That might sound like a tall order, but it’s not impossible, particularly because of the timeslot in question. As opposed to the late night show, or late late night show, he handled before, Ferguson’s proposed new effort would apparently run at 7 PM
In theory, it shouldn’t really matter whether a talk show host gets along with his predecessor, but as we’ve learned numerous times, the smooth, friendly handoffs feel a whole lot better. It’s nice to think of the departing legend as rooting for continued success, and if tonight’s interview is any indication, no one will be rooting harder for Stephen Colbert than David Letterman
Some networks take months to examine all the angles and come up with a long-term plan to fill a timeslot or replace a departing star, but CBS prefers to pick a lane and respond quickly. So, just a week after beloved late night host David Letterman announced his intention to retire, we already have an official replacement: Stephen Colbert.
This week, Fox’s long-running comedy The Simpsons put together a couch gag for Letterman, and we promise there is something poetic about the veteran animated series paying tribute to the veteran host.
There have been plenty of reactions to the initial announcement, with fans and other late night hosts alike being affected by the veteran host’s big news, but none has been more fitting than Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show tribute to the man, which came in the form of a “Top 10” list.
Yesterday, we learned that David Letterman plans to retire from Late Show with David Letterman in 2015 when his contract expires at the long-running late night talk show. The video above has Letterman and Paul Shaffer talking about how much time they've spent working together and doing this show.
After more than three decades of putting America to bed every night, David Letterman has reportedly decided to retire. Don’t worry though. This goodbye isn’t happening tomorrow or even later this year. In fact, the longtime late night personality will reportedly stay through the rest of his contract that runs into 2015.
Late night television is making some changes, and those changes are happening rapidly. Jay Leno’s on his way out, Fallon’s on his way up and Seth Meyers is getting his own late night show. While the late night schedule will look extremely different six months from now, CBS has decided to stick with an old faithful, David Letterman, during the network’s popular 11:35 p.m. timeslot, at least for the next couple of years.
Thanks to his time on the local news in Indiana, his appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, his NBC morning show, his post-Carson show and finally, his current Late Show, David Letterman has been on the air in some form or another for over forty years. In his current position in the nice chair on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, the host has worked for exactly twenty years.
As of May, Jason Sudeikis was still undecided as to whether or not he'd return to Saturday Night Live. Or at the very least, he wasn't ready to reveal whether or not he'd be coming back to the NBC sketch comedy series for its 39th season.
At the end, the ever-tough Letterman relents for a moment and praises Lohan for what is genuinely a brave TV appearance: "You have enough spine, enough sense of yourself, enough poise to come out here and talk to me." That moment of genuine praise makes Lohan tear up, and honestly, it made me tear up a little too. Lohan has been a punching bag for more than half of her career, and she knows it, and she shows the scars
Tuesday night was a big night for Jimmy Kimmel Live, which moved into its brand new, 11:35 p.m. ET timeslot, moving up from midnight to compete with David Letterman and Jay Leno’s late night talk shows. As it turns out, Kimmel’s show cleanly bested The Late Show with David Letterman, while falling a little short of the numbers The Tonight Show brought in.
During last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, a spectacular thing happened. David Letterman—whom Kimmel has unabashedly admired throughout his tenure as an interviewer on the airwaves—finally agreed to an interview. Kimmel introduced Letterman by calling the TV veteran, “The main reason I go into television,” before showing the man some awkward fanboy photos from his youth. Last night’s episode was taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Last night everyone in New York City was instructed to stay home and await the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and pretty much everyone-- including many of the TV shows that broadcast from Manhattan-- obeyed. But while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert canceled their tapings entirely, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon hung around their studios with a skeleton staff
While it’s become almost standard for American politicians to visit late night talk shows, it’s quite a bit more unusual to see a British politician take a seat on the after-hours stage. In fact, it will be a first for Letterman this week when he welcomes as his guest British Prime Minister David Cameron. It marks the debut appearance for any sitting UK PM on an American late night talk show.