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Here are Your Top 10 Letterman Finale Highlights

So long, Dave!

Don’t worry if you missed the big David Letterman finale last night. The folks at the Late Show were kind enough to put pretty much the entire thing on YouTube. And not only that, they broke it up into 10 clips so people like me could write blog posts called “Top 10 Letterman Finale Highlight,” when in fact those posts are just every second of footage we could (legally) get our hands on.

You’re about to take a look at the clips for yourself, no doubt, so you’ll soon draw your only conclusions about how things went. But for my part, I think it went about as well as anybody could have hoped. There were moments that fell flat, of course, and there were moments that killed. But in the end, it was a pretty good farewell from a guy who spent the last 33 years changing television history.

Have a look…

Thanks for the memories, Dave.

Check Out Some Classic Aaron Sorkin Dialogue in this ‘Steve Jobs’ Teaser

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Nobody really took Ashton Kutcher‘s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic seriously because it starred Ashton Kutcher. On the flip side, everyone has taken Aaron Sorkin‘s 2015 Steve Jobs biopic seriously from the get-go because it was written by Aaron Sorkin.

That’s why it was somewhat surprising when the film encountered early directing and casting upheaval. First frequent Sorking collaborator David Fincher (The Social Network) was supposed to direct, then he pulled out. Then Christian Bale was supposed to star, then he pulled out.

The good news, though, is that they got everything sorted out and all the big jobs for Steve Jobs landed in the laps of capable people. Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours fame is the director. Michael Fassbender of X-Men and your girlfriend’s sex fantasy fame is playing the title role. Both are extremely talented.

Unfortunately, while most “teaser” trailers are actually just slightly shorter versions of trailers, this one really is a teaser. At only 59 seconds, it gives us only the slightest hint of what to expect.

Of course, it’s still pretty compelling. I suspect even Aaron Sorkin’s worst text messages are pretty compelling.

Steve Jobs hits theaters October 9, 2015

It’s Official: Bill Murray Will Be David Letterman’s Final Guest

The First Shall Be Last

When David Letterman first announced his retirement, and then again when he announced the date of his final show, I said it would be a crime if Bill Murray was not Dave’s final guest. Murray was the very first guest Letterman ever had, and in the 33 years since that first show he’s made 42 other appearances, every one of them memorable.

Of course, Dave is no dummy. Bill Murray will be his final guest.

CBS announced on Thursday that Dave will get a three-night sendoff starting this Monday, May 18, when he’ll be joined by Tom Hanks and serenaded by Eddie Vedder. Murray will then appear on Tuesday, May 19, probably taking up almost the entire show, as he is wont to do.

As for the final show on Wednesday, May 20, that will be a surprise. But CBS is saying there will be “surprises” and “highlights.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the spectacle that is a Bill Murray Late Show appearance, below are a couple of classics to get you up to speed, starting with the aforementioned first ever appearance.

Man, I’m going to miss these.

[via Time]

Tale of Two Trailers: ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Looks Amazing, CBS’s ‘Supergirl’ Not So Much

Meet the New Muppets

This week the big broadcast networks are pitching all their new shows to advertisers, trying to convince them that they’re totally rad and everybody’s gonna love ‘em. And that means trailers and extended first looks.

Of course, we all know that whether or not a show is good has little to do with whether or not is successful. If it did, Parks and Recreation would still be on the air and Two Broke Girls would not. But, ostensibly, the purpose of all the sneak peaks at new fall shows is to convince us that they are good and worth watching.

So with that I present to you the tale of two trailers. Or rather, the tale of one trailer and one extended first look. One of them is excellent, the other horrible. I’ll let you decided which is which.

First up we have the trailer for ABC’s The Muppets, a different take on everybody’s favorite puppets that’s a cross between The Office and 30 Rock:

And now we have the first look at CBS’s Supergirl, which…oh forget it. It looks terrible:

Now, I’m not saying Supergirl will be terrible. Only that the six minutes I just watched made me want to punch a kitten. But hey, you never know right?

 

The Only Funny Sketch on This Week’s ‘SNL’ Was Probably Plagiarized from a Canadian Sketch Show

Oops?

If you happened to catch Saturday Night Live this week, chances are you thought the only truly funny sketch was the one in which Bobby Moynahan freaks out because he has to draw the Prophet Muhammad on a Win, Lose, or Draw-style game show. (It’s funny because people are getting murdered for drawing the Prophet Muhammad. Get it?)

Unfortunately, it turns out that Canadian sketch show This Hour Has 22 Minutes did a sketch just like the one on SNL…four months ago.

Here is the SNL version:

And here is the 22 Minutes version:

As you can see, it’s not just the basic premise that’s the same. In both sketches, the wife guesses the answer even though no picture was actually drawn, and in both sketches they win $1,000,000.

Is it possible that this was all just some unfortunately coincidence? Sure, I guess. But it does not seem very likely.

Of course, the folks at Saturday Night Live have yet to comment on the matter. But a couple of folks from 22 Minutes have chimed in:

Come on, SNL. Just fess up and say you’re sorry.

[via Vulture]

Fox Finally Pulling Plug on ‘American Idol’ in 2016, Because Honestly, Who Cares Anymore?

There are a lot of people who are going to miss American Idol, and I certainly didn’t mean to insult them with the title of this post. Obviously they care, and their feelings matter, damnit.

That said, the facts are the facts. NBC’s The Voice is now the cool pop singer talent search show. American Idol is out of gas, and has been slipping in the ratings every year. The executives over at Fox are doing the smart thing by making Season 15 its last. If they plan it right, bringing in all the past judges and fan favorite contestants, they can actually make the finale a huge television event.

“We really wanted to do it in a way that felt special and celebratory,” explained Fox TV CEO Gary Newman, who then said they never seriously considered moving the show back to summer. “The right way to send this show out is…in the time period it’s had for the last few years.”

Newman is right, too. American Idol deserves to get a memorable sendoff. It didn’t just make Fox a TV juggernaut in the new millennium. Together with Survivor, Idol revolutionized the television industry, ushering in the golden age of reality TV.

Sure, in 14 seasons Idol has only produced a three legit pop stars with actual talent: Kelly ClarksonCarrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson. (Sorry, Daughtry. No offense, Clay Aiken.) But producing legit pop stars was never the real objective of the show. The real objective of the show was to make co-workers argue about how much they hate Simon Cowell, and help people like William Hung sell 242,000 records. Which he did.

So enjoy your victory lap, American Idol. You kinda suck now, but you used to be a huge deal, and we salute you.

[via The Wrap]

Here’s the Red Band Trailer for the ‘Vacation’ Re-Sequel-Boot, Starring Chris Hemsworth’s Enormous Package

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Some movies just don’t need to be remade, and most people I know would classify the original 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation as one of those.

That’s probably why the upcoming Vacation, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, isn’t technically a remake. It’s one part remake, one part sequel, one part reboot. It’s a re-sequel-boot.

The premise? A grown us Rusty Griswold (Helms) takes his wife (Applegate) and two boys on a cross country road trip to relive his favorite family vacation—not to Vegas, not to Europe, but to Wally World. Obviously. And judging by the trailer, the movie might not suck. While I personally find it a little hard to believe that Rusty Griswold would know what a glory hole is but not a rim job, on the whole the gags seem pretty solid. (Don’t worry, it’ll make sense when you watch it. As will the part in the headline about Chris Hemsworth‘s package.) I might go see it.

The Vacation re-sequel-boot hits theaters July 31.