David Letterman and Paul Shaffer stopped by the Late Late Show last night (Tuesday), which was guest-hosted by their good friend Regis Philbin.
The Late Late Show was broadcast from New York for Regis’s episodes which was just as well considering the snowfall in the US this week would have made it very difficult for Dave to get to the Late Late Show’s usual home in Los Angeles.
Dave and Paul discussed their time together on late night TV at NBC and CBS now that Dave’s retirement is coming up in a few short months. They spoke about how Shaffer was recommended to Dave to become band leader at NBC after they saw his work on Saturday Night Live and how they’re like “the odd couple”.
Other guests on Tuesday night’s show were Charlie Rose, Donald Trump, CBS sportscaster Tracy Wolfson and Counting Crows providing the music at the end of the programme.
It was a bit of a strange format to the usual Late Late Show as there wasn’t an audience other than a few select members of the production team (and Tracy Wolfson’s dad).
Letterman’s interview itself was slightly odd – particularly his comments about upcoming Late Late Show host James Corden where he asked why he hasn’t showed up yet and referred to him as the “chubby” kid. Whether this was in jest or otherwise it made for a bit of an awkward interview.
David Letterman will be one of the guests on the Late Late Show next week which is being guest-hosted by his pal Regis Philbin for the entire week.
He’ll be on Tuesday’s show along with another of Letterman’s friends Martha Stewart and sports reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Letterman rarely used to make appearances on other TV shows but in recent years has been more visible with spots on The View, Live With Regis & Kelly, Piers Morgan Tonight (with guest host Regis Philbin) and Jerry Seinfeld’s internet series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.
He never appeared on the Late Late Show throughout Craig Ferguson’s run, despite owning Worldwide Pants which produces the show.
It’s been announced today the Late Show With Stephen Colbert will make its debut on CBS on Tuesday 8th September at 11.35pm ET.
Chairman of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, says in a CBS press statement “the production office is open, the premiere date is set, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome the creative and comedic genius of Stephen Colbert to CBS late night this fall”.
Stephen Colbert said “I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby. So first, I should find out how you make a baby”.
David Letterman will leave the Late Show on Wednesday 20th May so it’s quite a big gap between Letterman’s final show and Colbert’s premiere.
As the new iteration of the Late Show will still come from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York it’s thought the big gap is to allow for a full renovation & set redressing, and to allow Stephen & his team to work on ideas for the show.
Stephen will be bringing some of his team from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report with him to CBS, alongside new staff, and it looks like there will still be a Late Show band:
To fill the void between Dave leaving and Stephen starting CBS will take the radical step of airing reruns of its primetime shows in the Late Show timeslot instead of airing reruns of Letterman’s Late Show.
They say “the station group was behind the effort to launch a half-hour talk-variety strip designed to air in early evening timeslots starting fall 2015. But the roadblock was securing clearances in other key markets. Tribune and prospective distrib Debmar-Mercury could not line up enough affiliates to make the show viable”.
However, his gameshow Celebrity Name Game has been renewed by Tribune Broadcasting for a second season.