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The Late Show That Almost Wasn't: The Backstory to Letterman's Hurricane Shows

Nevermind the hurricane, the show must go on — and it did Monday night at the Ed Sullivan Theater, where David Letterman hosted CBS' Late Show to an audience of zero. "It was very strange for all of us to be standing there and watching the show, with all of it looking the same, except for...read more

As Dave Catches Jay, Are the Late Night Wars Over?

Remember the late night wars? Now that there are so many choices on TV — even in the bedtime hours — the idea of Jay vs. Dave seems quaint.

That was all the more apparent this November, as the battle between the two late night titans came to a draw. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (3.6 million) still held a slight edge over Late Show With David Letterman (3.4 million) in viewers. But for the first time since 1994, Letterman (with a 0.9 rating) managed to beat ...
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Late Show Executive Producer: We Wanted Conan for Super Bowl Promo, Too

The Letterman-Leno-Oprah Super Bowl promo had everyone buzzing during the big game, but, according to Late Show executive producer Rob Burnett, the threesome might have been a foursome — with Conan O'Brien.

Super Bowl: Doritos dominates; Saints win

"There was an initial thought of having ...read more

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'The Bible' Movie: Producer Rob Burnett Eyeing Fall Release
Rob Burnett on His New Film We Made This Movie
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Credits

Year Title Description
2010 When Families Grieve TV Show Series, Executive Producer
2006 The Knights of Prosperity TV Show Series, Creator
2006 The Knights of Prosperity TV Show Series, Executive Producer
1980 Late Show with David Letterman TV Show Series, Producer
1980 Late Show with David Letterman TV Show Series, Executive Producer

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January 17, 2007: Uh, I'm a Superfan?

Who here is not a fan of karaoke, Mick Jagger masks, training montages and Frank Sinatra Jr. jokes? Obviously, no person can deny that these things by themselves are powerful. And yet together, they combine their might to create a supershow so powerful that it is the only hope against the torpedo known as American Idol. Well, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but a girl can dream, can’t she? I had my own little musical moment when the theme song came on and I found myself belting “Scrubbin’ and flushin’!” along with the backup singers. Pathetic? Only if by pathetic you mean awesome.My absolute favorite moment came courtesy of Simone Cashwell’s return. Eugene’s “I’m Glickman, Yentl Glickman!” and “Why would you lie to such a beautiful young goil? More important, is she Jewish?” were just sublime. Not to be outdone, we got “Yo, there’s a big-ass thumb print in this shmeer” from Rockefeller. The way thes... read more

A Time to Laugh
The comedy pilots that might be ready for prime time this fall

It's crunch time in the network scheduling rooms, as many questions are being asked about next season. Will Grey's Anatomy go to Monday nights? Will Lost start in November, to cut down on repeats during the season? Is Wayne Brady getting another show? The answers will come next week. We hear there wasn't a lot of laughing during the executive screenings of most of the season's comedy pilots, but here's what industry insiders say are the hottest of that tepid lot. (Click here to read about the drama-pilot buzz.) NBC: The Peacock network is only expected to add two sitcoms. One is the still-untitled show from Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey — a workplace comedy set behind the scenes of a read more

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