Craig Ferguson doesn’t have a band. That’s been a long-running joke of The Late Late Show—he didn’t have a lot of things that most late-night talk shows have. It’s why, among other things, his sidekick is a talking robot skeleton. But on Friday night, Ferguson began his final show with the biggest band of all: A montage of nearly 50 celebrities, all former guests on his show—from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to Quentin Tarantino and Kristen Bell—sang and danced to “Bang Your Drum” by Glasgow group Dead Man Fall.
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Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync battles have become one of his most recognizable and anticipated segments. Now, Spike TV is turning those intermittent appearances on Late Night and The Tonight Show into a series.
Noticed anything different about the set of @midnight, Comedy Central’s meme-tastic late-night comedy game show, lately? That’s because the series has switched coasts for the week: It’s being taped in Manhattan in honor of the annual New York Comedy Festival, which officially kicks off today and runs through Nov. 9. The special four-show run features a spiffy upgraded set—featuring a big @midnight logo that host Chris Hardwick is convinced “Ninja Turtles are going to jump out of”—as well as big-deal panelists like John Mulaney, Hannibal Burress, Jim Gaffigan, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, and Stephen Colbert, plus an array of surprise guests (read: Jon Hamm, waxing poetic about bodega cats).
Tuesday evening, EW chatted with Hardwick about the challenges of moving his show across the country, his dream panel lineup, and what’s next on the horizon for the Nerdist himself.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I was just enjoying my burrito when I heard that you were ready to chat.
Hardwick: A literal burrito?
No, unfortunately. But I did really like the message that greeted me when I called in. [“Welcome to the Nerdist Industries conference line. Please hold until the host joins the conference. Enjoy the burrito.”]
Oh, nice! I forgot about that. [laughs] READ FULL STORY
English comedian James Corden will begin his reign as The Late Late Show host in March 2015, but sources say a rotating roster of guest hosts will take over the show until then.
Corden, whose on-screen credits include starring in the U.K. comedy series Gavin and Stacey and the upcoming Into the Woods, was announced as host in September after current host Craig Ferguson announced his resignation in April. READ FULL STORY
Craig Ferguson’s retirement might not last long. The exiting CBS late-night host is close to booking a new talk-show gig—only this time in syndication.
The pending deal is for a daily half-hour series that would air in the 7 p.m. hour on Tribune Broadcasting stations, sources confirm. If finalized, the show is expected to launch next year. It’s an unusual time of the day to launch a talk show, yet perhaps that’s part of the draw—less competition than in the afternoon and late-night hours.
Ferguson is stepping down from CBS’ Late Late Show in December after a decade in the 12:35 a.m. slot. Variety first broke the news and has more behind-the-scenes detail on the pending deal.
James Corden is the frontrunner to take over CBS’ The Late Late Show when current host Craig Ferguson steps down later this year, sources confirm to EW. (CBS has declined to comment.) When the news broke Tuesday, the revelation caused some confusion among Americans who haven’t heard of the comedian (example: One tweeter posted, “*Googles James Corden*”). But over in England, Corden is known for his roles in everything from sitcoms to theater—and even has multiple awards to prove it.
The ladies of Litchfield (and one male counterpart) are headed to Conan for their first-ever late-night appearance as a group.
On Monday, August 4, the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated show Orange Is the New Black, including Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs, will join Conan on stage for his third group interview of the sort. Conan has previously featured the casts of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad in a similar format.
Conan airs at 11 p.m. on TBS.
Ready for Chelsea Anytime?
Netflix announced Thursday morning that Chelsea Handler has signed a “groundbreaking,” multi-tiered deal with the streaming service, which includes a standup special, four “docu-comedy specials”—and, most importantly, “the first-ever talk show for the global on-demand generation,” which is set to premiere in 2016.
Details about the new show—including its name—are scarce for now, though a release notes that it will feature an “updated format,” as well as at least one talk show staple (guest interviews). READ FULL STORY
At least Conan O’Brien isn’t going to retire anytime soon. TBS has given a big renewal to Conan, extending the talk show through 2018. That adds another three years onto O’Brien’s previous deal with the cable network.
“Over the past four years, we have built a terrific relationship with Conan O’Brien and are thrilled to be extending his series for another three years,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS. “Conan has not only brought an incredibly young audience to TBS but has also created a digital presence that draws millions of fans to his unique brand of comedy. In addition, Conan has taken his show on the road for memorable weeks in New York, Atlanta and last month in Dallas, and will be breaking new ground next year when Conan becomes the first late-night show to tape at Comic-Con.”
The 51-year-old former host of NBC’s Tonight Show averages 862,000 viewers including DVR playback, but TBS says he has more adults 18-34 than some of his bigger competitors — including CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
John Oliver might have promised nudity and f-bombs for his new talk show, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but it sounds like Sunday’s premiere might be a bit more tame.
EW has confirmed that Oliver will launch his new HBO series by welcoming Gen. Keith Alexander, the retired director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, as his first guest. Gen. Alexander officially left the NSA in March of 2013.
In a press release, HBO describes the “topical half-hour comedy series” as “a mix of Oliver’s topical commentary on the previous week’s events, pre-taped pieces and an interview.”
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver debuts Sunday, April 27 at 11 p.m. on HBO.
Earlier this week, Chelsea Handler posted a photo on her Instagram of a large dog sitting on her lap — but the dog isn’t what got people talking. It was the CBS logo on the piece of paper Handler’s holding in the photo that sparked rumors she was in talks with the network for a new talk show.
With all the recent changes in late night TV, Handler had been one of the names being tossed around as a replacement for David Letterman — before Stephen Colbert was officially named last week. But, Handler squashed those CBS rumors on The Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday saying she has no plans to go on a regular network.
When we think of the Late Night Wars that erupted when Johnny Carson retired in the early ’90s, we tend to recall the conflict as fought between two fierce adversaries: David Letterman and Jay Leno. There was, however, another dog in the fight as well: Arsenio Hall, who came out guns blazing in 1989 and, once Leno had officially taken over Tonight, memorably promised to “kick Jay’s ass” in the pages of Entertainment Weekly.
Of course, by now, all that bad blood is ancient history. Leno and Hall would eventually make up, enjoying a mutual friendship and respect — and clearly, Hall feels the same way about his other onetime rival. Or does he?!
After announcing the news of Letterman’s impending retirement on his syndicated series, Hall noted that late-night talk-show hosts seem to be an endangered species: “Man, they are dropping like flies! First Jay, now Dave…” Which led, of course, to the perfect punchline — “My plan is working perfectly!“ Dig that Evil Overlord Laugh, Arsenio.
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