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FishbowlLA’s Oscar Host Suggestion: Nathan Lane

We’ve floated this idea past a couple of media colleagues with unimpeachable Academy Awards expertise. One is a full-time kudos season chronicler; the other, a published Hollywood history author and film PR whiz. Since both gave our suggestion the big Broadway thumbs up, FishbowlLA is now officially proposing it to the Academy.

To Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, co-producers of next February’s Oscar telecast, we say: If you have not already contacted Nathan Lane’s reps to see if he would be interested in doing the Dolby Theatre honors, then please do so – pronto.

We have no idea if Lane would say yes. But here’s  a guy who can handle any necessary musical telecast components as smoothly as Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. More importantly, per his regular sit-downs with David Letterman, Lane is also flat-out, ad lib hilarious.

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From The Tonight Show to Marie Callender’s

The last time Conan O’Brien dropped in on David Letterman, Y2K was topical monologue material. In the intervening years, the prize they both coveted also slipped right through O’Brien’s fingers.

The red-haired one did not sound entirely convincing when he insisted (at the top of the clip below) that he is 100% happy at his new TBS home. He then told a funny story about how, the Monday after the Friday of his last Tonight Show broadcast, he was forced to convene his staff at a Marie Callender’s. O’Brien located the restaurant in Burbank, but it’s actually Toluca Lake.

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Letterman Tops Leno in November Sweeps Ratings

It had been a long time (Think, three years before Monica Lewinsky and her blue dress were the late night fodder of choice) since David Letterman beat Jay Leno in the coveted 18-49 demographic in November sweeps. But for the first time in 17 years, Letterman did just that last month. The Late Show averaged a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo to The Tonight Show‘s 0.8 in November. Leno, however, still averaged roughly 200,000 more overall viewers than Letterman. But they were old and infirmed and lacked buying power!

Both hosts, per usual, were crushed by Nightline.

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Leykis Finalizing His Talk Radio Return

Tom Leykis fans have April 2, 2012 clearly marked on their calendars. On that Monday, Leykis–having happily and dutifully fulfilled a guaranteed five-year CBS Radio contract—will launch a new weekday radio talk show, a little more than three years since he was faded out at flagship KLSX 97.1 FM.

“The question we’re in the process of trying to actively answer right now,” Leykis explains to FishbowlLA via telephone, “is whether the program will originate as a radio show at a traditional brick-and-mortar station, or whether we will actually do something which to my knowledge has never been done on a large scale… We would produce the call-in show live on the Internet, and then make it available secondarily as a syndicated radio show. In which case [my company] The New Normal Network would be the syndicator.”

“I own all the [old show] intellectual property, and much of it is service-marked, everything from “Flash Friday” to “Leykis 101” to even my name,” he continues. “This is not like when David Letterman left NBC all those years ago… I own them all, and when my contract expires with CBS, I will have the freedom to do them all.”

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WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos Gets the David Letterman ‘Top 10′ Treatment

In the days following Hurricane Irene’s devastating march up the East Coast, David Letterman did a fitting Top 10 list on the Late Show.

You’ll recall, every local TV station went around-the-clock that weekend with Irene coverage. Of course, the Weather Channel also had all hands on deck, treating it like their Election Day, and in the process notching a large audience.

On Wednesday, August 31st, Letterman did a Top 10 list: How the Weather Channel Can Boost Its Ratings.

Among the list at number 10: More erotic-shaped clouds

7. Less weather; more Hillbilly Handfishin’

4. Three-words: 500-Day Forecast

Then, a nice surprise at number two: Hire Ernie Anastos.

Beyond that, Letterman added a six-second clip to prove his comedic point. However, it wasn’t from Anastos’ storm coverage on WNYW/Channel 5. Instead, viewers saw the infamous viral video of Anastos saying “Keep Plucking that Chicken!” to meteorologist Nick Gregory in September 2009.

Watch the clip after the jump.

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Bruce Willis Squeaks Onto IMDB’s Top 25

Posted today, the names and titles populating IMDB’s user-generated lists of 2010′s Top 25 Movies and Movie Stars are all fairly predictable. But Bruce Willis?!

Somehow, the 55-year-old chrome-domed David Letterman sidekick managed to score the #19 spot on the website’s 2010 StarMeter rankings. This despite the fact that Kevin Smith, the director of the actor’s opening salvo for the year, Cop Out, got into a pissing match with critics via Twitter.

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Late Night Author: Leno Not the Villain

On today’s edition of KCRW’s The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, New York Times reporter and author Bill Carter expounded with trademark expertise on a subject he knows so well: the behind-the-scenes machinations of late night talk show hosts.

Carter suggested that the real culprit with regards to the Jay Leno-Conan O’Brien debacle is the way all comedians are addicted to the cocaine-like rush of performing in front of daily live audiences. He paints this picture of Jay:

“Leno has done this 46, 48 weeks a year, and then he does 180 stand-up dates on top of that. Who does that? And that’s why it’s kind of interesting when people say, ‘Jay manipulated this situation’, or, ‘He’s the villain.’ I don’t see it that way. He’s just a mono-maniac. He has one thing he wants to do in life, which is appear on television and tell jokes, every single night. And he will do anything to do that.”

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Conan O’Brien Raking in the Cabbage for TBS

Conan O’Brien is bringing home the bacon for his new cable network. Advertising for the upcoming show “Conan” is reportedly selling at $30k to $40k for a 30-second spot — an amount that rivals the ad prices for Letterman and Leno. From The Wrap:

True, some rivals question that Conan truly is fetching broadcast-level ad rates. The show, they say, is packaged with other programming — “The George Lopez Show,” for example — allowing Turner latitude to attribute any value it wants to the highly anticipated late-night show.

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Vernon Jordan, Paul Shaffer and Richard Belzer Grab a Bite at Michael’s

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We missed Harvey Keitel (who, we hear, is a pretty nice guy) by a day, but the usual suspects kept things hopping in the dining room at Michael’s today. By now, we’ve grown used to seeing Richard Belzer with his dog Bebe (pronounced Bay-Bay en Francais, in case you were wondering) in tow for his 1 pm lunches every now and again. But we did perk up when Vernon Jordan came in. Talk about presence!

I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite regulars, ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstong who, when I first started writing this column, made it his personal mission to introduce me to as many movers and shakers as possible. The native Texan with the heart of gold just can’t help himself when it comes to do-good deeds. This afternoon he was full of fire telling me about the upcoming benefit for The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp on October 21 at Lincoln Center. Joe spent seven years as a camp counselor during the summer at the original Connecticut camp — He now proudly bears the title of ‘Mr. Ambassador’ for the organization — and can’t say enough about the kids whose lives are forever changed thanks to Paul Newman. “They make you realize what is really important, ” says Joe.

So, if you want to help continue Newman’s good works and spend an evening rubbing shoulders with Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Joanne Woodward and Renee Zellweger, get out those checkbooks and buy a ticket to the gala. Tell them Joe sent you …

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Self‘s Lucy Danziger and some leggy leather clad gals from L’Oreal talking ‘stress management’

2. Law & Order SVU’s Richard Belzer and David Letterman‘s band leader Paul Shaffer

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and O’s book editor Sara Nelson.

4. Leonard Lauder and a casually elegant gal who, upon greeting the cosmetic king exclaimed, “This is the high point of my week!”

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Jay Leno Finally Moves Back to His Old Time Slot

jay-leno-tonight-show.jpgIn the triumph of the human spirit story of the decade, the beaten but not out Jay Leno is leaving the 10:00 time slot for the original Tonight Show spot after the local news.

What a nail biter. Tear jerker. Heart warmer.

On a serious note: here are some pictures of the dismantling of Conan O’Brien‘s Tonight Show set. And here‘s a weird factually incorrect anecdote from Leno about Super Bowl spot with David Letterman and Oprah.

CORRECTION: We originally said Jay moves back tomorrow. It’s just his last show at 10pm today. He moves back next month.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Jimmy Kimmel Does His Entire Show as Jay Leno
  • The 2004 Clip of Leno Explaining What Will Happen in Five Years
  • The Tri-Coastal Coco Protests
  • Reddit Alien: We Are All Conan
  • Conan: I Won’t Do the Tonight Show at 12:05
  • Conan Rants About Being Jerked Around
  • Leno Rants About Cancellation
  • Breaking on TMZ: Leno is Going Back to 11:30

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