Former Late Show host David Letterman says that late-night TV needs more diversity.
The now-bearded retiree recently sat down with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw for an extended Dateline interview, and implied that he thinks his former show should have been handed off to a female comedian instead of Stephen Colbert.
I don't know why they didn't give my show to a woman. That would have been fine. You know, I'm happy for their success. And they're doing things I couldn't do. So that's great.
But, aside from advocating for women on the landscape, Letterman didn’t really seem all that interested in talking about late-night TV (“The first day of Stephen's show when he went on the air—an energy left me.”)
He told Brokaw,
I couldn't care less about late-night television. I’m happy for the guys—men and women—there should be more women … They didn't ask me about anything. They were just—they were just happy I was going.
Letterman’s not the first one to call for more women to host late-night shows. Samantha Bee, the host of TBS’ Full Frontal, made headlines earlier this year when she Photoshopped herself (as a laser-eyed centaur) into a Vanity Fair spread that featured 10 men who hosted late-night shows. The image she sent out on Twitter soon went viral. She explained to The Daily Beast, “I just felt so tired of it. It really just came from a place of exhaustion and feeling ignored.” Discuss
Last night, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon both opened their late night comedy shows in a way that is unique for them both: They got serious, and addressed the tragedy in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub by a terrorist this weekend.
They both did a pretty great job.
Though they each took their own approaches to addressing the worst mass shooting in American history, their openers both had the same theme: The need to overcome hate with love.
So much for Texas forever. Several cast members from the beloved television drama Friday Night Lightsreunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin this weekend, and in addition to reminiscing about the series, basically confirmed it’s never, ever coming back. For years, there had been rumors of a reboot or even a spin-off, but it looks like now, those dreams are dead.
Taylor Kitsch bluntly told fans, “I’ll never play Riggins again.” Minka Kelly (who played Lyla Garrity) added, “I think some things are better left [with people] wanting more.”
Despite crushing our hopes of ever returning to Dillon, the reunion did look like a lot of fun. Along with throwing a large tailgate party on the same football field where the series was shot, there was an exclusive performance from the greatest Christian rock band in the state of Texas, Crucifictorious.
We may not have seen the last of super-agent Jack Bauer. Despite early statements from Fox that Kiefer Sutherland would definitely not be appearing in the upcoming reboot of the popular action series 24, a producer has hinted that Jack Bauer may be back after all.
According to Deadline, executive producer Howard Gordon told an audience at the ATX TV Festival in Austin,
I do think the character has life in him, whether it’s a movie or if he intersects with this new iteration of "24, [Legacy]". I sure would love to see him at some point on the show, and I don’t think he’s ruled it out, either.
The 12-episode 24: Legacy series, which debuts this fall, stars Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) as a former Navy SEAL who also fights terrorism in real time.
Even though Sutherland stars in a series on another network this fall, ABC’s Designated Survivor, the 24 team has kept the door open for his return. Speaking about the last time Bauer was onscreen, Gordon said, “I don’t know how public this is but we didn’t question or consider this being Jack’s last moment, Jack’s end. We couldn’t bring ourselves [to kill him].” Discuss