Day: April 27, 2010

A&E’s “Battle for Late Night” revisits past TV clashes much more than current Leno-Conan

If you thought it was rather fast for a two-hour documentary on the late-night machinations from NBC this January and February, then, well, perhaps you're right. "The Battle for Late Night" — debuts tonight on A&E and repeats early Wednesday morning and also Saturday, May 1 — features no exclusive interviews with Conan O'Brien or Jay Leno (nor even David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel). But the special, produced by New Wave Entertainment, does mine archival footage for choice moments of Conan, Leno and Letterman from the late-night wars of 1993, and includes new 2010 interviews with the New York Times reporter Bill Carter (who wrote the book on the 1993 late-night shuffle and is hard at work on the 2010 sequel), TMZ.com's Harvey Levin (whose sympathy for Leno may suggest where he was getting his exclusive leaks?) and other observers. And if you wanted to know what Craig Kilborn is up to, you're in luck, too. Kilborn speaks candidly about both of his late-night adventures, first at The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and then The Late Late Show on CBS. "I have no regrets," Kilborn says now. You'll also learn more about Pat Sajak's brief tenure in late-night for CBS than you might have expected, as well as more than you may have wished for from Bill Maher, as he and his producers take you through his journey...

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Second City reunion, Patton Oswalt, JB Smoove, Childrens Hospital added to 2010 JFL Chicago

The second annual Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival has joined up with Second City alums and more as the schedule comes into focus. JFL Chicago 2010 already had announced another new TV special with Ellen DeGeneres, Denis Leary's Rescue Me Comedy Tour, Cedric the Entertainer, Aziz Ansari, Russell Peters and more. Now add to that: Patton Oswalt leading a mini version of "Comedians of Comedy" with Maria Bamford and Chris Hardwick, a sneak peek screening of the upcoming Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital with Rob Corddry, a live episode of the Adam Carolla Podcast, JB Smoove in character as "Leon Black," and last but certainly not least, The Second City Alumni Reunion Show featuring the Class of '79 – George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Nancy McCabe Kelly, Bruce Jarchow, Danny Breen and more. The festival also has added a second night for Ansari at The Vic, and moved "The Not Inappropriate Show" to the Mayne Stage. Here is more specific info on each of the newly announced shows: Alt Comedy ‚Äì Saturday, June 19, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at The Vic. Featuring Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Chris Hardwick and more. Rob Corddry‚Äôs Childrens Hospital ‚Äì Thursday, June 17, at 9:30 p.m. at Park West. Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Erinn Hayes and others appear for a live presentation of the upcoming Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. The show...

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