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  • 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

    David Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams, his friend of 38 years

    One week after the passing of Robin Williams, David Letterman returned from a week hiatus. During the show, Letterman spent 10 minutes of the show recalling the early stand-up days at The Comedy Store when they first saw the late comedian take the stage declaring, “it was nothing we’ve ever seen before… we were like morning dew, he was like a hurricane.” Letterman recalled Williams’ kind spirit, and willingness to help other comedians joking about an early appearance on Mork & Mindy. Letterman then played clips from some of Williams’ 50 appearances on late night with the host. Letterman wrapped the segment saying goodbye to his friend of 38 years as he held back tears and stated how, like others that he was sorry he, “had no idea that the man was in pain, and that the man was suffering. What a guy, Robin Williams.” Read More

    Craig Ferguson to be replaced by James Corden on “Late Late Show”

    Ferguson CordenTotal dark horse here.

    James Corden is the new replacement for Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS.

    This news was just announced via The Wrap that the British actor will follow in the late night footsteps of Ferguson. Though Corden’s people have yet to confirm.

    New Yorkers might be familiar with Corden as he was the recent star of the Broadway smash, One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden also stars in the Disney’s Into the Woods and is the movie Begin Again starring alongside Keira Knightley.

    Ferguson has hosted The Late Late Show” since 2005 and announced in April that he’d be leaving the show this December.

    More as this develops.

    Is Jim Gaffigan’s TV sitcom project still alive with another network?

    jimgaffiganIt’s been a marathon for Jim Gaffigan on the road to get his sitcom on the airwaves. His sitcom, a single camera family show loosely based on his real life, has already gone through two different rounds of restructuring by CBS during the 2013 and 2014 pilot season. Now Sony TV, the production company responsible for the show, is eyeing other networks to try to get the show on the air and TV Land is one of the other networks really interested in nabbing the comedian.

    Sony TV has already been successful in rescuing shows, with the biggest feather in its cap being Community. The once cancelled NBC was recently revived by Yahoo for a 6th season.

    Reports are that TV Land is “well down the road” of trying to make Gaffigan’s show work on their network, currently looking to reduce the actors’ compensation to get the budget to where it needs to be for TV Land to comfortably move forward. It’s also likely that if the sitcom gets picked up by TV Land, Sony would likely have a passive role in the show and co-writer/executive producer of the CBS pilot would more than likely just consult on the show.

    The Laugh Button interview with Jonathan Kite

    Jonathan KiteWe recently spoke with Jonathan Kite best known as the short order cook Oleg from the the popular CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Kite is also an alum of the prestigious Second City. We got a few moments to speak with Kite about his his background in improv, his A.D.D., and well, because of these, he didn’t really answer any of our questions truthfully. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

    To begin, as the years go by on 2 Broke Girls, what do you learn from season to season?

    I am constantly learning what it takes to be successful. Success is measured in many different ways and is sometimes measured in failure. I’ve also learned that I can write fortune cookie papers if this whole acting thing doesn’t pan out. Read More