The CBS television network first broadcast Late Night with David Letterman. It ran for 11 years. CBS then decided to rename it Late Show with David Letterman. That show is still going strong. The show tapes at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. As you may have guessed it was made famous by Ed Sullivan. David Letterman's production company, World Pants, Inc. produces the show. The format has proven to be a successful one. First the theme, and the announcer telling everyone who the guest stars are that night. David Letterman then comes out onto the stage and performs his comedy monologue.
Late Show with David Letterman has had hundreds of world renowned guests on the show, as well as the most famous of the Hollywood stars. Michelle Obama, the First Lady, has been on the show more than once. The style of the show is relaxed. This makes it appear, that Mr. Letterman is merely having people on for relaxed conversations. That is one of the reasons why it has been so popular and long lasting.
The viewing public has been enjoying this program for decades. Spending an evening watching Late Show with David Letterman will bring you a lot of laughs. In two years David Letterman will have surpassed Johnny Carson for being the host of a late night talk show. Millions of people have been dedicated viewers of Late Show with David Letterman for decades. The network constantly renewing his contract is solid proof of that.
It didn't take long for CBS to find a replacement for David Letterman—the late-night host's successor is ready a year before Letterman is even set to retire—and the announcement of the new host of "The Late Show" is probably not going to disappoint anyone. Stephen Colbert, the immensely popular host of "The Colbert Report," will take over after Letterman's retirement.
"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS CEO Les Moonves said in a statement.
When David Letterman got his first late-night talk show, Johnny Carson was still hosting "The Tonight Show." Since then, Letterman has been a late-night institution on two different networks, while "The Tonight Show" spent another decade in the Carson era and ran through its entire Jay Leno era. In the meantime, we've seen the rise of popular late-night hosts including Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, the new host of "The Tonight Show."
The constant through all of it has been Letterman, so you might be able to understand why the announcement of his retirement next year was such a big deal.
Please, "Battlestar Galactica" afficionados. Change your shorts, then do sit back down and chillax.
David Letterman's latter years hosting CBS's "Late Show" have seen him transition from "funny" to often "choke-a-b***h pissed" particularly when subject matter skews political. Perhaps most memorably, he took some questionable potshots at former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol when news broke that the teenager was expecting one out-of-wedlock bundle of joy.
"Out of touch." Oh, boy.
Get ready, everybody. It's a presidential election year, so we're about to hear that vague and generic epithet thrown around between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney like a skinny, effeminate kid's belongings at a middle school busstop.
Each will claim that the other has exactly no clue whatsoever just how the average American lives. Of course, hearing this catterwauling between a former Massachussetts Governor whose father was Governor of Michigan and an ex-U.
There's one rule in the world of television worth following: don't steal a man's TV show. He won't forget it.
You may remember, back in late 2009 and early 2010, how Jay Leno attempted to take "The Tonight Show" back from newly promoted host Conan O'Brien, who had been in the position for only about half a year. Conan was understandably pretty upset, but less so after he departed with about $35 million in severance pay and landed a new show on TBS, "Conan.
Strange but true equation: Mormon presidential candidate, plus underwear, plus sex with interns, equals . . .
. . . Sean having something to write about.
While nobody knows quite yet what gives with the sudden "Colbert Report" taping cancelations, we know where Jon Stewart was last night. The fundit - take is as "funny pundit" or "faux pundit"...the world's your oyster on this one - stopped by for a chat Wednesday on "The Late Show" with David Letterman.
That's right. The champagne from the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLVI win has barely warmed to room temperature, but with spring, a young fan's fancy turns to thoughts of the NBA playoffs.
What's more important, we need a new sports meme until it's Tebow Time once again.
That being said . . . . welcome to the "Linsanity."
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has been this lockout-shortened NBA campaign's feel-good story after a summer and fall when we really started doubting professional basketball would be a thing this year.
"It's good to be the king."
Whether he's really called "King" or not might depend upon the age of the respondent one asks the question, but it's most assuredly still good to be David Letterman.
Executives recently negotiating Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company say a deal locking Letterman in at CBS until 2014 is very close, according to the New York Times today. That deal would see Letterman surpass the 30 years his contemporary and idol, the late Johnny Carson, hosted NBC's "The Tonight Show.
Last night on late night, Scarlett Johansson opened up to David Letterman about the nude photos that were hacked from her phone and posted all over the Web. Yet, surprisingly, she did it with a smile and a laugh.
"I don't know why I'm laughing, it was terrible," said ScarJo, after calling the cyber attack "unfortunate, really." Letterman offered a different view on the matter: "On the other hand, a way to look at it is a lovely thing for mankind," said the "Late Show" host.
Good on Justin Bieber for seeking out his elders' wisdom.
And we'd bet David Letterman probably thought his own sex scandal couldn't possibly produce a silver lining like wisdom to passed on to a younger man.
The 17-year-old tsunami of pop-stardom manned up this week and announced that he would lay his paternity-suit allegations from 20-year-old would-be groupie Mariah Yeater to rest permanently with a voluntary paternity test.
Bieber's already had one Hell of a week since, starting with barely contained pandemonium at "Today Show" concert this morning.
Internet stupidity, it seems, is not limited to people's Facebook statuses. A man posting under the name of Umar al-Basrawi put out a death threat against none other than David Letterman on an extremist website.
What could have pushed this man to such extreme anger that he would wish the TV comedian and talk show host dead?
Apparently, Letterman's offense was to make a slicing motion across his throat when discussing the death of al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri. Yeah, apparently that's all it takes for someone to declare a jihad on you these days.
We heard the news today, oh boy.
Just as avante-rock band TV on the Radio released a gorgeous new album "Nine Types of Light" - to critical acclaim and a debut at No 12 in the Billboard charts - it announced today that the band's talented bassist and multi-instrumentalist Gerard Smith passed away this morning of lung cancer.
He was only 34. Damn.
"We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer.