September 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm #226994
This is a thread to discuss all the late night variety series (besides SNL) like Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.January 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm #226997
This week is David Letterman’s 30th anniversary on late night television (the NBC show began on February 1, 1982).
His first ever guest was Bill Murray, who will be on the show tonight.
Another frequent guest, Howard Stern, will be on Wednesday night.April 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm #226998
Big news is happening in late night.
Official: Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno
by Lynette Rice
It’s official: NBC announced today that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”
Leno will wrap up 22 years of hosting the franchise in spring 2014, which marks the end of his current contract. Fallon, who currently reigns at 12:30 a.m. with his “Late Night,” will take over at that time. Had NBC made the decision to install Fallon earlier—like, say, around the Winter Olympics—it would have had to pay out millions in penalty fees to Leno.
As previously reported, “The Tonight Show” will return to its original home in 30 Rock in New York and will be executive-produced by Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”). He replaces longtime EP Debbie Vickers.
It’s unclear who will take over “Late Night,” Fallon’s current show. An announcement is expected soon.
“Congratulations Jimmy,” Leno said in a statement. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Added Fallon in a statement, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”
“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” said Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC. We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was #1. Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time. I’m thrilled he will become the sixth host of ‘The Tonight Show’ at exactly the right moment, in conjunction with our coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia.
NBC added in its announcement today that “The Tonight Show” has ranked No. 1—ahead of its ABC and CBS—in 18-49 viewers and total viewers for each season since Leno’s return in March 2010 and for the 14 seasons before his departure in May 2009. During the current season, “Tonight”” is consistently No. 1 versus his rivals, averaging a 0.8 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers.
Fallon’s “Late Night” has ranked No. 1 in 18-49 versus the time period’s ABC and CBS competition each season since debuting in March of 2009.
On Monday, the two late-night hosts seemed to indicate there was no bad blood between them by performing a “duet” that mocked the ongoing speculation about who’s going and who’s leaving.September 11, 2014 at 2:43 am #226999
Barbra Streisand Set For Rare Late-Night Appearance On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
by Erik Pedersen
September 10, 2014 9:11pm
NBC said tonight that the showbiz legend will be making her first U.S. late-night talk show guest appearance in more than 50 years next
week. Barbra Streisand will be the only guest on the September 15 edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to mark the release of her album Partners, which hits stores the following day. The booking marks something of a career coming full circle to Streisand. The singer-actress-producer has shunned the late-night TV talk show game since appearing with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in March 1963 to promote her debut album. She is one of just 16 people to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award.