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Did 'Late Late Show's' Craig Ferguson cause the Superdome blackout?

Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show."

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Craig Ferguson, host of “The Late Late Show,” was at the Super Bowl last night, hanging out, when Lucy Liu happened by. Her cellphone was out of power and, well, therein hangs a tale, of lost power and found comedy. Check it out.

Super Bowl ads: Tide Miracle Stain is the crowd-pleaser

Tide's “Montana Land Miracle Stain” emerged as the surprise crowd favorite of Super Bowl 47. According to USA Today's Ad Meter results, which noted that Bud's “Horse and Trainer Reunited” just barely edged it out. (In other words, it was basically a tie for first.)

Easy to see why this one pulled ahead of nearly 80 other commercials last night: Evocations of Elvis, Jesus, a great quarterback, and a killer punch line. My bet is Procter & Gamble and its Tide agency tested this one to death, and knew it would score on all points. In other words, it tested well. Here's the ad again.

Joe Flacco, Ravens quarterback, on 'Late Show with David Letterman' Monday

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco holds the Vince

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Joe Flacco — Ravens winning QB, of course — will appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday night. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie will also be on the show.

This marks the ninth year in a row that the winning Super Bowl quarterback has appeared on “Late Show,” so this is as much a tradition as going to Disney World.

Meanwhile, questions for Baltimore Joe? “Did you really say that after the game . . .? What do the Harbaugh brothers really think of one another? Was your team running out of gas at the end and — if another minute or two were left on the clock — would that other quarterback from San Francisco be sitting here instead?”

Super Bowl ads: Is Samsung Galaxy the one to beat?

Samsung Galaxy released its full ad earlier today (there had been an earlier teaser) and suddenly this is the one to beat. Stars Bob Odenkirk, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Lebron James and is...terrific. See if you agree: 

Super Bowl ads: Geek alert! 'Star Trek into Darkness' app/tease

"Star Trek Into Darkness? (May 17). In J.J.

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Ahhh, "Star Trek into Darkness." Ahhh, an app that will allow users to do a bunch of cool stuff if they download it — and then watch the commercial this Sunday during the Super Bowl and do a bunch of other cool stuff.  Such as? Take a deep breath:  It has a "geofencing function for location-based experiences plus an audio scan function that can be turned on to automatically recognize and reward users for watching said movie content on TV and other media..."

 Anyway, that's what she said. 

 Point is, the trailer that'll air in this Sunday's telecast — which to fans, is the reason to tune into the Super Bowl in the first place — will also launch a "Star Trek" promotion-cum-game-cum-something else. It's a big deal — take my word for it — and something that's never been done in the context of a Super Bowl commercial before.  It's available now from the App Store or Google Play or  here... 

 Meanwhile, the Super Bowl tease for the Other Movie I Will and Must See: 

Super Bowl ads: 'World War Z'

"World War Z? (June 21). Brad Pitt plays

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"World War Z" - which, by the way, is a movie I very much want to see - arrives June 21. But enough about me and the premiere date. Let's check out the Super Bowl ad! It's here right now, and (lucky you) can check it out before a hundred million other viewers Sunday....


Mark Harmon, now officially king of TV, signs 'NCIS' extension

Mark Harmon...he's king of the world! And just

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Mark Harmon, star of "NCIS," just became the most remunerated star in the history of television (that's right, Mr. Jerry Seinfeld — You have been leap-frogged). He signed a one-year extension to remain at "NCIS."  

The importance of this deal to CBS can't be overstated or understated, and just to prove how huge it is, Leslie Mooves, president of CBS, even made the rare — indeed, almost unheard  — act of ultimate gratitude: He wrote the news release.

"In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television," said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. "NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today’s global content ecosystem — high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform."   

Oddly enough, Moonves is right. "NCIS" is a huge fish in a pond filled with teensy guppies. Some of those guppies are better shows, of course, but that's besides the point. America loves "NCIS". End of story. America especially love Jethro Gibbs — the boss everyone wishes they had, but — alas — does not.

How big is this deal for Harmon? To paraphrase the Donald, it's huuuugggge. Ashton Kutcher is currently the single, highest-paid thespian on TV ($24 million per season) while Hugh Laurie was in second place at $18 million per season. Alec Baldwin and Harmon were tied in third place at $15 million.

CBS did not release figures, but would you like my guesstimate? He'll make over $25 million - or about $1 million per episode.  I may be on the low side but this is undoubtedly lucrative, and would edge him above Kutcher. Harmon - like most major stars - owns a piece of the syndication back end of "NCIS," and as an executive producer, (technically he doesn't "own" the show — CBS and Paramount do) has some ownership points in it too. But a show like this (one hour) isn't likely to have a giant afterlife in syndication. That would dictate a larger payday on the front end.

In any case, CBS just had a good day, and so did Harmon. Now, on to the rest of the cast . . .

Ed Koch on 'The People's Court': A true TV star

Ed Koch, with the Queensboro Bridge in the

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Well, who among you remembers that Hizzoner Ed Koch -- who died at 2 a.m. Friday at the age of 88 -- was a TV star who appeared in many TV shows including "Spin City", had a memorable outing on "Saturday Night Live” (four to be exact), and hosted "The People's Court” for a few years?

To be blunt, the former mayor was a ham, and was a natural for TV. Here's a clip of his...

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Ed Koch on 'Saturday Night Live'

Ed Koch in the office of his campaign

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As “Saturday Night Live” fans know, or vividly recall,- Ed Koch was the first mayor to appear on “SNL" -- and did so about four times. Koch died Friday at 2 a.m., at the age of 88.

“How I'm doing? You know have to answer that -- a better question is, what am I doing here.” That's how he opened his monologue in 1983. Adding this: “I think Ronald Reagan is a wacko.”  Eddie Murphy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were cast members at the time. You can watch the whole episode here, or if you have to get back to work, this little clip should suffice.

'30 Rock' finale: The 'St. Elsewhere,' 'Newhart' connection

The cast of ?St. Elsewhere.? Snow globes have

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As happily (or not) bewildered fans of "30 Rock” now know, it all ended as something of a “as told to” story -- the whole series as told to NBC president Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) by Liz Lemon's great-granddaughter -- who is black -- recalling the stories of the old lady, as Jetson-era space cars floated by the window. Not quite a dream, not quite a flashback, but . . . a memory.

So what did this all evoke? “St. Elsewhere” of course, and “Newhart,” two other classics that ended memorable runs playing with the viewers' heads. Last night, Kenneth was holding a snow globe -- home to the end of “Elsewhere,” which ended with the suggestion that it all took place inside an autistic boys' head, as he stared into a snow globe. “Newhart?" 'Twas but a dream . . . (Snow globes? An enduring TV metaphor ever since the end of “Elsewhere" -- recall the “Lost” episode “Stuck in a Snow Globe.”

Take a look at these clips for perspective. This fun cast reunion on “Good  Morning America” last year is a good place to start. Discussion of the globe arrives five minutes in, but the whole interview is fun and interesting; next, the final “Newhart” scene.

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