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  • ‘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.

    “We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “He and Ben have been friends for a long time and partnered together on a variety of successful projects. They are a creatively dynamic and very energetic host/producer combination.”

    Winston had previously served as the executive producer of Britain’s X Factor, and has worked with Corden during his four year stint as emcee of the Brit Awards.

    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

    This Week on TV: Premieres and pickles

    This is one of our favorite times of year. Mainly because during the next few weeks all the new TV shows will make their premieres. Returning favs and new ones we get to pick apart (we’ll be launching our Fall TV Comedy Guide shortly). But in the meantime, revel in the fact that lots of great people are hanging out in late night this week. Also, watch the pilot of the new animated [adult swim] show Mr. Pickles, which is the touching story of a boy and his evil dog. Read More

    It turns out that David Letterman enjoys being yelled at by Billy Eichner

    Last night Billy Eichner paid visit to David Letterman. It’s kinda fitting to see this happen as Eichner was a comedian whom Joan Rivers backed and repeatedly told Late Show bookers that they had to check out and get on the show. So Eichner being on the show is a final, subtle tribute to Rivers in a way. But it didn’t take long for Billy to earn his way back on the show as he entertained the crap out of the late night host and played games with Letterman who demanded some yelling. The games included “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?” and “Dead or Boring?” Yelling, which Letterman got particularly animated for. Billy Eicher and Dave Letterman yelling at each other is pretty much the best thing. Read More

    Jimm Fallon, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson and Seth Meyers pay late night tributes to Joan Rivers

    Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

    The tributes to the late Joan Rivers are still coming in from across the entertainment world. Since she both got her start in late night and was a staple of it for so many years, it’s no surprise that every late night host paid tribute to Rivers during their shows last night. David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Seth Meyers, and Conan O’Brien all talked about Joan’s wit, humor, and spirit.

    As an aside, the fact that no female late night hosts are on the air to pay tribute to Joan is a pretty telling sign as to how groundbreaking it was when she got her own late night gig. Read More