Some presents are meant to be remembered. While we were dating, Helaine got me an autographed photo of David Letterman. This was at the beginning of the morning show era. He was my hero.
What a caring gift. Thank you again, baby.
David Letterman has done some of the funniest off-the-wall material seen on TV. Not recently.
Since the heart attack? Since his affair? Since the birth of Harry? At some point his TV spark went away.
Don’t get me wrong. I’d see him tomorrow. I’m still a huge fan. He is not doing his best work today.
With Leno gone and Jimmy Fallon very strong out of the gate, it’s time. He said so a few nights ago.
So, who? The NY Post says CBS likes Colbert.
Are they talking the character he currently plays or legit Stephen Colbert? Is either a good choice? With the real Stephen, you risk fans who might not like his actual persona as much as his alter ego and feel cheated.
I like Jon Stewart a lot. That choice would make me happy and I think he could be a force.
Howard Stern is a good choice too. He’s intellectually curious and a great interviewer. Does he play close to the line a little too often for CBS? Maybe.
Stern had major public battles with Les Moonves who runs the network and its attendant empire. It got very nasty.
Does money trump personal animosity? Here? In SoCal? In show biz? Survey says, yes!
CBS needs to hit a home run. Late night is fabulously profitable in an era of pinched bottom lines. They will suffer greatly without the revenue Letterman brought.
This will be interesting to watch. Dave said his run ends in 2015.