Late night talk show personality David Letterman surprised everyone last week by announcing that he would be retiring as host of the “Late Show” in 2015. News that Letterman would be exiting on his own terms after 30 years as a late night headliner broke in a thoroughly modern way; first via Twitter, then through the media’s career retrospectives and ultimately with stories about who would make a good replacement. We nominate Vince Vaughn.
In other television news, Time Warner Cable is in a bitter dispute with satellite provider DirecTV. The two companies are butting heads over the broadcast rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games TWC paid more than $8 billion for last year. With negotiations seemingly stalled, more than 30% of the market’s paid television subscribers have been blacked out of each game’s telecast.
Meanwhile, this year’s Broadway season is about to kick off in earnest on the run up to the Tony Awards. Our own Michael Giltz gives us a complete rundown on which productions he’s putting his own figurative money on.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including a trademark dispute over Mickey Mouse, a new contract for the Writers Guild of America and the continuing struggles of Entertainment Weekly.
Mickey Rooney, Master of Putting On a Show, Dies at 93
Captain America’ Blows Up Weekend Box Office With Boffo $203 Mil Globally, Scores Record $96 Mil Stateside
Box Office: ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Soars to $303.3 Million Globally
German Film Academy Awards Announce Nominees
German Box Office Falls in First Quarter
China’s Box Office Surges 30 Percent in First Quarter, Expected to Hit $4.64 Billion for 2014
President Obama, Jimmy Kimmel React to David Letterman’s Retirement Via Twitter
David Letterman Follows Johnny’s Playbook Until the End
CBS Approached John Oliver for Late Night Show as Major Shuffle Looms
Los Angeles Mayor to CBS: Move the ‘Late Show’ to L.A.
For Letterman’s Job, Dueling 10-Best Lists
Who Will Succeed David Letterman at CBS’ Late Show?
David Letterman to Retire From CBS’ ‘Late Show’ in 2015
David Letterman Goes Out On His Terms – And the Timing Is Right
Schedule of Upcoming Broadway Shows in 2014
A+E Networks Orders ‘Married at First Sight’ Extreme Social Experiment Series
Pharrell Williams Replacing Cee Lo Green on ‘The Voice’
Parodist of Goldman Finds a New Publisher
‘Snowpiercer’ to Open L.A. Film Festival
Writers Guild: New Deal Addresses TV Writer Problems
Writers Guild Reaches New Deal With Producers Alliance
EW Lays Off Longtime Film Critic Owen Gleiberman in Staff Purge
Disney Warns Deadmau5: Don’t Mess With Mickey
The Fight Over Dodgers Between Time Warner Cable, DirecTV Is Par For The Course