One of the most entertaining parts of King's show was the last half hour. No calls, no guests. He'd just throw the bull with Mutual's news anchors and whoever else happened to be around the studio.
I don't know who CNN has in mind for the 9 PM hour, but it has to be better than the Larry King of 2010.
Still, 25 years is an excellent run.
Shifting gears, Steve Carell announced he's leaving "The Office" at the end of next season. I don't think this will mean the show will become any less funny. Sorry. I stole that line from someone else, but it sums up my feelings exactly. I've tried to watch. "The Office" is a dismal show filled with pitiful characters, and I don't want them in my home. I don't know how anyone can tolerate being around those people.
It's far from a ratings success. At best, "The Office" is in the lower middle of the prime time pack. These days, at NBC, middle of the pack qualifies as a hit. It's among the network's better performers. Plus, NBC owns the show, so it gets to keep all the profits.
"Cash Cab" won the best game show Emmy the other night, for the third year in a row. Cute show. Interesting concept. Emmy-worthy? Three years in a row? Hardly. "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy" deliver consistent, well produced episodes every night. If I had a vote, it would have gone to "The Price is Right." It's slick. It looks good. It's still interesting and fresh after nearly forty years. Drew Carey has made the show his own, without destroying the Bob Barker legacy. Let's hope the Emmy voters come to their senses next year, and don't forget to control the pet population by having your pet spayed or neutered.