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Condoleezza Rice Discusses Sexism, Racism, and Religion (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 26th 2010 6:43AM
Condoleezza Rice Discusses Sexism, Racism, and ReligionCondoleezza Rice is a pioneer. She was the first female African-American Secretary of State -- and only the second woman to ever hold that office. Her time as Secretary was controversial; she served under President George W. Bush, and was a strong advocate of the invasion of Iraq. But Condoleezza has had to deal with a lot more controversy than that.

On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ms. Rice discussed a life in politics, and life as a woman and an African-American. "Condi" is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, and the descendant of slaves who lived in Alabama. Host Craig Ferguson -- a fellow Presbyterian -- quizzed his guest about sexism, racism, and religious matters.

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Craig Ferguson Is Amazed by Drew Carey's 80 Pound Weight Loss (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 14th 2010 9:30AM
Craig Ferguson Is Amazed by Drew Carey's 80 Pound Weight LossDrew Carey looks really different these days. Carey once topped the scales at 262 lbs, and worried that he could no longer find pants that would fit him. Those days are gone, now that the shrinking comedian has dropped more than 80 pounds.

On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET), Craig Ferguson cracked some jokes about his newly thin friend. But he also recalled a near-death moment that put Drew in the hospital. Ferguson was joined by actor Diedrich Bader: the two men appeared together on 'The Drew Carey Show.'

Bader reminded Craig of an incident from nine years ago. After rehearsing a dance number for the show, Diedrich went to Carey's dressing room. But when he knocked, he heard a loud noise -- a noise that went like this: "UnnnUNNNHH!" Ferguson recalled this too -- he laughed, remembering how he thought that the sound came from Carey messing around with a female extra.

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John Malkovich Has a Secret: He Cut His Brother's Throat With a Butcher Knife (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 12th 2010 6:05AM
John Malkovich Has a Secret: He Cut His Brother's Throat With a Butcher KnifeJohn Malkovich is a very intense actor. He excels at playing unconventional roles: loners, doomed romantics, even murderers. He's a bit creepy in real life as well. On the 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS), John does a good job of freaking Craig Ferguson out. Why is the host so nervous? Because John confesses that he nearly killed his own brother -- and it's a true story.

Ferguson starts off with a totally normal question. He asks what John has been up to lately. Mr. Malkovich replies that he starred in an opera about an Austrian serial killer. Okay, that's weird. Craig wants to know if John can sing -- since singing is a requirement if you're in an opera. "... Um, no," John says. He's in a musical but he can't sing. This is getting weirder.

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Craig Ferguson Tries to Pass Sheldon's Friend Test on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2010 6:54AM
'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson often has skits with his guests before he brings them out to chat on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS), but rarely are they as ambitious as the one that preceded his episode featuring the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory.' Ferguson was on the set of the hit comedy in a scene that felt like it came from an actual episode.

In it, he was looking to join the quartet of misfits as a fifth friend, but before he could do that he'd have to pass Sheldon's (Emmy-winner Jim Parsons) rigorous test. Before they could even get that far, though, Sheldon took issue with the name of Ferguson's show. "What time is it on?" he asked.

When told it was at 12:30AM, Sheldon posed the question, "Given that AM stands for Ante Meridiem, wouldn't it more logically be called 'The Early Early Show with Craig Ferguson'?"

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Don Rickles Attacks Craig Ferguson ... and His Audience (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 16th 2010 6:38AM
Don Rickles Attacks Craig Ferguson ... and His Audience"Insult comic" Don Rickles made a guest appearance tonight on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). The comedian may be 84 years old, but he hasn't lost any of his passion for being rude. First, he and Craig Ferguson discussed how Craig and his wife are expecting a baby. Rickles attempted to laugh at Ferguson's baby-related jokes, but then he got a bit of a wicked gleam in his eyes.

"Isn't he great?" Don said to the audience. "Dynamite; everything he says [is] dynamite." Craig caught on to the sarcasm fairly quickly. "Sometimes when you do that, I just don't think you're being sincere."

"You're right!" Rickles quipped. Then, he clarified even further. " ... I DON'T LIKE YOU," he said to the host. Well. That's nice and clear.

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Monica Potter Talks to Craig Ferguson About Lying, Teaching Her Teenager to Drive (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 9th 2010 7:00AM
Monica Potter Talks to Craig Ferguson About Lying, Teaching Her Teenager to DriveActress Monica Potter really doesn't appear old enough to have two teenage boys. But in fact, the 'Parenthood' star is 39 years old. (And she's looking good!) Her sons Danny and Liam are 19 and 15 years old, respectively. Which means that Monica was just a teenager herself when she had her first child.

On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ms. Potter discusses the difficulties that resulted from teaching her oldest son to drive. One of the issues is that Danny Potter is a "big" guy, according to Monica. Danny is 6'3" and weighs about 250 pounds. By way of contrast, Monica is only 5'7" -- she's dwarfed in size by her own kid! Host Craig Ferguson points out the central problem here. "He's not a child; that's a dude," he says. Indeed.

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Craig Ferguson Pays Chris Kattan to Get Off His Show (Sort of) (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 5:40AM
Craig Ferguson Pays Chris Kattan to Get Off His Show (Sort of)Man, there's nothing worse than a talk show host giving you money so that you'll leave. In fact, that's probably never happened before in the recorded history of television. Luckily, things don't get quite that bad on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

Host Craig Ferguson starts chatting with actor and comedian Chris Kattan. It seems that Chris has plans as soon as the interview is done -- he's promised to take his girlfriend and her female friend Riley out to dinner. So Ferguson decides to help the guy out by tossing him a few bucks. But Kattan gets pretty confused: "What's the money for?!" he says. "[Are you] paying me to leave?"

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The 5 Funniest TV Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 5th 2010 8:35PM
Jewel, 'Chelsea Lately'Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way to soothe the headaches that tend to come after big Labor Day holiday cookouts than to look back at the funniest television moments of the week. Since we know you're too busy with all the shopping and food-prepping to watch whole television programs, we've gathered up the five best bits from the TV week that was. Now you'll have something to talk about when that awkward quiet moment arrives in the middle of dinner.

On 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' (Sun., 10PM ET on E!), we've got sisters sharing perhaps too much about one another's personal appearance, targeting areas best left undiscussed, while Jewel stopped by 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) to laugh about stealing another woman's car.

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Are Craig Ferguson and Don Johnson Flirting With Each Other? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 8:50AM
Are Craig Ferguson and Don Johnson Flirting With Each Other?Don Johnson, former star of 'Miami Vice' -- and one of the stars of the upcoming film 'Machete' -- appeared on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). While Don was on the show, he chatted with host Craig Ferguson about where he currently lives. As it happens, Johnson resides in Los Angeles -- which is pretty standard for an actor. But for some reason, Ferguson thought that Don might live in "West Hollywood." A fairly confusing conversation then took place.

Johnson admitted that he had "passed through" West Hollywood, and this was Ferguson's reply: "Didn't we all, in the 80s?" Huh? Say what now? The actor and the host then made vague references to the following things:

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Confession: I Don't Like 'The Late Late Show'

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 19th 2010 10:30AM
Craig FergusonIs it enough to like a celebrity but not like the TV show that celebrity stars in? Can you love Jon Stewart but not love 'The Daily Show'? Can you love Simon Baker even though you can't stand 'The Mentalist'? Can you love Alex O'Loughlin but not love 'Three Rivers'?

The answer to that last question is, yes, because all women love O'Loughlin and they'd watch him even if he was just sitting in a La-Z-Boy chair, eating a block of cheese.

I believe that a person can like a celebrity even though they may not like their show. And I have to confess that's my attitude towards 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.'

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Rabbit Curses a Blue Streak on 'Craig Ferguson' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 11th 2010 3:00PM
What does an enterprising young rabbit in show business want more than anything else? Why, to work blue, of course.

During one of Craig Ferguson's trademark 'Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on CBS) monologues using hand puppets, a rabbit laments his inability to curse with abandon on network television.

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'Modern Family,' 'Glee' Pick Up Peabody Awards

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 31st 2010 7:30PM
The Peabody AwardsThe Peabody Award winners were announced today and they included their usual mix of enlightening documentaries and popular favorites, both of which are equally worthy of recognition.

This year's list didn't have many fictional shows, but the one's they picked more than made up for their absence. ABC's 'Modern Family' and Fox's 'Glee' both picked up awards, the only two sitcoms on the list. HBO's 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' and 'In Treatment' were also the only dramas on the list.

Other notable winners include 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' for his sit-down with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, HBO's documentary 'Thrilla in Manila,' PBS' 'Frontline' for their stirring report on Bernie Madoff and '60 Minutes'' expose on "The Cost of Dying."

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Craig Ferguson's Late Night "Experiment" Should Be Done More Often

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 26th 2010 7:04PM
Craig Ferguson
If you tuned into Tuesday night's 'Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,' you might have found yourself questioning if there was something wrong with your hearing, your brand new surround sound speaker system, or both.

Nothing was wrong, though. The show didn't have a monologue. It didn't have any pre-planned comedy bits or hand puppets talking about Lindsey Lohan's latest coke binge. It didn't even have an audience.

The entire hour just featured two guys sitting in two chairs talking about anything and everything all at once. It was the most normal hour of late night television I've seen, despite the fact that both of them were taking an occasional sip of water from angry rattlesnakes.

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Craig Ferguson has the outtakes from Morgan Freeman and The CBS Evening News

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:02PM
If you haven't heard (a lot of people don't watch the network newscasts, after all), Morgan Freeman has replaced Walter Cronkite as the voice of The CBS Evening News. Last night, Craig Ferguson played the outtakes from Freeman's intro to the show. It could be an impersonator, but it sounds like Freeman.

[via TV Newser]

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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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