Television writers are currently walking the sidewalks of Hollywood, New York City, and other US locales where shows are filmed as part of the Writers Guild of America strike.
But what happens when television writers not only pen the scripts, but also produce the show? Most of those mulling the idea of either striking with writers or attending to their nonwriting duties have opted for the former to support the cause.
The result has caused mayhem in TV land as several shows--Family Guy, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, among others--have been shut down because their show runners refuse to cross the picket line. The Office's Greg Daniels has voiced his opinion and supported the cause over YouTube, and Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane is leaving Fox with only one fresh episode of the animated hit because he won't help finish several episodes that are close ...Read more
In the late-night talk-show ratings space, little has changed over the past years. Jay Leno's Tonight Show on NBC beats David Letterman's Late Show on CBS regularly, and Conan O'Brien's Late Night on NBC beats Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show on CBS all the time.
But things are changing. Last week marked the first time ever that Craig Ferguson's chit-chat show drew more viewers than Conan O'Brien's show over a weeklong period of original episodes.
Over the period, Late Late Show averaged 1.88 million viewers versus Late Night's average crowd of 1.77 million viewers, according to statistics from Nielsen Media Research. Conan kept his lead among the key demographics, however, taking a larger portion of the highly sought after 18-49 age group.
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson can be seen during the week at 12:35 a.m ...Read more
According to Nielsen overnights, ratings for The 58th Annual Prime-Time Emmys Awards broadcast were down 13 percent from last year's telecast. The show was watched by an average of 16.1 million viewers over the course of its three hours, making it the second-lowest rated Emmys since the show's ratings have been recorded.
The broadcast scored a 5.2 rating/14 share in 18 to 49-year-olds, down 15 percent from CBS's Emmys telecast last year. The ratings drop can be partially attributed to the fact that last year's Emmys occured on September 18, and summer TV ratings are usually 10 percent lower than ratings the rest of the year.
Second-time Emmys host Conan O'Brien is receiving praise from TV critics. Despite a poorly timed plane crash parody in the opening montage that caused distress to some viewers, O'Brien is being almost universally singled out ...Read more
For once, CBS claimed victory over NBC in the late-night talk show ratings war. What the network failed to mention was that The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson ran new episodes, while Late Night with Conan O'Brien was in reruns. Also, Conan was delayed each night of that week, sometimes up to a half hour, by NBC's Wimbledon recaps.
In hard numbers, The Late Late Show edged out Conan in total viewers for the first time ever. However, in the key demographics of 18- to 49-year-olds and 18- to 34-year-olds, Conan still maintained a comfortable lead.
Aside from this single case of smoke and mirrors, television networks are known for being honest and scrupulous in their reporting of ratings.
Since the Writers Guild of America strike hit Hollywood earlier this month, late-night talk shows have been hit the hardest. All of the major nocturnal chitchat-fests immediately stopped production as their writers walked the picket line and reruns have taken over.
The work stoppage is major blow to the non-writing production staff on those shows because paychecks have been frozen. However, the staff of one show will continue to get checks, but they’ll be signed by a pale, lanky redhead.
Late-night personality Conan O’Brien is paying the salaries of the non-writing employees of his show, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, “for the foreseeable future,” according to Variety. Citing a representative from NBC Universal, the trade says that O’Brien will be paying nearly 80 employees out of his own pocket.
O’Brien himself, who allegedly has an eight-figure salary, is also not being paid during ...Read more
An era ends tonight...an era of defecating ducks, a bear beating off, and drummers doing drummers. Conan O'Brien tapes his final Late Night with Conan O'Brien tonight, and will graduate to the 11:30 p.m. slot as the replacement for Jay Leno later this summer.
Jay Leno is leaving The Tonight Show, and taking over for him will be Conan O'Brien. That much was well known. What wasn't well known was exactly when O'Brien would be settling into his new post on the West Coast.
Previously, all NBC would say was that Leno would leave the late-night talk show in 2009. But today, NBC executives finally spilled the beans on a more specific date.
Leno will host his last The Tonight Show on May 29, 2009, according to the network. O'Brien begins his new reign on June 1, and will do so from a new location--Universal Studios--rather than the old Burbank Studios Leno hosted from.
O'Brien will host his last Late Night sometime in the first quarter of 2009.
Taking over O'Brien's spot on Late Night will be Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon, who will test out ...Read more
Behold a pale force.
The late-night funnyman is teaming with comedian pal Jim Gaffigan to create Webisodes of Pale Force, a cartoon short that appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Gaffigan will appear on Late Night Thursday, October 12, with the first of the new animated episodes, which will appear Friday at NBC.com.
NBC.com will feature 20 new Pale Force webisodes as part of the network's "TV 360" push. The shorts will also be available to Sprint wireless subscribers a week before they appear on NBC.com and Late Night.
Gaffigan introduced the Pale Force in September 2005 on Late Night. The animated duo consists of the moderately studly Pale Man and his effeminate sidekick, Conan O'Brien.