February 14, 2004 |
Canada's government Friday condemned a show by U.S. late-night television host Conan O'Brien that insulted people in French-speaking Quebec. Ottawa and the province of Ontario paid $760,000 to help O'Brien bring his NBC "Late Night" to Toronto for a week to boost the city's profile after a deadly SARS outbreak last year.
April 8, 2002 |
David Letterman and "Nightline" commanded the lion's share of headlines during March, but the first three months of 2002 again belonged to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno": NBC's late-night host dominated the ratings in finishing first for the 26th consecutive quarter. Leno's show, which will mark its 10th anniversary with a prime-time special April 30, averaged 6 million viewers per average minute, mirroring its performance versus the same three-month period last year.
February 27, 2002 |
Conan O'Brien, who began his life as an NBC late-night personality working under the skeptical gaze of his bosses and tenuous months-long contracts, has signed a new deal to continue as host of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" for another four years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although sources have said that O'Brien will be making close to $8 million annually.
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August 31, 1993 |
The first salvos in what promises to be a long and arduous battle for late-night TV viewers were launched Monday night when "Late Show With David Letterman" premiered on CBS opposite "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on NBC. After thanking his audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for a standing ovation, Letterman opened by saying: "Welcome to the show. I checked this now with the CBS attorneys, and legally I can continue to call myself Dave."
September 22, 2001 |
Celebrities haven't been speaking for the last two weeks, and without them we have had time to contemplate many important things. Why is the U.S. so hated? Why is it a hatred beyond all reason? Does the hatred stem from flat-out mental illness? This was David Letterman, grilling his guest, Bryant Gumbel, on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday.
January 12, 1999 |
It was almost midnight--house finally quiet, kids asleep--as I flicked aimlessly through the television channels, past old movies, Hollywood talk shows, infomercials about paint-on hair . . . looking for something to lull me to sleep. Instead, I was shocked wide-awake by the scene that filled my screen: a grainy image of two naked women, lustily engaged in what only Bill Clinton might not consider sex. Had I inadvertently ordered the Playboy Channel? Were my cable wires crossed?
May 2, 1988 |
Something is wrong when the best television--the bravest, most important, most needed television--is the television least available to most of the public. Think of it this way: What if you wanted to buy a valued author's new book, but the bookstore opened only for an hour, at 11:30 p.m.? Or what if "The Last Emperor" had been available at movie theaters only after most of us went to bed?
January 11, 1998 |
It is three hours before show time on Conan O'Brien's talk program, and the host is meeting with three young producers in an office decorated with a giant plastic pickle (a gift from the writers on the David Letterman show), a voodoo skull sunk into a basketball net and a huge painting of Abraham Lincoln on his deathbed. "I identify with Lincoln," explains O'Brien, who is red-haired, Harvard-educated and Catholic.
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January 24, 2005 |
Johnny Carson, who in three decades as host of "The Tonight Show" became one of America's most influential entertainers as well as one of television's most powerful figures, died Sunday. He was 79. His nephew, Jeff Sotzing, a former producer of "The Tonight Show," said Carson died peacefully, but declined to give a location or other details. NBC, Carson's longtime employer, said the comedian died of emphysema at his Malibu home.