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William Hughes William Hughes Jul 15, 2019 at 00:28.

Kanye to need no introduction on the next season of Letterman's Netflix chat show

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David Letterman’s Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction works by breaking down the often elaborated-upon talk show formula into its most simple, elemental form: One conversation, one legendary host, one guest. (Plus a few field segments, but let’s be honest: That’s not why anybody’s tuning in.) That format only works, obviously, if said guest can carry the weight of that kind of...

Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Jul 14, 2019.

David Letterman and his great big beard are coming back to Netflix pretty soon

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At the end of last year, Netflix announced that David Letterman’s new talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction would be released at some point in 2019. Well, it is now some point in 2019, and Netflix has shared a proper premiere date for Letterman’s show: May 31. According to a press release, all six episodes of the new season will be available on the streaming service on that day, but...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jul 14, 2019.

Read This: David Letterman and his former writers share the best unaired jokes

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When The Late Show With David Letterman airs its final episode on Wednesday, May 20, it won’t just be the end of a program that has provided thousands upon thousands of hours of comedy. Nor will it just mean the end of an era of late-night television, though that will also be true. Most importantly for some, it means there will be no more jokes or sketch ideas pitched to David Letterman that...

Mike Vanderbilt Mike Vanderbilt Jul 14, 2019.

David Letterman says he had “no input” on choosing his successor

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Former weatherman and veteran Crispin Glover wrangler David Letterman says in a new interview with The New York Times that he had no input on who would replace him. When CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would be taking over the mantle of The Late Show, Letterman initially said that “Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him.”...

William Hughes William Hughes Jul 13, 2019.

Watch Norm Macdonald and Dave Letterman chit-chat for an hour about comedy and the state of late-night

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Post-retirement, Dave Letterman continues to be selective (possibly even elusive) about where he pops up. A Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction here, a climate change documentary there, sure, but it’s rare to see him just shoot the breeze anymore. Which is why it was so invigorating to see Letterman mix it up with his old pal Norm Macdonald this week, on the third-season premiere of...

Erik Adams Erik Adams Jul 11, 2019.

The Chris Gethard Show rescued the Letterman set

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The future of TV talk shows has saved a piece of the format’s past: The Late Show With David Letterman set is safely in the hands of Fusion’s The Chris Gethard Show. Late Show’s reproductions of the Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge were unveiled on the Gethard Show’s live stream this afternoon, serving as the backdrop for one of three weddings the host conducted alongside...

Noel Murray Noel Murray Jul 10, 2019.

Late Show With David Letterman smirked at (and celebrated) TV itself

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For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be canceled. In 100 Episodes, we examine the shows that made it to that number,...

Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jul 08, 2019.

What are you going to miss most about David Letterman?

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AVQ&AWelcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences.  

This week’s question comes from The A.V. Club’s staff:

He’s not dying or anything, but what are you going to miss most about David Letterman now that his version of...

Joe Blevins Joe Blevins Jul 06, 2019.

DailyMotion has a vast archive of unsold and unaired TV pilots

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The world could easily have been a very different place. Instead of playing an immigrant mechanic on Taxi, comedian Andy Kaufman could have been a mischievous robot manservant on Stick Around. David Letterman might never have conquered late night had he clicked as a game show host on The Riddlers. Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark, could have been a sitcom star, playing a fraudulent psychic. And...

Kenneth Arthur Kenneth Arthur Jul 05, 2019.

Andy Kaufman’s 1983 Letterman appearance now online for the first time

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<a href="https://news.avclub.com/andy-kaufman-s-1983-letterman-appearance-now-online-for-1798284764" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Andy Kaufman’s 1983 <i>Letterman</i> appearance now online for the first time</a>

Late comedian Andy Kaufman made a number of appearances on Late Night With David Letterman (the precursor to Late Show), the most famous of which is his on air fight with the wrestler Jerry Lawler in 1982. But on January 7, 1983, Kaufman came back on the show to do something far less violent while being equally touching and funny: To tell his parents that he loves them, for the first time...

Katie Rife Katie Rife Jul 04, 2019.

Conan O’Brien and President Obama lead celebrity Letterman tributes

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While it wasn’t quite as dramatic as AMC airing a message on its sister channels telling viewers to click over to the Mad Men finale, Conan O’Brien paid the highest tribute a talk-show host can to his colleague David Letterman last night: He told viewers to change the channel.

In the middle of his show, O’Brien paused to give an emotional monologue on Letterman’s influence on comedy, calling...

Kyle Fowle Kyle Fowle Jul 03, 2019.

Watch this compilation of David Letterman’s best, weirdest guests

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It’s the end of an era tonight, as David Letterman says goodbye to the Late Show. Plenty of words have been compiled in the last few weeks describing Letterman’s legacy in terms of comedy and late night talk shows, so there’s not much else to say. The man is a monumental, once in a generation talent, and his incarnation of the Late Show will be missed.

To soothe the pain of Letterman’s...

Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jul 02, 2019.

David Letterman chats with Kanye West, Ellen DeGeneres in new trailer for his Netflix talk show

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David Letterman’s been teasing his upcoming chat with Kanye West for a while now, but today we learned who else the one-time king of late night will dissect during his new season of Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Ellen DeGeneres and Tiffany Haddish will also sit down with the fabulously bearded host, as will philanthropist Melinda Gates and British racer Lewis...

Sean O'Neal Sean O'Neal Jun 30, 2019.

Rescue David Letterman’s Late Show set from the garbage heap of history

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Yesterday we watched as workers hauled David Letterman’s Late Show set to the dumpster, a poignant reminder—amid all the heartfelt testimony to the lasting impact that Letterman left on fans and followers—that everything we love is always passing away, outstretched hands slowly sinking beneath the detritus of time. Look upon my stupid tricks, ye humans, and despair, and so forth. But for...

Mike Vago Mike Vago Jun 26, 2019.

CBS to air David Letterman farewell retrospective

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In anticipation of David Letterman’s final night hosting The Late Show on May 20, CBS will be airing a 90-minute primetime special looking back on his television career. Hosted by Ray Romano—whose sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond was produced by Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants—the special will cover his beginnings as a weatherman in Indiana, where he was fired for antics like...

Joe Blevins Joe Blevins Jun 26, 2019.

Read This: David Letterman and Tina Fey talk Trump, Twitter, and TV

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Two towering titans of comedy, retired talk show host David Letterman and 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt creator Tina Fey, met recently at a posh Manhattan restaurant for a rare one-on-one interview. Nominally, the reason for this tête-à-tête was that Fey had been given the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award by The Hollywood Reporter, an honor named for the pioneering female film...

Erik Adams Erik Adams Jun 20, 2019.

From “Kilmer” to “kitsch”: One issue of Entertainment Weekly defined “cool” in ‘95

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For me, June 1995 was an emotional roller coaster. For the first time since 1966, my esteemed Detroit Red Wings reached the Stanley Cup Finals, only to be swept in four games by the New Jersey Devils. Shortly before coach Jacques Lemaire and his signature neutral-zone trap dashed the hopes of the Motor City, I completed the fourth grade, meaning there were only three months standing between...

Joe Blevins Joe Blevins Jun 08, 2019.

That “red state-blue state” division is a relatively modern TV creation

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When director Kevin Smith called his 2011 horror film Red State, there was no ambiguity about what that title implied. After all, Americans had been conditioned by then to associate the color red with the Republican party and, more generally, with conservative political values. Walmart, NASCAR, Ray Stevens. These were red-state things. Blue, on the other hand, indicated the Democrats and...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede May 25, 2019.

Micropics: 18 narrowly focused biopics that need to be made

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The problem with biopics is that people’s lives don’t easily reduce to 120 minutes of film. While it’s not impossible for a “cradle to grave” biopic to work, it’s exceedingly difficult. That’s why some successful biopics have focused on a smaller part of their subjects’ lives. The biopic Steve Jobs—released this week—tells the story of the mercurial Apple co-founder around three important...

Noel Murray Noel Murray Feb 27, 2019.

“From the home office…”: 10 David Letterman Top Ten Lists

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When David Letterman left NBC for CBS, he engaged in some public bickering with his old bosses over what would remain the “intellectual property” of the network, which left some wondering whether he was going to be allowed to bring some of his most popular Late Night bits to his new Late Show. The kerfuffle proved to be no big deal, as Letterman and his writers just renamed the segments and...

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