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NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night
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NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night

May 2 2013, 9:01am CDT | by

As NBC plans next year's Tonight Show handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon, the network is taking a hard look at all of its late night options. That includes a potentially extreme makeover of Late...

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NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night

May 2 2013, 9:01am CDT | by

As NBC plans next year's Tonight Show handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon, the network is taking a hard look at all of its late night options. That includes a potentially extreme makeover of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon once Fallon departs. The network has also given serious consideration to expanding The Tonight Show back to 90 minutes under Fallon, insiders confirm. Such an expansion might have led to a much smaller, 30 minute Late Night. But sources say the 90-minute Tonight Show idea has now been tabled.

Meanwhile, as Fallon shifts to the 11:35/10:35c timeslot next spring, Saturday Night Live head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers remains the front runner to take over the Late Night hosting gig. NBC is expected to name its new Late Night host before mid-May.

NBC also plans to keep Late Night in New York, which means it will be produced side-by-side with The Tonight Show. Fallon and Tonight are already set to move into a larger studio inside 30 Rock next year. (That will leave Carson Daly's recently renewed Last Call as the Peacock network's only Los Angeles-based late night program.)

"There is something potentially special about all these shows existing in literally the same place," one insider says of Tonight, Late Night and Saturday Night Live all broadcasting out of NBC's East Coast headquarters at Rockefeller Plaza. "It's the last bastion of NBC. There's really good 12:30 history out of that building."

With both shows in New York, Late Night is expected to de-emphasize multiple celebrity guests in order to prevent booking wars with its Tonight Show sibling. Among the changes, Meyers could adapt "Weekend Update" into a nightly version for Late Night in the vein of The Daily Show, and perhaps interview more newsmakers, politicians and athletes (some of his biggest interests) and fewer stars.

In order to trim costs, Late Night might also be produced in a smaller setting, similar to Bravo's Watch What Happens Live — perhaps with no band, a smaller audience and more reliance on conversation.

Such a differentiation between Tonight and Late Night might also silence critics who have noted that Meyers and Fallon may be a bit too similar — both are around the same age, and both made their name as SNL players and "Weekend Update" anchors.

Meyers "is such a smart guy and knows he'll need to distinguish his show from the others," says one insider. "His writing and improv background are hugely important. He's the most ready to host a show, particularly with this relatively short timeline."

One more thing favoring Meyers for the Late Night gig: Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels, the late night kingpin who's expected to keep control of Late Night as he adds Tonight to his empire.

But should a Meyers show not pan out, insiders confirm that the alternatives include Bravo executive and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen or America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon. Cohen intrigues NBC execs because his show is cheap and usually books guests (frequently reality stars) different from The Tonight Show's usual suspects. Meanwhile, Cannon is a workhorse who would bring some much-needed diversity to NBC's late-night programming.

Had NBC decided to go with a 90-minute Tonight Show, adding an extra half-hour to the show wouldn't increase costs much; it would have simply meant longer interviews and perhaps two songs from a musical guest instead of one. There's plenty of precedent: When Steve Allen launched Tonight in 1954, the show aired from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET.

After Jack Paar took over in 1957, Tonight moved up 15 minutes, airing from 11:15 p.m. to 1 a.m., which Johnny Carson then inherited in 1962. By 1967, with most stations airing half-hour late newscasts, Carson pushed the show to an 11:30 start time.

Then, in September 1980, as part of a contractual dispute with NBC, Johnny Carson convinced the network to cut The Tonight Show down from 90 minutes to an hour. Since then, an hour (or half-hour) has been the standard talk show length. The last regular 90-minute late-night talk show was CBS' The Pat Sajak Show, which launched in January 1989 but reverted to an hour by that October.

Meanwhile, as NBC revamps its late night plans next year, oversight of the daypart appears to be changing hands. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New York-based NBC Broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert has taken control of NBC late night, which was previously overseen in Los Angeles.

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Jimmy Fallon's #VacationFail Tweets Make Your Worst Getaways Seem Amazing

Aug 15 2014 10:39am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Everybody knows vacations are the best. But even the greatest vacations can have those awkward moments when dad buys women's clothing for himself. Thankfully, Jimmy Fallon's latest hashtag #VacationFail can actually teach us a lot about avoiding those unpleasant situations. We learned to never let dad go shopping alone. Jimmy reads your #VacationFail tweets! #FallonTonight https://t.co/AtZcI0R2Uk pic.twitter.com/G3XehdLozg— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) August 15, 20 ...
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Mickey Rourke sports killer cut on 'The Tonight Show'

Aug 13 2014 11:43am CDT | Source: USATODAY

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Taylor Swift Gets Nerdy In Audition For Jimmy Fallon's 'Ew!'

Aug 9 2014 12:34pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Taylor Swift really wants to be on Jimmy Fallon's "Ew!" -- you know, the "Tonight Show" skit where Fallon plays an obnoxious teenage girl. The singer made an audition video of herself as Natalie, a nerdy girl with glasses and braces. Natalie's mom used to be BFFs with Sara's (a.k.a. Fallon's teenage alter ego) mom in college, and Natalie really hopes that she can be on "Ew!" when ...
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Will Arnett Confirms 'Arrested Development' Season 5 Is Happening

Aug 8 2014 4:51pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Netflix finally realized there's always money in the banana stand. The streaming video service made headlines earlier this week when Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said he was "positive" that "Arrested Development" would be coming back for Season 5, and now that news has been confirmed. While stopping by "The Tonight Show," Will Arnett opened up to Fallon about the Netflix comments, saying, "It's gonna happen. We don't ...
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3 weeks ago

Comedy Central Announces Tweet-Based Digital Improv Series ‘CC:Social Scene’

Jul 29 2014 9:52am CDT | Source: Lost Remote

Comedy Central yesterday announced a new weekly digital series, ‘CC:Social Scene,’ which will feature improv talent reacting to tweets. The initial run will consist of six episodes and will be hosted by comedian Paul Scheer. The series, which is sponsored by Redd’s Apple Ale, debuted July 28 on CC.com and the CC YouTube Channel, and will be promoted across Comedy Central’s social channels. Each week, Scheer will ask fans o ...
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4 weeks ago

Stephen Colbert Keeping 'Late Show' In NYC According To CBS

Jul 23 2014 3:38pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert will not only be following in David Letterman's footsteps, he'll be doing it on the same stage. CBS said Wednesday that Colbert, who is replacing Letterman as the "Late Show" host next year, will keep the show in New York City's Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert's debut date is still uncertain, dependent on when Letterman officially retires from late-night TV. "Tonight" show ...
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5 weeks ago

Whoopi Goldberg And Jimmy Fallon 'Flip Lips' And Sing A Duet

Jul 17 2014 9:17am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Jimmy Fallon just made Whoopi Goldberg's (and America's) dreams come true. While appearing on "The Tonight Show," Goldberg told Fallon that she wanted to try interviewing herself, so the two swapped lips in order to make it happen. What followed was an in-depth, profound conversation that consisted of a lot of weird accents, more tongues sticking out than a Miley Cyrus concert and an unforgettable duet of Aretha Franklin and George Michael's ...
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