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David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Six7Six7 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:38 pm

I haven't watched much in 10 years, but still... Dave is Dave. This sucks.

One thing though. I did some research and I came across the following bits of information...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/busin ... -2015.html

"The specific end date for Mr. Lettteman has not yet been set. His contract has about 18 months left."


This puts his likely end around October 2015.

Now check this out...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/busin ... .html?_r=0

"One place where late-night programming is facing no tension or instability is the cable channel TBS, which announced Monday that it had extended the contract of its signature star, Conan O’Brien, until November 2015."


Letterman's contract with CBS is up in October 2015
Conan's contract with TBS is up in November 2015

Coincidence? Or something the 2 possibly orchestrated for Conan's eventual takeover of The Late Show? :noclue:
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby creep » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:47 pm

that would be awesome if conan takes over but i do like him on tbs because it comes on at 8pm here.

dave was great...is still good but not as good. he's old and he should retire. he doesn't need the money.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby clickie » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:07 pm

Eastern time zone kinda sucks, I gotta stay up until 1 AM or later if I want to catch all the late night action.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby chaos » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:09 pm

I use to be a big fan. He never really got back into his groove after his surgery though. It's time.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Pandemonium » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:24 pm

chaos wrote:I use to be a big fan. He never really got back into his groove after his surgery though. It's time.


I agree, Dave's kind of outlasted his show which is in dire need of an overhaul.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby chaos » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:49 am

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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Essence_Smith » Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:52 pm

Pandemonium wrote:
chaos wrote:I use to be a big fan. He never really got back into his groove after his surgery though. It's time.


I agree, Dave's kind of outlasted his show which is in dire need of an overhaul.

I love Letterman, but he hasn't been the same in years...I am however amped that Arsenio is back on the air and making noise...he's not everyone's cup of tea, but he does manage to pull some serious guests...the other day he had Prince on for the whole hour for interviews AND performances...
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby chaos » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:43 am

I am kind of surprised by this.

http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/2014/04/10/stephen-colbert-succeed-david-letterman-late-show/6L8RFq8o5UcRfycdwA1OrO/story.html

Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman on ‘Late Show’

By Emily Wright / Boston.com Staff / April 10, 2014

Just a week after David Letterman announced his retirement on April 3, CBS has made its “Late Show” host replacement official today: Stephen Colbert will take over for Letterman in 2015.

Colbert signed a 5-year contract with CBS, according to a release from the network, with a start date to coincide with Letterman’s yet-to-be-announced final show.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation said in the statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Colbert humbly acknowledged the new deal in the CBS statement, remarking that being a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman” “has been a highlight of his career.”

“I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead,” Colbert added.

Colbert, who is currently the host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” will join the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon in the 11:35 late-night timeslot.

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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Artemis » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:48 am

Yeah. that is a surprising choice. I've never watched Stephen Colbert, so I have no idea how he will do. Did they choose him just because he has glasses like Dave? :lol:
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby chaos » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:51 am

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/holy-crap-colbert-replaces-letterman

Holy Crap

JOSH MARSHALL – APRIL 10, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT56

It's official: Colbert to replace Letterman.

I will say that I couldn't be happier that Colbert is taking over for Letterman, though I understand some had hoped (quite reasonably) that perhaps the time had come for a female entrant into the top-tier late night slots. One thought I have though is that I feel like coming out of character might be a bigger adjustment than people imagine.

I'm not saying he can't do it. I think he can. And maybe the whole premise is off since I've seen conflicting reports on whether he'll do the show in character or not. But I don't think you can do a show like Late Night permanently in character as a buffoon. We'll see.

For those who are curious. Here's some really rare video of Colbert dropping out of character to discuss his "Colbert" character, in a walkaround I did with John Kerry several years ago.



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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby creep » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:51 am

he's a naturally funny guy. i think he will do a good job.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby chaos » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:14 am

I bet Conan O'Brien isn't happy.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Matz » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:21 am

so will he be in character like on the Colbert Show or will we get the real Colbert? :confused:
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Six7Six7 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:35 pm

Matz wrote:so will he be in character like on the Colbert Show or will we get the real Colbert? :confused:


This is the one thing I don't like about it.

Dave is an original. A legend. And Colbert, as funny as he is, has been doing little more than spending the last decade playing a character.

I don't know about this choice.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby chaos » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:59 pm

Matz wrote:so will he be in character like on the Colbert Show or will we get the real Colbert? :confused:


https://tv.yahoo.com/news/stephen-colbert-next-host-show-163156911--sector.html
"I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me. I'm looking forward to it," Colbert said in a statement.
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Pandemonium » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:59 am

I'm in, at least the few hours I may spend watching late night talk per month. I really like Colbert and I think he's a great choice to succeed Letterman, in or out of "character."
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby clickie » Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:11 am

I dont know much about the guy, is he a better choice than Jon Stewart would you say?
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby Matz » Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:13 pm

yes! I don't think Jon Stewart is all that funny, he's got his moments but I Colbert is gonna be better, I can feel it
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby kv » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:04 pm

meh
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Re: David Letterman Announces Retirement

Postby SR » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:08 pm

I'd take JS over Colbert any day, but both rate great. Colbert roasted W (the fuckwit) to his face and it was spot on and Fearless! Should be on youtube....
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