April 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm #346375
The final weeks of “Late Show with David Letterman” start this Monday, April 13. The finale will be on Wednesday, May 20.
After 33 groundbreaking years on NBC and CBS, he now has the record as the longest tenure in late night television.
Now that his last vacation is over, these last few shows are already starting to line up with some of his all-time favorite guests.
Discuss these programs and the show in this thread.April 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm #346377
Monday, April 13 — Sarah Jessica Parker, Jordan Spieith, Asleep at the Wheel
Tuesday, April 14 — Billy Crystal, Julie Chen, Chris Stapleton
Wednesday, April 15 — Michael J. Fox, Amy Sedaris, Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell
Thursday, April 16 — Kevin James, Tom Dreesen, Tracy Chapman
Friday, April 17 — Alec Baldwin, John MayerApril 10, 2015 at 9:13 pm #346378
Really glad to see some of the names above for next week.
Others I would expect in the upcoming episodes…
Jay Leno (mending fences/huge ratings)
Dr. Phil McGraw
Oprah WinfreyApril 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm #346379
Bill Murray has to be on for the last or penultimate show (depending on whether Dave wants to structure his finale as one with a guest like Craig did, or as just a goodbye like Carson did).April 11, 2015 at 12:48 am #346380
I am calling it now – Bill Murray and Martin Short for the finale – Bill does a huge entrance for Dave from downtown or something, and Short will sing like Bette Midler did for Carson.
That brings me to an interesting point – I am not entirely sure if Dave will want to bear any similarity to Johnny Carson, because he doesn’t seem like the kinda guy who easily forgets the past, but he might. I think if he books Jay Leno as a guest, that will be a huge TV event.April 11, 2015 at 8:11 am #346381
I kinda hope Regis, Drew, Bill, and Dr. Phil all are on the same episode with Oprah and Jay Leno. That could be really fun.April 13, 2015 at 8:16 am #346382
Official list of guests confirmed so far (not in order of appearance) for April 20 through May 20…
Robert Downey, Jr.
Dave Matthews Band
Mumford and Sons
Ralph Stanley & Amos Lee
Tom WaitsApril 13, 2015 at 12:38 pm #346383
IIRC, the last Late Night with David Letterman (the NBC show) ran something like 15 minutes over, thanks to Bruce Springsteen’s unannounced appearance. You might want to take that into consideration and pad the final episode by 30 minutes if you are going to record it.April 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm #346384
IIRC, the last Late Night with David Letterman (the NBC show) ran something like 15 minutes over, thanks to Bruce Springsteen’s unannounced appearance. You might want to take that into consideration and pad the final episode by 30 minutes if you are going to record it.
Dude, I think we should pad the episode by 30 HOURS – this is David Goddamn Letterman – I am expecting the finale to end all finales!April 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm #346385
Very fun week to start things off. Dave is actually allowing people to say goodbye, compliment him, etc., which I thought he would never do. They are also showing some clips and photos from the past.
Next week’s lineup…
Monday, April 20: John Travolta, Amy Schumer, The Waterboys
Tuesday, April 21: Paul Rudd, Piedmont Bird Callers
Wednesday, April 22: Bruce Willis, Dawes
Thursday, April 23: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Elvis Costello
Friday, April 24: Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Isbell & Amanda ShiresApril 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm #346386
i really wish they’d have Sandra Bernhard on again, she appeared on his show over 30 times!April 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm #346387
She actually mentioned that when she was on Watch What Happens Live a few weeks ago about how sad she is that he kind of has just dropped her off.April 23, 2015 at 10:46 am #346388
Huge variety special contender:
David Letterman Tribute Special Gets Primetime Sweep Slot On CBS
by Lisa de Moraes April 23, 2015 9:15am
CBS announced this morning it will salute David Letterman and his record-breaking broadcasting career with a 90-minute primetime special David Letterman: A Life On Television. Ray Romano will host the program celebrating his more than three decades in television will air from 9:30-11 PM Monday, May 4. The retiring Letterman’s last night as host of CBS’ Late Show will be Wednesday, May 20.
Romano’s the perfect host — his career having been catapulted by a 1995 stand-up appearance on the program, which led to development of his CBS comedy series, Everybody Loves Raymond, produced for CBS by Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants. Romano will take viewers through a retrospective of Letterman’s career, starting from his time as a weathercaster in Indiana to his final nights as host of the CBS late-night program.
From CBS’s announcement:
The special will mine the video vault, with highlights including some of the best of Letterman’s interviews with presidents, world leaders, sports figures and the biggest names in entertainment and music. Also, it will feature highlights of Letterman’s trademark show segments, including the Top Ten List, Stupid Pet and Human Tricks, as well as signature stunts that played out against the backdrop of his beloved New York City. The special will also look at some of the most important and poignant moments he has given audiences, including Letterman’s LATE SHOW broadcast from Sept. 17, 2001, the show’s first broadcast after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
When he retires on May 20, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 late night talk show broadcasts over 33 years, spanning his time on “Late Night” and the LATE SHOW, more than any other late night talk show host. He and his shows have been honored with numerous accolades, including 16 Emmy Awards and a staggering 112 Emmy nominations, a 1992 Peabody Award and a prestigious 2012 Kennedy Center Honor. Through his more than three decades on television, Letterman has been credited with changing the talk show genre, providing viewers nightly with an unpredictable hour of inspired interviews and innovative comedy. He has given audiences one-of-a-kind talk show moments with superstars and unknowns, budding comics and headliners, emerging musicians and established legends, top politicians and fascinating human interest guests, while sharing his own personal stories with viewers, becoming one of the most influential broadcasters in television.
DAVID LETTERMAN: A LIFE ON TELEVISION is produced by CBS Eye Productions.April 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm #346389
Next week’s schedule…
Monday, April 27: Scarlett Johansson, John Mellencamp, Todd Rungren
Tuesday, April 28: Michael Keaton, Future Islands
Wednesday, April 29: Jack Hanna, John Fogerty, John Popper
Thursday, April 30: Michelle Obama, Hootie and the Blowfish
Friday, May 1: Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Amos Lee, Ralph Stanley, Mark O’ConnorApril 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm #346390
Monday, May 4: President Barack Obama, Will Ferrell, Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile
Tuesday, May 5: Reese Witherspoon, Nathan Lane, Mumford and Sons
Wednesday, May 6: Martin Short, Norah Jones
Thursday, May 7: Tina Fey
Friday, May 8: Ray Romano, Brian Regan, Dave Matthews Band