The 2012 Golden Woodys, Part 2

It’s time once again for the 4th annual Awards for Excellence in Late-Night Talk Show Doing, aka, The 2012 Golden Woodys. If you missed the awarding of the first four categories you can catch up here.

There are eight award categories. Each category contains three nominees. Nominees are selected and winners are chosen based on my viewing of late-night talk show episodes during 2012. Needless to say, the awards are very subjective, but also very sincere.

 

Category: Best Band

2009 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2011 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2012 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Show with David Letterman

And the award goes to… Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reason: All late-night bands consist of talented musicians who play great music. A few go a step further and interact well with the host during the show. What helped the Roots stand out from the rest in 2012 was their willingness to participate in comedy segments and Late Night music videos. These additional steps allowed the Late Night team to create some memorable entertainment over the past year.

 

Category: Best Sidekick

2009 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
2010 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
2011 Winner: Conan

2012 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

And the award goes to… The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Reason: Geoff, the gay skeleton robot voiced by Josh Robert Thompson, has been around for a few years. At first he was an interesting novelty, then he was an annoying distraction, now I sometimes wonder how Craig ever did the show without him. It took time, but Craig and Geoff developed a superb rhythm over the year. There were moments when I thought Craig was lazy and relied on Geoff too much, but all in all their interactions and teamwork were a ton of fun to watch.

 

Category: Best Host

2009 Winner: The Late Show with David Letterman
2010 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien/Conan
2011 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

2012 Nominees:

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Show with David Letterman
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

And the award goes to…The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Reason: This is typically the hardest category to decide the winner of each year. In 2012 it was rather easy. In August NBC was required to trim the Tonight Show’s budget. To accomplish this around twenty Tonight Show employees were let go. The number would have been much higher, however, if Jay Leno hadn’t volunteered to take a 50% pay cut in order to save as many jobs as possible. His incredible act went above and beyond any other late-night host.

 

Category: Best Overall Late-Night Talk Show

2009 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
2010 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
2011 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2012 Nominees:

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

And the award goes to… The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Reason: Each late-night talk show had excellent, good and poor episodes this past year. Each show also had at least one spectacular highlight. The Late Late Show, however, was the only show to have three highlights in the top five: The week of shows in Scotland (#2), New set (#4) and Richie Sambora leading the first ever LLS house band (#5). For this reason the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson wins the Golden Woody for Best Overall Late-Night Talk Show. (In case you’re wondering, Late Night’s episode at UNC Chapel Hill with President Obama was the #1 highlight, while Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s episode in New York with David Letterman was #3.)

 

Congratulations to the winners. Here’s to a great 2013!

– Woody

 

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