News Briefs: David Letterman Re-Ups With CBS, Breaking Johnny Carson's Record


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NEW LATE-NIGHT KING NEWS

... I'm not ready to say that David Letterman will go down in history as the best late-night host in the history of television; that honor will probably always belong to Johnny Carson. But I will say he'll go down as the longest-tenured late-night host in the history of television. CBS has extended Letterman's contract for two more years, meaning he'll sit behind the desk of Late Show with David Letterman for at least 32 years—long enough to make him the longest-running late-night talk-show host of all time, surpassing Carson's record of 30 years. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson host Craig Ferguson will also stick around for two more years. [CBS via press release]


RATINGS NEWS

... Game of Thrones returned strong in its Season 2 premiere on Sunday, welcoming 3.9 million viewers—a 74-percent increase over last season's start. Over three airings of "The North Remembers" on Sunday, the premiere drew a total of 6.3 million viewers. It was the top-rated show on cable, which is pretty outstanding considering that HBO is a premium pay-cable network. And the best part? It crushed Mad Men! [EW]

... Katie Couric recently guest-hosted ABC's Good Morning America, and for some reason many people thought it would translate into a ratings win over NBC's Today. *wrong-answer game-show buzzer sound* An average of 4.78 million viewers tuned into Good Morning America, compared to 5.11 million for Today. Two weeks ago, the last time ratings data for the Monday episodes were released, Good Morning America actually beat Today, so obviously it's all Katie's fault. Let's all point at her and laugh! [Deadline Hollywood]


WHAT AWARDS SHOW WILL NEIL PATRICK HARRIS HOST THIS YEAR? NEWS

... The super-talented Neil Patrick Harris will bring his super talents to the Tonys, theater's annual awards show, which is scheduled to air June 10 on CBS. [CBS via press release]


NEW SERIES NEWS

... Style Network, home of Jerseylicious, will launch a spin-off set in Chicago. I will give you one million dollars if you can guess what it's going to be called. Okay, I owe you a million dollars. Chicagolicious will follow salon owner A.J. Johnson and his wacky staff. I can't wait for this franchise to spread internationally so Style Network can greenlight New Dehlicious. [Deadline Hollywood]

... VH1 is getting into scripted programming and it sounds just as horrible as you might expect. Bounce will be an hour-long drama about a team of professional dancers who dance at basketball games. Well what else would it be about? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Spike TV is working on a new mixed-martial-arts reality show centered on the Bellator Fighting Championships fighting league. Why? Because dudes breaking each other's elbows is awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING NEWS

... St. Elsewhere's Emmy-winning actor William Daniels is scrubbing in again. Daniels will guest-star on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as a doctor on a medical board in one of the last Grey's episodes of the season. [TV Line]

... Landon Liboiron, last seen as the annoying Josh Shannon on Terra Nova, has found a new gig. He'll star in Netflix's original series Hemlock Grove from horror-meister Eli Roth. Liboiron will play a young man searching for the truth behind a murder in the supernatural series. [THR]

... Emilie de Ravin is returning to Once Upon a Time as Beauty and the Beast's Belle, probably because the show has realized that it's running out of characters. [TV Line]


APOLOGIES NEWS

... Community creator Dan Harmon, who has lately been in a very public spat with series star Chevy Chase, has taken to his blog to address the situation and apologize for playing a profanity-ridden voicemail in public. I love the show, but apparently both Harmon and Chase are farm-fresh assholes so I would appreciate it if the two of them settled their differences like non-assholes and then continued making good television. [Dan Harmon Poops]


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so Harmon had a bust up with Chevy Chase - so what? this is an industry that should be full of creative people with huge egos and yeah, they do have bust ups regularly... i really do not see what the big deal is.... this kind of oversensitivity is a killer for a creative environment...
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32 years? That's amazing. And also makes me feel very old. I watched his daytime show and never missed an episode of his first year on late night as he continuously broke through the fourth wall.
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I don't understand why people watch Letterman. None of his jokes are funny, and all of his sketches are stale, yet the audience claps for every little "joke". Terrible TV.
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Hey, we already did this TV.com Editors: Letterman has not sat behind the Late Show desk for for 30 years, he's only been hosting the CBS late night show since 1993. Before that he was the host of NBC's Late Night from 1982 to 1993. So the number is cumulative between his 2 shows, not 1 desk. IMO, that's enough of a distinction to give credit to Carson for hosting the same show for 30 years, while Letterman enjoys the distinction of being a late-night host the longest.



Me, I'm thrilled that Craig Ferguson continues to get to be the best, and I think it's interesting news (which you guys didn't cover) that Ferguson's Late Late Show ownership has been split in this latest contract, going from wholly owned by Letterman's Worldwide Pants to a split between 'Pants' and CBS, also netting Ferguson (who is the only entity on his show to have been paid not by Letterman but CBS) a larger studio at CBS Television City in beautiful south-of-Hollywood, CA.



The April-Fools-Day-released feud between Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon has entirely bummed me out for the future of Community. I was really hoping that had been a prank, instead it was two talented people one-upping each other on the douchebag scale and dragging a great show on the brink right over a cliff.
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all awards should be hosted by neil patrick harris..
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New Dehlicious.

This is the kind of pun I can get behind.
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Weird... I sometimes expected there would be a spat like this between Harmon and Chase, but I'm still surprised that it happened. Both guys have been known to be stubborn... Chase was always a bit of a dick, Harmon was often an asshole... so it's not surprising they're having problems.



From what I've read, this started with Chase not really liking Community's direction and scripts anymore. I think he preferred season 1 Community over the craziness that it has now become. So he often voiced his displeasure (in public, but probably to the cast and writers too), pouted, and at some point, decided to walk off set. Harmon got pissed off and did some dickish things, one of which was in front of his family. Chase got offended. Harmon got offended.
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Chase walked off the set on the LAST day of shooting the third season. Let the cantankerous old bastard walk off. What's the big deal? Sure it would piss you off, but on the last day, to pull the shit Harmon did, when the future of the show is hanging by a thread, that's fucking unbelievable.



Please excuse the language of my last two posts. This whole situation has gotten me uncharacteristically angry.
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what about the nice series "A Gifted Man" and the "CSI Miami" this two program should be given another season,,,,,CBS will be a "REAL FOOL" this time if they won't allow this two to have another season.....
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There's no doubt Neil Patrick Harris will be awesome this year, but I can't imagine him topping his solid opening number from last year's Tonys. Prove me wrong, NPH!
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Community is over-rated due to being sadly uninspired this year. I liked it when it started, but didn't think it great, but sorry to say, this season has been more miss than hit. I honestly think the cast has not really had their hearts in it. A good example is Troy and Abed's end-credit bits replaced by one having Chase trying to get ice cream from a runaway dispensing machine. That's funny, why?



"Bounce" could have been about a basketball that wants to be a professional dancer.
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Poor, poor Community. This won't help it at all. I've always known Chevy was a dick and Harmon doesn't hold back, so those two going at it could get ugly. Hope we don't suffer :c And wow, I did not notice that as soon as I read "Josh Shannon on Tera Nova" I went right to the next news piece. Weird!
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I liked Landon Liboiron (Josh on Terra Nova) in Life UnExpected.
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Okay, guys, I've read up a bit on this spat between Chevy and Dan, and it's not pretty. Apparently on the last day of shooting the third season, Chevy walked off the set because they were "suffering through a non-script day" and he didn't feel he had to be there. This pissed Harmon off because it was technically a breach of Chevy's contract, so he gave a "Fuck you, Chevy" speech during the wrap party. Chase's wife and daughter were in attendance. This understandably upset Chevy and he left a profanity-ridden viocemail on Harmon's phone. Then to further fuck things up, Harmon played this message in front of 150 people at a comedy event called "Harmontown". Some sources say it's doubtful Chevy Chase will be back for a fourth season of Community (if there is one).





Streets behind, Dan Harmon, streets behind.
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At first I thought Chase was pulling a Sheen on us, but then I found out about what Harmon did, and I'm sorry, I would have also gone bananas at my boss, had he said something like that in front of my family, specially a daughter, unacceptable
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From what I read, Dan Harmon seems more at fault than Chevy. I know Chevy has been crazy in his career behind the scenes but even though he was difficult on the last show of Community this season, Harmon really is the prick in this battle. Especially calling him out at a casting party where his family was around. Although a quirky, light show, need some professionalism and the creator Harmon was not that for sure this time.
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Agreed. Harmon was way out of line.
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They were both childish! Chase acted like a diva walking off set and Harmon didn't handle the situation like an adult. I'm really ticked off at both of them for possibly ruining the chances of a 4th season of Community!
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I realize they are both to blame, but c'mon, Harmon took it too far.
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Everyone's STILL dissing Josh from Terra Nova?! Every show has an annoying character, leave this guy alone.
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I found a typo..

"I would appreciate it if the two of them settled their differences like non-assholes and then continued making *GREAT* television."
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I'm a big fan of Mad Men, but it's not a fair fight.



Mad Men doesn't have Tyrion Lannister.
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No, but it did have like a 4 year head start...
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Once Upon A Time is not running out of characters. Do you even watch that show? Or you just speaking ignorantly? It has worlds of characters to introduce. But all the same, they can't be overwhelming about it. I'm glad Belle is returning. Character building upon those we already have been introduced to. OUAT hasn't even come close to running out of characters. They are piecing characters together carefully. Slowly, so we can learn to love existing characters so that, within time, more can be introduced.
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"There is a town in Maine, where every storybook character you've ever known is trapped between two worlds." -



Yep. Ignorance.
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Well... every storybook character that's fallen into public domain, at least.
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Should you tell him, or should I?
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Actually since ABC is owned by Disney they have access to all of Disney's characters.
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Touche.
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Tim, whatever you do....do NOT eat the apples you've just been sent!!
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