Nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards announced

The nominations for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced and the Late Show With David Letterman is nominated six times including being up for the coveted Outstanding Variety Talk Series award.

Fellow former talk show The Colbert Report is also up for the same award alongside other popular nominees including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

The Colbert Report – Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – HBO
Late Show With David Letterman – CBS
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series:

The Colbert Report – Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central
Key & Peele – Comedy Central
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – HBO

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series:

The Colbert Report – Show 11040 – Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart – Show 20103 – Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer – 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central
Late Show With David Letterman – Show 4214 – CBS
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Show 203 – NBC

Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming:

The Colbert Report – Farewell Colbert (segment) – Comedy Central
Conan – Conan In Cuba – TBS
Key & Peele – Scariest Movie Ever – Comedy Central
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – N.S.A. Edward Snowden (segment) – HBO
Late Show With David Letterman – Finale Montage (segment) – CBS

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Series:

American Idol – Finale – Fox
Dancing With The Stars – Episode 1911A – ABC
Late Show With David Letterman – Show 4190 – CBS
Saturday Night Live – Host: Amy Adams – NBC
So You Think You Can Dance – Season 11 Finale – Fox
The Voice – Episode 818A – NBC

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special:

57th Annual Grammy Awards – CBS
Late Show With David Letterman – Show 4214 – CBS
The Oscars – ABC
The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special – NBC
The Voice – Finale Results – NBC

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series:

The Big Bang Theory – The Expedition Approximation – CBS
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart – Show 20015 – Comedy Central
Dancing With The Stars – Episode 2009 – ABC
Late Show With David Letterman – Show 4214 – CBS
Saturday Night Live – Host: Taraji P. Henson – NBC
The Voice – Episode 718B – NBC

Full nominations can be found here.

The 67th Emmy Awards take place on Sunday 20th September.

Conan O’Brien and James Corden pay tribute to David Letterman

We previously reported on the heartfelt tributes by Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon to David Letterman on their respective shows before the Late Show finale aired.

Since then more tributes have emerged from other late night hosts.

Conan O’Brien:

Conan said thanks to Dave on his show and urged people to switch over to Letterman’s last show at 11.35pm during his 11pm programme on Wednesday night:

It’s not too often you see someone wanting to give away their viewers to a rival talk show on a rival network is it? It just shows the respect Conan has for Dave.

James Corden:

Late night newcomer James Corden paid tribute to David Letterman on his show The Late Late Show which aired directly after the finale.

He started off the programme with a cold open outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York with Sting and Corden sitting on stools across the street singing Every Breath You Take:

He then had a heartfelt tribute to Dave in his monologue saying how we turned to the Late Show quite recently when he was in New York in the Broadway show One Man Two Guvnors as he saw Dave as his TV pal when he was in his hotel room alone every night:

The tributes to Dave ran right the way through the entire episode with guests Halle Berry and Jeffrey Dean Morgan discussing Dave and the Late Show, including a clip of an early Halle Berry appearance being shown:

James even “brought back” the Top Ten list:

How could you sign off a Letterman tribute show? Dropping watermelons off the roof of course:

Conan on BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio

Conan O’Brien recorded an interview for BBC Radio 2 last week when he was in the UK to promote the launch of TruTV & his talk show ‘Conan’.

Conan spoke to Radio 2’s Steve Wright, and this aired on the station on Monday afternoon (4th August).

Click the image below to listen to Conan’s interview on BBC Radio 2:

Conan on BBC Radio 2

Conan also stopped by Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show on Absolute Radio whilst he was in the country – click here to listen to Conan’s interview on Absolute Radio.

A night to remember at the TruTV launch party

As many of you may be aware, a brand new channel launches tomorrow called TruTV.

TruTV is owned by Turner Broadcasting – the broadcaster behind TBS which airs Conan O’Brien’s ‘Conan’ talk show in the US.

‘Conan’ will air on TruTV Mondays-Thursdays at 11pm – the first time the show has been broadcast on UK TV.

So, I thought why not try my luck at TruTV’s Twitter hashtag competition last week, where you had to tell them why you deserve to go to their launch party in London:


I thought nothing would come of it, but sure enough I got a DM back on Twitter telling me I had won and would be attending the TruTV launch party in London on Thursday night (31st July), which Conan himself would be making an appearance at. I jumped at the chance and secured my place.


I was allowed a ‘plus one’ so what better person to take than co-owner of this very website James Burrage.

We were let into the event around 7pm and enjoyed some of the frankly unbelievably good food and drink on offer – canapés and, later on, a rather substantial hog roast. As you may have guessed the whole evening was ‘redneck’ themed – all of the staff I saw at the event were in character. There were some very interesting games/themes on the night, including a bucking bronco for people to try out, a tattoo parlour, arm wrestling and you could even try your hand at trying to sell something at the Hardcore Pawn shop.

Conan was speaking at the event so we made our way near to the front of the stage, and he came out just before 8pm.

He spoke for around 10 minutes about the new channel and how he loved the programmes they were going to be airing (one of which being his).

He also said how he thought British comedy set the benchmark for all other comedy – speaking about his love of Monty Python and Blackadder.

After the speech he made his way around to the back of the stage near to the entrance door.

We made our way to the same area where we found Conan doing some interviews and waited patiently in hope of a quick chat.

James got his Late Night With Conan O’Brien Finland DVD signed by Jeff Ross and Conan:

After a little while I got to speak to Conan. We shook hands and I asked him if he would do a week of shows in London. He said he’d love to and they’d have to get something arranged. After our brief chat he kindly had a photo with me.

Me with Conan O’Brien:

Conan definitely came across the way he does in interviews – very down-to-earth, funny and an all-round nice guy.

He stayed around for a little while longer joking with people and having photos taken then made his way outside to be whisked off in his car.

So, one of my ambitions realised – to meet the man himself. What a great night!

TruTV launches tomorrow on Freeview channel 68, Freesat channel 154 and Sky channel 565.

Click here to watch an official video from the event.