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Speaking about his show's renewal, host Daly said, "I am excited to continue with what we are doing here at 'Last Call' ... We give our viewers something unique and interesting every night to watch and I am very proud of that."
NBC Exec VP Nick Ludwin added that "'Last Call' is enjoying its best season yet and its ratings are up. We're pleased it's going to continue."
Airing in the latest slot of any late night talk show , the half-hour 'Last Call' features live music performances, celebrity interviews and "gritty documentary style"-coverage of a topic.
"My secret fantasy, sadly, is to be on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Couric told UsMagazine.com. So, what's holding her back? You know, besides her nightly anchoring duties? "Those skimpy outfits!"
'Dancing With the Stars' season 11 premieres tonight at 8PM on ABC.
In other TV news ...
• ABC's reality series 'Obese' has been given a second season -- prior to its series premiere -- and a new name: 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.' The first season is set to debut midseason -- possibly March. Each episode of the series follows a participant for an entire year. [Variety]
• After 10 seasons, 'Last Call with Carson Daly' is getting a makeover. When the late night show returns on Sept. 20, it will have live performances, behind-the-scenes segments and features on emerging artists. [Reuters]
According to Variety, NBC has indeed picked up the late night talk show for a season 10. "I really feel that 'Last Call' has hit its stride. It took 10 years, but it feels brand new and great,"Daly told Variety.
NBC also announced that Daly will continue to serve as the host of its New Year's Eve programming.
If you get over the initial shock that 'Last Call' is still on, the late night show's renewal should come as no surprise. With the controversy surrounding Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno earlier this year, NBC made it clear months ago they wanted to keep Daly around, even if they didn't end up giving him the 'Late Night' hosting gig.
So I'm glad they're changing it. This isn't unprecedented. 'Valerie' changed its title to 'The Hogan Family' when Valerie Harper left, 'James at 15' changed to 'James at 16' when the character got older, and the sitcom 'It's A Living' changed to 'Making A Living.' Maybe they can do this for other shows that have either changed their focus or have changed in other ways. Here are my five suggestions.
Instead, we got tons and tons of surreal adventure right there in the main script. Stewie found Brian's script in order to set up Brian's adventure, and then spent the rest of the episode with a massive head wound. Considering Stewie's popularity, it was a brave move to remove him from the episode for so long.
As a matter of fact, when there was talk that Leno would go back to 11:35 and Conan and Fallon would be pushed a little later, no one even considered Daly's fate.
But the show is getting a new producer! The Hollywood Reporter says that ex-'Daily Show' producer Stewart Bailey has been named to head the show.
I will give Daly some credit: he's not doing the typical studio late night talk show, with a monologue and the desk and the couch, instead going on location to various places for more casual interviews with actors and bands. Unfortunately the show really isn't worth staying up for (or recording). Maybe Bailey will try some new, interesting things.
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.
It's not that she's not talented, successful or funny. It's just an odd choice, putting a comedian on the show that takes its goal of crushing losers' dreams on live television so seriously. It would evoke the same reaction from me if they picked Andrew "Dice" Clay as the new judge, if the Diceman was talented, successful or funny.
And besides, why do they need humor and comedy on such an otherwise serious show? There are lots of humorless, vapid and downright boring shows that are crying out for comedic interjection.
With Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke and most of the other cast members having just inked deals to return for a possible Season 9, it's looking like fans may get to scrub back in for another year.
In other news, Leno books Conan as his final 'Tonight Show' guest, 'Smallville' kills off an iconic character, and NBC renews 'Carson Daly.'
See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.
It's not hard to forget Last Call with Carson Daly, mind you. If you're up at 1:35am and want to watch a good late-night talk show, Daly's isn't it. It's just so trivial and boring and unexceptional that you sit there and wonder why the hell it's even still on television. And then you realize it's almost 2am and that's probably the reason why it's still on television. If it was on a lot earlier it probably would have been canceled a while ago. That's probably the reason why Daly didn't get Conan's 12:35 slot.
But Daly wants to stick with NBC, and NBC still wants him.
Well, OK, I did include one late night talk show, but you'll have to click after the jump to see which one it is.
1. Maury (syndicated). Really, was there any question that this would be number one? It shouldn't even be called Maury anymore, they should just go ahead and call it Paternity Tests!, since that is what it's most known for. Doesn't Povich have enough money? Can't he do something else in his life besides this show? What does Connie think of this? Who knows, considering she co-hosted one of the worst shows from a few years ago. If aliens watch our TV broadcasts and happen upon this show every single morning, we're all doomed.
It was inevitable, really. It was the heavy favorite in the TV Squad offices, and the show has really been baffling TV fans with its uncanny ability to survive. A show hasn't survived like this since CBS' Yes, Dear, which lasted for many seasons, then was seemingly canceled, only to come back out of the ashes later with new episodes that hadn't aired yet (hell, it could still come back: the web site is still live).
While it was the clear winner in the category, that doesn't mean there wasn't any discussion. My personal choice for the award was Last Call with Carson Daly, which just seems to be a nothing show, with a lackluster host and bad guests, in a time slot that no one cares about. And his coming back early from the WGA strike didn't endear Daly to many either. But in the end we realized that even though his show is deadly, it's on at 1:35 in the morning and doesn't have the head-slapping "WTF" factor that According To Jim seems to get every season that it's renewed (full disclosure: while I think its time has passed, I find According To Jim rather harmless and better than has been advertised).
Thanks to everyone who commented on my Put Me Out of This Misery Award post. If there's one thing that people are passionate about, besides what their favorite shows are, are the shows that they don't want around anymore. Below are the five nominees for this award, the show that has overstayed its welcome and should be put down already, damn it! Also, after the jump, a poll for what you would choose for this award, what we're calling the Reader's Choice Award. Both awards will be announced next week.
The nominees, in alphabetical order...
This award is for the show that was renewed for this fall that, damn it, should just be canceled already!
I'm sure when everyone read that line the first show that snapped into their heads was ABC's According To Jim, so I'm sure that's definitely going to be one of the nominees. Other shows I can think of putting in this category are NBC's Law and Order (please, the "ripped from the headlines" is used so much now it's almost like a parody of itself), NBC's The Apprentice (whenever a reality show goes to celebrity editions you know it's time to hang it up), NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly (really, this has to be one of the "who cares" shows on TV right now), and ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (how many times can we see a dad hit in the balls?). I also thought of putting ER on the list but, since this fall is definitely the last season, it's at the bottom of the list for possible contenders.
What primetime shows do you think should be nominated? Maybe one of the CSI shows? I'm sure SNL will get some votes, though I don't agree.
First Carson Daly got a lot of heat (and hecklers) for going back to work while the Writers Guild of America strike was still going on. And now NBC has rewarded his loyalty by firing nine Last Call with Carson Daly employees, including three of those writers.
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