Wednesday, December 17, 2008

When will late night go all-HD?

Flip around the dial after midnight, and you'll see "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in glorious high definition. Then switch over to ABC, and the contrast is notable -- it's like you're looking into a foggy bathroom mirror after all of that sweet HD. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is still broadcast in standard definition.

At 12:35, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" is broadcast in HD; "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" is not.

Chelsea Hettrick, a public relations rep for the Kimmel show, said a switch to HD "is currently TBD" -- in other words, don't hold your breath. I've asked CBS for a comment about Ferguson, and will let you know if I hear anything.


  1. nightman said...

    Yeah, I've been wondering about this. It's startling to watch Letterman in stunning 16:9 and then have Ferguson come on immediately following, fuzzy and with the black bars at the sides...yuck! Same thing with Last Call w/Carson Daly coming after the HD glory of Leno & Conan.

    The came thing oddly exists in the competing morning shows, with Today and Good Morning America in HD but CBS Early Show...not. It all comes down to money and new equipment I'm sure, but you'd think high-profile shows like Kimmel and Late Late Show (which is owned by Letterman's company Worldwide Pants) would be priorities.

  2. Anonymous said...

    What the heck is taking them so long?????

    WE NEED HD!!!!!!

    I cry while watching Ferguson and Kimmel because of the horrendous quality of SD.

  3. Jay Hart said...

    So, did you hear anything from CBS about Ferguson going HD?

  4. Chris said...

    It was just announced that the late late show will go hd on 8/31/09