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Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

Sully, Tom Hanks

There aren’t many feel-good stories in the world in which we live.  It’s a sad fact of modern life that most of the news we hear is bad, and even events that can be considered triumphs by some have a downside for another group.  In January 2009, America got an honest-to-God miracle, and an authentic hero.  No qualifications, no asterisk, nothing but one of the most amazing stories in aviation history put the right man in the right cockpit to save 155 lives in a spectacularly-executed water landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River.  Over seven years later, the event dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson” is a feature film helmed by director Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks portraying the man in the pilot’s seat for the incredible hair-raising flight: Captain Sully Sullenberger. Continue reading Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*

David Letterman Bids Farewell to The Late Show. Thank You, Sir, For 33 Years!

David Letterman, The Late Show With David LettermanAfter 33 years of entertaining audiences, first at NBC with Late Night, then for the last 22 years at CBS with The Late Show, David Letterman signed off with his final program last night.  What can you say about his career except that it has no peer save his own personal idol, Johnny Carson?

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Jon Stewart is Leaving The Daily Show


The same year we have to say good-bye to David Letterman, the last of the great talk show hosts, we’ll also be losing Jon Stewart.  Last night on The Daily Show, Stewart announced that he would be stepping down from the position he’s held for 17 years.

jon stewart, The Daily Show

Taking over for Craig Kilborn (whatever happened to him?), Stewart turned The Daily Show into one of the most powerful political and social debate platforms in the world.  Using his impressive political knowledge and acumen, Stewart would routinely stir the pot and create controversy through humor.  That sparks dialogue and as an ironic result, The Daily Show, to me, has been the most reliable source of news for over a decade (this announcement coming on the same day that NBC announced it would be suspending Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams for fabricating a story about is time in Iraq).

Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

I knew it couldn’t last forever, but I hate to see it go.  It’s been such a staple of reliable, relevant and hilarious lampooning since I was in high school.  Stewart didn’t announce a retirement date and said the details were still being worked out.  His contract with Comedy Central is up in September.  Stewart took a sabbitical from the show last year to direct a feature film, so perhaps he’s headed that way, or maybe, like he said in his announcement he just wants to eat dinner with his family.  As far as a successor, I would say Stephen Colbert if he wasn’t already set to take over for Letterman.  Jon Oliver hosted the show during Stewart’s break in 2014, so I’d consider him a strong possibility.

Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

At any rate, one of the comedic giants is ending a spectacular run.  When he took over, The Daily Show was a fun little show that had a small, cult following.  Now Presidential candidates know they have to appear on the show to make their case.  Stewart, his writers, his “reporters” (many of which have gone on to fame themselves, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell went from Daily Show correspondents to superstardom) had the his guts to consistently highlight the absurdity that advertises itself as news or government.

The Daily Show, Jon Stewart

The show will go on, but Jon Stewart’s run on it will never be equaled.  Comedy Central needs to put out some “Best of the Daily Show” Blu Rays so we can revisit the best bits that have made us laugh over the years.  Jon’s made me smile on many a day when I thought that was impossible and for that I have to thank him and I wish him all the luck in the world with whatever direction he decides to take.

The Final Late Show with David Letterman Date Announced


The Late Show’s last program with David Letterman at the wheel will bey Wed. May 20thth.  His replacement (I haave this image in my head of me hucking fruit at at a katana-wielding Colbert to get him in shape for taking over what is now the mos prestigious post in TV lat -nigh).  Letterman got me through so many tough  times, so he lease I can do is throw bigger melons

CBS and Worldwide Pants Incorporated announced today that David Letterman’s final broadcast of his “Late Show” will air on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on CBS. He will be replaced by Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report” ends its run on December 18.

“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of the CBS Corporation. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”

The longest-tenured late night talk show host at more than 32 years, Letterman, announced his retirement on the April 3 broadcast after hosting CBS’s “Late Show” for 22 years, and 32 years altogether as a late night host. Since premiering on August 30, 1993, the comedy talk panel program has scored 73 Emmy Award nominations, winning nine. Letterman’s late night TV hosting debut came on Feb. 1, 1982 with the premiere of NBC’s groundbreaking “Late Night with David Letterman.” As of May 20, 2015, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 total episodes of both “Late Night” and “Late Show.”

“The Late Show with David Letterman” is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope and Rob Burnett are the executive producers. Jerry Foley is the director.

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on The Late Show

Stephen Colbert has just signed a five-year deal to take over The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. Said CBS President Les Moonves, “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

I don’t know why this never occurred to me, probably because I thought his contract with Comedy Central would preclude him, but this is perfect. It will be sad to lose the one-two punch of The Daily Show and Colbert Report, but he’s gone from a correspondent on the first to making the latter show every bit as good as the first. I think he’ll do a fantastic job. As a matter of fact, he’s the first in all these replacements whose show I would actually want to see. In a perfect world, he’d be going head-to-head with Conan for a generation, but this is a home run, CBS!

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