09:28 AM EDT 05/15/2013
Originally posted 05/12/2013 05:00PM
Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of Late Night.
"We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation. 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," NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Sunday.
Originally posted 05/05/2013 09:05PM
It won't be an easy sweater to fill.
"There's only one person in this whole world like you," Fred Rogers liked to say on his long-running children's TV show. But now the difficult task begins of finding someone just like Mr. Rogers – or who can at least capture his essence – for an upcoming biopic.
A film about Rogers, who died in 2003 at age 74, is in the works at Treehouse Pictures based on a script by Alexis Jolly, a staff writer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Deadline.com reports.
Originally posted 04/09/2013 01:30PM
The words "cute," or if we're being punny, paw-dorable come to mind when we think of our pets.
But not for Jimmy Fallon.
"Gary likes to eat her bed," the soon-to-be Tonight Show host wrote on Instagram.
Originally posted 04/03/2013 06:00PM
Earlier this week, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon engaged in a charming little skit – a duet of "Tonight" from West Side Story, with novelty lyrics that reflected the growing media speculation (bordering on certainty) that Leno would soon be forced to give his spot to Fallon.
Tonight, Tonight, why do they say we fight?
I like you, you like me, we're okay!
Tonight, Tonight, who cares who hosts Tonight?
People just watch online the next day
The unstated irony of this little song is that, at least in West Side Story, one of those singers ends up dead. Now we know which one.
Originally posted 04/03/2013 01:00PM
This is no song and dance – like he did with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week.
Jay Leno, 62, is retiring from his 22-year job hosting NBC's Tonight Show, the network officially announced Wednesday.
NBC also said he will be succeeded, as expected, by Jimmy Fallon, 38, once Leno finishes out his contract in spring 2014. The show will also return to New York's 30 Rock. Johnny Carson had moved the show, which first premiered in 1954 (from Manhattan), west in 1972.
Originally posted 04/02/2013 08:15AM
It had to happen. Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, the former reportedly about to be replaced as Tonight show host by the latter, have come to blows. Blowing out their lungs in song, that is.
In a terrific and remarkably good-natured spoof that is getting high-profile play – not bad for anybody's ratings – Fallon's Late Night show opened on Monday night with his getting a call from Leno, who had just wrapped up his Tonight show.
"Hey, kid. How you holding up?" Leno, in L.A., asks Fallon, whose desk in his New York office is strewn with newspapers reporting the NBC late-night-host succession.
Fallon, 38, said he's okay and inquired how Leno, 62, was. "Yeah," says the 20-year Tonight veteran. "I'll live. I've been through this before, y'know. Got to admit, I'm a little sick of this."
Originally posted 03/29/2013 02:15PM
Meet the four new hot chicks on the music scene.
For Thursday's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the talk-show host and his editor Chris Tartaro teamed up with Blake Shelton and Parks & Recreation's Nick Offerman to perform the Lumineers' hit song "Ho Hey" – with a twist. (Watch below.)
Clad in yellow chicken suits and calling themselves "The Chickeneers," the big birds let the feathers fly as they clucked and squawked along. Before you try to roast them, keep in mind they performed in perfect harmony. Clearly they were cooped up beforehand to rehearse and didn't just wing it.
Originally posted 04/03/2013 01:00PM
If the Late Night host takes Jay Leno's throne, here's why we know he'd rule
Originally posted 03/21/2013 07:15AM
Not only is NBC planning a new host for The Tonight Show, but a new home, too – though neither will be particularly unfamiliar to viewers of late night.
Despite his present high ratings, when the show's long-running host Jay Leno's contract expires in the fall of 2014, he will be succeeded by current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, 38, reports Thursday's The New York Times.
Furthermore, according to the paper, once the shift takes place, the program will move back to New York – the original home to the show, starting in 1954, with Steve Allen, and then, Jack Paar, as host, until 1972, when Johnny Carson (who took over in 1962) moved the show west, where it has remained ever since.
Originally posted 02/23/2013 03:00PM
The Harlem shake is out, mom dancing is in – and First Lady Michelle Obama is ready for her TV close-up.
Joining a drag-donning Jimmy Fallon on his NBC show Late Night Friday, Mrs. Obama, 49, broke it down for "The Evolution of Mom Dancing," promoting the third anniversary of her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.
Although the pair easily got into the groove with such classics as "Go Shopping, Get Groceries," "Raise the Roof" and "Sprinkler," the first lady kicked it up a notch with "Just The Hands Part of Single Ladies," "Oh My God, I Love This Song" and "Driving the Station Wagon."
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