Readers of this blog know I’m a mega-fan of Craig Ferguson and of “The Big Bang Theory,” and so I’m sorry to say that I’m just now catching up with the appearance by “Big Bang” co-star Jim Parsons (pictured right) on the Oct. 1 edition of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”
It’s Parsons’ first-ever latenight TV appearance, as he notes right off the bat, getting the audience on his side (as if they could resist him anyway).
Parsons seems to go in and out of playing himself and his “Big Bang” geekster character Sheldon in this 10-minute seg, but no matter. It makes for engaging live (to tape) TV because you can see some genuine nervousness on Parsons’ part, but his natural wit and charm carries him through just fine.
Ferguson isn’t easy on him — it’s nothing like a typical plug-the-show/where-you-from chatshow interview (for one thing, a few coffee cups go flying) — but the tangents he takes give Parsons more opportunities to score.
TV’s Craig Ferguson has reason to be feeling a little feisty these days. He’s enjoying a slight ratings bounce so far this season. “Late Late Show” won the week ended Oct. 10 and is essentially tied with NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” for season-to-date bragging rights in the 12:35-1:35 a.m. time slot.
Ferguson’s uptick is fueled in part by CBS’ solid momentum in primetime, and NBC’s lack thereof. But I like to think that talent, as evidenced by the Parsons clip, has something to do with it too.