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Jim Parsons Says Watching 'Real Housewives' Makes Him Really Uncomfortable (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 13th 2011 7:45AM
Jim Parsons, 'Late Late Show'Craig Ferguson was grilling Jim Parsons about his TV viewing habits on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) when he discovered that the 'Big Bang Theory' star is not a fan of reality TV shows.

Parsons said he can't watch 'Real Housewives,' for example, because "I find it very upsetting. ... It makes me really uncomfortable."

Ferguson's obviously not a 'Real Housewives' fan either, referring to it as "a really terrible product." However, it doesn't seem to provoke the same remote-grabbing reaction from him. Parsons' dislike of the show is so great that even if he's just walking past a TV showing it, he just has to change the channel immediately.

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Jeff Goldblum and Craig Ferguson Play a Game of 'True or False' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 19th 2010 6:08AM
Jeff Goldblum and Craig Ferguson Play a Game of 'True or False'Jeff Goldblum was the guest on 'The Late Late Show' (12:37AM ET on CBS). Host Craig Ferguson played a sudden -- and random -- game of "True or False" with the actor. Below are some of the questions that were asked. (We'll give you the answers later on.)

1) True or false -- Jeff Goldblum once bought an accordion in Yugoslavia.

2) True or false -- Craig Ferguson's arm tattoo goes "all the way around" to his penis.

3) True or false -- Craig Ferguson is circumcised.

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Russell Crowe Has an Idea -- Add Naked Women to Everything! (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 18th 2010 5:42AM
Russell Crowe Has an Idea -- Add Naked Women to Everything!Craig Ferguson is a weird guy. And like so many weird guys from the United Kingdom, he's a big fan of the insanely complicated sci-fi series 'Doctor Who.' (If you're saying 'Doctor Who?" to yourself right now, that's because the show has never become as popular here as it is in the U.K. Here's a brief guide to the show should you need it.)

But Russell Crowe is from Australia, which is like a tougher version of the U.K., so it stands to reason that he doesn't share Craig's geeky sci-fi enthusiasm. On 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Russell makes a simple recommendation: Add naked women to get him interested in stuff!

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Creative Censorship of Profanity for Freeman, Ferguson on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 4th 2010 5:09AM
Morgan Freeman Cusses on 'Late Late Show'When Craig Ferguson got loose with his language on the 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Morgan Freeman joined in, and the producers later bleeped out the profanity in a creative way.

It became both polite and educational when the standard "beep" sound was replaced with exclamations in foreign languages.

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Neil Patrick Harris's 'Magic' Introduces 'Late Late Show' Guest (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 30th 2010 6:08AM
Neil Patrick Harris Does Magic on 'Late Late Show'In addition to stealing scenes on 'How I Met Your Mother,' Neil Patrick Harris is a real-life magician, having earned a spot on the directors' board of Hollywood's Magic Castle. So his credentials made him better suited to introduce Craig Ferguson's guest on the 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

Watch the video after the jump.

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Kirstie Alley Blames Craig Ferguson for Her Weight Gain (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 16th 2010 4:09AM
Kirstie Alley on 'Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Kirstie Alley is heartbroken. Craig Ferguson never asked her out. "I just met you right now," protested Ferguson last night when Alley appeared on his 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). In her opinion, that's no excuse.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Return Is a Ratings Winner

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Jay LenoMeet the new boss, same as the old boss.

To no one's surprise, Jay Leno's much-heralded return to 'The Tonight Show' on Monday was a ratings success, at least according to early overnight numbers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, advance numbers show Leno winning his timeslot with a 5.4 rating in metered market households and a rating of 2.0 among adults 18-49. That easily beat the 3.0 household rating for 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on CBS and the ABC ratings (cited by Entertainment Weekly) of 3.4 for 'Nightline' and 1.8 for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

Leno's return had coattails too. Following 'Tonight,' NBC's 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' posted a 2.1 rating, twice its fourth-quarter 2009 average and enough to beat usual timeslot victor 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' by 40 percent.

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Did Craig Ferguson Ditch Audience to Save Money? Rep Calls Charge "Laughable"

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 26th 2010 4:10PM
As brilliant an hour of television as Craig Ferguson's Tuesday night show was - featuring just Craig and a single guest, fellow wit and raconteur Stephen Fry, chatting for an hour before no audience - could it be that the episode was less an experiment in reviving old-school Tom Snyder/Dick Cavett-style TV conversation and more an experiment in cutting costs?

That was the spin according to a report from Radar Online. The website quotes an unnamed insider as saying that 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' has to pay audience members $20 each to fill some 50 seats at each night's taping, that such a practice is unique among late-night talk shows, and that Tuesday's show was more about saving CBS $1,000 on seat-fillers than about creating a more highbrow hour of television.

AOL TV did some digging of our own and found that, while there is a kernel of truth to this story -- CBS does sometimes pay seat-fillers to attend 'Late Late Show' tapings -- it's not a unique practice, though it's also not a routine one at the 'Late Late Show,' and was not the reason for taping Tuesday's show in an empty studio.

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Stephen Fry and Craig Ferguson Love America (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 24th 2010 1:15PM
Stephen Fry Craig Ferguson has a thing for America. As a new citizen, his love of the country runs deep, but he's not alone when British patriot Stephen Fry is around. During an experimental audience-free version of 'Late Late show with Craig Ferguson' (weeknights, 12:35 AM ET on CBS) that was just Fry and Ferguson chatting like old friends, resident alien Fry said, "I absolutely adore this country. Like you, I feel like I can live here for the rest of my life." Now all Fry needs to do is get a tattoo as sweet as Ferguson's Benjamin Franklin inspired one.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What Does the Jay Leno Shake-Up Mean for David Letterman?

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 12th 2010 2:00PM
David Letterman was in rare form last night, firing off merciless fusillades of jokes about the late-night woes of his former network NBC and his longtime rival Jay Leno. But Leno could have the last laugh if NBC gets to remake its late-night schedule the way it wants to. And Letterman could be the one who suffers the most from the new arrangement.

Letterman is currently riding high in the late-night ratings wars, easily beating new timeslot rival Conan O'Brien. That could change, however, if, as NBC hopes, Leno takes the half-hour from 11:35PM to 12:05AM, followed by O'Brien's 'Tonight Show' and then, at 1:05AM, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.'

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What You Missed Last Night: Craig talks about Dave

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2009 12:41PM
I agree with Joel: Letterman should stop talking about his scandal (I also have a problem with the way he keeps referring to it as "I had sex with women who work here" and not just "I had affairs" or "I had relations with"). Last night, Craig Ferguson knew he had to address the issue somehow, and here's how he did it.

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Craig Ferguson finally getting a little HD respect from CBS

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2009 11:02AM
Late Late Show With Craig FergusonWhen the late night musical chairs began, I dipped my toes into their waters for the first time in many, many years. The only three shows remaining on my DVR are The Tonight Show, Late Night and The Late Late Show, and only Craig Ferguson is a must watch from beginning to end (I've actually cut Tonight twice and put it back since Conan took over).

The real hook for me is Ferguson's monologue. While everyone's doing, "Hey let's look at the news. Setup. Punchline. Setup. Punchline. Setup. Punch me in the face I can't take it anymore!," Ferguson is doing a short stand-up routine every night. It's smart, it's clever, and it all flows so much more nicely.

I've also enjoyed his constant rants about how terrible his show is, what a horrible host he is, and how incredibly cheap CBS is when it comes to anything to do with The Late Late Show. But now, long after all of his competitors got the upgrade, we're finally getting Craig Ferguson in HD starting August 31, 2009. So he'll have one less thing to bitch about, at least.

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Craig Ferguson says farewell to Michael Jackson

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 8th 2009 8:05PM
Last night, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson talked about the death of Michael Jackson, specifically about going to a Michael Jackson concert years ago. This clip gives a good example of what Ferguson's monologues are like, if you've never seen them before. He also inadvertently comes up with a great idea for a new MTV reality show, Surprise The Skank With A Camera. (Jackson part starts around 2:16).

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Fun Finds: June 27

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 27th 2009 12:00PM
Farrah Fawcett

-- Looking back on her career, Farrah Fawcett was a lot tougher than people think [Newsweek]

-- One critic wonders: Is 'The Philanthropist' the worst show ever? We take it he never saw 'Kath & Kim' [Miami Herald]

-- More bad news for Kate Gosselin: She's just one of Lemondrop's 12 Biggest Lady Douchebags [Lemondrop]

(more fun finds after the jump)

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Craig Ferguson might host The Emmys

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2009 6:32PM
Craig FergusonAll the talk has been about Conan O'Brien taking over The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon taking over Late Night, but let's not forget Craig Ferguson over at CBS' Late Late Show. He might host the Emmys this year.

That's one of the changes being discussed by producer Dan Mischer. And let's be honest here: anything would be better than last year's horrifying hosting job done by the team of Ryan Seacrest, Jeff Probst, Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel. It was a train wreck from start to finish, with only one moment that was kinda funny (when they gave the award for Best Reality Host and dramatically went to a commercial before announcing the winner.

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