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Netflix Is Using Chelsea Handler to Reinvent the Way We Watch Late Night Shows

Last month it was announced that Chelsea Handler had signed on to star in a new talk show for Netflix. Right now, all we know about Handler's show is that it's slated to premiere in October 2016 and will be the first series to be released at a specific time block on the streaming service. According to Business Insider, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently addressed the company's intentions with Handler's show, which will be heavily influenced by the changing ways people watch late night shows today:

"People are not watching scripted programming the way they used to. They're also not watching these late-night talk shows [...]

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 [...]

CBS Exec Says New Craig Ferguson Replacement Might Not Be a Talk Show

It's been three months since Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's The Late Late Show in December, and the network has yet to say who his replacement will be. CBS entertainment chief  Nina Tassler, in a Q&A with TV critics today said that the network's new 12:35am program might not even be a talk show. Here's what she had to say:

"There’s certainly a knee-jerk reaction to go for a more traditional, behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows? This is an opportunity us look at all kinds of hosts — not only from the comic world, but maybe the political world. Right now, we’re doing our homework [...]

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!" [...]

Netflix to Premiere a Talk Show Hosted by Chelsea Handler in 2016

Chelsea Handler's next talk show home is officially Netflix. According to Deadline, the E! late night host has set a deal with the streaming network for a talk show, hour standup special, and four docu-comedy specials. The standup special will premiere on Netflix on October 16th and the talk show will launch sometime in 2016, though the frequency of episodes on Netflix has not yet been revealed. The docu-specials will be released next year and feature Handler tackling lesser areas of expertise "ranging from NASCAR to politics and from Silicon Valley to the NBA draft." In a statement, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: "The Internet has [...]

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 [...]