David Letterman will join Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s show when he takes his show to Brooklyn later this month, according to THR. This is kind of a huge deal in the case of Letterman because 1) Letterman was Kimmel’s idol growing (his license plate was “L8Nite”) and 2) because Letterman rarely gives interviews, and 3) he’s being gracious enough to give an interview to a talk show host who will be a direct competitor come January, when Kimmel moves into the 11:35 spot. It’s cool that Dave has enough confidence in himself and his show to basically introduce to Kimmel a lot of curious viewers who want to see a Letterman interview. Also, since Dave’s show has basically been the same show for the last decade, it’s daring because Kimmel offers something new that viewers might stick around to see.
Transition Statement: Here’s your first look at Hurley, who has been cast as a Giant in “Once Upon a Time,” via TV Guide.
Speaking of giant, the return of The Walking Dead saw massive ratings this last Sunday. In fact, the third season premiere was the most watched episode of a basic cable series ever. As in, of all time. It was seen by 10.9 million folks, and in the 18-49 demo, its 7.3 million viewers is more than watch the highest rated comedy on network television, “Modern Family.”
In other words, basic cable channels like FX (whose “Sons of Anarchy” is winning its timeslot against network competition) and AMC are officially competing head-to-head with the networks now.
In date changes, Neill Blomkamp’s first movie since District 9, the Matt Damon starrer Elysium has moved from March 2013 to August 2013, bumping the Robocop remake to February 2014. I guess we know which movie Sony has the most confidence in.
Elsewhere, Adam Scott and the production company he started with his wife, which just finished “The Greatest Television Event in History” (which, after seeing it, I can say is not hyperbole; in fact, I think the title underplays its greatness), has just optioned Downtown Owl, according to THR.
Here’s an interesting combination of people: According to THR, Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct Loomis Fargo , a film based on the real-life theft of a $17 million armored car. The script was written by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and will star Jim Carrey as an ex-military leader who pulls off the theft. With this and Kick-Ass 2, it looks like Jim Carrey is doing a serviceable job of resurrecting his career.
I don’t know what’s wrong with this world, but the ratings for “Revolution” continue to astound, as last night’s show was up 13 percent over the last week, and that’s before DVR ratings are accounted for (and “Revolution” is one of the most time-shifted shows on the networks). It received a 3.4 in the demo; compare that to the 1.6 that “30 Rock” received last Thursday.
Why are you still watching this show? You’re giving good television a complex. Please stop. I’m giving all of you who are frustrated with the sci-fi adventure permission to quit. If it improves (it won’t), we’ll let you know.
Finally, because I love you all, here’s the total cutie Allie Goertz performing a song she wrote about “Arrested Development” called “Maebe One Day.”