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

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... 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]


... 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]


... 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]


... 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]


... 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]


... 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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