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Emmy Watch: How the Late Night Upheaval Could Shake Up the Variety Series Competition

Jay Leno

When Johnny Carson signed off from The Tonight Show in 1992, his reign as the King of Late Night was celebrated with an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Granted, the competition that year was sparse: Fox's sketch-comedy show In Living Color and NBC's Late Night with David Letterman were the only others nominated.

This year, as newly retired Tonight Show host Jay Leno attempts to secure one final nomination in the category now known as... read more

David Letterman to Retire from Late Show in 2015

David Letterman

David Letterman will retire from The Late Show in 2015, he announced during his Thursday night show.

"I phoned [CBS President and CEO Leslie Mooves] just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but... read more

VIDEO: Bill Murray Channels Liberace for His Return to Late Show with David Letterman

Bill Murray and David Letterman

Apparently someone was a big fan of HBO's recent TV movie Behind the Candelabra!

Bill Murray returned to the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday to help ring in the show's 20th anniversary, and boy did he make an entrance! read more

Bill Murray Is Returning to The Late Show for 20th Anniversary

Bill Murray

Bill Murray, who was the first guest on The Late Show with David Letterman when it premiered in 1993, will return to the show to celebrate its 20th anniversary later this month. 

Murray will make his 26th guest appearance on Thursday, Aug. 29, CBS announcedMonday. Murray was also the first guest on David Letterman's Late Night show when it premiered in 1982.

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Exclusive: TV Writers Choose the 101 Best-Written Shows Ever; What Was No. 1?

The Sopranos

Bada bing! The Writers Guild of America has named HBO's The Sopranos, created by David Chase, the best-written TV series of all time. Members of the WGA's West and East coast chapters — folks who obviously know a thing or two about writing TV shows — evaluated hundreds of dramas, comedies, miniseries (six hours or more), daytime serials, animation, variety series, talk shows and kids' programs to come up with an unprecedented, exhaustive list of TV's top 101.

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David Letterman Rips "Crazy" Tonight Show Succession Plan: "What Are They Thinking?"

David Letterman

Shortly after NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would be taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year, David Letterman got a phone call. But the call wasn't from Leno, Fallon or even Conan O'Brien.

"I got a call from my mom today. She says, 'Well, David, I see you... read more

Top Videos of the Week: One Direction Shocks Fans, Zookeeper Shocks Panda

One Direction

It's Thanksgiving, so what else do you have to do besides sit around in a tryptophan-induced stupor and peruse the Internet for funny videos? To get you started, here are our favorite clips of the week, including a supercut of Brody's heavy breathing on Homeland, One Direction giving unsuspecting fans the surprise of their lives, and proof that Paul Rudd had a worse week at work than you did. (It involves vomit.)

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Today in America's Got Talent Oddities: Watch Twiggy, the Waterskiing Squirrel

Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel

During America's Got Talent's arduous audition process, viewers inevitably get tired of watching contestants sing/dance/tell bad jokes/etc. (Imagine how the judges feel!)
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Conan O'Brien to Appear on Letterman for First Time in 13 Years

Conan O'Brien, David Letterman

Conan O'Brien is heading to Late Night with David Letterman for the first time in 13 years.

It should be an interesting sit-down, to say the least. The two have a lengthy history, as O'Brien took over Letterman's Late Night spot in 1993. read more

Top Moments: Real Housewives' Wedding Bell Blues and Kim Kardashian's Nude Awakening

The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kourtney and Kim Take New York

Our top moments of the week:

14. Best Kiss: We've seen plenty of shirtless Stefan Salvatore shots on The Vampire Diaries, so it was about time we got not one, but two Damon shower scenes. At the end of the episode, Damon soaks in a bubble bath with his new lady Andie. In true vampire fashion, Damon grabs her for an intense kiss, and then nibbles on her neck until we see blood drip down her soaking wet back.

13. Biggest Loser and Gainer: We get that The Biggest Loser is not the best way for everyone to lose weight. But...

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Premise: Dave's first foray into late-night TV (make that late-late-night---he followed Carson) helped redefine the genre, making it edgier and hipper. Letterman also honed some trademark segments (including his Top 10 lists and `Stupid Pet Tricks') on this show (called `Late Night'), and when he moved to CBS in 1993 he also took his `Late Night' bandleader, Paul Shaffer, with him.

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