Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Letterman's in the lead

Speaking of late night television, I've rearranged my top spots:
  1. Letterman
  2. Ferguson
  3. Fallon
  4. Leno
  5. O'Brien
  6. Kimmel
  7. Daly
Geez, but Dave's good. Don't be fooled by the top three, though: I can change my mind by the end of the day. Ferguson's terrific -- did you see him on Letterman? -- and his show looks a lot better in HD. Now how about a band, you cheap CBS goons?

I'm still surprised by Fallon. His show is lively, funny and fresh enough (hey, it's late night ... even the best are recycling bits Steve Allen did 50 years ago). I didn't think this show would amount to much of anything, and I really believe it's one of the best out there.

Note: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- very, very funny guys with terrific shows -- aren't really doing "late night TV" and therefore aren't being considered here. Still, if you add them, that makes for four hours of decent programming per night. Nothing to shake a stick at.