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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
The 2007 TV writers strike ended 10 years ago this week: Here's how it changed TV forever
The three-month strike that lasted from November 5, 2007 through February 12, 2008 resulted in David Letterman and Conan O'Brien growing strike beards and the cancelation of the Golden Globes. The strike also unintentionally benefitted shows like Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is the opposite of current late-night television
Letterman's Netflix show is like his groundbreaking NBC talk show in that it flouts convention. Also, unlike the current state of late-night TV, there are no gimmicks on his Netflix talk show. "Everything about My Next Guest suggests that for his second act, Letterman is operating in a similar, against-the-grain mode" as his original Late Night talk show, says Jen Chaney. "Instead of anchoring a nightly show, he’s rolling one out on a monthly basis. Rather than appearing on a major broadcast network, he has parked himself on Netflix. Instead of reciting top-ten lists and attempting to answer the eternal question, 'Will It Float?' Letterman is focusing solely on interviews and — at least so far — serious field segments that relate to the interview subject."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
It looks like David Letterman is purposefully keeping his Netflix talk show Trump-free
“After watching the second episode, featuring George Clooney, it appears that Letterman might the one who doesn’t want to talk about Trump,” says Matt Wilstein, noting that both have been outspoken about critics of President Trump. The lack of Trump discussion was pointed out in the premiere episode, featuring President Obama. But it was assumed that Letterman and the former president were keeping to the tradition of presidents declining to speak ill of their immediate successor.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
How Paul Shaffer approaches composing music for David Letterman’s Netflix talk show
“When it was announced in the press that Dave was going to be doing a new show I heard from him,” says Shaffer. ‘He said I wouldn't want anybody else to do it but you. I was thrilled to be involved, even more so when I started to see some of the episodes. I score them sort of like a movie, putting music in afterwards where the director thinks it's needed.”
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
David Letterman ribs George Clooney for not giving a tip at In-N-Out Burger
Watch a preview of the new episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, dropping Friday on Netflix.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 2:09PM EST
George Clooney recalls meeting wife Amal in a new clip from David Letterman’s Netflix talk show
Clooney’s episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman drops on Feb. 9.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
David Letterman showed up unannounced recently at Edwards Air Force Base
Letterman asked if he could have a tour of the famous Southern California air base, and he got one.
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Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
David Letterman’s Netflix talk show would be much better without the “late-night questions”
Willa Paskin says My Next Guest Needs No Introduction offers a “perfectly serviceable interview” of former President Obama, but Letterman’s “questions are late-night questions: They are designed to elicit an expected or predicted bit, not to meander, surprise, or plumb.” As she notes, there is one point where Obama tried to “show Letterman a way to do the new show differently” by “tossing” a question back at the former Late Show host. But Dave would have none of it. In the end, it was Obama who asked the most unpredictable question of the episode: Does Letterman feel lucky? Letterman's Netflix talk show, says Paskin “is pleasant, entertaining, occasionally moving, a little funny, and almost indistinguishable from a standard late-night interview, just stretched out. It is long, but it is not particularly deep. New network, new set, new beard: same Dave. You can take the host out of late night, but you can’t take the late night out of the host. “
- Letterman fawns over his guest more than he should in a “frustrating exercise in talking a lot but, ultimately, saying a little"
- Letterman was never known for his interrogatory skills, so his “borderline small talk” is actually fascinating
- Both men seemed rusty at the art of banter, but it’s clear Obama should’ve been the one interviewing Letterman
- With its bare-bones structure and thoughtful approach, this seems like a self-reward for a long career
- Interviewing Obama is tricky, but there surely should’ve been some new material to be mined from the former president's first interview since leaving office
- It’s clear Letterman wants to talk about substance, no matter whom he's talking to
- There is a self-reflection that runs through the show that maybe Letterman is reassessing what he’s accomplished in life
- The overall production felt synthetic — like a PBS Q&A reimagined by Michael Bay — compared to the pleasant simplicity of the late-night two-shot
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show is like watching a rock star doing his first acoustic tour
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, says Mike Ryan, “reminded me a little bit of Bruce Springsteen’s current run on Broadway: in a ‘this is the essence of what I want to do, here I am, take it or leave it’ kind of way with no band in the background to rely on. And here, Letterman is without Paul Schaffer (Schaffer did write the theme music) or any of that other numerous weirdos he could rely on for a quick laugh. This is Dave, unplugged. And, by golly, Dave seems to be having the time of his life.” He adds: “A funny thing happens, that happens so often when we realize we really do need something after it’s gone – we really missed that steady, calm voice of reason who can speak truth to power. We needed Dave back. And I think Dave needed us back, too. I have a feeling we won’t take him for granted this time.”
- The Barack Obama premiere episode almost entirely ignored Donald Trump
- Letterman’s Obama interview was "a pleasantly informal but ultimately inconsequential chat”
- Letterman, with his “off-putting Methuselah-esque beard,” was rather humorless, behaving like a grump
- Between Obama’s open collar and Letterman’s massive beard, they were finally free to just be themselves
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Jay Leno says the trouble with late-night nowadays is “it’s all depressing Trump stuff”
“And they all do a great job,” the former Tonight Show host tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Seth Meyers is a great writer; Jimmy Kimmel” — whom he made peace with last year — “does a good job; Jimmy Fallon does a great job. I like Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah (on Comedy Central) and Samantha Bee (on TBS). The trouble is that there's such negativity now. When I did the show, Bush was dumb and Clinton was horny and it was human problems. Now it's all anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-Salvadorian; it's such a negative thing. God bless all the late-night hosts, they make it funny, but ultimately, it's depressing. You don't really watch late-night TV to get away from reality anymore; now it's more in your face. You laugh but then you go to bed going, ‘Oh man, the world is really pretty rough.’ And it's not, it's one man that causes all these problems!” When asked if he would be willing to do a talk show-like series like David Letterman is doing for Netflix, Leno says, "not really. I like what I'm doing. To me, I like talking to regular people and seeing what I can draw out of them. I'm sure Dave will be excellent, he always does a good show."
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Former President Obama talks to David Letterman about showcasing his “dad moves”
Watch a clip from Letterman’s interview with the former president from My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, which debuts on Friday.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Al Franken apparently cut from David Letterman's new Netflix series
Missing from Netflix's announcement about David Letterman's new series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction was any mention of the segment Letterman shot in October with then-Senator Al Franken.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 12:04PM EST
David Letterman’s Netflix talk show, titled My Guest Needs No Introduction, debuts Jan. 12 with Barack Obama
Netflix will roll out each of the six episodes of Letterman’s new talk show series once a month, starting on Jan. 12 with the Obama episode, which will mark the former president’s first television interview since leaving office. Other guests include George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern. Watch the first trailer.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 2:05PM EST
David Letterman's new Netflix series: What we know (so far)
With audience members being asked to sign non-disclosure agreements and to leave their phones at the studio door, David Letterman's still-untitled Netflix series is shrouded in secrecy. With an assist from local press reports and twitter sightings, here's what we know so far. More...
TOPICS: Netflix, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Abdirahman Kahin, Al Franken, Barack Obama, David Letterman, George Clooney, Howard Stern, Ilhan Omar, John Lewis, Malala Yousafzai, Moussa Doualeh, The Howard Stern Show
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Late-night talk shows are “the last bastion of the patriarchy”
“Late-night talk shows remain firmly in the grip of the patriarchy,” says Aaron Barnhart, who notes that the last time a woman headlined a network late-night show was in 2001. Barnhart says he "added up the combined tenures of every female host in the history of late-night talk shows and got a total of 14 years... Jimmy Kimmel Live will mark 15 years next month.” The lack of women in late-night, he adds, “means something at a time when many are seeking to change the conversation about women in our culture. What better way than to have women leading the conversation?”
TOPICS: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Charlie Rose, Chelsea Handler, David Letterman, Jack Paar, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson, Stephen Colbert, Tavis Smiley, Late Night, Women and TV