December 2, 2013 |
No viral prank here. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is posting his best numbers since his time slot move put him in head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. For the week of Nov. 18, the latest for which numbers are available, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" drew an average of 2.86-million viewers overall, up 15% compared with the previous week. That's the biggest audience the show has brought in since it moved to its earlier 11:35 p.m. time in January. In the 18-to-49 demographic, the age group most coveted by advertisers, the jokester's program took in 1.05-million viewers, for an increase of 29% week-to-week.
November 20, 2013 |
It could be many years before history will judge the decisions former President George W. Bush made in the White House, the 43rd president told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night. For now, though, he'll paint. In a rare TV appearance, the former president shared his new hobby with the late-night personality, even presenting Leno with a portrait of himself. In the past, Bush has painted everything from cats and dogs to a scene of himself taking a shower . Bush, 67, explained to Leno that the artistic streak began after reading "Painting as a Pastime," an essay by Winston Churchill, who himself produced several portraits and landscape pieces.
November 11, 2013 |
Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" bandleader, and his wife, Karen, have sold their house in Hollywood Hills for $3.9 million. The gated compound of more than half an acre includes a four-bedroom main house, a detached guesthouse, an infinity-edged pool, a treehouse and a sports court. There are multiple terraces, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 7,202 square feet of living space. Minor has been the "Tonight Show" bandleader since 2010. He also has worked as a musical director for "American Idol" and on tours of recording artists such as Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
October 30, 2013 |
Maybe Jay Leno has a case of senioritis, because the soon-to-be-departing "Tonight Show" host appears to be slacking off in the joke-writing department. Leno - who will vacate his "Tonight" role in February after more than 20 years behind the desk - was caught this week recycling one of his own jokes about President Obama and Joe Biden. "Remember the old days when President Obama's worst embarrassment was Joe Biden?" Leno joked Tuesday, in reference to the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout.
October 4, 2013 |
Now that David Letterman has extended his deal with CBS through 2015, it's time to ask: How long can the onetime heir to Johnny Carson stay on the job? Letterman, host of CBS' "Late Show," will turn 68 in 2015. Television executives strive to reach "the demo," or the demographic comprised of viewers ages 18 to 49. At 68, Letterman wouldn't just be outside the demo, he'd be at least as old as the fathers of most people inside it. As painful as it is for those of us who grew up on his old NBC late-night show to admit, this guy is your dad's TV host - at least if you're under 40. Is that a horribly ageist thing to say?
September 19, 2013 |
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement. The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. " And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
September 5, 2013 |
Alec Baldwin has already demonstrated his interviewing ability on public radio and now he's taking it back to TV with a new weekly talk show on MSNBC. Baldwin will host "Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin" on Friday nights on the cable news channel starting in October, the network announced Thursday. The show is expected to cover culture and current events, much the same way Baldwin has covered those topics in his radio show and podcast, "Here's the Thing," which has aired on public radio in New York since 2011.
August 27, 2013 |
The clock is ticking for Jon Stewart's return to "The Daily Show" desk on Sept. 3. The longtime fake news anchor has been overseas in Jordan for the summer, directing his first film, "Rosewater. " But unless you get your news from sources other than "The Daily Show," you wouldn't know that. Fill-in anchor John Oliver, who occupied the seat from June 10 until Aug. 15, kicked off every show with a different explanation of where Stewart was, everything from cobbling shoes in a small Italian village to teaching the squares how to dance sexy in upstate New York.
August 23, 2013 |
Tina Fey is having a rough time at home now that "30 Rock" is over. Fey, 43, a writer and star, wrapped her hit comedy "30 Rock" late last year and also made headlines this year for doing a blockbuster job hosting the Golden Globe Awards with friend and comedian Amy Poehler. But now the funny mother of two is spending a lot more quality time with her two daughers, and she revealed to David Letterman on "Late Show" Wednesday that her post-spotlight life isn't nearly as glamorous.
August 22, 2013 |
People of America, Tina Fey needs your help. The woman otherwise known as Liz Lemon paid a visit to “Late Show With David Letterman,” where she gave viewers a glimpse into her post-“30 Rock” life which, she joked, consists mostly of going to her new Manhattan office and making toast. But Fey's pleasantly uneventful daily routine was shaken up recently when her office was burglarized, with a devious furniture mover (allegedly) stealing a computer full of her ideas for new TV shows.