We are nearing the end of a year that will be remembered for massive late night regime changes and the brutal, dramatic deaths of beloved characters. Perhaps also the brutal, dramatic death of the fine line separating politics and entertainment.
1. McDreamy dozes off into forever The hearts of Grey’s Anatomy fans were uniformly smashed to bits when Derek suddenly and shockingly died earlier this year. It brought his romance with Meredith to a sudden conclusion many fans did not expect and definitely did not want.
2. Noah steers late night ship In February, Jon Stewart announced he would be handing over the reins of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to South African comedian and former contributor Trevor Noah. It proved plain sailing when Noah took over in September to continue Stewart’s torrent of cracks at the expense of ineptitude and hypocrisy in American politics.
3. Playing the Trump card Speaking of dubious American politics…Donald Trump, the real estate billionaire and reality TV star of The Apprentice, made quite the negative splash with his insensitive remarks towards Mexican immigrants and Muslims in general, but it also made him a powerful ratings magnet for talk shows. He also managed to do the unthinkable by making the US presidential debates interesting to watch.
4. Another Jon vacates throne Everyone’s favorite blood-spurting fantasy-drama isn’t exactly shy in killing off major characters, but (possibly) sending Jon Snow to an early dirt nap was quite the cliff-hanger at the end of Game of Thrones’ fifth season. When the show returns for its sixth cycle, there will surely be a surprise involving Jon in store.
5. It is getting Late In May, 68-year-old late night icon David Letterman retired from CBS’ Late Show after 33 years in one of TV’s hottest seats. He got up from the seat to stand as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American history – surpassing his friend and mentor Johnny Carson. Good night, David.