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Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 1:29PM EST
Netflix renews David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction for Season 2
Letterman will return for another six-episode season in 2019, with guests to be announced later. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman premiered in January, dropping episodes monthly through May.
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
How Fox "stole the NFL and John Madden" from the Big Three networks
Source: The Ringer
It was 25 years ago this month that Fox outbid CBS for the NFL package with a $1.6 billion bid, giving the seven-year-old network a massive boost. Weeks later, Rupert Murdoch hired Madden away from CBS. The loss of the NFL left CBS in the dumps and hurt new Late Show host David Letterman's ratings. "If the rise of Fox Sports was just about money, or if the product had turned into a haunted mansion like Fox News, we could leave it at that," Bryan Curtis writes in an oral history of what he calls "The Great NFL Heist." "But (Rupert) Murdoch’s lieutenants at Fox Sports had a creative side. They thought TV football had gotten stale — 'boring as sh*t,' one of them said in an Aussie accent. 'Fox-izing' football meant the pregame show would be about laughs and relationships as much as it would be about sports. It meant the score and clock would be on the screen at all times. It meant (Joe) Buck, who was all of 25 years old, would call the first football game of his life in front of a national audience. Today, everything from Buck to the Fox Box to an unrestrained Terry Bradshaw seems normal, almost even respectable. That’s why it’s worth revisiting the nine-month period beginning in December 1993, to see how and why TV football changed forever."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
New book will recount David Letterman's last 6 weeks on The Late Show
Author Scott Ryan interviewed more than 20 staffers from the CBS show for his new book The Last Days of Letterman: The Final 6 Weeks, which is due out on Tuesday. Among the tidbits he reveals is how Norm Macdonald became unusually emotional during his last visit.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
David Letterman spoke at a private Indiana campaign fundraiser to help defeat Mike Pence's brother for Congress
Source: The Indianapolis Star
In May, the former Late Show host donated "a big wad of cash" to Jeannie Lee Lake, who is Greg Pence's Democratic opponent in the Sixth District Congressional race in Indiana. Last Thursday, Letterman visited Lake's Muncie home to speak to guests and help her raise about $250,000.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Madonna's anti-David Letterman letter she wrote after her infamous Late Show appearance is up for auction
In the handwritten May 1994 letter addressed to "fellow revolutionaries," Madonna addressed her notorious profanity-laced interview with Letterman in which she uttered the F-bomb 14 times.
Posted Friday 9/07/18 at 5:04PM EDT
Norm Macdonald Has a Show gets an official trailer: Watch him ask Drew Barrymore if she misses cocaine
The former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor also asks David Letterman if he thinks about dying in the trailer for his new Netflix interview show.
Posted Friday 9/07/18 at 12:18PM EDT
David Letterman made a surprise appearance at Paul Shaffer's Las Vegas show
The former Late Show bandleader's Las Vegas show, Paul Shaffer's The Shaf-Shifters, featured a Letterman cameo on Thursday night. Shaffer's former boss performed 15 minutes of stand-up comedy, joking: “Paul Shaffer and I met years ago at a Scientology mixer."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Late Show with David Letterman premiered 25 years ago today -- why isn't it available for streaming?
Letterman launched the CBS version of his late-night talk show on August 30, 1993. But every episode isn't available online 25 years later (and three years after Letterman's retirement). "This is my plea: CBS All Access needs to add The Late Show archives to its service, pronto," says Brett White. "Think about it like this: streaming services like to tout how much content they’re guaranteeing subscribers. The more hours of television, the more bang people think they’re getting for their monthly buck. The Late Show, which ran from 1993 until 2015, aired 4,263 episodes. That’s almost four solid months of bingeing, back-to-back with zero sleep (the way late night comedy was meant to be consumed)!" ALSO: Recalling Letterman's most memorable moments.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
David Letterman helps former President Jimmy Carter launch a Habitat for Humanity building blitz
Source: South Bend Tribune
Letterman joined the former president at Notre Dame University to help launch a plan to build 23 homes in five days in northern Indiana.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Is snark dead in late-night?
"The era of the Late Night Meanie is over," says Bethy Squires, in reaction to the cancelations of Netflix's The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale and The Break with Michelle Wolf. "Gone are the days when we’d line up for our nightly hate f*ck from David Letterman. Maybe the world is too cruel to sustain nightly acerbic wit, but the acid-tongued comic is no longer the prototypical late-night host. The format is dominated by happy, smiling Jameses. And next fall will see several actors known for their cheery dispositions take over the late-night scene. Hasan Minhaj, Busy Philipps, Jerry O’Connell, and Niecy Nash (with a pilot in the works) are in; Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale, and Robin Thede are out. And Conan O’Brien is stuck in the middle." Squires adds: "Back in the day, late-night TV was dominated by somewhat detached father figures who knew magic tricks, then, thanks to Letterman laying the groundwork, Jon Stewart and Conan opened the door for the snarky and smart. But now snark feels mean and smart feels pyrrhic. News commentary shows abound, but I hear more people talk about the impassioned pleas of Rachel Maddow than the somewhat removed perspective of Trevor Noah."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Norm Macdonald Has a Show drops all episodes on Netflix next month, with guests including Judge Judy, Lorne Michaels and M. Night Shyamalan
The former SNL "Weekend Update" anchor's new Netflix talk show will drop all 10 of its Season 1 episodes on Sept. 14, the same day that Netflix will also debut the fifth season of Bojack Horseman and American Vandal Season 2. Macdonald's guests include Chevy Chase, Jane Fonda, David Letterman, David Spade, Judge Judy, Michael Keaton, M. Night Shyamalan, Lorne Michaels, Billy Joe Shaver and Drew Barrymore.
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Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Jay Leno appears quite comfortable being the "timeless, deathless supervillain of the late-night-talk-show universe"
Source: The Ringer
On Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week, the former Tonight Show recalled his late-night wars with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel -- whom he reconciled with last year. The interview is notable in that Maron is a Conan ally, having been a regular on Conan's talk shows since 1994. As Rob Harvilla notes, "both of Leno’s major Tonight Show transgressions are hilarious to even contemplate now. The context is collapsing. The Conan debacle is less than a decade old but feels positively ancient: You boys were arguing about time slots? And comprehending his original sin—beating out Letterman as (Johnny) Carson’s successor in ’92—depends on your ability to still view the two candidates as different species." Harvilla adds: "The whole Maron interview is spectacular ... Maron’s goal is to get his guest to express regret, to apologize, to grovel at the feet of his many haters, from Howard Stern to Conan himself. But Leno doesn’t need, or at least doesn’t want, a redemption narrative. 'Who do you tackle? The guy with the ball,' he explains, affable as ever in reliving all that criticism and outright enmity. 'The quarterback. And to me, The Tonight Show was the ball.' In the end, (Leno) was merely a victim of his outrageous success. And so were we." ALSO: Leno is tired of complaints over political correctness: "This is why I don't bitch about political correctness, because to me, times change. Change with the times or die."
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
David Letterman gave a "wad of cash" to a congressional candidate battling Mike Pence's brother
Source: WBIR-TV Knoxville
Letterman might also appear at a fundraiser to help Jeannine Lee Lake, the Democratic nominee for Indiana's Sixth Congressional District, who is competing against Greg Pence, the vice president's older brother. Lake met Letterman a few months ago when he was touring his alma mater Ball State University. Lake said she asked for "a little boost" and Letterman responded by giving her a "wad of cash" totaling $1,160.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Howard Stern's "Evil Dave Letterman" dies
For more than a decade and a half, Stern had Dave VanDam use his David Letterman-sounding voice to make offensive and sometimes racist prank calls. It was unclear if "Evil" Dave ever met the actual Letterman, but the shock jock would tease the real Dave about the prank calls during appearances on The Late Show. VanDam died on July 3 at age 63.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Michael Ian Black received a "nice note" from David Letterman when Ed wrapped
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Letterman's Worldwide Pants produced the hour-long NBC small-town drama that ran from 2000 to 2004 and starred Black along with Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen and Justin Long.