February 14, 2010 |
The most interesting person on late-night television is a 47-year-old Scottish reformed alcoholic high-school dropout, drummer, actor, comic and novelist named Craig Ferguson, who since 2005 has been hosting "The Late Late Show," which follows David Letterman's "Late Show" on CBS. He is not the only talk show host whose work I like, or even the only one I'm tempted to call a genius -- the other would be Letterman, whose Worldwide Pants produces Ferguson's...
June 7, 2013 |
It's Friday, so what better time for the latest musical mash-up from the creative minds at "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"? This time around, the people behind the all-clucking verison of the Lumineers and "All I Want for Christmas" with classroom instruments have assembled sound bites of the NBC News anchor "rapping" the song "Regulate" by Warren G. (On Wednesday night, it was " Nuthin' but a G Thang . ") Perhaps the funniest thing about these mash-ups is that performing a cover of a '90s-era hip-hop classic is exactly the kind of thing the newsman might do. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bri-Wi, are you listening?
June 8, 2013 |
During a recent interview with Pop & Hiss about his new album "IV Play," The-Dream seemed most excited by far about "Too Early," a mournful electro-blues cut the influential R&B star recorded with Gary Clark Jr. on guitar. So perhaps it's no surprise that for his gig Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," The-Dream chose to play "Too Early" over the album's title-track single. Whatever his reasoning, we're glad he did: Expertly backed by Clark and Fallon's house band, the Roots, The-Dream brought a unique mixture of swagger and vulnerability to his performance; the moment near the end when his voice cracks is heartbreaking in all the right ways.
February 13, 2014 |
Look who's helping Seth Meyers make his debut on "Late Night" -- the runner-up to the commander-in-chief, Joe Biden. Biden announced that he would appear with the new host of the NBC talk show via Twitter: "Must-see TV. " The vice president, who has had his share of bloopers over the course of his career, adds a lively political touch to the debut, which will also feature Meyers' former "Saturday Night Live" castmate Amy Poehler. Perhaps Poehler will appear in Hillary Clinton guise.
September 10, 2013 |
Arsenio Hall is back on late night after a 19-year absence, and his return made a strong showing in ratings Monday, especially in Los Angeles, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In Nielsen's 25 markets with local people meters, CBS Television Distribution's "The Arsenio Hall Show" beat all other late-night talk show telecasts in key demographics. The show garnered a rating of 1.2 among adults aged 25-54 years old and a 1.0 in the 18-49 age group. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings For comparison, among 18-49ers, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” scored a 0.6 and a delayed "Late Show With David Letterman" got a 0.5 and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" received a 0.8. "The Arsenio Hall Show," which featured appearances by Paula Abdul, Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg (putting aside his Snoop Lion alter ego)
February 24, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Making his debut as host of "Late Night" on Monday, Seth Meyers struck a decidedly low-key note in a broadcast that emphasized finely tuned punch lines over star power and razzle-dazzle. Meyers opened the NBC show by paying tribute to one of his predecessor's best-known recurring bits, "Thank You Notes. " Seated at his desk, Meyers wrote a letter to Jimmy Fallon, now host of "The Tonight Show," promising to treat "Late Night" "with respect and dignity and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces … starting now," he said.