Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thoughts on Late Late Show Guest Hosts, Part 2

(I have no idea why some of the guest hosts are doing this in New York, on Charlie Rose's set during the so-called blizzard where guests can't be that easy to book...)

Regis Philbin (Jan 26 - 27): Classy and high calibre guests (don't know how he got Annie Lennox), but a bit of a snore for me. 

Whitney Cummings (Jan 28 - 29): Awkward, but could be worse. Still not a fan of the braless co-host. But hilarious that Alan Cumming came on the show and they discussed their last names for a bit. 

Adam Pally (Jan 30): Don't know why he said yes and thought getting a tattoo for the show was a good idea. Luckily it's just for one show. But didn't mind that he had Howard Stern's wife on. 

After the week in New York, back in LA... 

Sean Hayes (Feb 2 - 3): Gone all out, knowing he's only doing two shows as I don't think he can keep up the musical numbers any longer. His USB idea - the bowl of talking points for awkward silences -  is hilarious. 

John Mayer (Feb 4 - 6): Not a fan of the guy personally, but I thought he did an okay job. Getting the Super Bowl sharks as his first guests is not a bad get, but I can't imagine it wasn't THAT hard for him. I wasn't the only one disappointed that they didn't dance on the show..

So Jon Stewart is finally leaving The Daily Show...

First major late night TV bombshell of 2015: Jon Stewart announcing his departure from The Daily Show later in the year. No specific date yet, but let's just say he won't be renewing his contract this year when his current one runs out. 

Ever since last year's late night TV shake up, I had been wondering if JStew was ever gonna step down: Dude's been at it for almost 20 years, he's aging before our (collective) eyes... and I've been failing miserably to stay awake through it. Makes for great insomnia cure :P He also doesn't seem to have a lot of time for anything else, it seems like.

I can't say I'm surprised to hear this piece of news as I have been expecting something like this to happen since last year. It's a little sad, but it's time. That, and when Dr Bassem Youssef was on Monday's show (as the Middle East contributor), I did have that niggle... well okay, it's because the good doctor has taken up a fellowship post stateside, and not to take over the show... I think.

The Daily Show under his helm has been a massive platform for his former correspondents (Carrell, Colbert, Oliver, et al), enabling them to move on to bigger and better things: movie careers, TV careers, etc. So why not him? Maybe he wants to slow down, make more movies. Whatever.

And of course, so many questions as to what happens next...
  • Does this mean that any of his current stable of correspondents are gonna take over the show? Same direction, different direction? 
  • JStew's production company is still running both The Daily Show and The Nightly Show. Does this mean that he'll just be running things behind the camera instead? 
  • For a split second there, I thought Bassem Youssef was gonna take over... then I remembered he's doing a resident fellowship stint at Harvard. Don't think he's got the time. 
  • I don't know if Jason Jones is right to take over the reins...? 
I suppose this means that other shows might have a better chance of winning the Emmy that The Daily Show has been winning for at least a decade now.
As usual, I can't wait to see what happens. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thoughts on the Late Late Show Guest Hosting So Far...

I'm such a masochist, I'm also watching the guest hosting stints on The Late Late Show out of habit. While I'm glad they didn't tear the old set down just yet, but sad that the faux fireplace is not where it is any more. 

Drew Carey: Not the first time he's done this (he and Craig swapped jobs once), but I'm still a bit thrown off by his eye line because it's really obvious that he's reading the teleprompter that's a little too high for him. Now I know why other shows have cue card guys who are low to the ground. That's just my niggle and he's also doing the last week before Corden's official start. The cold opens with his Price is Right announcer George Gray are pretty hilarious. 

The Talk hosts: I don't watch the show because I don't have the time nor the energy. It's just them on their own set, doing a "After Dark" version of their show. Sharon Osbourne is a hoot. But otherwise, I thought they were fine. 

Jim Gaffigan: (Did they take the kids out of school for a few days?) After just three days, I already can't get the kids' song out of my head... and not in a good way. Have to like that it was a family affair, with his wife Jeannie as co-host and his brood of FIVE kids as opening act/ushers/foils. But yeah, the self-promotion (of his upcoming TV show, albums, books and specials) is almost unbearable. Even the guests that were on are on his upcoming TV show. That said, the kids made it an adorable experience. 

As of this post, Judd Apatow is halfway through his guest hosting stint to end this week. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

While watching this year's Golden Globes..

Finally found some time to watch this year's Golden Globes ceremony.
  • Tina and Amy again. Hmm. 
  • Amy looks awfully orange..
  • I wonder if Cumberbatch practices his photobombing face..
  • That looks like a nice plate of desserts at the Girls table..
  • You know the seating is not so obviously fixed when a couple of the winners have to make their way from what seemed like the back of the room to accept their award (Joanna Froggatt from Downton Abbey and Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin).. 
  • Okay, I literally have no idea what is Prince doing there.. but have to give him props for not wearing a penguin suit.
  • Oh, Clive Owen and the shiny forehead :P
  • Haha, Ricky Gervais and his boozing XD
  • Too bad Emma Thompson isn't nominated for anything, she was a blast last year.
  • So didn't know Ruth Wilson is English. 
  • I'm glad The Grand Budapest Hotel won SOMETHING.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mythbusters - Back to Basics?

When news that Kari, Tory and Grant won't be back for another season of Mythbusters for "undisclosed reasons" (read: money?), people got upset. If I have to guess, these are the people who either grew up watching them, or had not remembered a time when it really was just Adam and Jamie testing the myths for the first season or two. 

I was one of a minority of people who questioned the point of having a B-team from the beginning... and has anyone noticed that their myth-testing has gotten more expensive with the explosives, etc?

Either way, I'm glad it's back to just Jamie and Adam again. That's just me. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bye bye, Covert Affairs

I can't say that I am sad nor upset that the cancellation of USA's Covert Affairs blew up what niche (it was a cable show, after all) fanbase it had. I thought it was just a matter of time since White Collar (the lead-in)'s shortened final season was announced. Getting the news some weeks after the season finale, however..

Don't get me wrong: While there were a couple of storylines that I didn't really care for; but for all intents and purposes I can say that I watched it to the bitter end. I guess the ratings plunge as a reaction to the some of the shark jumping elements gave USA Network enough cause to pull the plug. That, and I guess the rising cost of making the show, since apparently they really do travel the globe making it, and not just shoot it all in Canada or something. 

I thought the recent season, er, series finale kind of tied most of the (implied) loose ends up. I don't think I want to see what really happens to everyone in a hypothetical sixth season :P

If nothing else, I will miss Christopher Gorham's portrayal of Auggie (and his pretty frequent state of shirtlessness) and Annie's favourite Mossad guy, Eyal. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Colbert Report Final Week

I've been putting off watching the Colbert Report final week mostly because I am a little sad to see it go, but also because I had things to do, and other shows to watch. 
  • The yard sale segment was funny, especially when it keeps cutting to Stephen "stealing" the guy's personal information because he didn't bring cash to a yard sale. It was too bad that I couldn't get in on the yard sale action, I probably would've gone nuts. But I don't know about signing that release waiver so that they could "use my likeness"...  
  • I'm a little envious of whoever got his huge "C" desk..
  • James Corden is doing the rounds on the other shows before his Late Late Show debut in March. Him getting scared shitless about the exhaustion and the singing afterwards was entertaining. 
  • I don't know why they waited until his last weeks of The Report to finally have Jon Stewart on.. besides the fact that he was promoting his movie, Rosewater. Even the president has probably been on more times than him. 
  • The sight of Vince Gilligan, chained up in a basement-type room to his computer in the musical finale was funny. 
  • The actual ending (him with Santa, Lincoln and Alex Trebek) was adorable.
  • Many props to the person who took the time to write down who's who in the grand song finale in this Vulture piece
  • I have no idea what's behind the "Apologies to Doris Kearns Goodwin" bit you see in the end credits. Does anyone?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thoughts While Watching The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Finale Week

I don't care what anyone says - I enjoyed the middle years of his tenure (the puppets, the crappy studio, etc) and if you've been watching it long enough, you can tell that he's really been phoning it in the last few years. I can't be the only one who found the later years a little meh.
  • It was bittersweet when they finally brought on Josh Robert Thompson in the cold open of the penultimate show for his moment of recognition outside of Geoff Petersen and all those other voices, and how much they kept flashing back to his mother in the audience. 
  • So much for my All Scots week/day/appearances theory/guess/hope. Oh well.
  • Pretaped song segment. Okay. It's just about every guest he had on in the last few months.
  • They finally got Bone Patrol on! Was I the only one thinking that one of those drummers was Craig? 
  • I think they spent what's left of their "budget" on the choir, drummers and Steve Jones. 
  • Man looks good standing on his desk. 
  • Figured that when Newhart was "unmasked" as Secretariat that some reference to his work would be made: it had the same "twist" ending as one of Newhart's shows - that his entire Late Late Show tenure was a 10 year dream, with him and Drew Carey as their Drew Carey Show roles, Mr Wick and Drew Carey.
It's been a fun ride. I miss it already, but I also can't wait to see the guest hosting (before James Corden comes on March)...