James LiptonWith QEFTSG breaking Bravo's rating records, Gothamist takes a look at the previously highest-rated program, Inside the Actor's Studio with James Lipton Since Gothamist is a huge movie fan, when we watched the show for the first time, we thought, "Wow, this is great, this guy talks to really interesting actors and get them to discuss their craft." See, there was a day when we were naive and hopeful. Now we realize James Lipton is peddling around the most annoying panderfest - it's like Charlie Rose plus Jay Leno without anything interesting. And we hate how Lipton tries to show off his French when he says "Bernard Pivot" when he's about to do the 10 questions, which Gothamist always felt was the poor man's Proust Questionnaire.

The only James Lipton we like is when Will Ferrell plays him. Here's a great description of Will Ferrell playing Lipton to Tobey Maguire's Dustin Diamond, aka Screech from Saved by the Bell. And The Mighty Geek went to see Will Ferrell play James Lipton on Inside the Actor's Studio, as part of a special anniversary show.