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  • Reggie Watts will be the ‘Late Late Show’s’ new band leader

    Whatever your feelings about James Corden being the new host for the Late Late Show are, you have to be pretty happy about the show’s newest addition. Today, CBS announced that comedian Reggie Watts will become the new band leader next year. Watts will assume the gig when the Corden takes over on March 23rd. Watts is well known for blending music into his act, often employing beatboxing and looping. Watts had been playing sidekick to Scott Aukerman on Comedy Bang! Bang! since 2012 and created the theme songs for shows like Key & Peele.

    In addition to Watts, THR reports a few other new hires to the late night program. Ben Winston will take the role as showrunner, while Rob Crabbe (The Tonight Show) has signed on as executive producer. Tosh.O creator Rob Gibbons will serve as co-executive producer and head writer along with Sheila Rogers (Late Show) and Josh Cliffe (One Night with Robin Williams) as fellow producers.

    Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow and more will serve as interim ‘Late Late Show’ hosts

    On December 19th, Craig Ferguson will be stepping down as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. New host James Corden will step in to take over on March 9th, and until then the show will run by a string of guest hosts.

    According to Deadline, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Thomas Lennon, Billy Gardel, Sean Hayes, John Mayer, and Kunal Nayyar will fill in. Carey will book-end the fill-in schedule hosting the first week, January 5-9, and the last week, March 2-6.

    With both CBS’s late night shows turning over a new chapter this year, many people called for more diversity in late night. These guest spots could serve as “future auditions” for possible late night gigs, so it is unfortunate to see a continued lack of diversity in these guest host gigs. CBS is diversifying their line-up a bit with Hayes, Brady, and Nayyar but didn’t line-up any women for a hosting gig. Also, John Mayer?

    This week on TV: great comedian, bad sitcom

    Millers MulaneySome moves were made this week. Another sitcom bit the dust this week as CBS announced that the Will Arnett / JB Smoove comedy The Millers would cease production. Ending the show in its second season. Arnett and Smoove are comedy titans that work well when given the right roles. But even at its best, The Millers was passable as a sitcom. Other sitcoms in trouble include John Mulaney’s FOX sitcom Mulaney, which swapped time slots with Bob’s Burgers this past week so it would air in the before prime time slot. The show is consistently in the bottom of the ratings pile and seems to be on its way to cancellation.

    These two scenarios are troublesome because they are perfect examples of “great comedians, terrible shows,” a troublesome phenomenon that feels like talent is is being squandered. John Mulaney is arguably one of the best young comedic talents working today, he’s also surrounded by a cast that should work, so why isn’t it? Arnett and Smoove are responsible for breathing life into some of the most quotable and funny TV characters of the last decade. So why are they struggling when other, bland sitcoms are soaring? It’s a question that deserves a deeper dive than this column allows for, but unless we start to see networks and audiences nurture these shows, the short answer could just be Gotham gets the hero it deserves, but not the one it needs. Read More

    “The Late Late Show with James Corden” premieres on March 9th

    The changing of the guards will soon be taking place. With Craig Ferguson stepping down as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, much buzz was generated about who would take his place. British actor and writer James Corden was named Ferguson’s successor in August. According to THR, Corden’s reign will debut Monday, March 9th.

    The Late Late Show with James Corden will be taped at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles, and has named Ben Winston as showrunner. Read More

    This week in comedy: Tracy Morgan’s comedic future remains uncertain

    Tracy MorganThis summer, comedian Tracy Morgan survived a horrendously dangerous car crash that took the life of his close friend and mentor James McNair. This week brought some rage-inducing developments in his lawsuit against the Walmart driver who caused this accident, and updated us about a potentially bleak future for Morgan. Thankfully, this week’s other comedy news was more on the bright side.

    – Behind the wheel of the giant Walmart truck responsible for the accident that put Tracy Morgan into critical condition was the intensely sleep-deprived Kevin Roper, but apparently this guy isn’t the one to blame. In a classic corporate move of sociopathic proportions, Walmart insisted in court that Morgan’s failure to wear a seatbelt caused the accident. This, coupled with the news that Morgan’s injuries might prevent him from ever performing again, simply felt like a rude, undeserved slap in the face to Morgan, his family, his friends, and his fans. Read More

    The Laugh Button 2014 Fall TV Guide

    TLB 2014 TV Guide

    Some people have fantasy football, we have fantasy television. Well, we don’t pick teams and make trades and such, but we do try to predict outcomes. Since the 2014 television season is upon us it’s time to check out a slew of new shows. So let’s get into it shall we? What do you think has the best chance of sticking around? What’s on the bubble? What’s dead in the water? Read More

    Jerry Seinfeld on Letterman, “I have knowledge and its all not about this”

    The next season of Jerry Seinfeld’s hit web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is about to launch again in November. So there’s no better time than now for the legendary comedian to drop by Late Show with David Letterman for a tight five minutes of stand-up followed by some couch time with the show’s host where he even revealed some of the upcoming guests on the show (Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen), in addition to discussing Joan Rivers who was to be a guest on the show but it never came to be. Read More

    Tommy Johnagin pilot gets production commitment from CBS

    Lately it’s been looking like we have a stand-up led TV revolution on our hands. With comedians like John Mulaney, Jim Gaffigan, and more getting starring roles in sitcoms loosely-based on themselves. Now, Tommy Johnagin’s hat has been thrown into the ring.

    According to Deadline, CBS has given a production commitment for Johnagin’s comedy pilot Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth. The show will star Johnagin as a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Johnagin himself started his career in the midwest before relocating to Los Angeles. He and his wife recently had their first child. Read More

    Charlie Sheen is open to the idea of returning to “Two And A Half Men”

    Charlie SheenThis season will mark the end of the long-running sitcom Two And A Half Men. Marking the end of the show’s reign of terror on the American landscape. To help usher in the new era of peace, former star and famous flameout, Charlie Sheen stated that he’s potentially returning to the show for a cameo on the final episode.

    Sheen revealed to TV Guide that he’s interested in the show as the finale nears. “On the record, I would love to [return],” Sheen stated. Adding, “I’ve reached out to them and they’ve reached back.” He then followed up with “We’re trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I’ve presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I’m available and I’m showing up early. If not, it’s on them.” Read More