11 Updates
NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night
Photo Credit: TV Guide

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...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

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.

Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!

View original NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night at TVGuide.com

Other Links From TVGuide.com

Source: TV Guide

 
Update
11

1 week ago

Jimmy Fallon And 'Sesame Street' Read Tweets About Your Hilarious Childhood

Sep 12 2014 10:14am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Big Bird is all about those retweets. To celebrate "Sesame Street's" 45th anniversary, Jimmy Fallon brought in help from Elmo, Cookie Monster and his other Muppet pals to read his favorite #WhenIWasAKid tweets. In the classic style of the PBS show, the video teaches us a lot. For instance, everyone growing up thought there was a big letter in the middle of the alphabet called " ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
10

1 week ago

Top Videos: Britney Spears Joins Tinder, Ellen Does "Anaconda"

Sep 10 2014 8:42pm CDT | Source: TV Guide

This week, Jimmy Fallon helped Britney Spears sign up for Tinder, and also participated in a Tonight Show edition of Family Feud that went completely off the rails. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader shared a hilarious Casey Kasem sketch that tragically never made it to air, and Ellen DeGeneres released her own version of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video. Elsewhere, viewers also got their first taste of Utopia and its amazing theme song, as well as a very special Je ...
Source: TV Guide   Full article at: TV Guide
 

 
Update
9

1 week ago

Britney Spears And Jimmy Fallon's 'Pros And Cons' Of Dating Britney Spears Drive Us Crazy

Sep 10 2014 7:47am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Oops ... he did it again. For the latest hilarious "Tonight Show" sketch, Jimmy Fallon brought on the recently single Britney Spears to discuss the "Pros and Cons of dating Britney Spears," and it's as amazing as you'd think it would be. Fallon also made the pop singer an actual Tinder profile, but if you swipe right for Britney, just remember not to call her "Ms. Spears." "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weekn ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
8

2 weeks ago

Late Night Hosts Pay Tribute To Joan Rivers: She Had Guts, Never Stopped Working & Made No Apologies

Sep 5 2014 9:21am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

It was an emotional night for late night hosts, as they all took time on their shows to pay tribute to Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday at the age of 81. Jimmy Fallon's voice began to crack as he recalled having Rivers on his first episode of "The Tonight Show," and David Letterman praised the controversial comedian for making no apologies. "Talk about guts," he said, more than once. Take a look at how all the late night hosts responded to the sa ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
7

2 weeks ago

Adam Levine Taught Gwen Stefani How To Pronounce 'Colbert,' But It Didn't Work

Sep 3 2014 9:17am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Stephen Colbore (Colborg? Cobort?) is the new Adele Dazeem, but Adam Levine didn't want it to be that way. While chatting with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, Levine told the "Tonight Show" host that he did his best to help a nervous Gwen Stefani pronounce Stephen Colbert's name correctly while presenting at the Emmy Awards. “We’re going up there, and the whole time she’s like, ‘I can’t pronounce Colbert. I can’t pronounc ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
5

3 weeks ago

Jimmy Fallon Interrupts Stephen Colbert After Gwen Stefani Announcing Fail

Aug 25 2014 9:21pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Jimmy Fallon just stole the show ... and Stephen Colbert's award. On Monday night's Emmys, "The Colbert Report" took home the award for Outstanding Variety Series. At least, we think so. When announcing the award, Gwen Stefani sort of flubbed over the winner's name: Who was that, Gwen? Adele Dazeem? Jumping at the chance in case Stefani had made a mistake, Fallon jumped on stage and hilarity ensued as Colbert let him have the mic and whispered in his ear wh ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
4

3 weeks ago

Emmys 2014 Are A Hoot, Here's Who's Winning

Aug 25 2014 7:15pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The 2014 Emmy Awards have finally arrived. "Game of Thrones" led all shows with 19 nominations, including one in the coveted Best Drama category. Other major players up for awards on Monday evening include "Orange is the New Black," "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Louie," "Girls" and "The Big Bang Theory." Seth Meyers, meanwhile, is th ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
3

3 weeks ago

Emmy Winners 2014: Full List Of Nominees

Aug 25 2014 6:55pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The 2014 Emmy Awards have finally arrived. "Game of Thrones" led all shows with 19 nominations, including one in the coveted Best Drama category. Other major players up for awards on Monday evening include "Orange is the New Black," "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Louie," "Girls" and "The Big Bang Theory." Seth Meyers, meanwhile, is this year's Emmys ho ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 
Update
2

3 weeks ago

Miley Cyrus Nabs Top Honor at VMAs, Homeless Teen Accepts Award on Her Behalf

Aug 25 2014 8:31am CDT | Source: TV Guide

Miley Cyrus was the big winner at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, but it wasn't receiving the top honor or giving an outrageous performance that had people talking. Instead, Cyrus didn't even take the stage -- she had a young homeless man accept the trophy on her behalf, while she watched through tears from her seat. Check out all the hot fashion at the MTV Video Music Awards After Jimmy Fallon announced that Cyrus won V ...
Source: TV Guide   Full article at: TV Guide
 

 
Update
1

5 weeks ago

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/ ...
Source: Huffington Post   Full article at: Huffington Post
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
The most popular TV series released in 2014 include such incredible shows as True Detective and Fargo.
 
 
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
The vampire series True Blood has arrived in its wacky final season. Director Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin, who played Sookie, also pose 'Nude' for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
 
 
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in The Game of Thrones recently discussed some last-minute changes in the popular series.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Asian Games: Indian women's badminton team in quarterfinal
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Indian badminton women's team Saturday entered the quarterfinal of the Asian Games after thrashing Macau 3-0 in their pre-quarterfinal tie at the Gyeyang Gymnasium here. For India, singles stars...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
'Fashion Police' will continue without Joan Rivers
'Fashion Police' is set to continue following the death of Joan Rivers. A new season of popular style series, which the late comedienne hosted for four years until her death earlier this month and is produced by her...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Tim McGraw intimidates daughters' boyfriends
Tim McGraw enjoys intimating his daughters' boyfriends. The 47-year-old country singer - who has three children, Gracie, 17, Maggie, 15, and Audrey, 12, with wife Faith Hill - admits he isn't entirely comfortable with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Dylan Penn wants to be a director
London, Sep 20 (IANS) Model Dylan Penn, who is making her acting debut with "Condemned", aspires to be a screenwriter and director in future. In an interview to Vanity Fair magazine, Penn, daughter of Sean Penn and...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Shweta shoots first medal for India, wins bronze
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Shweta Chaudhry shot the first medal for India in the 2014 Asian Games after she won the bronze in the women's 10m air pistol at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range here Saturday. Shweta,...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
China clinch first gold medal at Incheon Asian Games
Incheon, Sep 20 (IANS) Chinese markswomen Guo Wenjun, Zhang Mengyuan and Zhou Qingyuan won the women's 10m air pistol team event Saturday morning, the first gold medal at Asian Games. It was the fourth consecutive...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Paltrow acquires new culinary skills
Los Angeles, Sep 20 (IANS) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has added baking to her culinary skills by taking private lessons from top chef Zoe Loeb. The 41-year-old jumped at the chance to work with her long time friend Josh...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lille to stage 2014 Davis Cup Final
London, Sep 19 (IANS) The Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the French city of Lille will stage the Davis Cup World Group Final between France and Switzerland Nov 21-23. The tie will be played indoors under a retractable roof...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Scottish First Minister resigns after defeat in referendum (Roundup)
Edinburgh, Sep 19 (IANS) Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Friday announced his resignation after his Yes campaign's defeat in the independence referendum, Xinhua reported. Addressing a press conference broadcast...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
UN Security Council calls for international support against IS
United Nations, Sep 20 (IANS) The UN Security Council Friday urged the international community to "further strengthen and expand support" for Iraqi government in fighting Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. In a...
Read more on Politics Balla