This summer, 'The Voice' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) has arguably reinvented the concept by putting the focus on ... the voice. Will its winner go on to comparable success?
With top caliber coaches in Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, the show was more about nurturing tomorrow's superstars than sitting distant and aloof in judgment of them. And after all was said and done it came down to 2 percent.
Probably out in the cold. NBC hasn't yet said what would happen to 'Last Call with Carson Daly' if its proposed late-night shakeup goes through as planned. The network says it hopes to keep Daly on NBC (just as it hopes to keep Leno, O'Brien, and Fallon), but Daly's wee-hours chat show, which has aired at 1:35AM for the past eight years, seems doomed.
We heard a lot yesterday about NBC's crazy attempt to save their sinking ship by moving around their late night shows. The whole situation is very confusing, and at the end of it NBC will probably end up with some sort of all-singing, all-dancing six-hour block of Leno, Conan, Fallon, Dateline and Law & Order. Everyone will continue to forget that Carson Daly is on the network.
With all of the talk coming out of NBC, I was kind of curious to see what the late night competitors had to say about the whole matter. Luckily, Craig Ferguson took some time to poke fun at the chaos and, more importantly, relate it to his show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
- Charlie Rose: TBA
- The Daily Show: RNC coverage
- The Colbert Report: Representative Ron Paul and Adam Brickley and RNC coverage
- The Late Show with David Letterman: Robin Williams, Shannen Doherty, and Duffy
- Jay Leno: Howie Mandel and The Game
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aaron Eckhart and Metro Station
- Tavis Smiley: Governor Mike Huckabee
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Dr. Phil and Adele
- The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Kal Penn and Paulina Porizkova
- Last Call with Carson Daly: Marissa Miller, Jasper Redd, and Ben Harper (repeat)
Here's who's on the late night shows tonight.
- Charlie Rose: a discussion of the 2008 election
- The Daily Show: Barbara Walters
- The Colbert Report: Rep. Bob Barr and Salman Rushdie
- The Late Show with David Letterman: Jack Black and Esperanza Spalding
- Jay Leno: Jeff Foxworthy, Arianna Huffington, and N.E.R.D.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Cynthia Nixon and Coldplay
- Tavis Smiley: Ted Sorensen and Paul Schrade
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Adam Sandler and Jewel
- The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Jane Kaczmarek and Greg Proops
- Last Call with Carson Daly: John Cho, Dean Edwards, and Your Vegas (repeat)
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen? Seriously.
- Carson Daly brought his late-night show back in the middle of the strike. He says he did it for the staff.
- Good news for fans of Arrested Development!
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- Carson Daly is restarting production of his late night show, despite the continued WGA strike.
- A special segment: "I was wrong."
- Let's over-analyze whether or not musicians need to request underwear being thrown at them!
Ending the late night rerun flood, Yahoo! reports that Last Call With Carson Daly will start taping new episodes this week, which should be ready for air next week. With his compatriots still in reruns, Daly will have the run of the late night landscape. Maybe for his first new episode his guest roster can include Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
- Charlie Rose: Emry Jones Parry and Norman Pearlstine
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Tom Arnold, Kristin Gore, and Jim McDonald
- Jay Leno: Jessica Biel, Bill Engvall, and T-Pain and Yung Joc (repeat)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Fred Savage, and Eldar (repeat)
- Tavis Smiley: Lisa See and Lonnie Ali
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Dane Cook, Apolo Ohno, and Mando Diao (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Holly Hunter, Adam Goldberg, and Ferraby Lionheart
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Chelsea Handler and Black Light Burns (repeat)
- Charlie Rose: Joel Klein, Judith Rodin, Joel Fleishman, and Matthew Bishop
- The Daily Show: Senator Barack Obama
- The Colbert Report: Richard Branson (read the story about this interview)
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Richard Gere, Tom Dreesen, and Velvet Revolver
- Jay Leno: Sandra Bullock, Chris Matthews, and Suzanne Vega (repeat)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Marc Anthony, Katee Sackhoff, and Jim Norton (repeat)
- Tavis Smiley: Talib Kweli
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Luke Wilson, Oscar Nunez, and Blonde Redhead (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Tom Lennon, Elizabeth Perkins, and Wendy Kamenoff
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Amaury Nolasco and Lifehouse (repeat)
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- Haley Scarnato is talking about life after American Idol, and wearing other people's hair.
- Carson Daly is a Fanjaya! (And it's because of the hair?!)
- A scene from The Office causes Wikipedia major problems with their entry on "negotiation."
I'm not angry, just disappointed: Project Runway, Scrubs. God, Project Runway was just plain painful this season. Not only did we have to put up with Vincent and Angela for an ungodly long time, they were brought back for an additional challenge! Then, Jeffrey, the designer with the worst collection of all (well, in my personal opinion), won the whole competition. Livid, I was. I definitely expected better taste from what I've long considered the classiest reality program on television. And as for Scrubs, I think it's lost its charm... JD does that stupid nasal voice all the time (it's at its worst when he does that damn "zoom zoom zoom"), his pregnant girlfriend is an awful character, and Dr. Cox's hair looks like something ripped off a 70s model home floor. I used to think Scrubs was hysterical, but it's really missing something now and I've almost lost complete motivation to watch. If the upcoming musical episode doesn't restore my faith, I doubt anything will.
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- They want to make it easy for you to become obsessed: Starstyle.com is a new website makes it simple to buy the same music, clothes, and furniture as your favorite television characters.
- Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly insist they're not rivals over the chance to replace Dick Clark on New Year's Rockin' Eve.
- Jennifer Lopez's new dance reality show might be competition for ex-husband #2 Cris Judd's new reality show.
To help the amateur auteurs along the way, the site provides sound effects, music, and video clips. Winners of the weekly challenges will get $1000, and someone will win $100,000 for the best overall clip. At some point, there will be a TV show, hosted by Carson Daly, that shows a collection of the best clips. It sounds to me like America's Funniest Home Videos, only these people don't have to pretend that their videos weren't set up.
The site is still in beta, and there isn't a lot of content as of yet, but I recommend you head over and take a look at Brooke's videos. Crazy man, crazy.
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