Afternoon Links: David Letterman Is Sticking Around Till at Least 2015John Paul Filo/CBS
“Les [Moonves, CBS CEO] and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” David Letterman LOLs in a new statement. So now the 66-year-old veteran of so many late-night wars, battles, and skirmishes will find himself squaring off against both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon early next year when Jay Leno moves on to focus on his car collection. Letterman has been in the late-night game since 1982, the year Fallon turned 8. That veteran experience doesn’t translate to viewership so much these days, though: Leno has beaten Letterman’s ratings for the past 45 weeks; Kimmel also came in 9 percent above Letterman last week. But hey, the guy’s hanging in. I just hope he keeps going until all the musical guests are playing computery noise completely indecipherable to anyone above the age of 17 and we get to see him feign appreciation night after night.
- The I, Frankenstein trailer: After The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent rebuilt himself and became an explosions enthusiast.
- The newest Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode has a credits sequence directed by Guillermo del Toro! Mr. Burns = Mr. Eyeball Hands!
- Stevie Nicks is more passionate about Game of Thrones than you had any right to imagine — the show got her through pneumonia and her mother’s death, and inspired poetry for tons of individual characters. She also wants to write music for the show.
- THEORY: Walter White must have been real. How else could his obit turn up in the real-life Albuquerque Journal, huh?
- Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar, just walking through Compton doing “Nosetalgia.” Honestly, take any chance you can to steel yourself for Pusha’s My Name Is My Name dropping next week.
- SNL’s Tina Fey–hosted season opener nabbed the show’s best ratings in three years.
- Ain’t no TED Talk like a Paul Scheer “TED Talk.”
- Lauryn Hill got out of jail and released a new song. It’s lots better than the last song; it also has roughly as many words as the entirety of Miseducation.
- NBC green-lit a single-camera comedy starring Rob Lowe as a former pro tennis player reduced to ruins/country club employment. This litrully sounds pretty good.
- At $561 million, The Hobbit trilogy cost twice as much to make as LOTR. $499 million went toward the Middle Earth food budget.
- Newly engaged: Disappointing Kanye West associate Big Sean and Glee’s Naya Rivera. First dance: Sean’s “Dance Ass.”
- Reportedly joining new addition Elizabeth Olsen in The Avengers: Age of Ultron is Aaron “Kick-Ass” Taylor-Johnson, as Quicksilver.
- And now you can read half a novel about everything Timbaland has ever made.