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Report: NBC Demanding That Stars Only Appear on Fallon's 'Tonight Show'

It looks like NBC brass have figured out a way to take full advantage of Jimmy Fallon's stellar ratings over on the new Tonight Show, if the following rumor is true. TMZ reports that NBC is allegedly pressuring celebrities who want to be on The Tonight Show against appearing on other networks' late night talk shows and even morning shows as well, the only exception being NBC shows like Dateline, Today, and Late Night: "They put the word out to celebs, agents and publicists … if they want to be on Fallon they can't appear on ANY other network … and not just shows that go head-to-head with [...]

Tom Green Is Hosting a New Live Talk Show for AXS TV

Comedian Tom Green is coming back to television. Cable channel AXS TV announced this morning that Green will be hosting a new weekly talk show, aptly titled Tom Green Live, that'll debut Thursday, October 3rd at 9pm EST. The one-hour show will be live and will take video calls from viewers. AXS TV is the new name of cable network HDNet, which was rebranded last year.

Tom Green's last TV series, The Tom Green Show stopped production following his testicular cancer diagnosis in 2000 but was briefly revived by MTV as a late night talk show called The New Tom Green Show in 2003. After MTV canceled the series, [...]

The Late Night Guest Hall of Fame

Everyone wants to be funny on a late night show, but only a handful of comedians are known for making every talk show appearance they do a work of art. Anytime you see someone like Bill Murray or Louis C.K. on the docket for a late night interview, you know it's going to be something to watch that'll become a big YouTube hit the following day.

We picked the best late night talk show guests going and assembled the following videolist of their funniest appearances, including Norm Macdonald obliterating an actress promoting a Carrot Top movie, Bill Murray singing and dancing to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" on Letterman's first show [...]

Will Ferrell's Company Is Developing a Late Night Talk Show for USA

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company Gary Sanchez is developing a new late night talk show for the USA Network, TV Guide reports, and the series sounds like it'll be pretty different from anything else on the late night dial. Created by Rob Cohen (Life and Times of Tim, Big Bang Theory)  and Owen Burke (who runs Gary Sanchez's TV division), the untitled project will be a morning show airing at 12:01 am, which is technically the morning. The show will be modeled after Live With Kelly and Michael and the fourth hour of Today hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and producers are [...]

Why So Serious, Conan O'Brien?

"This is my dream job: To sit and get to talk to people like you…as the host of the Tonight Show," is the entire quote. Who do you think he's talking to with that uncharacteristically earnest tone? Maybe it was one of his recent guests like Punk'd's Dax Shepard or MMA champ Ronda Rousey? As Huffpo accurately points out the whole thing feels a bit like Charlie Rose mixed with Kevin Pollak's Chat Show and Alec Baldwin's Here's The Thing podcast. The video says Serious Jibber-Jabber starts in September, which is the current month we are inhabiting, so we'll keep you posted whenever he gets that 75-minute Dax [...]

Will Ferrell's Finest Late Night Talk Show Appearances

As he proved yet again in his Tonight Show figure skating performance last night, Will Ferrell is never a boring talk show guest. Whether he's promoting a new project as himself or gussied up and disguised as an extravagant alter ego, Ferrell consistently brings a warm yet sarcastic approach to all of his late night interviews and knows how to fall into perfect bantering chemistry opposite everyone from David Letterman to his longtime Groundlings buddy Conan O'Brien. From the mid-nineties up through the end of last year, here's a look at some of Ferrell's best appearances on the late night talk show circuit over the years.

After Nearly 20 Years Off the Air, 'The Arsenio Hall Show' Is Back

Arsenio Hall's revival of his self-titled early '90s late night show is set to debut tonight. The Arsenio Hall Show is airing in syndication in local markets across 95% of the country (find your station here) in the 11pm-12am timeslot in most markets. Hall took some time off to start a family after his original show was canceled in 1994. Hall's guest tonight is Chris Tucker, with Ice Cube, Lisa Kudrow, George Lopez, Magic Johnson, Penn and Teller, Ariana Grande, and Angela Bassett, amongst others, set to appear on the show later this week. And don't worry, the dog pound and that fist pump thing are still part [...]

Steve Agee is the Sidekick for Diablo Cody's TBS Talk Show Pilot

Steve Agee is set to become a talk show sidekick. The Sarah Silverman Program co-star and Vine luminary has signed on to sidekick for writer Diablo Cody's TBS talk show pilot, Me Time with Diablo Cody, Deadline reports. Agee will also serve as a writer on the potential series, which will be Cody's first significant onscreen role after working behind the scenes as a writer and/or director on Juno, Young Adult, The United States of Tara, and plenty of other stuff. As far as choices for talk show sidekicks go, Agee makes sense because he's quick, funny, and he's proven on Vine that he doesn't need a ton [...]

Catch Your First Glimpse of the Arsenio Hall Comeback

This summer, Arsenio Hall announced he's returning to TV for another late night talk show that'll be syndicated on 17 stations across the nation and begin airing next year. Here's a promo for the new show, which is coming a bit soon because the show isn't set to debut until September 2013. And of course, the promo features a lot of woof woof woof-ing. For our younger readers, Arsenio Hall is Eddie Murphy's best friend who hosted The Arsenio Hall Show, a popular syndicated late night talk show from 1989 to 1994, that's best known for its audience members pumping their fists and enthusiastically shouting "Woof woof woof!" [...]

Conan's Producing a New Pete Holmes Talk Show

Conan O'Brien is producing a new talk show to be hosted by beloved comedian/frequent smiler Pete Holmes. The show is being described as a "slight departure from the typical talk-show format," which could mean anything: maybe Pete is standing the whole time – maybe there's no actual talking, so all interviewing is done solely by body language – maybe Pete will wear an eyepatch. This is like the 70th show Conan is producing for TBS, including a couple sitcoms and Deon Cole's video clip show. Conan sure keeps it crispy.

Here's the Pilot for a Rejected FX Talk Show Produced by Funny Or Die and Hosted by One of The Birthday Boys

Over the weekend, this pilot for a late night show on the FX network leaked online. Called What's Going On?, the pilot was produced by Funny Or Die in 2011, and it's hosted by comedian Mike Mitchell, a member of the sketch group The Birthday Boys who now have their own show on IFC. A live show at LA's UCB Theatre before becoming a TV pilot, What's Going On? has an interesting premise that makes it funnier and more interesting than the average late night show: Mitchell doesn't know anything about the show and everything (guests, jokes, character bits, etc.) is a surprise to him planned by the writers/producers.

Alec Baldwin Is Hosting a Talk Show for MSNBC Starting in October

Alec Baldwin has found his first post-30 Rock TV job: hosting a primetime talk show for MSNBC. Although word got out about the show last month, MSNBC made the news official today. The new series, a "current events and culture talk show," is called Up Late with Alec Baldwin, and it'll be airing Friday nights from 10 to 11pm (which isn't as late as the title suggests) starting sometime in October. Baldwin has been developing his interviewing chops as host of the WNYC podcast Here's the Thing, which started in fall of 2011 and has featured him interviewing Lorne Michaels, Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, David Letterman, and non-comedy [...]

Jason Bateman "Thought Seriously" About Hosting a Talk Show Last Year

GQ has a long interview with Jason Bateman out today, in which he discusses Arrested Development and other stuff that's not Arrested Development, like whether he'd ever like to host a talk show. Here was Bateman's response:

"That's interesting, I was just talking about that. Without getting too specific about it, because I can't, I've thought seriously about it as recently as last year. Having just come back from doing a week of talk shows last week [to promote Identity Thief], I was talking to [my wife] Amanda about, in twenty years—when the girls go to college and we can finally move to New York, which is what [...]

Conan O'Brien's Serious Web-Series Is Seriously Serious

This is serious.  It's times like these where you think, "Shut up, Conan. You ain't smarter than me just because you went to Harvard and you're smarter than me." In response to Conan's smart show where he smartly interviews smart people, Leno announced he too will have a web-series but he'll be interviewing basset hounds about cars.