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  • This Week on TV: Letterman’s last show, Jen Kirkman’s special premieres, and here comes Red Nose Day USA

    Letterman

    It’s going to be a bitter-sweet week on television with the end of an era. This week we say goodbye to the Late Show with David Letterman. The show started in August of 1993 on CBS in lieu of Late Night with David Letterman ending on NBC after it was thought Letterman would take over for Johnny Carson on The Tonight show. Late Night, the former of the two shows, premiered in February of 1982 with Bill Murray, who will be appearing on Late Show this Tuesday, as the first guest ever. During David Letterman’s career in late night television, he started his own production company known as Worldwide Pants. His influence not only has host, but with his company has stretched far and wide. Worldwide pants has produced shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Late Show, Ed, and also the feature film Strangers With Candy. In his capacities as either a writer, producer, performer, or as part of a writing team, Letterman is among the most nominated people in Emmy Award history with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and ten Primetime Emmys since 1981. Read More

    Norm MacDonald issued a tearful “I love you” farewell to David Letterman (video)

    Who knew Norm MacDonald was so sensitive? During his final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Norm performed some stand-up. He then ended his set by stating just how much Dave meant to him. Norm then told a joke he heard Letterman tell when he was 13 that became his favorite joke. Then, while barely being able to fight back the tears, Norm fired off a heartfelt, “I love you.” Read More

    Letterman hosted Howard Stern and Don Rickles one last time

    As David Letterman’s days on the air become less and less, he’s bringing some of his favorite friends on as guests. Last night, Letterman welcomed both Howard Stern and Mr. Warmth himself, Don Rickles for trio of comedian icons together on stage. So much in fact that Artie Lange, who has ties to all three of said comedians to state it was, “emotional watching Howard and Rickles on Letterman. 3 heroes of mine who I grew up to work with and then piss off! Kidding 3 legends Great.” Read More

    Don Rickles, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, and Steve Martin amongst Letterman’s final Late Show guests

    David LettermanWe’re about one month away from David Letterman winding down his stint as one of the greatest late night talk show hosts of all time on May 20th. Today CBS announced the guests lined up for Letterman’s final late night send off. This week’s guests include Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Amy Sedaris, Kevin James, and Alec Baldwin. Many of Letterman’s favs. Additionally, many Late Show friends and regulars will be appearing in the weeks to come – Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Don Rickles, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Jack Hanna, Michael Keaton, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Martin Short, Howard Stern, Bruce Willis, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons, Tom Waits, and Bill Murray. Murray was the first guest on Letterman’s Late Night NBC show when it 1982. Murray was also the first guest when Late Show premiered on CBS in 1993. So far, no word on when Letterman brings back Paris Hilton or if Drew Barrymore plans on one final table dance.

    Kevin James will star in new comedy series for CBS

    Kevin-James-The King Of Queens star Kevin James is reuniting with the TV studio behind the hit CBS sitcom for a new comedy staring vehicle. James and his Hey Eddie Productions have made a two-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce projects for television, including a sitcom that he would headline. Additionally, Columbia Pictures has renewed its first-look deal with the comedian-actor-producer-writer and his company through 2017.

    James got his big breaks in TV and movies at Sony with star-making turns on King of Queens, which ran from 1998-2007, and in Will Smith’s 2005 hit Hitch, respectively. James got his start as a producer on King of Queens and formed Hey Eddie Productions at Sony in 2007 with producing partner and manager Jeff Sussman. James launched a film franchise for Sony with the 2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which he co-wrote and starred in. He also toplined the studio’s Zookeeper and Here Comes the Boom, both produced by Hey Eddie, and was in the Adam Sandler franchises Grown Ups as well as the animated Hotel Transylvania. James stars in three high-profile feature comedies for Sony this year: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which opens April 17; another sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2; and the Chris Columbus-directed summer tentpole Pixels, in which James again partners onscreen with Sandler. Read More

    Adam Brody to star in Modern Family’s Dan O’Shannon comedy pilot for CBS

    Adam BrodyThe as-of-yet titled project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Adam Brody will play Andrew, a guy who sees the best in everything. Even at 40, when life’s twists and turns have taken a bit of wind out of his sails, it only takes the reappearance of his childhood crush, Holly, to awaken his love of life and belief in happy endings. Brody, whose comedy series credits include Yahoo’s Burning Love and DirecTV’s Billy & Billie will lead the ensemble cast in the pilot written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon and writer Peter Warren.  Brody joins previously cast Tyler Labine (Animal Practice, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil)  and Kelly O’Sullivan (Sirens).

    CBS renewals for 2015-2016 season include Mom, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls

    cbs-logoCBS announced that Mom, Mike & Molly, and 2 Broke Girls have been renewed for the 2015-2016 broadcast season. Mom, the critically acclaimed comedy starring Anna Faris and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, is the fastest growing returning series on television. currently in its second season. Mike & Molly, currently in its fifth season, starring Billy Gardell and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Melissa McCarthy. 2 Broke Girls, currently in its fourth season starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. And finally, The Big Bang Theory, television’s #1 comedy, is renewed through the 2016-2017 season as part of a multi-year broadcast agreement that was announced last year. The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki, Golden Globe Award and multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

    Reggie Watts and James Corden perform a soundcheck on the new Late Late Show set

    CBS has released the first look at Late Late Show with James Corden which features the new host and his band leader, the one and only Reggie Watts. Soundchecks are important.

    TiVo beats the networks to curated comedy service

    tivo-logoTiVo is introducing a new DVR feature called Network Comedy Collections that will curate and automatically record primetime and late night comedy shows from ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. The service, expected to arrive on TiVo Central today and to be assembled by TiVo’s editorial staff, will be offered on all TiVo models, including retail devices as well as DVRs leased out by TiVo’s MVPD partners. The new feature, however, is being billed as one that will be of particular value to customers of the new Roamio OTA, an HD-DVR tailored for cord-cutters that provides access to over-the-air TV signals and over-the-top content from sources like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Plus. Network Comedy Collections, part of TiVo’s monthly service, is also designed to reduce the need for users to pay for a la carte streaming services. When activated, it will automatically pick up and record specific comedies from broadcasters. The NBC Collection, for example, will contain shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live. The new TiVo feature is entering the picture as broadcasters continue to develop their own OTT service options. Of recent note, NBCUniversal confirmed earlier this week that it will launch a comedy-based video subscription VOD service later this year. Read More

    Jon Dore set to star in the CBS comedy pilot The Half Of It

    JonDoreJon Dore has landed the lead in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilotThe Half Of It. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Mike, played by Dore, a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married. Mike is dealing with mixed feelings. Half of him is the excited, upbeat single guy and the other half is the single dad who is in over his head with single parenting. Canadian-born actor-comedian Dore previously co-starred on ABC’s How To Live With Your Parents.