Carson Daly Joins NBC’s ‘Today’; ‘Last Call’ future vague

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 6:07am PDT

Carson Daly, longtime host of NBC‘s late-night show Last Call, and host of the network’s primetime singing competition The Voice, has joined NBC News’ Today as its “digital doorman,” he said this morning.  Daly will be holed up in this Orange Room on the struggling morning infotainment show’s new set, which will be unveiled Monday. “Orange Room,” NBC said this morning, “is the nexus point between the Today audience and the show, embracing the many ways that viewers seek out and share news across all media and allowing the show and its fans to connect in a variety of new ways. In a casual, lounge-like setting, the Orange Room will also be a hub of emerging technology, equipped for everything from social media hangouts, to extended live-stream interviews with Today guests, analysis of real-time social data and reactions from the web, as well as the home for Today’s original digital franchises.” Pop quiz tomorrow.

It’s probably no coincidence NBC tossed out its latest Today show bright shiny light the same day ABC was set to issue its weekly morning infotainment-show ratings report. In the report, ABC notes  that, season-to-date, GMA is seeing its largest overall season audience in more than 21 years and its best 25-54 performance in five years, and that it has had the largest overall audience among morning infotainment shows the past 55 consecutive weeks —  and that on Yahoo! reached 22 million users last month, and is the No. 1 morning-news website, beating by millions of viewers each month.

UPDATE: Today’s announcement throws into question — again –  the fate of Last Call. Daly’s out as host, but will remain an exec producer on the show, the network said this morning, adding that a “transition” plan would be announced “at a later date” — which industry insiders assume means “lickety split” since the show should already have gone into production for its new season. It’s not the first time Last Call has been on the block. What started as a straight talk show, morphed into a half-hour mix of interviews and pre-taped location music performances over the years as ratings declined and budgets were cut. When it debuted way back in 2002, Last Call clocked about 1.4 million viewers – 417,000 of them in the target 18-34 demo (and 850,000 of them in the 18-49 demo). It peaked in ’04 with an average audience of 1.6 million (525,000 in 18-34), but has been sliding slowly since. This season it’s averaging 875,000 viewers (149,000 in 18-34). That said, for the first 10 weeks of the third quarter, Last Call has moved ahead of CBS’s Late Late Show by a teensy margin in 18-34 (145,000 vs. 144,000).

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TCA: ‘The Voice’ Not A Search For Singing Star, Say Celebrity Judges

By | Saturday July 27, 2013 @ 6:43pm PDT

The point of NBC’s singing competition series The Voice is not to find a recording star, the show’s celebrity judges and host Carson Daly said, by way of dismissing a TV critic’s observation that the hit show had yet to turn one out. Things got tense during The Voice Q&A session at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 when the celebrity judges and Daly seemed to take issue with having to take questions from TV critics in the room. When one critic asked about the show’s practice of bringing in ringers, Adam Levine called that critic a “shit stirrer.” Another critic wondered whether Levine could not be spontaneous on the show after last season saying “I hate this country” on national TV when two of his singers got the hook, and he had to issue a statement saying “I obviously love my country very much.”

“I think people can see through stupid media hype,” he shot back, adding later, “No offense.” Read More »

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It’s Official: Carson Daly Will Host NBC’s Music Reality Series ‘The Voice’

By | Tuesday February 1, 2011 @ 1:56pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s late-night host Carson Daly has closed a deal to host NBC’s ambitious new singing competition series (and American Idol rival) The Voice, from top reality producers John de Mol (Big Brother) and Mark Burnett (Survivor) and Warner Horizon Television.  “Carson is the perfect choice to host this exciting new series owing to his credibility, popularity and relevance in both the music world and social media,” NBC’s reality chief Paul Telegdy said.  “As he has demonstrated on his late-night show, Carson has the knack of recognizing new talent, which is a key component in The Voice.”

The show, in which contestants vie for a recording contract, is modeled after the Dutch Voice of Holland, which is the country’s #1 talent competition show. It features four celebrity artists who each forms a team of singers that they coach throughout the competition. Contestants will be eliminated until each coach only has one team member left who will compete in the finals to be named The Voice in a live finale. Casting of the coaches is still ongoing, with NBC targeting the series for a spring launch, going head-to-head with Fox’s juggernaut American Idol. “Having worked in the music industry for many years, I am looking forward to hosting The Voice, Daly said. “This is a show based strictly on vocal performance — giving all kinds of talented singers the opportunity to reach millions across the country.” Read More »

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Carson Daly To Host NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC’s late-night host Carson Daly is in negotiations to host NBC’s ambitious new singing competition series (and American Idol rival) The Voice, from top reality producers John de Mol (Big Brother) and Mark Burnett (Survivor) and … Read More »

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