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Late Night Television Is Shaking Things Up

It is interesting to see how late night television is changing. People are impressed with the way that Jimmy Fallon has made an awesome transition from SNL to late night television. He has been a true late night sensation that has become very important in the television scene. Still, Fallon is not at the top when it comes to seasons ratings because he got trumped by Stephen Colbert during the 2017 season. Much of this has to do with the great amount of talk about the Donald Trump campaign and presidency.

It appears that the American public just cannot get enough of the antics of Donald Trump. So many comedians and late night talk show hosts have made a habit of putting material together for Trump jokes, and this has allowed Colbert to win a big crowd. He may have been struggling with “The Colbert Report” before he came into late night television, but he has certainly because a lot more masterful in keeping his audience engaged with his new late night show format. There is a lot of praise for the work that he has been doing, and few people thought that he would be able to beat Jimmy Fallon in ratings.

To be fair, Colbert attracts a crowd of older adults. The playing field has been leveled with the addition of Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Fallon, with his diverse paint, The Roots, would play a big part in attracting a millennial crowd. It would be up to someone like Stephen Colbert to show up and build a late night platform that would appeal to an older crowd. He has been able to do this successfully, and it appears that Jimmy Fallon has competition. Late night television has officially been shaken up, and Stephen Colbert has been doing the shaking.

Conan O’Brien Takes His Show To San Diego Comic-Con

Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien is taking his late night talk show to the nerd-friendly San Diego Comic-Con this week and as you might expect, the shows have been filled with lots of unexpected moments.

On Wednesday, O’Brien spoke with Will Smith about the new movie “Bright,” as well as “Supernatural” stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Smith was joined by “Bright” co-stars Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and director David Ayer. The movie, which premieres on Netflix in December, was described by Smith as having “the energy of Training Day meets Lord of the Rings.” The “Supernatural” discussion was predictably unstructured and it was topped off with the group celebrating Padalecki’s birthday with a traditional keg stand.

Thursday night’s show featured the cast of the new movie “Kingsman: The Golden Cirle,” and much of the talk revolved around the nicknames given to each other by the cast. The names were all names of drinks and Colin Firth said he was pretty happy with his nickname, “Tequila.” Co-star Jeff Bridges complained that he wasn’t pleased by his nickname, “Champagne,” and he asked everyone to call him “Champ.”

Firth also shrugged off questions about his character, who appeared to have died in the first Kingsman movie. Firth’s character, Harry, appears in the new movie’s trailer and Firth told O’Brien he continues to insist he only appears in the trailer. Singer Elton John also appears in the movie, although the assembled cast all claimed they had never met him in person.

O’Brien will wrap up his week at Comic-Con with interviews of the casts from “Game Of Thrones” and the “Lego Ninjago Movie.”

Unresolved Tv Moments That Left Viewers Hanging

Everyone who has ever watched tv shows for any length of time will have run across that one truly standout program that just could not seem to wrap up all its lose ends or who did so in a extraordinarily ham-fisted fashion (I’m looking at you Lost). We all recall those moments in a show where the tension was white-hot and then just sort-off… whimpered away into nothing leaving us all going, “What, no, it can’t end like THAT!” So lets take a look at some of the biggest unresolved tv momements to date.

1. Hannibal.
In a show filled with endless cliffhangers it seemed only right that the show end on one as well, but then hints at maybe it note really ending the way that you think it did – perhaps, sort off. Did Will and Hannibal perish at the bottom of that gloomy cliff leaving that poor lady to cut off her own leg for no good reason? Seems we shall never know.

2. Lost.
Everyone complains about the ending to lost and the sudden sci-fi, extra dimensional angle which was hamfistedly inserted into it and for good reason – the ending came literally out of nowhere and was far from conclusive or satisfying.

3. Sea Quest DSV
You remember Sea Quest DSV right, no? You don’t? Well, you needn’t worry, almost no one else did either and that was because it was cancelled midway through the third season. We might never know how it ends but it is certainly a show worthy looking up once you’ve gotten some free time.

James Comey Testimony Provides Late Night Humor

Political events have been providing late night talk show hosts with funny jokes as long as the medium of TV has existed. Therefore, it should not come as a shock that the  testimony of former FBI chief James Comey has drawn the attention of all the biggest names in late night TV. Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien and James Corden provided their take on the critical testimony which could have a huge impact on the presidency of Donald Trump. What is interesting is the way that these late night hosts go about writing jokes about big stories in the political world.

 

All of the late night TV shows have large staffs of professional comedy writers who are paid to make their bosses funny on a nightly basis. The procedure about how these writers come up with material varies depending on the show. However, their procedure regarding huge stories like the Comey hearing is remarkably the same. All of the late night shows have several writers assigned to watch the hearing in its entirety. The writers were instructed to take notes about anything that could potentially be used for jokes. After the hearing is complete, those writers have a meeting to throw around ideas for funny monologue jokes or bits that can be used later in the show.

 

At some point, the rest of the writing staff is brought into he equation to see if they can add anything to what he first group of writers have come up with. Conan O’Brien has said that he wants his writers to always collaborate because one person can come up with a solid premise that other writers can build on. Writers who always work alone will never have the benefit of other writers making their material even funnier. Jimmy Kimmel says that his writers feed on the pressure of having to come up with topical jokes on a nightly basis. He loved their Comey material.

 

 

 

Conan O’Brien Has Special Guest Wonder Woman Dance On His Show

It’s been over 40 years since actress Lynda Carter took the stage to play Wonder Woman. Now, the new generation will get a glimpse of yet another woman playing the infamous superstar. The new movie is being released on June 2nd. Audiences across the country are waiting to see how Gal Gadot can compare with the previous superhero. To promote her new movie, Gadot went on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Thursday, May 25th. Fans thought it was just going to be a plug for the movie, but they got a real treat.

 

The segment showed the star recreating a training moment with the late-night host. The setup was similar to the ones that she has been using to train for the new movie. One thing is for sure, Gadot does a super job on dancing. If her moves on the talk show are any indication of the movie, we are all in for a real treat. Gadot did a traditional Jewish dance to the infamous song “Hava Nagila.”

 

Wonder woman is making a comeback. If you have been in any department stores, you will find that there are shirts, nightgowns, hats, and even jewelry with this vintage hero’s picture. The highly-anticipated movie is expected to bring audiences, of all ages, in droves to the theater. Gadot, so far, has done an excellent job filling Carter’s shoes. Since most of the younger generation has not seen Carter in action, they will likely embrace Gadot and her acting abilities.

 

Gorillaz Set to Perform on The Graham Norton Show

“The Graham Norton Show” has long been a staple of British late night entertainment and one known for being zany and amazing; the impending May 5th show is no different. Four Hollywood stars and one well-known group of musicians are planned to make an appearance on the program.seems

  • Diane Keaton will make an appearance in order to promote her upcoming film, “Hampstead.” Said film combines romance with a desire to preserve nature.
  • Michael Fassbender will also appear in order to discuss his involvement with “Alien: Covenant,” the sequel to the sci-fi film “Prometheus.” Alien: Covenant involves the exploits of several couples as they arrive upon and explore a lush Earth-like planet that seems absent of other life forms.
  • “Interstellar’s” Jessica Chastain will work the press circuit about her role in “Miss Sloane,” a film about a high-profile lobbyist within Washington, D.C.
  • Lastly, Kevin Bacon will explain his newest endeavor, the Amazon Prime-exclusive program known as “I Love Dick.”

 

In addition to the various stars of the large and small screen, the program will also feature a musical guest promoting their newest single. The May 5th show will bring the sound of Gorillaz to the audience as they perform “We Got the Power.” Culturally alert readers may raise an eyebrow at the mention of a live Gorillaz performance; while the band is known for its animated music videos and characters, the Graham Norton Show performance will feature the flesh-and-blood people behind the animated characters.

 

Late Night Television is Getting a Show About President Trump

Comedy Central, an American cable network that is seeing impressive ratings thanks to their comedic treatment of the Trump administration, has been teasing a new production that will parody Donald Trump as the host of a late-night television show.

According to a report by entertainment news magazine Variety, the new Comedy Central program will be titled The President Show. The teaser promotions have been posted as Twitter updates on two accounts; the premise seems to be that Trump is tired of being lambasted on late night television, and thus he has decided to produce his own show for the purpose of feeding his ego and setting the record straight on issues related to his failing administration.

Thus far, the two Twitter accounts associated with The President Show have cleverly mocked Trump’s own style of communicating with the public via his official account. It is not clear whether The President Show will invite real guests willing to play along for the sake of great comedy, but that is something that Twitter followers seem to expect.

Comedy Central has previously succeeded with poking fun at failing administrations on late night television. In 2001, the sitcom That’s My Bush, produced by the creators of South Park, portrayed former President George W. Bush in zany situations based on comedic television tropes. Although that show received critical praise and enjoyed good ratings, it was cancelled after one season due to production costs and the September 11 attacks. The producers of the show believed that any jokes after the attacks would have been in terrible taste.

Political mockery has worked wonders for Comedy Central over the last few years. The Colbert Report, featuring a fake conservative talk show host, was a great follow up to The Daily Show. Similarly, The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore was also well-received by late-night television audiences who can laugh at the numerous inadequacies of the political status quo.

Fans of political sarcasm are excited with the prospect of The President Show since many feel that Trump would make a great late-night talk show host given his entertainment background and demeanor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Done with ‘The Apprentice’

Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger recently stated that he would be discontinue his involvement with the storied NBC reality program “The Apprentice,” due to the continued involvement of President Donald Trump.

While Schwarzenegger had nothing but positive things to say about the working with the show’s talent and its production staff, he felt that Trump’s association has continually hindered the program’s ratings and public perception. Schwarzenegger even lamented that many people came to him with stories of watching the show up to the moment that Trump’s name was involved or mentioned on it. Trump still holds an executive producer credit on the show and this revelation after his election resulted in viewership being cut in half.

The show’s low ratings have been repeatedly mentioned by President Trump. Trump has taunted Schwarzenegger’s ability by claiming that while Schwarzenegger failed at governing California and failed to raise ratings of The Apprentice, “at least he tried.” Schwarzenegger responded to the tweet by posting a link that indicated his willingness to release his tax returns and how he had placed his business ventures under a blind trust during his governorship of California. Trump has also used stately events like the National Prayer Breakfast to establish a link between Schwarzenegger and the sagging ratings of the reality program Trump started in the beginning of 2004.

Whether or not Schwarzenegger is willing to participate in another season of The Apprentice seems irrelevant at the moment; a representative for NBC remarked that the show had not yet been picked for another season. If The Apprentice’s ratings remain viable enough to merit another season, that season would mark the 16th American season of the program. Beyond being made in the United States, The Apprentice has over 20 permutations and spinoffs from multiple countries and continents.

The Donald vs. The Terminator

On Friday, March 3, 2017, former California Governor, fitness educator and action star Arnold Schwarzenegger informed the media that he would not be returning to “The New Celebrity Apprentice” as host after the most recent season’s poor ratings. He said that the show had too much “baggage” because of its link to executive-producer President Donald Trump. He stated that he would agree to work with Mark Burnett, the show’s producer, and NBC again if another project became available, but he implied that the show’s ratings are proof that people have stopped watching because they have a “bad taste” in their mouths because of Trump.

Trump fired back on Saturday on Twitter by saying that Schwarzenegger wouldn’t be returning for another season because he was “fired.” He also called the show’s ratings with Schwarzenegger as host “(pathetic).” Trump’s critics have since noted that he’s just as responsible for the show’s bad ratings and that Schwarzenegger’s statements are in some ways correct:

Trump made a point of criticizing Schwarzenegger extensively during the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 2, before the show had even finished out its season. He claimed that the ratings “went right down the tubes” because of Schwarzenegger taking over the show, called it a “total disaster” and asked the event-goers to pray for Schwarzenegger to get better ratings. He then continued to say negative statements about the other actor on Twitter and in statements to the media for days after The Terminator fired back by asking The Donald to switch jobs with him since he was a ratings expert. Critics have also pointed out that the president currently has a low political public approval rating and many members of the show’s younger target market refuse to support any of his business ventures because they want him to fail.

Conan O’Brien and Vicente Fox: A Comedy Dream Team

Conan O’Brien’s show took its act on the road recently, and the resulting Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico episodes have had everyone talking. Especially considering the recent political climate, it has been interesting to see America’s favorite late-night redhead bonding with friends across the border. In one of his most talked-about segments from south of the border, O’Brien interviewed former Mexican president Vicente Fox.

Right off the bat, it immediately became clear that this would be no standard interview. Vicente Fox presented Conan O’Brien with a pair of beautiful leather cowboy boots with a humorous epithet etched into them. From then, the two went on to talk about Fox’s well-known Twitter war with President Donald J. Trump. While O’Brien joked that he probably wouldn’t be allowed back into the United States, Fox went on to praise all of the many ways in which the Mexican people have been an asset to the United States.

As the audience cheered him on, Fox compared the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico to that of roommates. He also made claims that undocumented Mexican workers had worked for both the Bush family and the Trumps. When Fox joked about how white O’Brien looked, O’Brien made a humorous quip about how he had starred in a telenovela.

All in all, O’Brien’s trip down to Mexico seems to have been exceptionally fortuitous. Not only do the Mexican people seem to love him, but he’s also filmed segments with some of their favorite folks—including Gio Dos Santos. During Fox’s visit to the show, O’Brien also mentioned that it is impossible to walk around Los Angeles without noticing all of the wonderful cultural contributions that have been made by Mexicans.

Once again, some of the “guy/gal on the street segments” proved to be comedy gold for O’Brien. Also, it should be noted that O’Brien accomplished an outstanding, incredible feat when he performed his opening monologue entirely in Spanish. It’s difficult to think of any other late-night hosts who could have taken on this tremendous task, and O’Brien was able to come through the entire experience with flying colors.