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CBS CEO Les Moonves Calls Overnight Ratings "Virtually Irrelevant Now"

It looks like the head honchos of the major networks — or CBS, at least — are finally coming to terms with how outdated overnight Nielsen ratings have become thanks to the rise of streaming shows and later-day viewing. Speaking at an event in New York, CBS CEO Les Moonves called overnight ratings "virtually irrelevant" and "almost meaningless," citing the crime drama series Elementary — which averages nine million viewers per episode and an additional five million in later-day viewers as an example. Moonves also said he hopes that Nielsen will create a "C-Infinity" rating, where viewership for shows is calculated not just from Live+7 ratings but [...]

Kristen Wiig and David Letterman Bond Over Their Love for 'MacGruber'

The delightful Kristen Wiig was a guest on last night's Late Show, and during a conversation about not wanting her dad to watch her movie sex scenes it was revealed that Letterman is a huge fan of MacGruber and excited for the sequel. Click through to watch Wiig talk about shooting a movie in Asheville, North Carolina over the summer, where she got really into sensory deprivation tanks.

'Late Show' Writer Joe Grossman Pitches Some Bits to David Letterman

Last night, David Letterman decided to show viewers what a typical Late Show pitch meeting looks like by inviting writer Joe Grossman to present him with some bit ideas right at the desk. Hopefully Letterman reconsiders "Fat Granny Dave" because it sounds like a potentially career-defining moment.

Will Arnett Starts Production Company and Gets a TV Deal with CBS

Will Arnett's about to be a production exec. THR reports that the actor has launched his own production company called Electric Avenue, and he already has a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios. The potential series is an adaptation of comedian Joanna Stein's collection of autobiographical essays about being a first-time mother called How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting From a Highly Questionable Source. No other details on the project are available, but Arnett seems like a good fit for the job considering how busy his last year's been starring in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Millers, and the [...]

The 'Big Bang' Stars' New Contracts Will Earn Them Over $90M Each

Along with news of The Big Bang Theory's triple-season renewal comes staggering raises for the main stars, who reached a deal in renewing their contracts over the weekend that will earn each of them over $90 million dollars. According to Deadline, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco have signed new three-year contracts and rake in $1 million per each of the upcoming 72 episodes plus signing bonuses, production deals, increased ownership of the show, and a bunch of other back-end goodies that could realistically result in each of the three making up to $100 million overall. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar's contracts are still being [...]

CBS Officially Names James Corden the Next 'Late Late Show' Host

Last month, news broke that Tony-winning British performer James Corden had been named the new host of The Late Late Show, and today CBS officially confirmed the update. Corden will take over for Ferguson after he leaves this December, and in the meantime Corden stars in Begin Again with Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo as well as the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Emily Blunt. Here's Corden's official statement regarding his Late Late Show hiring:

"I can't describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. To be asked to host such a [...]

Michael Cera and Letterman Talk German Girlfriends and the World's Largest Basket

Here's a clip from last night's Late Show with guest Michael Cera, who tells Letterman all about his new German girlfriend and their recent road trip together that included a stop in Newark, Ohio to see the World's Largest Basket. Unfortunately Cera's girlfriend wasn't as impressed by the basket as Letterman seems to be.

David Letterman Dedicates Ten Minutes of 'Late Show' to Robin Williams

During last night's Late Show, David Letterman set aside ten minutes for a touching tribute to his friend and late actor Robin Williams. In the tribute, Letterman looks back on the first time he met Williams at The Comedy Store in LA, the time Williams gave Letterman a part in Mork & Mindy, and his nearly 50 appearances on Letterman's late night talk shows on NBC and CBS.

A Video Guide to 'The Late Late Show's New Host James Corden

CBS made a completely unexpected announcement today with the news that they'll be replacing Craig Ferguson with British comedian and actor James Corden as host of The Late Late Show next year. After all the news of Chelsea Handler's interest in hosting for CBS, Norm Macdonald's huge online campaign to get the gig, and Craig Ferguson saying that his replacement should "unquestionably be a female," the news of a relatively unknown name in the States landing the coveted late night spot comes as a big surprise, though Corden is far from unknown in the UK, where he's shown up in a ton of musicals, shows, [...]

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Will Remain at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater

Stephen Colbert is staying in New York. According to an announcement by CBS's Les Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Colbert will host Late Show from David Letterman's current spot at the Ed Sullivan Theater when he takes over sometime next year. No official date for Letterman's departure or Colbert's takeover has been announced, but Bill Carter at The New York Times writes that "there will need to be a hiatus between the two — most likely for several months — as Mr. Colbert installs a new set to the theater and his staff moves in to old Letterman offices. The most likely plan is a [...]

Tina Fey Tells David Letterman About Her Three-Year-Old Daughter Penelope

Here's a clip from Friday's Late Show, in which Tina Fey gives Letterman some updates on her three-year-old daughter Penelope, who sounds like a tough New Yorker already. Click through for another part of the interview where Fey addresses the tabloid rumors that Amy Poehler was a real pain while filming their upcoming movie together The Nest.

British Comedy Adaptation 'Friday Night Dinner' Lands Pilot at CBS

Back in 2011 it was reported that The Office's Greg Daniels was adapting the British comedy series Friday Night Dinner for NBC that was not ordered to series, but today the show is getting a second shot on another network. Deadline reports that CBS has given a put-pilot commitment to a new adaptation of the Channel 4 series, which "focuses on the regular dinner experience of a family each Friday night." Original Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper will write the US version, though it's not yet known whether it will be single-cam like the original or take on CBS's more common multi-cam format.

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'The Office's Dan Sterling Is Developing a CBS Comedy Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

A day after announcing its new deal with Will Arnett's production company Electric Avenue, CBS might be adding another new multi-cam show to its lineup. Deadline reports that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to a series by Dan Sterling, who has worked as a director, writer, and producer on The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Daily Show, and King of the Hill. The currently untitled pilot follows "an accommodating, well-meaning, and all-too-compliant man, and a powerful, outspoken, embattled woman who form a new friendship and partnership by which they jointly strive to revolutionize themselves and their lives." Lego Movie directing duo Phil Lord and [...]

British Comedian James Corden to Take Over for Craig Ferguson on 'The Late Late Show'

CBS has chosen its replacement for Craig Ferguson. The Wrap reports that the network has British comedian James Corden set to take over The Late Late Show when Ferguson leaves at the end of this year. Corden stars in the upcoming Disney film Into the Woods as well as Begin Again, which is currently out in theaters.

Next up for Ferguson is a new hosting job on game show Celebrity Name Game, which is set to debut this fall.