David Letterman fans salvage iconic skyline set after show’s finale

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

David Letterman fans go dumpster diving to salvage parts of iconic skyline set after show’s finale.

While some parts of the skyline backdrop were taken away by trucks at the morning after the show ended, much of it was discarded in bins in 53rd Street near the historic Ed Sullivan Theater.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, in addition to appearing on the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, recently penned a letter in The MMQB in which he expressed his appreciation for the outgoing host.Us Weekly reports that moving trucks came in on Thursday to haul off the iconic set and perform the most gut-wrenching reno EVER to make room for new host Stephen Colbert. A miniature Brooklyn Bridge was seen being carried off in pieces but the George Washington Bridge appeared to be one of the few parts salvaged as it was loaded into a van.

The magazine also said that the legendary marquee will be removed next week, and we’re wondering if they’re going to take our hearts right along with it. Dave’s final, rambling address to the audience was long (more than 11 minutes) but filled with the sort of self-deprecating humor that made him such a success. It’s shocking,’ Dave’s much-awaited finale was a wrapping up and an occasion to say thanks and the 68-year-old comedian seemed to enjoy himself greatly in the process. I consider myself a Letterman guy, because I’ve never done any other late-night show but his,” Manning wrote. “I’ve been a big fan of comedy my whole life, and when I watch him, I’ve just always felt that he hits the right note — all the time.

His response to the many tributes that have flowed his way the past weeks: “In light of all of this praise, merited or not, do me a favor – save a little for my funeral.” • The line of the night, though, was delivered by “Seinfeld” alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus during the final Top 10 “Things I Always Wanted to Say to Dave”: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” • On the same night as Letterman’s farewell, “Survivor” spent three hours of CBS primetime wrapping up its “Worlds Apart” season and announcing the cast for this fall’s “Second Chances” outing. Brennan, who collaborated with Letterman on his short-lived NBC morning show, on NBC’s “Late Night” and on “Late Show,” explained that this kind of devotion was its own special calling.

The so-so “Worlds Apart” ended with a surprisingly excellent finale, as the seemingly doomed Mike Holloway won the last two immunity challenges – and the $1 million prize. And, while we know this iconic piece of history should rightfully be displayed in a museum, we’re also selfishly hoping a kind stranger is sending it to our house as a gift. These dedicated veterans have built their careers — and grown into full-fledged adults, and raised children — all while working for one enigmatic if intensely loyal entertainer.

His line was “Dave, you are to comedy what I am … to comedy.” In his letter on The MMQB, Manning also relayed a story about the time Letterman called him the day before the 2012 draft, when the Colts drafted Manning’s replacement, Andrew Luck. She got one vote from the eight jurors, as did third finalist Will Sims. • The “Second Chance” cast, selected by viewers from 32 nominees, leaned heavily on stars from the distant past. Asked to summarize the decades-long experience she and her colleagues have shared, Barbara Gaines, another executive producer, said tentatively, “Crazy people find each other?” She originally was hired as a receptionist by an associate producer who thought her typing “sounded fast.” After the morning show was canceled, Gaines said she ran into Letterman, who was puzzled that she had not come with him to “Late Night.” Matt Roberts, the “Late Show” head writer, started in 1992 as an intern. He explains that they’re going to have Andrew Luck on the show, and what they want to do is present him with his new Colts jersey, like they’d be the ones telling him he was a Colt. Five players from the first seven seasons were nominated, and four of them were elected: Kelly Wiglesworth, Kimmy Kappenberg, Jeff Varner and Andrew Savage.

When Bill Scheft, a writer since 1991, had his decisive job interview with Letterman, he recalled: “The last thing I said to him was, ‘I hear your softball team needs a center fielder.’ And he says, ‘We need everything.’ I got hired the next day.” Over the years, they have seen Letterman deal with his highly publicized transition to CBS after losing out on NBC’s “Tonight” show; with marriage and fatherhood; with quintuple bypass heart surgery, and with a sex scandal involving staff members that could have cost him his job. Lynch created the original series for ABC in 1990, and it was hard to imagine the revival moving forward without him, even though Showtime vowed to plunge ahead. • The next dead series to get on the resurrection train may be “Gilmore Girls,” the dramedy starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel that ran for seven years on the WB and The CW to a small but highly devoted audience. They have also watched him evolve from a performer known for innovative and unpredictable comedy bits to a more contemplative monologuist and interviewer. “It’s microscopic course corrections, day by day, until you look up and go, ‘Wow, things have really changed,’ ” said Rob Burnett, who, since 1985, has been an intern, head writer and executive producer for Letterman and now runs his production company, Worldwide Pants. Eight years after its cancellation, there is a podcast dedicated to the series, “Gilmore Guys.” Former regular Scott Patterson was on the podcast recently and dropped this news: “I don’t want to mislead the fans,” he said. “I will say this, there are talks going on at the moment.

I can’t really go into any details, but there is some activity.” Several cast members will be getting back together at the ATX television festival in Austin, Texas, next month.

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