Late Night review: 'Has a certain charm, and Emma Thompson gives it socks'
A comedy set behind the scenes of a TV show is hardly a new idea, but Late Night has its moments.
Emma Thompson is Katherine Newbury, the arch and rather terrifying host of a late night talk show.
She lords it over her cowed all-male writing team, but ratings are slipping and Newbury is about to be replaced.
Enter Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a go-ahead young woman who works in a chemical factory but dreams of becoming a comedy writer.
Mindy Kaling’s script has moments of indulgent sentiment and not quite enough jokes, but Late Night has a certain charm, and Emma Thompson gives it socks as the fearsome host.