All of the late-night shows went on as regularly scheduled Monday night, just hours after three were killed and more than 130 were injured by two explosions at the Boston Marathon. But it was far from business as usual.
"Tonight's show is a little bit different. Obviously, the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say 'It's a great day for America,' so I won't be starting the show with that tonight," Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson said in his monologue Monday. "Is anyone else sick of this s---? I seem to have to say that too often. People say to me, 'Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day.' And I think, yes, that's...
Here we go again. Jay Leno's contract with NBC's Tonight Show is up at the end of the 2013-14 season, leading to speculation that the network may put Late Night host Jimmy Fallon behind the desk at 11:35pm. Here are the hot topics bound to cause some network executives to lose sleep in the coming months...
House of Cards
"I have no patience for useless things." The Machiavellian politician making this pronouncement, in the sinister opening scene of Netflix's instantly gripping shot-across-the-bow miniseries House of Cards, is Francis Underwood (a perfectly reptilian Kevin Spacey). On the surface, he's a team player, a powerful House of Representatives leader in the cynical snake pit of Washington, D.C. The conceit of House of Cards, as it was in the brilliant Emmy-winning 1990 British classic this is based on (first seen in the U.S. on Masterpiece Theater), takes us behind Underwood's mask to reveal the manipulative monster within, a voracious tyrant who doesn't suffer fools gladly and takes no prisoners in his predatory pursuit of power.
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13. Scariest First Date: The Bachelor's first one-on-one date goes to Sarah, a gorgeous blonde who was born with one arm. She and Sean are picked up by helicopter (what else?) and he tells her that they're going to free-falling down the side of a 300-foot high building. (Get it? They'll free-fall in love!) Sarah's scared to death and...
Wanted Dead Or Alive: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who's been tapped as Craig Ferguson's ad-hoc in-house band for one week on CBS' The Late Late Show.
All eyes were on Superstorm Sandy Monday night, as many affiliates in New York City pre-empted their normally scheduled prime-time programming to cover the storm. Although the worst of the storm seems to have passed, surveying the aftermath has just begun. As such, several networks will again preempt their programming to continue to cover Sandy. Here's the latest info on what is -- and isn't -- airing tonight...
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13. Bumpiest Arrival: After spending hours traveling to St. Barts, battling her fear of flying all the while, Aviva arrives at the latest Real Housewives getaway only to be "accidentally" flashed and then yelled at by Ramona and Sonja for bringing her husband. Aviva calls the two girls "white trash" as they both do their best to talk over her. Aviva eventually makes amends with...
Just in time for its 10th anniversary, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live will move to 11:35 p.m. in January, while Nightline — which has held that time slot since its launch in 1979 (as Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage) — slides to 12:35 a.m.
As part of the time slot shift (which takes effect Jan, 8), Kimmel has also extended his contract — which was set to expire in February 2013 — for another two years, keeping him at ABC until at least 2015.
Jason Alexander issued a length apology to GLAAD over the weekend after he called cricket a "gay game" on CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson more than a week ago.
On the show, the ex-Seinfeld star said it was a "queer British gay pitch" as opposed to a "manly baseball pitch." Soon after his comments on the sport caught fire, Alexander defended his...
Among the top 10 reasons CBS execs are smiling today: David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have officially signed on to keep their late night talk shows going through 2014.
The announcement is not a surprise, as word leaked earlier this year that Letterman and Ferguson were in talks to continue their Late Show With David Letterman and Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson at the network. But now that it's signed...