The Graham Norton Show : American Guest Stars

American Guest Stars

I know many British and American stars have been making rounds abroad(both directions) for years but I am still surprised to see so many big name American stars as guests on this show.

I see this on BBC America (A U.K. variety-talk show that I haven't heard of before [And also never heard of Graham Norton]and I was surprised to see that his British audience knew Mickey Rourke and Jessica Biel[who I saw on his show first)

Then I kept seeing all these other American stars like Matt LeBlanc--Donald Sutherland(English but also an American for years)--then P.Diddy and Vince Vaughan.

Some of these stars I never think about being on a show together here in America(because they're so different from each other)--but seeing them sitting together on Graham Norton's stage(across the sea in another country)looks a little odd.And seeing that the U.K. audience knows our American stars so well has been enlightening and amusing. I would have thought he would only have U.K. stars and maybe an occasional American star-if at all--but he has them on all the time.

I also like how he has them sit there through the whole show(like Dinah Shore and Mike Douglas used to do in the 70's)-It has a party-like atmosphere.

I'd like to see others they advertised--one with Daniel"Harry Potter" Radcliffe and I think he was with Colin Farrell and one with Rhianna.

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Not to be rude but where exactly do you think the UK is that we wouldn't have "big" US stars on our shows or know who they are? Stars have been coming to London for years and we've been watching US TV for decades along with our own produced shows.

Let's be honest a chat show needs guests and a star plugging their latest project needs a chat show to promote it. The "product placement" never use to be so blatant in the UK, especially on the BBC which was famously advertising free and even had to cover up brand names on shows to safe-guard their non-adverstising agreement, but since the 80's it is obvious that publicists contact the shows in whichever town their publicity show rolls into and get their stars a five-minute slot to plug away. It is common to hear/see them on several radio and TV shows throughout a week, not really saying anything different to the previous show.

Prior to the 80s, if you watched a chat show you got a good twenty minutes with the guest talking and much more intersting chat. As to the Grhaam Norton show the format of having all three guests on throughout the show, usually with an obligatory comedian who can come in and save the day if the guests dry up or are not entertaining, offers a better alternative to the pointless, rushed five-minute chat aimed at attention deficit viewers that most shows offer. Plus when the guests relax and interact with the other guests or the audience they are often far more interesting and unstuffy.

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Yes, I was amazed that "House, M.D." star Hugh Laurie was on the repeat of The Graham Norton Show that played on BBC-A the other night, as well as Twilight star, Robert Pattison. (Do they film the show in L.A.?) They were both so funny; they put on British accents and everything! Reese Witherspoon was the only one who didn't pretend to be British, but she's from the South....

There was a comedian on as well, but she couldn't pull off the accent at all - I couldn't understand a word she said. If you haven't perfected an accent, don't use it!

As for the "party-like atmosphere", like, they all had glasses of wine! OMG! It was like a mini Golden Globes!







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what do you mean by they put on British accents? Don't you know that Robert Pattinson and Hugh Laurie are actually British in real life? Robert Pattinson is from London, England and Hugh Laurie is from Oxford. What made you think they were just pretending? Is it because they've played so many American roles? I actually didn't know that both Robert and Hugh were British until I looked them up and saw interviews of them. The Graham Norton show is actually filmed in the UK.

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You missed the sarcasm I'm afraid.

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I love the way the American Stars sit down and mix with the British personalities, sometimes some very interesting combinations and interactions. At first they seem a little dazed and out of their element, but most soon get in the swing and spirit of things. Have discovered some British stars I have never heard of like Katherine Jenkins, and all of the comedians have been delightful. Especially love Jo Brand(?) and the Actress who played professor Sprout on Harry Potter. And Graham is absolutely hilarious and so skilled and witty about bringing everybody out of their shell.

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From a Canadian who watches on BBC Canada

Way, way, way, way.. too, too, too... many North Americans on this show now. Fell in love with this show when it was British, outrageous and edgy. Now its just Leno, Letterman etc. What a shame the world has become so homogenized.

Note to the Yanks. Before you go ballistic, I said North Americans.

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I thought Mark Wahlberg was quite rude to Mark Watson the other night and a bit miserbale in general. I know he said he'd just come from Australia but still...and to complain about having to talk about his new film again, I'm sorry you're getting paid so much money to sit and describe a film, it must be a hard life.

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And this Nicki Minaj woman, has anyone else never heard of her before? T audience was going wild but... :/

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I must admit i'd never heard of her, but on looking her up, i believe she has been a musical artist since about 2009, not sure where i've been, Radio 2 probably, not a lot of rap on that.

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Yeah I hate rap, I was just surprised by how vocal the audience were about her being there and she doesn't seem to be that famous. I suppose it's because they get in fans for the shows though.

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Nikki Minaj is from Trinidad! I'm 65. Nothing but witty people on here, I see!

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Isn't Nikki Minaj a judge on American Idol now? That would explain large numbers of people knowing who she is. I have stopped watching AI but I think it still has a sizeable audience.






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Somebodyls...I know this post is over a year old, but I came on here to see if anyone had commented on Mark Wahlberg being on with Sarah Silverman and Michael Fassbender recently. He was tanked and quite obnoxious. No one else could speak or tell stories, he interupted everyone, it was incredibly rude. After reading your post from a year ago and he was a jerk then I guess he might just be a jerk after all.

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"Way, way, way, way.. too, too, too... many North Americans on this show now."
I don't know about too many but I agree that I loved seeing the English/European guests. Now it's one comedian at the end of the couch unless there is an English actor in a movie that features an American. But still love this show and look forward to it every week.

My biggest issue is the edited version for the U.S. I was excited to see Ed Sheeran to be on and his part was completely cut out. Why not just show as it is for us?

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The sad life of Americans living in a glass bubble.

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Given that several of the people commenting on this thread are Brits, and not Americans, that was a rude and crass comment; you must be a friend of Mark Wahlberg.

I'm an American, and I have no interest in Niki Minaj, but I tuned in to see Jeremy Clarkson and James May, how dull and boring an AMerican I must be!

People have their own likes and dislikes, and if there are guests on a talk show people don't recognize, it is usually because they are not 'in their lanes.' Getting snippy about it doesn't reflect on the original commentator, it reflects on the one who replies.

I saw Kesha on this program, and always thought she was a British act until she mentioned she was American. She's not my style of artist, but that's why they are on these shows and we watch them, to perhaps learn something about them or switch it off, at our choosing.

Ricky Gervais has been on there about 'An idiot abroad,' which I tried watching but quit when he and Stephen Merchant were taking too much delight in Carl's total confusion; they seemed more like bullies. So, his latest appearance was about that and his stand-up. That's the reason most 'stars' are there, they're hawking their latest project, which is why they appear in cycles, it is whenever they have a new movie or TV show.

BOHICA America!

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Embarrasses me that I don't know many of the young Brit stars, though I'm not all that knowledgeable about young US actors. Still. He picks clever and entertaining people.






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North America's Canada and the USA have so much in common with the UK. We share so much in entertainment and music.

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Surprised no one has posted on here after Will Smith on Friday night, absolutely brilliant telly with him, Jaden, Jazzy Jeff & Alfonso Ribero (Carlton). & Yes OP us Brits know who all of them are.

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I know, right? The BBC must be spent with the star studded line-up last week. Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Michael Douglas, Bradley Cooper, Selena Gomez! Wow.

As a fellow Brit, I like American guest stars more as I find them more fascinating. We get used to the proverbial comedians and British actors on the show time and time and again. The American stars are coming to the UK more often now and I like that. The beeb seem to putting all their funding into the show to spite Jonathon Ross and his lacklustre line-up on ITV1.

Sometimes I cringe at the comedian's try-hard effort to make the other guests laugh, specifically the American ones who don't get the references and humour. Other than that, American guests have been on British television for years.

You should also check out Alan Carr: Chatty Man, many US actors and singers are interviewed there too.

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And seeing that the U.K. audience knows our American stars so well has been enlightening and amusing


It always surprises me how surprised Americans are to learn how pervasive their culture is in other countries.

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You have to understand the majority of Americans don't travel worldwide, we don't get foreign shows piped in and re-dubbed, and you have to have selected 'packages' from service providers to get 'other than English' programs, which are mostly in Spanish, anyway.

BOHICA America!

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