Late Night TV Report, April 22nd, 2015

While the end of this month hasn’t been as exciting as the beginning for late-night TV, there are a few highlights from this week worth mentioning:

Two days ago, famed American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson made his debut on late-night TV! On Monday night, a late-night TV version of Tyson’s famed StarTalk podcast and radio show started airing on the National Geographic Channel. The show will run for a trial run of 10 episodes at 11 pm on Monday nights and Tyson is very optimistic that the show will do well. According to comments made in Forbes, Tyson believes that the general public is very intersted in science and astrophysics and he sincerely believes his mission is to “bring science down to the public” and to “bring the universe down to Earth.” If you’re a night owl who is passionate about the cosmos, you probably don’t want to miss this show!

Meanwhile, with less than a month to go before legendary late-night TV host David Letterman wraps up his show for good, he has begun bidding a long farewell and tribute to all those who have helped make his show such a big success over the past several decades. He began making his tributes on Friday night with a special tribute to his long-time bandleader and “right-hand man” Paul Shaffer, who has not only directed the music but also appeared in a number of skits on the show.

And finally, Conan writer Andrés du Bouchet caused a bit of a furor a couple of days ago – not least with his boss, late-night TV host Conan O’ Brien – when he posted a few scathing tweets (which have since been deleted) about how “Comedy in 2015 needs a severe m——f—ing shakeup”. Some might agree, but other media critics and reporters are very interested in the growing diversification of late-night TV in the USA as more and more foreign comedians and celebrities take over the late-night slots on American TV. Will American TV keep heading in this direction? We’ll just have to watch and see!

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