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Craig Kilborn Quizzes a 'True Blood' Star About Vampires (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 6th 2010 9:15PM
Craig Kilborn Quizzes a 'True Blood' Star About VampiresIs this a good time to mention that we've kind of missed Craig Kilborn? Yeah, he's a little weird, and he's not exactly popular these days, and his new talk show will probably be canceled soon. But still ... we like Craig.

On 'The Kilborn File' (weeknights, 7PM ET on Fox), Kilborn welcomes guest Ryan Kwanten, who appears on the vampire-themed show 'True Blood.' If you're not getting your required daily dose of vampire and werewolf-related foolishness from 'Twilight,' then we recommend that you check 'True Blood' out.

Kilborn asks Ryan some of his patented oddball '5 Questions.' Among the questions is this one: Craig wants Ryan to "act," and show what it would be like if he was bitten by a female vampire. (Included in this hypothetical is the fact that Ryan would be "into" being bitten.)

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In Defense Of: Craig Kilborn

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2010 2:00PM
Craig KilbornIt's too early to tell if Craig Kilborn's new daily show, 'The Kilborn File,' will be a success or not. Right now, three episodes in, the ratings aren't good, but the quality isn't bad. While it is certainly experiencing some new show pains -- glitches, segments that just don't work, so-so guests -- it has a lot of potential to be as good as Kilborn's "Late, Late Show' was before the other Craig took over.

Some of you reading the words "to be as good as Kilborn's 'Late, Late Show' are probably scratching your heads because you thought that show was terrible. Simply put, if you don't like Kilborn, you won't like 'The Kilborn File.'

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David Alan Grier Discusses Kids' Names That Sound Like Drugs (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 30th 2010 9:40PM
David Alan Grier Discusses Kids' Names That Sound Like DrugsComedian David Alan Grier is the guest on the latest 'The Kilborn File' (weeknights, 7PM ET on Fox). While he's on the show, host Craig Kilborn asks Grier his patented '5 Questions' on odd topics. And one of the questions is this -- "Give us 3 prescription drugs that sound like kids' names when shouted."

Grier skillfully (and funnily) answers the question, giving three names that sound like drugs: Levitra, Motrin and Ephedrine. He then explains that the names have to sound like they're being shouted "by an African-American."

The comedian then goes on to demonstrate: "Levitra! Levitra -- get in the house!" And also: "Motrin! Motrin -- where's my BB gun?!"

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Craig Kilborn Returns to TV (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 29th 2010 9:55PM
Craig Kilborn Returns to TVYou know what's been missing from television? Our daily fix of Craig Kilborn. "Who?" you might be saying. Well, shame on you for not remembering, but Craig Kilborn has had an odd and checkered TV career, so you are forgiven.

Mr. Kilborn started out as the original host of 'The Daily Show,' but then left the comedy series. He was replaced by a more popular host who you might remember -- a Mr. Jon Stewart. Then, Kilborn was the host of 'The Late Late Show,' before suddenly quitting that job. (He was replaced by Craig Ferguson.) It's been an strange decade for Kilborn, as he has hosted some immensely popular programs, only to leave under odd circumstances. But those of us who recall his unique brand of sarcastic humor have never quite forgotten him.

Now, Craig is back! He has a brand new comedy show titled 'The Kilborn File' (weeknights, 7PM ET on Fox). And as one of his first guests on the series, Craig welcomes Sam Jaeger, star of 'Parenthood.'

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Craig Kilborn Is Returning To Television

by Bob Sassone, posted May 5th 2010 2:40PM
KilbornCraig Kilborn, who surprised everyone when he quit his CBS talk show in 2004, is coming back to television with ... a talk show! The New York Times describes the show as a mix of talk show and a "non-political 'Daily Show'." Longtime 'Daily Show' fans will remember that Kilborn was the first host of the Comedy Central show, before Jon Stewart came on and made it more political.

The new show will be on FOX but it won't be a late night show on the network. Instead, it will be syndicated to local FOX stations. We might even see a preview of the show this summer.

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One Last Note About The Olympics, From Jimmy Fallon

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2010 11:28AM
Because of The Olympics, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' wasn't on for the past few weeks, which means he couldn't do his regular "Thank You Notes" segment on Friday nights. But he was in Vancouver and sat down with Bob Costas and a studio audience and did an Olympics-themed version of the bit. Costas accompanies him on keyboard.

Funny how Costas mentions Craig Kilborn at the end. I still have a memory of Kilborn doing something like "Thank You Notes" on his CBS show, or am I remembering wrong?

[Watch episodes of 'Late Night' and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Best TV of the '00s: Late Night Moments

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 2nd 2010 1:01PM

Joaquim Phoenix on David Letterman
More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest or most surprising late night moments of the last ten years.

In the past decade, late night shows continued to bloom in popularity. However, some of our favorite late night shows were shuffled around while some got new hosts.

No matter what network executives decided to do to the line up of US late night shows, their hosts and guest stars gave us plenty fantastic, OMG!, and WTF? moments that generated tons of watercooler talks and forum discussion threads.

Below are some of the best late night moments of the past decade as chosen by some of the TV Squad bloggers. We realize there are tough choices in this category, so we hope you'll add your own favorites in the comments section below.

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ABC eyeing Aisha...for a talk show, sicko

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 12th 2009 11:03AM
comedian Aisha TylerComedy talk shows are a vastly underrated wasteland of quality programming, but they're shorter on female eye-candy than the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show.

ABC is hoping to change that by giving comic babe and former Talk Soup slinger Aisha Tyler her own piece of programming.

The network is letting her develop a pilot for a "hybrid" style talk show that incorporates sketch, stand-up and other variety comedy into a fully "wired" show that will communicate with their audience over the Internet's series of complex tubes.

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Seven of TV's best replacements

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 20th 2009 3:05PM
Law & OrderIt's hard to see beloved characters leave your favorite shows. You have created a bond with them, perhaps even projected their values onto yourself in an effort to raise the self esteem you had before, say, you fell down the Law & Order rabbit hole and started to believe the shows were actual news and not just "ripped from the headlines." But change is inevitable, and sometimes, it works out. Here are a few that worked (at least for me).

1. Current cast of Law & Order: I know, I know, who could replace Lenny Briscoe? No one, really. But the current pairing of Anthony Anderson and Jeremy Sisto as NYPD partners is the best the series has produced. They changed the feel of the show. Perhaps because we're still getting to know them, they are less predictable then previous tandems, and both evoke a certain hard-nosed quality that seems a bit more gritty and real. Plus, Anderson has chops as a stand-up comic, and could easily fill the wisecracker role, if need be.

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More late night headaches: Craig Ferguson might leave too

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2007 3:38PM

Craig FergusonJust when we started to get into this whole "who will replace Conan O'Brien" guessing game, we might have to find a host for another late night show: Craig Ferguson hints he might leave at the end of his contract.

Ferguson reveals to the St. Petersburg Times that he could leave at the end of his six year contract because he doesn't like being famous.

"I just don't know if I like being that visible," he said. "I don't know if I would want to ramp that up any more, you know. And people here find that, I think, quite difficult to (understand)."

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Demetri Martin cries for The Onion

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2006 4:32PM

Demetri MartinI think I've mentioned here before that I'm a big fan of Demetri Martin. Some people don't seem to like him for some reason (not sure why, he's funny and doesn't have any annoying qualities). It's probably just a knee-jerk reaction, to appear hip to dislike someone who has suddenly become hip. But I have no scientific data to back up this claim.

Martin talks to The Onion about how he got started in comedy, what it was like to be an intern on The Daily Show and then an on-air correspondent, how hard standup can be, and how comedy has changed since he started (since he started? What, seven or eight years ago?)

He also updates fans on the status of not one but two pilots he wrote for NBC. Hint: the news is not good. Or maybe it's very good, depending on what you want to see from Martin. He has a new CD out, These Are Jokes, and will film a special for Comedy Central.

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Was that Brian Unger on Countdown tonight?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2006 9:55PM
Brian UngerYes, it was! Brian Unger, former correspondent on The Daily Show, actor, comedian, essayist on NPR, and co-host of Extra and O2Be, filled in for Keith Olbermann tonight on Countdown. I didn't recognize him at first, except I had an "oh, that guy has been anchoring in the afternoons on MSNBC too" moment. And then one of his guests called him "Brian" and then I slapped my head and said "doh!"

Anyway, interesting to see a Daily Show alum anchoring a news program, even if it is one that's not just a straight news show but an all-around news show that mixes humor with the hard-hitting questions. (The show is repeated at midnight, Eastern time, if you want to catch it.)

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