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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
The Monuments Men is out this weekend, and if you see the movie, keep your eye out for that dashing man who plays the older version of George Clooney at the end of the movie. In case you catch yourself thinking, 'Hey, that guy doesn't look like George Clooney at all,' you're wrong. It's his dad, journalist Nick Clooney! This is Clooney Sr.'s first acting credit since 1958, when he played "Freddie - Man in Parking Lot" in The High Cost of Living. Look how cute they are. George even made a special mention of his father on Late Night With David Letterman this week, introducing him to the host and audience via backstage camera. Take a look to find out how he liked directing his father on the set. »
- Maggie Pehanick
It looks like Matt Damon is George Clooney's latest victim. The actor, 43, explained how his Monuments Men costar, 52, cleverly managed to prank him (and dupe Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the process) during a Wednesday, Feb. 5, appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. "He's a fun guy," Damon said of Clooney. "He's a child in many ways." "I've never done a prank to him. I have four kids! I don't have time to," Damon told host David Letterman. "He's got nothing but time!" "I was sitting in my house last week...Did you see the Golden Globes this year? [Tina and Amy] made fun of all of us, and it was great. They called me a garbage man at one »
Bill Murray revealed a bloody cut on his head as he arrived for The Monument Men's premiere in New York last night ( February 4).
It has been suggested that Murray suffered the wound during a flying Peter Pan stunt on The Late Show with David Letterman a few days prior to yesterday's screening.
The star also famously cut his head after diving into a makeshift pool (formerly a giant dumpster) as he filmed a skit for his appearance on Letterman back in 2010.
The Monuments Men is set in World War II and centres around a group of art historians, »
The NFL made a bold choice for the national anthem for Super Bowl Xlviii. Instead of picking a chart-topping pop star to take on "The Star-Spangled Banner," it went with opera singer Renee Fleming, which undoubtedly had many viewers wondering, "Who?"
Fleming is a world-renowned lyric soprano, having studied at Julliard and performed everywhere from the New York City Opera and Carnegie Hall to the Opéra Bastille in Paris, La Scala in Milan, Italy, Buckingham Palace in London, and the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany. Above, watch as Fleming performs at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
No matter where she's singing, Fleming certainly has some serious pipes. Video of the national anthem below.
Bill Murray sure knows how to make an entrance. The comedian, dressed as Peter Pan, flew into Friday's Late Night With David Letterman. He bellowed a tune as David Letterman looked on, bemused. "I'm flying…Look at me way up high, thinking I'm going to die," Murray sang. "I want to see what a lovely thing I am to see. I'm flying." Photos: Broadway Musicals That Have Sung Their Way to the Big Screen When Murray came down to Earth, Letterman asked the actor why he'd chosen to enter the show dressed as Peter Pan. "First – I love to
- Aaron Couch
After hinting earlier this month that he planned to self-release his directorial debut, "Tomorrow Night," comedian Louis C.K. is making good on that promise, announcing that the film will be available for purchase on his website this week.
During an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night, C.K. confirmed the news, telling the host that fans can visit LouisCK.net and download the movie for $5 beginning Wednesday at noon. The film, which was screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, never found distribution and was never released.
"Tomorrow Night" boasts an impressive array of now-famous actors who were just getting started when C.K., then a writer for Conan O'Brien, was pulling the film together. It stars O'Brien, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, J.B. Smoove, Todd Barry, Nick Dipaolo, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Wanda Sykes, and Robert Smigel.
C.K. showed a clip of the film on Letterman, »
- Katie Roberts
The band, fronted by singer-songwriter Danielle Evin, will perform on the Jan. 24 episode of ‘The Late Show With David Letterman.’
If you haven’t heard of Devon Avenue, prepare yourself for a serious music education lesson. The fierce foursome will make its late night television debut Jan. 24 on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman, performing “Raised The Enemy,” the lead single off its album Devon Avenue.
Besides the band’s music, here’s another reason we have a soft spot for Devon Avenue: It’s fronted by Danielle Evin, a fellow writer! She has her own weekly music column on The Huffington Post, titled “Dog Ears.”
Don’t miss Devon Avenue’s debut, Jan. 24 at 11:35 p.m. Et on CBS.
- Hollywood Life Staff
CBS is banking on the Beatles to help it start a new line of business.
On February 9, CBS News is slated to hold a live event to mark the 50th anniversary – to the day – of the band’s first American television appearance on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A two-hour symposium held at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater will feature CBS News’ archival coverage of key Beatles moments as well as experts moderated by CBS News Senior Business Correspondent Anthony Mason, who is known for his profiles of musicians on “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
The event will also mark the launch of what CBS hopes can be a sustainable business offshoot. Through a series of what the company is calling “CBS News Live Experiences,” the company expects to burnish its vast news archives while making use of its local TV and radio stations to reach out to consumers who »
- Brian Steinberg
Will Smith and U2 will be Jimmy Fallon’s first “Tonight Show” guests. Fallon made the announcement at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where earlier Sunday NBC announced that Jay Leno’s last “Tonight Show” guests will be Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. Also read: Jay Leno Reminds Sylvester Stallone Why He Should Never Do a Musical (Video) Fallon said he tried to land U2 before, but that they had already committed to a week of performances on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Fallon said he told Leno years ago, when Leno and Conan O’Brien clashed over the show, »
- Tim Molloy
Apparently everyone except Mindy Kaling was upset by her Elle cover. The Mindy Project star appeared The Late Show with David Letterman Thursday, Jan. 9, and defended her new magazine photo against her so-called supporters. "I was for the first time on the cover of a fashion magazine, which is such an awesome, nice thing," Kaling, 34, told host David Letterman of the controversy. "I saw the cover . . . I thought I look so beautiful. I thought, 'Wow, I've never looked better.' I feel like [...] »
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