David Letterman to retire in 2015. Stephen Colbert to take over.

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  1. Poor Napoleon

    Poor Napoleon Forum Resident Thread Starter

  2. deadbirdie

    deadbirdie Senior Member

    Chicago, IL
    I wonder if Craig will get the gig.
  3. stever

    stever Senior Member

    Omaha, Nebr.
    Who's gonna replace him to compete with Fallon and Kimmel?
  4. I say he should give Vince Vaughn a call, he's been getting involved with TV production as of late and has shown he could handle the gig.

    Also, Vaughn is of an age and temperament that would probably go head-to-head well against Fallon and Kimmel.
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  5. modrevolve

    modrevolve Forum Resident

    wow..I'm kind of sad about this. Dave will always be my favorite.
  6. OldSoul

    OldSoul My Eyes Have Opened

    Bay Area
    I had a feeling we'd hear this today. Don't ask how. I mean, it was obviously gonna happen, but I'm sad.
  7. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident In Memoriam

    Arcadia, Ca.
    Last nights show w/Martha Stewart, Bill Murry & Lady GaGa was bizarre and Dave was not feeling well, as his voice was giving out all night. Wonder what is up, if anything?
  8. No contest. A Man from Chicago, up against a powderpuff, and an unfunny cross-eyed dork. I'd choose Vince in a heartbeat.
  9. tonyc

    tonyc Forum Resident

    United States
    I thought he would wait a little longer to make the announcement but I guess this is really no surprise.

    I hope he has a fun last year and I expect he will be #1 for his last shows.
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  10. AKA

    AKA Senior Member

    David Letterman has been in late night television since I was a year and a half old, and I've been a fan since his NBC days. Television is going to be very different without him.
  11. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident In Memoriam

    Craig almost seems too... I dunno, 'oddball' for the 11:30 crowd. I think the earlier crowd might not get a robot announcer and 'in your face' monologues.

    But, I felt the same way about Fallon, and he's doing alright. He has "THIS IS NOT THE TONIGHT SHOW!" naysayers, but on the whole people seem to accept him.
  12. Dan C

    Dan C Forum Fotographer

    The West
    Man, this news is traveling fast. Apparently an audience member at today's taping Tweeted it.

    I discovered his Late Night show around '83, I was 13 or so. I felt like I was in a secret club. His comedy was so out there, so brilliant, so different than anything on TV at the time. Those old clips still stand the test of time, while most comedy pushing 30-years old is barely watchable. He is a genius.

    dan c
  13. SoundAdvice

    SoundAdvice Senior Member

    Stewart/Conan both have contracts that come up at the same time.

    If I was Craig I'd be more worried about what happens between Letterman's production company Universal Pants and CBS. Craig will stay on the air but new bosses might start meddling.
  14. SoundAdvice

    SoundAdvice Senior Member

    He seems uninterested in the position. 11:30 would ruin his show.
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  15. eelkiller

    eelkiller One of the great unwashed.

    Northern Ontario
    Those would be logical candidates.
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  16. Trashman

    Trashman Forum Resident

    While many people sided with Conan during the Tonight Show debacle a few years ago, Conan's ratings while hosting The Tonight Show weren't very good...so it's unlikely CBS would hire him for that time slot.

    Jon Stewart would make for a good host, but he's likely too political in tone to get a network talk show. I doubt he'd have the same level of "freedom" he enjoys if he went from Comedy Central to a major network. (Not to mention that his previous effort at a more conventional talk show format wasn't successful.) Plus, I think he works well in his existing 30-minute format...it's the right amount of time for him and his writers to deliver a strong show without wearing out his welcome.

    The best thing CBS can do is find someone young, who can bring an originality to the show similar to what Dave brought back in 1982 to the original Late Night show. They don't have to be a household name...just someone with the energy and drive to make the Late Show interesting again. A youthful presence would also help to cultivate a young audience who would grow up with the program, just as many of us grew up with Letterman's show.
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  17. What makes you think Dave is going to give up Worldwide Pants??? Just because he's stepping down from his own show doesn't mean he won't remain a force behind the cameras...
  18. If his previous attempt at a general-interest late-night talk show is any indication, chances are he would stink. Besides, as you indicate, he would come with too much baggage.
  19. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    wow, I called that one and I don't even watch him that much.
  20. Trashman

    Trashman Forum Resident

    I don't think he would stink, since he's much more experienced at delivering a show than he was back then. But I don't think CBS and Stewart would likely agree on the tone of the program...since Stewart gets a lot of his laughs by skewering political figures. Plus, I doubt Stewart would get a lot of enjoyment by interviewing lightweight entertainers who offer up little for discussion.
  21. gates69

    gates69 Music Junkie

    Loved Dave going back to the very beginning but I haven't seriously watched in years. I'm sure I will tune in from time to time now. The end of an era.
  22. tommy-thewho

    tommy-thewho Forum Resident

    detroit, mi
    I figured once Jay retired Dave wouldn't be far behind...

    Vince Vaughn would be great.
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  23. modrevolve

    modrevolve Forum Resident

    Mike Mills of REM was the original tweeter to break the news. how cool is that?
  24. progrocker71

    progrocker71 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Ugh, Vince Vaughan? I just threw up a little thinking about that....

    I vote for Craig, he's the only late night talk show host I watch anyway.
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  25. SoundAdvice

    SoundAdvice Senior Member

    Without Dave on the air he's got less bargaining power. We'll see.

    CO and JS are both about 51 years old. A decade older than Fallon and 5 years older than Kimmel.

    Stewart wouldn't get much of a change in salary and would get his politics softened/castrated. Plus he's get a bigger workload when he's got young kids. other than ego, what's the upside for him. His other show was 20 years ago for a specific demographic and not very related to this discussion.

    Conan is win-win, but only if he can pull audience numbers. I'd think that moving back to NYC is doable for his crew/wife.
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