Jan 292008

Clinton Booked for Letterman Show

NEW YORK (AP) – Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton will yuk it up on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” a day before the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday contests.

Clinton will join Letterman on set before a studio audience in New York this coming Monday. She was last on the program Jan. 2, in a cameo appearance from Iowa.

It will be the former first lady’s ninth visit to the show. She first appeared in 1994 from the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where she was interviewed by Letterman’s mother.

Letterman’s show has been a popular destination for the presidential hopefuls. Democrats Barack Obama and John Edwards have both appeared twice since entering the race – Obama as recently as last Thursday, where he read the nightly Top 10 list.

Hillary Clinton and David Letterman, August 30, 2007
Hillary Clinton and David Letterman, August 30, 2007

No more reruns

 Posted by at 11:38  General
Dec 172007


NBC: Leno, O’Brien returning to air

(CNN) — The new year will see new shows from Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, says NBC.

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” will return with all-new episodes on January 2, according to a statement from NBC. The shows had been in reruns for two months because of the Writers Guild of America strike.

“During the 1988 writers strike, Johnny Carson reluctantly returned to ‘The Tonight Show’ without his writers after two months,” said NBC’s Executive Vice President for Late Night & Primetime Series, Rick Ludwin, in the statement. “Both Jay and Conan have supported their writers during the first two months of this WGA strike and will continue to support them. However, there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay’s and Conan’s decision.”

Both shows will return without their writers, The Associated Press reported, leading to conjecture over what form the programs will take. In recent years, late-night talk shows have been as much about scripted comedy routines as talk, unlike the raconteur-driven versions of the form hosted by people such as Jack Paar.

Both Leno and O’Brien have been paying staffers’ salaries since early December, following in the footsteps of David Letterman, who has paid the employees of his “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” since the strike began November 5. Letterman’s production company owns both his and Ferguson’s shows, which air on CBS.

Leno, O’Brien and Letterman are all guild members.

I imagine that CBS is also in talks to get Letterman and Ferguson back on the air. Surely they won’t let NBC one-up them on something this important.

Oh well, they at least got the holidays off.

This strike has been a godsend for people like Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. Can you imagine the fun that Leno and Letterman could have had with the shenanigans of just those three over the past couple of months? I daresay the Republican primary polls would look differently than they do now.