phenom during the press circuit for her latest film "Noah," but this week she looked better than ever.The brunette beauty arrived at "Late Night with David Letterman" on Tuesday wearing a chic Saint Laurent pantsuit paired with a crisp, white top, black stiletto heels and a sleek silver clutch. The 23-year-old actress completed her look with a simple, side-swept up 'do, opting for a bold red lip for the perfect pop of color. Miranda Kerr stunned on the streets of New York on Wednesday in a floral Dolce & Gabbana dress, sexy Christian Louboutin stilettos, and a knee-length black coat by Escada. The former "Victoria’s Secret" model treated the sidewalk like a »
- tooFab Staff
Warning: This article contains several spoilers regarding TV series plot lines. Stop now if you don’t want to know who might have died in one of your favorite shows. Could the sudden and shocking murder of Josh Charles’ character Will Gardner last night on The Good Wife actually turn out to be a smart move come Emmy time? The evidence is mounting that getting killed off a series might not be good for your bank account but could be a blessing in disguise for any successful Emmy campaign. Lately it seems that way. Charles is bound to get more attention awards-wise this season than ever, and the launch of the campaign might well be tonight when he makes a shrewdly timed appearance on Late Night With David Letterman. As Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva first reported last night, Charles wanted off the show and was convinced to stay through much »
- PETE HAMMOND
Update: The debut of NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.31 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s fast-national estimates released Tuesday by Nielsen. This is the second biggest audience for “Tonight” since May 2009, behind only Leno’s final episodes of “Tonight” (14.64 million on Feb. 6, and the 11.90 million who watched in May 2009 as the show transitioned to Conan O’Brien).
Compared to the “Tonight” season average on Mondays, Fallon’s debut was up 182% in total viewers (11.31 million vs. 4.01 million).
A new era in latenight television commenced on Monday, with NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” easily keeping the venerable program on top of the ratings heap.
Taking advantage of NBC’s dominance in primetime courtesy of its coverage of the Winter Olympics — and starting 30 minutes later than usual because of it — Fallon’s debut as host averaged a 7.1 overnight household rating/20 share, according to Nielsen. »
- Rick Kissell
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