The Tonight Show
When Jimmy Fallon first took hold of Late Night, his premiere guests included Robert DeNiro (Space Train, anyone?) and Justin Timberlake. Now that he’ll be moving over to Jay Leno’s spot on the Tonight Show on February 17th, Mr. Fallon has nowhere to go except horizontal for his game-day bookings.
Saturday Night Live
On November 21, The American Museum of Natural History hosted the 2013 Museum Gala.
Meg Ryan, Baz Luhrmann, Martha Stewart, Kathy Najimy, Kyle Maclachlan, and Tina Fey as hostess, made for quite the memorable evening.
Attendees arrived at the museum with heavy purses for the Christie’s auction, which was given a comedic boost by Seth Meyers. Read More
The Tonight Show
Okay, here’s a hypothetical: Let’s say that Saturday Night Live is getting a major revamp, with six new players possibly coming onboard next season. And let’s just say that Seth Meyers, the host of Weekend Update, will be leaving in February to guest-host Late Night (which he will inevitably host, because d’uh.)
So who should Lorne Michaels put in the co-anchor chair?
If you answered newcomer/most awesome female cast member ever*, Cecily Strong, you’d be correct!
Wednesday’s official announcement from NBC that Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno on The Tonight Show was the culmination of months worth of speculation, rumors and gossip. When the media learned that Mr. Fallon was not only moving the show back to New York, but would be hosting the program from Johnny Carson’s old studio, the comparisons between this latest drama and the bitter NBC late-night feuds in the past–Conan vs. Leno, Leno vs. Letterman–were inevitable, despite the network trying to play off the move as amicable. Hell, trying for the 11:30 (or now, technically, 11:35) slot on NBC is more of a political bloodsport than Game of Thrones, with at least twice as much backstabbing and allegiance shifting. (Though less decapitation … that we know of.)
Here are the five best rumors about the new Tonight Show, along with any responses from NBC or its players.
Ha ha. Love this. It’s not even technically a “prank,” so much as a very good method for finding out what former co-workers really thought about you. All you do is wait until they are on a nationally syndicated program, and then call up the show pretending to be someone named “Coco” from “New Hampshire.” You don’t even have to mask your voice!
While Anderson Cooper was learning about his afternoon talk show being cancelled–no, not just for Hurricane Sandy, but forever–two late night hosts made the brave decision to continue their shows at NBC and CBS as if a giant storm wasn’t ranging outside.
The only problem? Neither Jimmy Fallon nor David Letterman had a live audience–a first, in both their histories–to laugh at their jokes. But what could have turned into that creepy David Lynch episode of Louie was actually an amazing bit of performance art as the two jokesters performed to the dead silence of a mostly-empty room. *Yanks collar* “Tough crowd!”
TV on the Internet
Per Roger Friedman’s Showbiz411, Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers is in the lead to replace Regis Philbin on the morning show currently known as Live with Kelly. Kelly Ripa’s other prospective co-hosts are football star Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban–sorry, Pat Kiernan. All that lobbying for naught! And Read More
Person of the year
As an increasing segment of the population cancel their cable subscription and subsist on a diet of television and films streamed through their laptops, Internet video sites like Hulu and Netflix have hastily bid on a slew of original series in the hopes that one day soon, nobody will use their televisions unless Roku is involved.
While Netflix is funding series that appeal to a cult fan base–a new season of Arrested Development, House of Cards, Lilyhammer (already renewed for a second season), and Hemlock Grove– Hulu’s recent acquisitions point to a wide-net marketing strategy: accessible shows for an audience of TV viewers who want more of the same.
Today, during Hulu’s upfronts, viewers got a brief glimpse of The Awesomes, an animated series by Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers.
This afternoon, Time magazine held its annual lunch and panel for it’s prestigious person of the year issue. We went in with our money on Occupy Wall Street, but most of our other journo diners seemed to take it as a given that the honor would be bestowed on Steve Jobs.
It was an impressive panel led by Time‘s Rich Stengel: NBC’s Brian Williams, Anita Hill, Jesse Eisenberg, Mario Batali, Seth Meyers, and Grover Norquist, president of the advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform.
Obama at the White House Correspondence Dinner, makes fun of Donald Trump.
2012: GOP Establishment wants Mitch Daniels and others to enter the race, thanks to unimpressive field. [Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg]
White House Correspondence Dinner: Full video of Obama and Seth Meyers. [C-SPAN]
Trump Jokes: Read More