- Charlie Rose: Madeleine Albright and Newt Gingrich
- The Daily Show: Dennis Miller
- The Colbert Report: Madeleine Albright and James Fallows
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Patricia Arquette, Macy Gray, and Paul Mooney
- Jay Leno: Jeff Foxworthy and Dierks Bentley
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jenny McCarthy
- Tavis Smiley: Marian Wright Edelman and Rod Paige
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jack McBrayer, and Mastodon (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Randy Jackson and Piper Perabo
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Timothy Busfield and Colbie Caillat (repeat)
"Showdown in Crisisland": Tehran Bureau Chief John Oliver's New York accent is hilarious. Yup, the only thing funnier than an American with a poor British accent is listening to an English person over-stressing the R's of an American one. Best line: "Iran is the Jan Brady of international evil".
I'll be the first to admit it. I was a latecomer to The Shield. I'd never watched a minute of it until right before the fourth season started and a buddy of mine let me borrow the first three seasons on DVD. He told me it was the best cop show ever. Wait a second. Better than NYPD Blue or The Wire? Yes. So I watched the three seasons... in one weekend. The phrase "glued to my seat" does not begin to do justice to how mesmerized I was by this show. I mean, damn!
So naturally, when I was approached about speaking with Walton Goggins, I practically blew up with anticipation. However, I'm not the only Shield fan here at TV Squad. Our fearless leader Keith is a die-hard too. So we decided to do something different for this interview -- the first ever TV Squad Tag Team. Walton didn't know what he was stepping into... that is, if he could crack through all the codes to get into our elaborate virtual phone-in conference room. I can't say that I blame him. I got confused too.
Keith: Hey man, thanks for joining us.
Walton: (laughing) I'm in the inner sanctum of some imaginary corporate office right now.
Jonathan: I know, it's crazy! You have to push buttons and number sequences and then some computerized voice announces your name.
- Charlie Rose: Newt Gingrich and Bill Bradley
- The Daily Show: Senator John Kerry
- The Colbert Report: John Perry Barlow
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Will Ferrell and Kings of Leon
- Jay Leno: Quentin Tarantino, Pete Rose, and Mika
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Andy Dick, Ivanka Trump, and Nas (repeat - wait a second, they're showing this for the third time in a month??)
- Tavis Smiley: Ice Cube and Eddie Glaude
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Robin Williams, Christian Slate, and Panic! At The Disco (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rainn Wilson and Joss Stone
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Lizzy Caplan and Taking Back Sunday (repeat)
That number actually sounds about right to me, although I would say my range is more like 20 channels. I've listed my Top 15 below, in order of most-watched... what are your top channels?
The video is on Cooper's blog (and on YouTube) right now, and once you watch it, you'll be amazed to know that Corwin was generally okay. His arm wasn't even broken, just badly twisted and bruised. After the incident, Corwin continued filming with Cooper and then went to get checked out by a doctor, who put him in a sling. He may have some ligament damage, but will have to wait to know for sure when he returns to the U.S. I was actually very impressed with Cooper's reporting because he didn't let the incident overshadow the real reason for being with the elephants.
Video after the jump (the attack happens at 2:40 into the video):
[Thanks, Tim UF!]
The Boston Phoenix makes an interesting suggestion on one of their blogs: maybe NBC should give the Late Night slot to Demetri Martin in 2009 when Conan O'Brien takes over for Jay Leno. Hmmm...
In this Daily Show clip, Martin explains the whole copyright controversy involving Viacom, Google, and YouTube. It's a great clip, with Martin asking at one point if viewers are watching him right now on YouTube (yes, it's a YouTube clip). He even freezes his body and says "buffering." Funny stuff. Both videos after the jump (YouTube version and Comedy Central's, just in case...)
What is CNBC? Is it a business news channel, or a comedy channel, or a talking-head channel? I have a hard time keeping it all straight. Confusing me even more is that the cable network is developing an animated show based on the comic strip CEO Dad which could turn into a 30-minute series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network with an identity crisis will air one-minute shorts cut from the show's pilot episode. It could then return as a 30-minute show in the fall, although there is no definite answer on that as of yet.
"Showdown At Justice: Hereunder referred to as the 'Nonvoluntary Lawyer Disemployment Program' vis a vis certain events on or around 7 December 2006 (C.F. Appendix B, Codicil IX, Paragraph 7)": Tony Snow is being a big baby over a lot of things. Actually, Jon seems genuinely fed up with him.
I have to tell you, we're flattered that you folks think we have the inside connections within the television industry that will be allow us to fast-track our readers onto shows like Survivor or Deal or No Deal. But, alas, we're just a bunch of grunts like you; we don't have a "guy" who can get us through the back door of these shows. In fact we don't even have a "guy" who can get us a discount at the car wash.
But what we can do for you is comb the web to find the various instructions on how you can get on these shows. And, no surprise, the networks have made those instructions readily available on the web. After the jump is the list of links we found so far. We'll update this list as we find more shows and instructions. And feel free to send us ones you've discovered either via our tips e-mail or in the comments section below. Enjoy and good luck...
- Charlie Rose: John Burns of The NY Times, Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, and Mike Binder
- The Daily Show: Don Cheadle
- The Colbert Report: Katie Couric
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Evangeline Lilly and Jeff MacGregor (repeat)
- Jay Leno: Will Ferrell, Senator Joe Biden, and Paolo Nutini
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Terrence Howard, Bob Woodruff, and The Kooks
- Tavis Smiley: Gina Torres
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Adam Sandler, Lindsay Buckingham, and Sarah Thyre
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Billy Connolly, Tricia Helfer, and Blake Shelton (repeat)
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Julian McMahon and Amos Lee
Ah, of course they had to do a segment about the previous night's interview with John Bolton. He said some pretty interesting things while sitting next to Jon, including a little disagreement about Jon's Lincoln facts. Jon rang up one of his former guests, Lincoln Expert Doris Kearns Goodwin, to bitch her out for giving him false information. It was quite funny, especially with that old-fashioned phone.
The weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.
1. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
2. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
3. Scooby-Doo 2 (Nickelodeon)
4. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
5. Law and Order: SVU (USA)
6. Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon)
7. Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Disney)
8. The Riches (FX)
9. Fairly Odd Parents (Nickelodeon)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
Now here's an odd little news item.
TV Land president Larry Jones says that a new TV show is in the works featuring former Laverne & Shirley stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. The two would play themselves and live in Marshall's house, where the show would be filmed.
This could be ... interesting -- or an utter disaster. But it does bring up a fun question: what other former TV pals would you like to see in a reality show? How about Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore living together? How about Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow? Jack Klugman and Tony Randall would be great, but Randall passed away several years ago.
Readers? Maybe Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt would be up for it.
[via Pop Candy]
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