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Bill Murray Trains for the NYC Marathon on 'Late Show'

Bill Murray paid a visit to the Late Show desk last night, where he decided mid-interview that he needed to get a run in. Watch more from Murray's interview below, which covers everything from his thoughts on the all-women Ghostbusters reboot to Murray's recent appearance at George Clooney's wedding.

Watch Jerry Seinfeld Do Standup on 'Letterman'

Jerry Seinfeld was a guest on last night's Late Show and did a five-minute standup set all about those annoying stick figure bumper stickers found on most minivans as well as some of his favorite cliché non-statements. Click through to watch him announce a few of his upcoming Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee guests and remember Joan Rivers and their plans to film an episode together.

Craig Ferguson Reveals His Worst 'Late Late Show' Guest Ever

How angry was Craig Ferguson when he found out that he didn't get Letterman's gig? Who was the worst guest ever during his stint on Late Late Show? Did CBS give him a huge consolation payout for not taking over Late Show? Ferguson answered two out of these three questions on Watch What Happens Live, but it's pretty easy to see through his poker face during that last response.

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.

Aziz Ansari Explains Why He's a Feminist on 'Late Show'

During his visit to last night's Late Show, Aziz Ansari told David Letterman why he identifies as a feminist — which, it turns out, has less to do with today's stereotype of what a feminist is and more to do with its working dictionary definition: "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert, and you're not like 'Mmm, I feel like Beyonce should get 23% less money than Jay-Z. Also, I don't think Beyonce should have the right to vote, and why is Beyonce singing and dancing? Shouldn't she make Jay a steak? I'm sure he's very tired after walking and rapping those two songs.'" Watch [...]

Bill Lawrence Is Producing an Autobiographical Sitcom Starring Tommy Johnagin

Standup Tommy Johnagin might be getting his own Everybody Loves Raymond-style sitcom. Deadline reports that Johnagin has teamed up with $h*! My Dad Says/Surviving Jack co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker to create a multi-cam comedy for CBS based on his life with Bill Lawrence signed on to executive produce. The untitled series — which has received a pilot commitment — stars Johnagin "as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town." Johnagin also had a similar pilot co-written with My Name Is Earl writer Mike Pennie in development at NBC in 2012.

For more on Johnagin, check out our interview with him [...]

Kathy Griffin Claims That a CBS Exec Said No Females Were Considered for 'Late Late Show'

When news broke that Craig Ferguson would be stepping down from Late Late Show at the end of the year, many hoped that the empty hosting gig would lead to a more diverse late night choice; Ferguson himself even said he thought his replacement should "unquestionably be a female." Not long after CBS officially announced that Ferguson will be replaced with British performer James Corden, Kathy Griffin — who was interested in the job herself — has spoken out about the behind-the-scenes hiring process over at CBS.

According to The Wrap, Griffin reached out to CBS to be considered for Late Late Show but was told [...]

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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Inside the Confusing Origins of David Letterman's Top Ten List

The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Brian Abrams's new book AND NOW…An Oral History of "Late Night with David Letterman," 1982-1983, which is currently available to purchase at Amazon Kindle Singles.

By the summer of 1985, head writer Steve O’Donnell was no longer scouring for new personnel to come up with remote concepts and “Viewer Mail” pieces. (Monologue material stayed plentiful, as staffer Gerry Mulligan continued to oversee that part of the show.) Including co-creators Merrill Markoe and David Letterman, 13 individuals populated the writers’ room, and submissions from prospective writers continued to stack high on O’Donnell’s desk. An unassuming 23-year-old Tufts University grad named [...]

Bill Hader Tells Craig Ferguson About His 'Silence of the Lambs' Talk Show Sketch Idea

Bill Hader stopped by The Late Late Show last night, where he told Ferguson about one of his favorite scrapped SNL sketch ideas called "The Jame Gumb Talk Show" that Ferguson begged him to come back and perform sometime. Unfortunately the rest of the cast and writers at SNL weren't as excited about the sketch idea as Hader, Seth Meyers, and John Mulaney were.

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.