Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MIKE ON KCRW: Diversity, "Downton Abbey," James Corden, Trevor Noah



On this Monday's edition of The Business, Kim Masters and I bantered about several topics including:
- It's TV pilot season, and a piece in Deadline about diversity in casting and whether or not its gone "too far" has caused quite a reaction within the industry.

- James Corden charms audiences and secures strong ratings as the new host of The Late Late Show on CBS.

- The sun will set on the game-changing historical soap-opera Downton Abbey after six seasons on PBS, but there could still be a Downton movie some time after the TV show wraps.

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KCRW



On last Thursday's Hollywood Breakdown, Kim Masters and I talked all about the end of "Downton Abbey" and the rise of James Corden:
The drama that changed the game for PBS, historical soap opera Downton Abbey, will end the series after an upcoming sixth and final season, but the impact of the show will be felt long after the Crawley family says goodbye. With its shorter contracts for actors and limited seasons, Downton Abbey changed the way television is produced, and opened the door for more international productions to find a place on American TV screens. And as Downton sees its final days, another Brit, James Corden is just getting acquainted with Americans as the new host of The Late Late Show on CBS. His debut week has seen strong ratings and brings a more British style of talk show to US shores. The show also introduces the musical and comedic stylings of Reggie Watts to a more mainstream audience.

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KCRW



On Monday's Press Play with Madeleine Brand, Grantland's Andy Greenwald and I discussed:
Comedy Central announced that South African comic Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show when Stewart steps down later this year. Also, a controversial article wonders: Do actors of color have it too easy in Hollywood?

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KCRW

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