Late Night Mayo…

08 Sep

Today’s announcement that CBS has chosen James Corden to replace Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show has interesting timing, coming the day after the funeral for Joan Rivers, who was the permanent guest host of The Tonight Show and later host of her own late-night talk show almost 30 years ago. No woman has risen as high in the late-night realm since, and this is a roster that includes Jimmy Fallon.

When I was in high school, there were three late-night TV series (I’m ignoring the failed Pat Sajak show): Carson, Letterman, and Arsenio. Their names alone are sufficient to describe the differences in their approach, guests, and overall content. Now we have literally six straight white guys doing a variation of Letterman (and arguably not even classic Letterman, who used to interview Chris Elliott as “Marlon Brando“). I guess there’s an audience for six brands of mayonnaise. 

Judge Corden on his own merits, of course, but let’s please cease the “well, he must be brilliant if CBS hired him instead of a woman or minority!” It’s a new brand of kick in the pants to praise someone sight unseen for overcoming the burden of white maleness.

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Pop Life


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One response to “Late Night Mayo…

  1. observeratlarge

    September 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    There have been some interesting late night hosts: Jack Parr, Steve Allen, someone called Les Crane that you probably never heard of, went on to design financial software called “Craneware” and make a fortune. Whoopie, and Dick Cavette. Unfortunately there aren’t any interesting late-night hosts now, unless you count Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. And that is soon to change when Colbert goes to Dave Letterman’s time slot.
    It remains to be seen whether this will be interesting or not. I will miss Colbert’s current show greatly.
    All-in-all, having lots of late night shows has been neither interesting nor entertaining. They’re basically all copies of each other, offering little to the viewer. I have forgotten they exist.


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