Leno Talks Way to Opening Night Win

Nikki Finke, who has been all over the strike story at her dishy blog Deadline Hollywood Daily, was first to post the Nielsen overnights from Wednesdays talk show returns. They show U.S. audiences did flock back to late night leader Jay Leno first to see how he would fare without his writers: Says Finke, “early… Read on

Letterman By a Whisker

UPDATED: See comments about Jimmy Kimmel, below. After all the fuss about the return to the late shift last night, I have to admit the whole deal was pretty anti climactic for me last night. When David Letterman’s ratty beard gets all the hype and attention the next day, you start to wonder exactly what… Read on

All the Talk’s About Talk Tonight

There’s only one topic tonight: the long-awaited return of the late night talk shows. Everybody wants to blab about it, including my old pal Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s Talk Radio station CHML. Mr TV Feeds My Family morphed into Mr. Radio Feeds My Family today as CBC radio stations from across Canada checked in, including… Read on

“Pioneers” Bring Us Back to Late Night

Tonight, while you’re waiting for Dave, Jay, Jimmy, Conan and Craig to finally return to late night, flip on over to PBS at 8 p.m. for a blast of classic TV. Pioneers of Television (PBS, 8 p.m.) is a continuation on a series which premiered a couple of seasons ago. Tonight, classic sitcoms are celebrated,… Read on

New Year Starts with a Bang

Yes, business associates Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber were the main chicken cannon targets last night in the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special. Notice how the money stuffed into the cannon (along with sauerkraut, “Karlheinz” ketchup and shredded hotel receipts) sticks to both of these fine men. Thank you, God.

Worst… Year… Ever

This year in television, of course, will be remembered for the writers’ strike. Now set to enter a third month, no talks are scheduled and no end is in sight, although this whole deal with David Letterman and his Worldwide pants getting to return to the air Wednesday night with his writers while Jay Leno,… Read on

Best & Worst of 2007? Fagetaboutit

One of the things I always hated doing when I was at The Toronto Sun was typing out those annual year end lists. It always seemed so phony and arbitrary to me. The lists would generally only reflect headlines from the last months or so, not the entire year. And the so-called “entertainer of the… Read on

Farce Could be with CBC in 2008

Who will take a chicken cannon blast on the chin in tonight’s Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special (8 p.m. on CBC)?I already know, having attended the taping last week with my son and a friend. (While Air Farce Live episodes have indeed been live this season, the New Year’s special was taped in advance.)… Read on