At long last, Letterman’s last show

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At long last, Letterman’s last show.

In 1988, a rising comic named Jerry Seinfeld went to the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park for a Christmas party for Late Night With David Letterman. The investigation is both personal and professional for Laura (Debra Messing) in the show’s season finale, The Mystery of the Corner Store Crossfire. Seinfeld had just made a deal to do a sitcom for NBC, and he buttonholed Letterman in the corner of the restaurant and asked him for advice. “He said, ‘Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do,’” Seinfeld recalled in a recent interview. “I took that to heart. I said, ‘OK, then that’s what I’m going to do.’” It was “pivotal and potent” advice, Seinfeld said, because it came from an entertainer who had transformed the sleepy late-night television format. On Wednesday night on CBS, after 33 years as a host, the longest late-night tenure ever, Letterman will close out his career with his 6,028th episode.

People would stay up late and watch Late Night. “On the morning show, we had a Bar Mitzvah in the studio and they decided to have confetti and sparklers and had a fire on the sound stage on live TV. Among the things he may miss by not being there physically: Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) discomfort over a relative of Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) who stays too long and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) trying to hide job news from Cam (Eric Stonestreet). (ABC, City) Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is surprised by the personal turn her latest case takes — involving the baby she’s trying to adopt — in the concluding episode of the drama’s 16th season, Surrendering Noah. His influence has been substantial: He breathed new life into the talk show, taking it beyond the traditional desk-and-sofa interview sessions with an array of innovative, often outlandish antics; he gave birth to many careers; he became a role model for a generation of comedians, including most of the current late-night roster; and he turned signature segments like Stupid Pet Tricks and his Top 10 list into American cultural institutions.

That subtitle suggests there may be a tearful ending as Benson and prosecutor Barba (Raul Esparza) seek a conviction for career criminal Johnny D (guest star Charles Halford). (NBC, CTV Two) For those worried about Hell’s Kitchen ending soon, never fear: there’s hardly a time when Fox isn’t in the cooking-competition business in some form. He was also front and center for memorable noncomedic moments, whether hosting the first late-night show after the Sept. 11 attacks, turning his 2000 heart surgery into a narrative on his show or castigating John McCain after he canceled an appearance before the 2008 presidential election. More evidence is supplied by Top 40 Compete/Top 22 Compete, the two-hour kickoff to this show’s sixth round, which begins with 40 cooks presenting their specialties to the judges. In the mid-1990s, after his ratings began to slide, his well-known tendency to self-flagellate turned literal one night when he viciously beat up a David Letterman dummy on stage. —Peter Weber They spend 14 hours a day eating bamboo, but panda bears actually have an incredibly difficult time digesting fibrous plants, researchers have discovered.

Researchers with the unenviable job of studying panda poo found that their gut is mostly covered with bacteria like Streptococcus, which are usually found in meat eaters. In a study published Tuesday in the journal mBio, the authors wrote that 7 million years ago, ancient pandas ate meat and began to eat bamboo, and about 2 million years ago, switched entirely to bamboo. He was fiercely private, rarely giving interviews, and his disdain for the politics of show business played a role in his failure to land the dream job he had long coveted: succeeding Johnny Carson as the host of The Tonight Show in 1992. In recent weeks, however, Letterman, 68, has been enjoying a victory lap, and he has had to shush the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater during extended standing ovations featuring chants of “Dave! While doing a genetic analysis of the gut bacteria found in the fecal samples, the researchers found that pandas can only digest about 17 percent of the bamboo they eat, and bacteria is different in the late fall, when there aren’t any young bamboo shoots to eat.

Dave!” The run has included a prime-time special and energetic appearances from favorite guests like Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Bill Murray. For his last show on Wednesday, Letterman has not announced any guests, and the network has offered little more than to say that it will be full of “surprises.” For CBS, Letterman not only established a presence in that time slot but created a strong platform for his successor, Stephen Colbert, who will take over the show in September. Catherine Garcia Four charities that claimed to be helping cancer patients were actually lining the pockets of their executives, the Federal Trade Commission said in a complaint filed against the Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, the Breast Cancer Society, and Cancer Support Services. Before Letterman joined the network in 1993 after 11 years at NBC, CBS had little to no footprint in late night. “It’s been substantial, the revenue and the profits over these 20 years,” Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS, said in an interview Monday. “Previously we were rerunning bad dramas. In one of the largest charity fraud cases ever filed, the executives stand accused of stealing more than $187 million from consumers, USA Today reports.

They said the money went to pay for chemotherapy treatments, hospice care, and medicine, but in reality it went toward elaborate vacations, concert tickets, and college tuition, the complaint stated. “The defendants’ egregious scheme effectively deprived legitimate cancer charities and cancer patients of much-needed funds and support,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “I’m pleased that the FTC and our state partners are acting to end this appalling scheme.” The complaint states that the organizations, which hired family members and friends and gave them high salaries, solicited funds through the Combined Federal Campaign, which collects donations from federal workers for nonprofits. Even then, Letterman had already established one of his lasting legacies: He was a hard-to-please interviewer. “I was afraid to go on that show,” she said. “When it came to pass that I was going to come on, I watched with a different point of view, and it seemed all the more real to me when he would just surgically dissect these young actors and leave them quivering.” Letterman’s occasional moodiness with guests reflected the ambivalence he felt toward show business overall.

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