May 12, 2013 at 11:35 am #275887
NBC has completed its late-night revamp by naming Seth Meyers host of Late Night. He will succeed Jimmy Fallon who is taking over The Tonight Show next spring, replacing Jay Leno. Lorne Michaels will executive produce Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer. Late Night with Seth Meyers will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York which also houses Saturday Night Live and where The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
also will be based. “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most
insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation”, NBC
chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “His years at SNL‘s Weekend Update
desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons,
helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise”. Meyers had been the frontrunner to succeed Fallon since NBC announced last month Fallon’s ascendance to The Tonight Show. His appointment means that both The Tonight Show and Late Night will be hosted by former SNL Weekend Update anchors. Additionally, it solidifies Michaels’ status as NBC’s late-night king as he will executive produce The Tonight Show, Late Night and SNL.
“I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him
back for the time I totaled his car”, Meyers quipped. “12:30 on NBC has
long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice”. Meyers
is the third host of Late Night, following David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Fallon.
This is Meyers’ 12th season as an SNL cast member, eighth season as head writer and seventh season as Weekend Update
anchor. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and
Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. Meyers has also
garnered five additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer on SNL and the 2011 special The Real Women of SNL.
Meyers has hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined
the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.May 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm #275889
Meh, boring choice. Craig Ferguson ftw!May 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm #275890
He hasn’t been that great on SNL in the past few years. I’m thinking he’s going to bomb.May 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm #275891
As long as he does Weekend Update and this show I’m good.May 13, 2013 at 11:23 am #275892
I thought he was very good when he would sit in with Kelly Ripa before they hired Michael Strahan. He seemed to fall into the host chat opening very well, so I think he’ll be fine on the front-end of the show. I think he’ll struggle as an interviewer the most and that will take some work. I will definitely give him a try because I do think he is a funny guy and he has potential to do well in this format.May 13, 2013 at 11:30 am #275893
I think it was TIME’s James Poniewozik who suggested that Meyers could really succeed and differentiate himself from Fallon and the other late night hosts if he switched up the format to make it more topical news (similar to Weekend Update) and I have to agree, although I doubt NBC would let him.
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