Tuesday, April 06, 2010

TV, movies — what next for Stuart Neville?


Stuart Neville (right), author of The Ghosts of Belfast (The Twelve in the UK), will be a guest on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday, April 8.

Neville is the latest crime writer to appear on Ferguson's show, joining a list that includes Ken Bruen, Lawrence Block, Laura Lippman, Michael Connelly and Lee Child.

Ferguson has taken an option for movie rights to Neville's book. Congratulations to Neville, and let's hope this means Ferguson will plug the hell out of his investment and offer an entertaining, substantive discussion. The book deserves no less.
Update: Boy, I sure hope Stuart Neville is good. He'll have to be to make up for Jennifer Love Hewitt.

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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27 Comments:

Blogger seana said...

Whoa.

I can't stay up that late on a work night to watch it, but I bet I can find this on line. Fantastic!

April 06, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Hmm, so these late shows air at the same time all across the country, and not three hours earlier in your part of it than in mine?

Yes, it's nice to see authors getting exposure like this, and Craig Ferguson deserves gratitude for having crime writers as guests, his manner of interviewing notwithstanding.

I couldn't find Ferguson's segment with Ken Bruen on YouTube, but I did find his interview with Laura Lippman. And I learned that he's had Lee Child on as well.

April 06, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

I'm pretty new to having other options than just watching the show when it's on, but I think there may be more than one, both on the computer and for certain higher end cable deals. We shall see.

The easiest thing would just be to tape it, but that's currently one option I don't have.

April 06, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Maybe any buzz we generate in blogland will increase the chances that someone will put the Neville-Ferguson segment on YouTube.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Gary Corby said...

Well The Ghosts of Belfast is fantastic. It deserves all the publicity!

April 07, 2010  
Anonymous Ernest said...

I went to the CBS website and I believe the whole show should be available online.

But not for me - I tried to play a show from last week and it said it wasn't available in my geographic area. Apparently the donkey carrying the roll of film died crossing the Andes or some such thing. So I'll wait for the YouTube.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ernest, thanks for the comment and my condolences for the donkey. Somehow I suspect that Ferguson's holding an option on the film rights to Neville's book will do nothing to hamper the interview's availability online.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Gary, it will interesting to see how deeply Neville and Ferguson discuss the book's serious, sometimes very dark subject matter.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Dana King said...

Great news! Even if Ferguson doesn't discuss the book itself in too much detail, just appearing on the show will raise awareness of Stuart and his work exponentially. I've only met him once (with you, Peter, in Indianapolis), but he seems an intelligent, thoughtful, and charming man. GHOSTS OF BELFAST is on my TBR pile, though I must admit it's been a sow wade getting there lately.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yep, it's good for crime writers to get exposure like this, and I don't think the Lettermans, Lenos and supposedly smarter Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts have had people like Neville and Ken Bruen and Laura Lippman on.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Stuart Neville said...

Thanks for the shout out, Peter. There's a YouTube channel here that's dedicated to the Late Late Show. It takes about 24 hours for an episode to find its way on.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks on behalf of all readers who have to go to bed at sensible hours. Knock 'em dead, and props to Ferguson for getting crime writers on the air. Tell him I'd be happy to suggest more guests.

April 07, 2010  
Blogger Michele Emrath said...

Thanks for the new-to-me author! Looking forward to checking him out, and it's wonderful that he commented here.

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

April 08, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yep, that's what the talk-show appearance is for: getting exposure for the author. Looks like it's working even before the show airs. Thanks.

And isn't it nice to see an author rather than an idiot celebrity as a guest?

April 08, 2010  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

For those of you who can't or don't want to stay up that late, it would appear that full episodes are available for viewing online, for a limited time, approx. 5 days after the original air date.

www.cbs.com/latenight/latelate/

click on "Full episodes"

You will have to watch at least one commercial.

The Late Late Show episodes uploaded on YouTube may be incomplete. So if you aren’t watching the show on TV tonight, be sure to keep an eye on CBS’s website.

Tonight's monologue is excruciating, so if you don't remember to turn your TV on right on time you'll be OK.

"And isn't it nice to see an author rather than an idiot celebrity as a guest?" -- There's one of those on, too...

The show is taped in the afternoons, just down the street; it’s fairly easy to get tickets even close to or on the tape date.

April 08, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I feel like one of those voters on the East Coast who hasn't voted yet even though networks are calling the election based on West Coast polls. I am sitting at the P&P hoping to avoid any outbreak of stronzissmo before the show comes on,

Thanks for another heads-up on viewing opportunities Did you attend the taping? And I know who tonight's idiot celebrity guest will be.

I wondered after watching Ferguson's interview with Ken Bruen whether anything had been left out of the portion that aired.

April 08, 2010  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

No, I didn't attend the taping; it was a work day for me. Tonight's show was taped yesterday. I just meant that when guests one might find interesting are going to be on it might very well still be possible to attend a taping even on short notice.

The monologue is already available online.

Say "Hi" to Dennis for me if he's tending bar tonight.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ah, so tonight's monologue is really tomorrow's, That clears things up.

Nope, no Dennis unless he's working the door tonight.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, God. My penance for turning on the TV to watch Stuart Neville is that I have to watch the tail end of David Letterman's show. All I can say about David Letterman is that Harvey Pekar is far, far too kind to him.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

There should be no penance for watching Stuart Neville. What's up with the universe?

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

If I believed in divine retribution, I could take perverse comfort in believing that David Letterman is America's punishment for sins in a previous life. Unfortunately, I don't believe the universe is ordered that way.

It transpires that Craig Ferguson is coming on 17 minutes late because CBS showed highlights of the Masters golf tournament earlier. If my man Neville is preempted, I'll--

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nah, the penance would be for watching an American talk show, though that ought to be punishment enough.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

Well, I know Craig Ferguson is American now, but I don't think the penance thing kicks in till he's been so for about ten years.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Upon reconsideration, I realize the penance is Stuart's. Here's an author who's written a book into which he poured great effort, that tells a harrowing story, that brings a chillingly personal edge to the political, and he has to put up with Craig Ferguson. Neville did get a generous slice of time (presumably because Ferguson now has an option on the book's movie rights), and Ferguson did refer to the book as noir, which is a nice touch.

But for authors, appearing on a talk show must be like one of those book-signings where no one shows up or someone dies or asks odd questions. I just like to see serious subjects treated seriously, and that's not going to happen on an American late-night talk show.

But hell, Neville seemed reasonably relaxed. I hope that he had fun and that he sells some books thanks to the show.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

"I feel like one of those voters on the East Coast who hasn't voted yet even though networks are calling the election based on West Coast polls."

Er, that's backwards. Deliberately?

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Yes, I realized that, and no, the mistake was not deliberate. I was confused by Elisabeth's reference to tonight's show having been taped yesterday and also by the possibility that she might have attended the taping. So I felt more like a character in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" than like an East Coast voter.

April 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nope, no Dennis unless he's working the door tonight.

Elisabeth, make that no Dennis unless he's working the upstairs bar tonight. I must have been so disconcerted with the thought that I might have to miss the interview I'd been waiting for and watch Letterman instead clouded my thinking. And no, I don't know if Dennis was working the upstairs bar.

April 09, 2010  

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