Roseanne Barr recently appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to discuss her newfound single life, her ideal mate, and being "over it." Ahem, vaginal rejuvenation surgery (and a brand new "vajunior") is a funny way of being over it, if you ask me. Craig went on to ask how Rosie passes the time without sex in her life. She replied, "I tell jokes." Now I can't argue with that.
Accident or conspiracy? David Letterman and Craig Ferguson delivered the same (lame) joke on the same night last week. Their late-night talk shows aired back to back on the same network, too. What's even more baffling is the fact that these dudes actually had writers. Did one of their writers leak the joke cuz it's now — (wait for it, wait for it) — the Year of the Rat? Ba-dum ching!
- Reuters has an appreciation of Beatles spiritual mentor Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who died overnight.
- Brittany Murphy may be Lindsay Lohan's replacement in the dark comedy Poor Things, writes Hollywood Reporter.
- Billboard has news that Metallica, Pearl Jam, and Kanye West will headline Bonnaroo this year — and not Led Zeppelin, as some sources erroneously reported.
- ComingSoon reports that Josh Brolin may go from playing George W. Bush to playing the new Terminator.
- Debra Messing has nabbed a role in the family dramedy Humboldt Park, Variety reports.
- Zap2It has the news that Casey Affleck is attached to star in a film adaptation of Tom Epperson's period noir drama The Kind One.
- The Selma Blair/Molly Shannon show Kath and Kim has been given a series order by NBC, writes Hollywood Reporter.
- According to ComingSoon, Emilio Estevez's directorial follow-up to Bobby will be a social drama titled The Public, which will be set in a library.
- Late-night host (and new citizen) Craig Ferguson will host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, Variety reports.
All of the major late-night hosts — Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson — return to the air tonight with new episodes for the first time since the Hollywood writers' strike began in November. Leno, Kimmel, and O'Brien will be winging it without their writers (and with picketing writers demonstrating outside their shows' studios).
Letterman and Ferguson, however, have their writing staffs intact after Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, which owns the shows, cut a deal with the Writers Guild of America. That might also help the shows to get better guests since there won't be a picket line to cross — Letterman, for example, is returning with Robin Williams on the couch.
I'm wondering: Are you more likely to watch Letterman (or Craig Ferguson) because the writers' union says it's OK?
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We already knew that Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien would be returning to host their late-night shows on Jan. 2, and now it looks like all the other major talk show hosts might be ready to join them.
Jimmy Kimmel will definitely be back on the air then. He issued a statement on Tuesday saying "Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show. It is time to go back to work."
David Letterman and Craig Ferguson are looking to return Jan. 2 as well — but Letterman is hoping to find a way to bring their writers along, too. Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, which owns both shows, is trying to make its own deal with the Writers Guild of America. There's at least one report that the hosts will return, writers or not, but a statement from Worldwide Pants says returning with writers is the company's only focus.
One question that's still not answered: Will any of these late-night shows be able to book guests? Guests would have to cross a picket line to make their appearances, and — as with the Golden Globes — many actors might not be willing to do that.
Late-night hosts have been off the air for almost six weeks now, since the Hollywood writers' strike began and the hosts refused to cross their writers' picket lines. But now there's a new report that the hosts could return in early January. Sources told Variety that since late-night ratings are plunging and an end to the strike seems so far off, the hosts are thinking it's time to come back on the air.
Nobody wants to be the first host back — well, nobody except Carson Daly, who resumed taping Last Call earlier this month and already had his show disrupted by picketers once. (Daly said he came back to save the jobs of his crew.) So, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson might all return together so nobody has to take the hit of being first. Jimmy Kimmel's plans aren't really known, and Variety speculates that Leno and O'Brien could come back together even if Letterman and Ferguson opt out.
Something similar happened during the last strike, in 1988: Both Letterman and Johnny Carson initially went off the air, but both returned before the strike was over — Carson after 10 weeks, Letterman after four months.
What do you think? Would you be upset with the late-night hosts if they returned to work? Or do you think it's fine for them to come back after two months off the air?