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Dave Chappelle Talks with Letterman About Quitting 'Chappelle's Show'

At long last, Dave Chappelle made his return to late night after six years on last night's Late Show, where he talked with Letterman about why he quit Chappelle's Show ("Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work"), how long he was actually in South Africa, and the difference between having $10 million and $50 million dollars.

CBS Abruptly Cancels 'The Arsenio Hall Show' After One Season

Despite getting renewed for a second season that was announced by Arsenio Hall and Jay Leno in late February, THR reports that CBS has now canceled The Arsenio Hall Show after only one season on the air. Hall's second round at hosting the late night show premiered back in September, and despite bringing in ratings comparable to TBS's Conan, The Arsenio Hall Show's ratings have gone down since the premiere of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show as well as David Letterman's retirement announcement. Hall's show aired on local affiliate stations owned by Turner Broadcasting, starting at the 11pm slot and in direct competition with local news and [...]

Ratings vs. Reviews: Where Do Today's Comedies Stack Up?

While it's true that Nielsen ratings are an inaccurate and outdated measure of today's television audiences, they still serve as a show's ultimate ticket to survival when — as we saw in the recent sitcom cancellation bloodbath – network brass decide which programs to axe off their lineup. Some of comedy's biggest fan favorites weren't exactly ratings blockbusters while on the air — see Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community – but went on to carve out niche audiences, and as television moves more and more into the internet age, online reviews, Twitter, and fan feedback can gauge a show's watchability faster than asking "Sure, but does it average a steady 5.0 season average Nielsen rating?"

With that in mind, we thought it'd [...]

Neil Patrick Harris Turned Down CBS's 'Late Show'

During CBS's recent late night shift, which saw Stephen Colbert installed as David Letterman's replacement behind the Late Show desk effective sometime next year, Neil Patrick Harris was also considered for the job. Harris, who is coming off of a nine-year run on the network's How I Met Your Mother, revealed CBS met with him about the job during an interview on The Howard Stern Show (audio embedded below). Here's Harris talking about CBS boss Les Moonves having a meeting with him to discuss the Late Show job:

"In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skillsets were and I kind of knew what it is [...]

A Guide to the New Crop of Network Comedies

The broadcast networks canceled a whopping 18 comedies this year, which means there are a lot of holes to fill with new sitcoms come fall, especially with NBC and ABC, the two networks that canceled the most comedies. Among this season's highlights are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the first series Tina Fey has created since 30 Rock; Marry Me, starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino and created by Happy Endings' David Caspe; and standup and SNL writer John Mulaney's self-titled sitcom, which will see the light of day this fall after nearly two years in development. We organized all the season's new comedies into the following guide:

Leno Bashing, Partial Nudity, and an Uncomfortable Host: Howard Stern's 11 Most Memorable Appearances on Letterman

For 30 years Howard Stern has been a guest on Letterman's late night show. Whether it was on Late Night or Late Show, Stern’s common topics generally include therapy, sex, Paul Shaffer, and Jay Leno. Stern has been one of Letterman’s most engaging guests; he’s one of the few that overpowers Letterman and becomes the interviewer, usually making the host grimace. Stern is part of the elite group of guests that Letterman clearly likes having on — even if the conversation isn’t always to Letterman’s fondness. Letterman is like Stern's older brother who's disappointed yet always entertained. Stern has made over 20 appearances on Letterman’s shows and continues to be [...]

Why CBS Should Audition Its Potential 'Late Late Show' Hosts On Air Again

In the summer of 2004, host Craig Kilborn abruptly departed CBS's nightly 12:35am program The Late Late Show, and the network made a rather unusual choice when it came to selecting the show's next host: for the first and only time in late night history, CBS auditioned all of its potential hosts on air, letting its audience in on the host selection process that has always taken place behind closed doors.

Inspired by the success of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee finding Kathie Lee Gifford replacement Kelly Ripa via on-air auditions, CBS tried out 22 different Late Late Show hosts on air over the course of three months in the [...]

CBS Says They're Not in Talks with Joel McHale to Take Over 'The Late Late Show'

With NBC having canceled Community last week and freeing up star Joel McHale in the process, many have speculated that he'd be groomed to take over CBS's soon-to-be-vacated 12:35 am program The Late Late Show, but CBS boss Les Moonves is now insisting that the network is not in talks with McHale.

Speculation began this week after especially after Moonves's wife Julie Chen tweeted out a picture of her, her husband, and McHale, but Moonves said, during an interview with Bloomberg Television, it was just a chance meeting at a party and "there was no discussion about 12:30." He explained, "We were at a party the other night. We [...]

Why Joel McHale Is the Frontrunner for CBS's 'Late Late Show'

After a decade behind the desk, Craig Ferguson is set to depart CBS's 12:35 am program, The Late Late Show, in December. After a picture appeared on Twitter of Joel McHale having drinks with CBS boss Les Moonves, blogs like Complex and Uproxx have begun to speculate that McHale is the first choice for the job, and they're probably right.

Here are some reasons Joel McHale is near the top of CBS's list:

  • He's one of the most experienced TV hosts going, having anchored E!'s The Soup since 2004.
  • His schedule is now free with Community having been canceled by NBC last week, and that [...]

CBS Orders 'The McCarthys', 'The Odd Couple' to Series; NBC Adds 'Mission Control', 'One Big Happy', 'Bad Judge'

CBS and NBC each just picked up two more new comedies for the fall. CBS is adding The McCarthys and The Odd Couple, while NBC is adding Mission Control and One Big HappyVariety reports.

The McCarthys, a created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, follows the gay son of a sports-crazed Boston family. The show was developed as a pilot last season but was carried over into this season. Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, Kelen Coleman, Laurie Metcalf, and Tyler Ritter star. The Odd Couple, a remake of the Neil Simon comedy, stars Matthew Perry and Tom Lennon and was co-created by Perry and Joe Keenan (Frasier).

NBC is [...]

Master of Dated Humor Chuck Lorre Just Made His First "'Two and a Half Men' Is Bad" Joke

"To do a show about people trying to redeem their lives and to salvage and repair the damage they’ve done — for me, it’s an opportunity to apologize for Two and a Half Men."

-Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, proving his love for dated comedy knows no bounds by making his first-ever "Two and a Half Men is bad" joke like it's 2003 or something (via Variety).

Sarah Silverman and Letterman Talk About Her Textbook-Level Offensiveness

On last night's Late Show, Letterman asked guest Sarah Silverman about a strange recent discovery she made on Twitter that she's used in certain school textbooks to describe, in Letterman's words, "the wrong kind of 'offensive.'" Click through for more clips from the interview.

Last Night's 'Big Bang Theory' Was Its Most Watched Season Finale Ever

The seventh season finale of CBS smash hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory aired last night, and EW reports that the resulting ratings have made it its most watched season finale ever. Big Bang pulled in a 4.8 rating with 16.3 million viewers; to put it into perspective, over at NBC The Office's series finale last year scored a 3.2 rating and 5.4 million viewers, while Community's recent finale brought in a measly 1.0 rating with just 2.9 million viewers. The only difference is that last night's finale was far from the end for Big Bang; with its recent triple-season renewal, you can count on [...]

CBS Passes on 'HIMYD' and Gives 'Two and a Half Men' Its Final Season

CBS announced at their upfront presentation today that their long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men will air its twelfth and final season next year. Co-created and executive produced by Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn, Two and a Half Men premiered on the network back in 2003 and has faced several road bumps between Charlie Sheen getting fired in 2011 and Angus T. Jones calling the show "filth" in a strange religious testimonial video in 2012 and officially announcing his departure from the show this year.

In other CBS upfront news, the network revealed its fall lineup and has now confirmed that it's passed on [...]