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'Tis the season -- the November sweeps season, that is -- for shocking primetime twists, and there was no twist more shocking at least so far than the abrupt and final departure of Det. Joss Carter -- Taraji P. Henson -- from Tuesday's "Person of Interest." She spoke with David Letterman last night about the exit, which -- she says -- she sought, because she was unwilling to sign...Read more »
Rob Lowe -- Chris Traeger of "Parks and Recreation" -- will be leaving the series this season, along with Rashida Jones, both of whose fortunes on this minor classic are linked in their many-episodes-long pursuit of a bundle of joy.
He's been a major part of the series, and enough can't be said about Jones' importance too, so for fans, this is all a big deal. Last night on "Late Show with David Letterman," Lowe talked (for the first time, I believe) about why he's going -- though the frustrating thing about this clip is that he gives no reason at all (lame-ish and evasive jokes about how tough a boss Amy Poehler is.) .
Fact is, he is reportedly in development on a new series for NBC. Moreover, as "P&R" heads into a long off-the-air period this month ("hiatus" isn't quite the right word), there's renewed speculation that this will be "P&R's" last season. Jones and Lowe will likely leave early next year -- he says his final episode will be taped shortly.
Here's the full clip, as Rob and Dave reminisce about the days both lived in Malibu.
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Seth Meyers will become the new host of "Late Night" in February, and - as has become a rite of passage (of sorts) - every new "Late Night" host must come through "Late Show with David Letterman" to get some counsel from the village elder. Tonight, Seth meets Dave, and here's the counsel - change the show name! Take a look (and Newsday app readers, please watch the video at newsday.com/tvzone.)
One more for the road? CBS and David Letterman this afternoon announced a one-year extension that will keep "Late Show with David Letterman" on the air through 2015.
"Les [Moonves] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” said Letterman in a characteristically deadpan statement, while Moonves - CBS president and CEO - added, “There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home.'"
Moonves had indicated - strongly - in recent months that a renewal was forthcoming. At the recent press tour in Beverly Hills, he was asked about Letterman's future, and responded: "Other than Johnny Carson, he's probably the best that ever was. We like the stability. We like the relationship we have with Dave. He's our guy and despite what people think, we don't like drama at 11:30."
That was a not so veiled reference to the drama at NBC, which once again presents an opportunity for Letterman - and CBS - much as it did when Jay Leno stepped aside for Conan O'Brien in 2009. Jimmy Fallon will become the "Tonight Show" host in February and - much as they did in 2009 - longtime Jay Leno viewers could sample other shows, which could provide a windfall for "Late Show.".
At 66, Dave is indeed the dean: Twenty years at "Late Show," and thirty-one years since “Late Night with David Letterman” premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982. He has hinted at retirement before - telling Howard Stern, for example, during a 2011 interview, that he might step down in two years (or 2013.) But Letterman clearly continues to relish the job, and his fans continue to relish him: CBS also said his 2013 fall season opening week audience increased 5 percent, to 3.14 million viewers.
"Scandal" -- possibly, probably, almost certainly TV's most insane show -- returns Thursday night with more hanging questions than the 2000 election had hanging chads (I know -- a ridiculous stretch of a metaphor, but we are talking "Scandal" here. "Ridiculous" is not only welcome but mandatory.).
But . . . fun show. Never dull. Kerry Washington is...Read more »
Cher and David Letterman go way back -- nearly 30 years. She's been on "Late Night" and "Late Show" numerous times, although -- famously/infamously -- during their first encounter, she called him something. (Clip below.) She is back again tonight.
Clearly, Dave cares for Cher, and I almost think Cher cares for Dave. Here's tonight's opening moment -- followed by an encounter...Read more »
"Late Show with David Letterman" turns 20 Friday, but the celebration happened Thursday night. Here is one memorable moment -- a "photo album" of "Late Show's" gaudiest, nuttiest guests, visits, stupid pet tricks and a hundred other pieces of flotsam from a great run.
Plus, a few more clips from last night.
(And if you missed, you missed news -- the show's own hand-picked choice for the best top 10 entry of the last 20 years. The answer: "Clintern.") And what the heck -- we're on a roll here. Let's post Lenny Kravitz and Gladys Knight, too.)
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Twenty years old tomorrow night, "The Late Show with David Letterman" turns....ummm, oh right! it turns 20. But the big anniversary show is tonight, and attention must be paid. But what to do and whom to ask as a guest? Naturally, there is only one Bill Murray and he's been here before, so...
A lot has changed in twenty years. Check out Murray's entrance a few minutes ago, and his entrance 20 years ago:
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Here's an unusual bit of showmanship among the late night shows: Arsenio Hall will visit "Late Show with David Letterman" on Sept. 6, just a couple days before his Sept. 9 return to late night after a near 20-year absence, I am told by the Hall camp.
While this may be a more than a gracious gesture by Letterman — this may also be an unprecedented one. Hall is a close pal of Jay Leno's (he even worked as a correspondent on Jay's 10 p.m. show) but he has not been a frequent visitor to "Late Show." This is believed to be the first, and if not the first, a very rare visit.
There's a bit of late night history twisted up in this meet/greet: Hall, who left his late night berth 19 years ago, was caught in the crossfire between Jay and Dave as both ascended into their new roles at "Tonight" and "Late Show" (20 years old next week). Jay's "Tonight" initially struggled, while "Late Show" was instantly on fire. Moreover, a number of CBS stations that had been airing "The Arsenio Hall Show" dropped it for Letterman," sealing "Arsenio's" doom.
And now Arsenio is back (his new late night show will air on WPIX in the New York market.) Seems like the late night lads will have plenty to talk about, including way back to the Comedy Store days. Hopefully some Richard Pryor anecdotes will result.... or Lenny "Go Crazy" Schultz... (and kudos to Letterman for giving a big generous plug to rubber-faced Lenny on the recent "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee...")