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These Are David Letterman’s Final Late Show Guests

Talk about VIPs

If David Letterman‘s only goal for his final weeks as Late Show host is to welcome a galaxy of A-list stars, he has more than succeeded.

George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey are just a few of the top-liners sending off Letterman after more than 20 years behind the desk at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

On Monday, the host announced which celebrities will be appearing on his final 28 broadcasts of the Late Show, airing on CBS over the next month and a half in advance of the show’s grand finale on May 20.

This week’s guests will include Sarah Jessica Parker, 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth, Billy Crystal, The Talk and Big Brother host Julie Chen, Michael J. Fox, Amy Sedaris, Kevin James, comedian Tom Dreesen and Alec Baldwin. Asleep at the Wheel, Chris Stapleton, Iron & Wine with Ben Bridwell, Tracy Chapman and John Mayer will serve as the week’s musical guests.

Other guests for the remaining episodes will include Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta and Bruce Willis. Musical guests will include The Avett Brothers with Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris,Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Ralph Stanley and Amos Lee.

With 33 years’ experience, Letterman, 68, holds the record for longest-running late-night host in history. Stephen Colbert will take over for Letterman when he leaves the Late Show in May.

Late Show with David Letterman airs weeknights (11:35 p.m. ET) on CBS.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Watch Louis CK Admit He Ruined Jimmy Fallon’s Chance to Be on The Dana Carvey Show

All's well that ends well

Before Jimmy Fallon was host of The Tonight Show, and even before he was cast on Saturday Night Live, he was a struggling young comic trying to find work. His job search led him to try out for a spot on former SNL star Dana Carvey’s brand new show, The Dana Carvey Show, and he thought he rocked the audition, but they never called. Last night on The Tonight Show, Louis CK finally gave him an explanation: He personally torpedoed Fallon’s chance at getting the job.

Turns out Louis CK was working on the show and when Fallon came in, he could tell he was talented and ambitious and was definitely going places. He was also young and attractive and may have been shaking his rear end during the audition. For Louis CK, that was a package he didn’t want delivered on a daily basis, so he set about making sure Fallon never got hired. Luckily things have worked out well for Fallon or else Louis CK might feel a little more than a little guilty.

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Watch James Corden Take Over an Intersection With a Grease Performance

Tell me more, tell me more, did he get hit by a car?

The T-Birds faced off against the Pink Ladies last night when Late Late Show host James Corden staged a mini-production of Grease in the middle of a busy Los Angeles intersection.

L.A. is pretty far from Rydell High, but Danny Zuko (played by Corden) and Sandy Dumbrowski were still able to rekindle their summer loving, which happened so fast, they were able to get the bulk of the song out while the crosswalk still said “Walk.”

The audience (read: drivers waiting at the light) were seemingly entertained by the show, so long as the songs ended when the light turned green. When Corden held a note in “Greased Lightning” a little too long, horns were wailing louder than he was. Despite the honking, Corden still managed to stick around for his bow.

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Critics and Jay Leno Agree: James Corden is ‘Likeable’ on The Late Late Show

James Corden steps on stage for the first episode of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," in Los Angeles on March 23, 2015.
Monty Brinton–CBS/Getty Images James Corden steps on stage for the first episode of "The Late Late Show with James Corden," in Los Angeles on March 23, 2015.

The British actor put a different spin on U.S. late-night television

James Corden made his Late Late Show debut on Monday and the British arrival was almost universally celebrated by critics.

In the run-up to the show, there a was much discussion on whether Corden’s British accent and humor would translate with American audiences. Yet after his debut, it appears that it wasn’t Corden’s Britishness that shone through, but his sheer affability.

Through interviews with guests Mila Kunis and Tom Hanks, along with pre-taped segments with Meryl Streep, Chris Rock, Eddie Redmayne, Billy Crystal, Lena Dunham, Simon Cowell, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, Allison Janney, Shia LaBeouf, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno, Corden managed to come off as charming, gracious and earnest — all while earning laughs.

Former late-night host Leno spoke to the BBC radio show Today early on Tuesday and summed up Corden’s appeal: “He’s a very funny guy and he’s an especially likeable guy. I think that’s sort of the key.” He added, “I think the era of ironic snarkiness in over in America.”

Other critics seem to agree with Leno’s assessment. Brian Lowry, in his review for Variety, wrote, “Unlike Letterman (and to a degree Craig Ferguson, who was content to simply be goofy much of the time), Corden comes across as natural and likeable.” Michael Slezak at TV Line wrote that “Corden came off as charming and unexpectedly earnest for a late-night host.”

Other critics made comparisons between Corden and NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon (also known for his non-snarky personableness). The Wrap‘s Dana Gordon noted that “The humour and musicality of Corden’s show are similar in spirit, if not execution, to Fallon.” While Tim Goodman at The Hollywood Reporter wrote in his review of the show, “This much was clear from Corden’s debut – he’s different. The glaring difference is that he comes without almost any snark, which is a modern American late-night talk show host must-have quality that was only recently spurned by Jimmy Fallon.”

But not every critic found Corden’s likeableness that, well, likeable. (The same could of course be said for Fallon.) Writing in for the Guardian, Brian Moylan noted some of Corden’s attempts to charm rubbed him the wrong way. “It’s like he’s a new guy at a small party who is working the room to win everyone over,” Moylan wrote. “He also has a bit of the embarrassing effusiveness that people find grating about Jimmy Fallon. Having respect for your guests is one thing, but gushing is never becoming, even if it’s over stars of this calibre.”

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Watch New Late Late Show Host James Corden Have Trouble Getting Past CBS Security

Check out the new host's people skills

James Corden will make his mark on the late-night landscape tonight at 12:35 a.m. as he replaces Craig Ferguson as the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show. At least that’s the plan. But before he can, the British actor/comedian must first persuade a CBS security guard to let him on to the lot without a badge. Check out his people skills in this latestLate Late Show promo.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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The Daily Show Staff Talks About the Future of the Show After Jon Stewart

The show will go on. The question is, who will helm Comedy Central's most important program

If you were surprised by Jon Stewart’s announcement that he was leaving The Daily Show after 17 years, so was the show’s staff. “We found out when the world found out,” said Travon Free, a staff writer on the satirical news program.

Head writer Elliott Kalan wasn’t quite ready to talk about what comes next: “Jon isn’t going for awhile, the show is continuing . The show itself is going nowhere and I assume we’re going nowhere.” Daniel Radosh, a staff writer, added: “The show is still going to need writers, so if nothing else we have the inside track.”

“Unless the new host is Colin Mochrie from Whose Line is it Anyway? And it’s all improv,” noted Kalan. “Then they wouldn’t need writers.”

When asked who his dream host would be, Free replied: “I’m working for the guy. That’s why I moved from Los Angeles to New York was to work for the dream host of The Daily Show. It’s sappy, but it’s true. I couldn’t ask for a better.” Kalan and Radosh both agreed with him.

Rory Albanese, who was a writer and executive producer at The Daily Show for 14 years, is also feeling nostalgic. “I grew up on The Daily Show,” he said at the WGA Awards Saturday night. “Whoever takes over takes the show, no matter how great they are going to be, they will never be Jon Stewart. I don’t mean that they won’t be as good or as talented, but it will be hard.”

Albanese is now the executive producer of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, providing a first-hand experience of the difficulties of following in someone else’s shoes. “Whoever takes over that job, initially people are just going to be mad at them,” said Albanese. “People were mad at Larry for not being Stephen [Colbert] for like an hour, before realizing he was good too. So whoever gets the job will have people angry that they are not Jon and then they will get over it.”

To ease the transition, Albanese thinks it would be helpful to give the show a little time off first. “The best thing to do would be to shut down the show for a little while, figure out what [the new host’s] style is going to be on the show and then bring that forth, whatever that is,” said Albanese. “I wouldn’t try to do what Jon’s done exactly, though, because it would be near impossible.”

Not that Albanese thinks the new host should shake things up too much. “The Daily Show is Comedy Central’s franchise like The Tonight Show. When Carson left it was still a talk show,” said Albanese. “The way [Jimmy] Fallon did it was smart, because he brought what he was good at—the musical stuff, the sketches—and put that on the show. Whoever comes to The Daily Show should bring their style to the show, but sitting behind the desk and commenting on politics is what The Daily Show is about, bare bones.”

That said, Albanese is ready for some change: “I feel like there has been a certain style that has saturated late night for a long time and it would be nice to have a woman in that spot. For me, not having one female in late night means there is a huge gap. There are so many brilliant comedians who are women and I would vote that way if I had a vote, but I have no say.”

Lizz Winstead, who co-created The Daily Show, isn’t sure that the format needs under a new host. “The show is important is because it really does use humor and speak truth to power, so I don’t think keeping the format is as important as making sure you stay as this relevant response to what’s happening in the news and how the media is dealing with it.”

“There is a strong woman’s voice on that show and has been since the beginning,” said Winstead when asked about who could replace Stewart as host. “My dog in the race is a long shot: Rachel Maddow. She’s a funny woman who will keep the relevance going. I also think Aisha Tyler would be great. They’ve both done extensive driving-the-show conversation work and they are both in the space of talking about the world.”

The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore agrees, “I think a woman doing it would be fantastic. I think there’s a lot of good candidates for that, too.”

Whoever takes over hosting the show, Wilmore, who served as the show’s “Senior Black Correspondent” before getting his own show, knows how tough it can be to follow Stewart and Colbert. “I feel pressure following Stephen and following Jon,” laughed Wilmore. “There’s pressure to make sure the audience sticks around for what I’m doing.”

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CBS Sets Premiere for Late Show With Stephen Colbert

David Letterman will broadcast his final show in May

Stephen Colbert will make his CBS debut this fall.

As for what format the new Late Show will take, CBS boss Nina Tassler said at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews that Colbert’s team has only just begun to work things out. “They’ve actually just moved into their offices,” she said. “They’ve just started working. He will have music on the show. He said, ‘I have to be entertaining as my guests,’ so he’s going to have guests on the show. Whether or not he’s going to start with a monologue, he’s working on that right now. Clearly he knows that he’s introducing himself, the real Stephen Colbert to his audience. He’s really putting a lot of attention on making sure that the show is still topical and still relevant.”

After 22 years, David Letterman will broadcast his final show from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday, May 20. Tassler noted that the network plans to air encores of its original programming throughout the summer in the 11:35 p.m. time slot, and may be interested in some Letterman specials leading up to his retirement.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.


Watch Jimmy Fallon and Steve Carell Sing ‘Sexual Healing’ With a Barbershop Quartet

The 40-year-old virgin has come a long way

Steve Carell joined Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show Wednesday night, reminding the audience that he is not, in real life, the scary character he plays in Foxcatcher. The pair took turns singing verses from Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” as a candy-striped quartet ably delivered a four-part harmony behind them.

Running this song through the barbershop wringer extracts pretty much all of its soul — and sexiness, for that matter — and that seems to be the idea. The Ragtime Gals, as the group is known, has de-sexed such songs as “Ignition (Remix),” “I Wanna Sex You Up” and “SexyBack” — the latter featuring its original singer, Justin Timberlake. It’s all part of the “friendly fun house” to which Entertainment Weekly attributes Fallon’s successful takeover of the Tonight Show, earning him the much-deserved title of “Entertainer of the Year.”

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Watch Ed Sheeran Make a Fan’s Day by Surprising Her on Live TV

Before she knew it, she was singing karaoke with the singer himself

Ed Sheeran is the antithesis to the bad boy rocker. He gives his fans free tickets to see his shows. He’s friends with the Muppets. He felt so bad after trashing a hotel room that he, an international pop star, cleaned it up himself. And he continued his nice guy streak by surprising a young fan this past week on Ireland’s Late Late Toy Show.

Aimee Keogh appeared on an episode of the show dedicated to showcasing the season’s most popular toys, to demonstrate a karaoke game for Playstation 4. While singing Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House,” she felt a tap on her shoulder and turned around to see the singer himself standing behind her. He proceeded to duet with her and offered to fly her family to London for one of his concerts next summer.

Though she exhibited all of the trappings of teen fandom, she managed to keep her composure and sing along with Sheeran. In a radio show debriefing after the surprise, host Ray D’Arcy asked, “Have you come down from cloud nine yet?” Her response: “No, not yet.”

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Meghan Trainor Performs New Thanksgiving Classic Songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

“Whoa — Why Did Linda Bring Kevin?” is sure to become a new holiday classic

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel rightly pointed out the serious lack of songs about Thanksgiving, despite the existence of an entire genre of Christmas music. To fill this gap, he invited Meghan Trainor — whose number one single “All About That Bass” is finally seeing the last of its parodies — to create some brand new turkey day classics.

Dressed in her best autumn sweater, Trainor tackles many of the subjects that make Thanksgiving a memorable day, if not always in a good way: travel delays, racist family members, politics at the dinner table, and other holiday plights that only a heaping helping of mashed potatoes can begin to compensate for.

As the faux-infomercial unveils more song titles, including the spot-on “I Would Like to Leave (To Get Drunk with My Friends),” it becomes apparent that Thanksgiving is perhaps best enjoyed sans music. The smell of gravy and the sight of a giant inflatable Pikachu should set the mood just fine.

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