Late night television has undergone major renovation within the last year and a half. Some comedic heavyweights left television, some found new homes on different networks, and others came into the game as late-night rookies. While there is evidently plenty of late night to go around, some shows ring right, while others sometimes fall flat. So, here are today’s top 10 late-night TV broadcasts worth watching, ranked.
10. Late Night with Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers wowed audiences while hosting Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment with his comedic timing and jokey interviewing, but his transition into late night has been evidently mild this past year. And while watching him reunite with other former SNL cast members warms a special place in all our hearts, Meyers fails to make a significant splash on the late night scene.
I prepared myself for my edges to be snatched as I settled down to watch yet another installment of the stress-inducing travesty that is Scandal. I was ready to be blown away by the world knowing about Fitz and Olivia. I was waiting for it in the first 30 seconds.
I’m sure y’all were ready as well. However, as I previously mentioned, Shonda loves to run up and snatch the very hair off of our scalps as if it belonged to her in the last two minutes. But what she did tonight was simply unforgivable. My letter to Shonda Rhimes about various topics: my stress level, my edges, and the state of America after Thursday nights is still in the works. Bare with me and read on, Gladiators, as I try to make it through this tonight.
Last night, FOX premiered its pilot episode of Rosewood, a comedy-drama focused on a private pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut), who helps law enforcement solve crimes through his close to perfect autopsy skills. Though its pilot was far from awful, Rosewood turned out to be what many viewers feared it would: a mundane show not even Morris Chestnut’s chocolatey goodness and a perfect time slot can save.
They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be real: it’s Autumn. Not just because of football or bold lip colors, but also because Cookie and the gang are back to fight once again over that multi-million dollar empire.
Yes, FOX’s Empire is that loud uncle at the barbeque who likes to make everyone uncomfortable by drinking way too many Heineken beers, while forcing them to engage in weirdo 90s dance moves such as “the bump.” Cringe-worthy, but extremely fulfilling nonetheless. So to celebrate its second season premiere September 23rd, a recap of all the melodramatic moments that pretty much killed us dead last season is in session. Continue reading Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember→
Comedian and future host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, performed at University of Maryland’s Cole Field House last Saturday displaying a brand of comedy that was international in perspective and often controversial in subject matter.
Noah hails from South Africa, and much of his comedy hinged on this outsider perspective. He began the performance with an enthusiastic “Whoo Whoo!” and remarked that this was an expression unique to America. He joked that the celebratory cry is something only white Americans can enjoy because, for black Americans, “Whoo Whoo!” sounds too much like a police siren.
And that was the other component of his performance: an unflappable commitment to addressing controversial and sensitive topics, most notably race relations in the United States. His longest bit combined this commitment to controversy with his unique outsider perspective.
He recounted his first time being pulled over by the police in America. He said that he was terrified because his only other experiences with the police were the things he saw on television. He invoked the names of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Gardener, making morbid jokes about the circumstances of each of their deaths. It was an audacious move, trying to make light of recent tragedies using comedy, but the joke landed: the entire crowd erupted into laughter.
Before the show started, the line for entry stretched from the front of Cole Field House all the way down to the baseball field. Yet, despite the impressive turnout, there was ambivalence among the crowd. One attendee commented that he “hoped” the show would be good, but he wasn’t confident he would enjoy it. Another said he had watched Comedy Central’s teaser for Noah’s upcoming appearance on the Daily Show and he didn’t find it very funny.
The mood after Noah’s performance was markedly different.
University of Maryland freshman Nicholas Young said he enjoyed the show and was looking forward to Trevor Noah’s Daily Show premiere.
Sophomore Daniel Obia-Umauwa enjoyed the show as well and noted he was impressed by Noah’s commitment to more controversial topics.
Freshman Arden Higginbotham said she wasn’t a fan of The Daily Show but after seeing Noah perform, was willing to start watching.
This sounds like good news for Comedy Central, a network which is facing uncertainty after recently seeing some of its biggest stars pursue other ventures (Colbert, Stewart, Key and Peele). Future stars like Noah, who debuts on September 28th, will have the major burden of keeping a young millenial audience watching the network and his show in particular.
Cue the countdown and prepare for hibernation. Though it has been a year since Netflix released a new season of Orange is the New Black, life will once again have meaning when fans finally view more prison drama for the hit show’s third season. But before that, it only seems fair to review the lives of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters through a reminiscent stroll down the dark halls of Litchfield Penitentiary. Continue reading Orange is the New Black: Season 2 RECAP→
Millions of people tuned in to reality star Bruce Jenner’s two-hour broadcast interview with Diane Sawyer Friday night in which he spoke candidly about his life-long struggle with gender identity and his family’s reaction to his decision to become transgendered.
Social media was constantly buzzing with Jenner’s influential confessions, but just in case you missed the program, here are the highlights:
1. Bruce has always felt like a woman inside.
Jenner immediately got teary-eyed as Sawyer asked the first big question that everyone was dying to know. “Are you a woman?”
“For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” he said. In addition, Jenner currently refers to the female persona inside of him as “she” and “her.”
2. He has been cross-dressing for years.
Reflecting back on his childhood, Jenner says he wanted to try on his first dress at the age of eight years old, and when he did, it felt good. After ending his Olympic career, Jenner revealed that he took female hormones and had plastic surgery in the 80s to start his transition, but stopped after meeting Kris Jenner. Since then, he has put on women’s clothing in secret. Though, he admits to having been caught dressing up by both Kim and Kylie Kardashian in the past.
Funny girl comedian Amy Schumer hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Sunday. Although this year’s awards show was pretty much an uneventful collection of presenter banter followed by yet ANOTHER win by Shailene Woodley, there were some major OMG moments along the way. The moment Vin Diesel briefly sang Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” to honor his late Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker. The moment John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, got teary-eyed after Shailene Woodley dedicated her award for Best Female Performance to him. The moment Jennifer Lopez challenged the cast of Magic Mike XXL to give us all a little show, and Channing Tatum accepted. Good looking out, Jenny. Continue reading Kiss Cams, Angel Wings and Magic Mike Twerking: 2015 MTV Movie Awards RECAP→