By Tom Shales
Tuesday, July 9, 2002; Page C01 (Washington Post)
Two stand-up guys sat down for a chat. The result was good conversation and quietly terrific television. And if you happen to be a fan of the two men in question -- Ted Koppel and David Letterman -- and you saw this encounter, you may have come away with a new understanding of why you like them. Or love them, as the case may be.
The occasion was the premiere of "Nightline UpClose," a new and interim late-night show that follows "Nightline," but only, as Koppel noted on last night's premiere, until January. Then a new late-night comedy show starring Jimmy Kimmel, whoever the heck that is, claims the slot.