UPDATE: Refined numbers are in, and the final episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drew 6.6 million viewers, its largest audience ever. In an encouraging sign for …
Ben Affleck told Jimmy Fallon last night he thought he could handle any rough handling after Zack Snyder cast him as Batman in Warner Bros’ Batman vs. Superman pic. “I handle sh*t,” he cracked. Apparently he has rethought his stance:
Speculation On NBC’s Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon Transition Intensifies As Fallon Plans To Move ‘Tonight Show’ To New York
Somehow, another NBC late-night transition has turned into a public drama. And this time, the two hosts involved are not even feuding. The network has found itself in a groundswell of speculation surrounding The Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon. The network is staying mum on its plans, but a few things appear settled: Fallon is poised to replace Leno on The Tonight Show. When he does, he is not expected to copy his predecessor Conan O’Brien’s cross-country move from New York to Los Angeles. I hear Fallon and his producers had been lobbying for staying put in New York. Fallon’s current studio is being renovated, which sources say was part of a planned refurbishing of 30 Rock, and it will likely house the future Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, marking the show’s return to the East Coast after more than four decades in Burbank. Leno’s current contract, which is up in September 2014, will likely be late-night host’s last one. In an interview with GQ, Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels also hinted at the inevitability of Fallon’s anointment as new Tonight host. “I’m not allowed to say it — yet,” he said. “But I think there’s an inevitability to it,” He added: “He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation.”
With the players and the framework set, the biggest uncertainty in the transition appears to be the exact timing. There is speculation that NBC brass may have settled on an end date for Leno and that Leno and Fallon, who regularly chat on the phone, have discussed the issue in a call initiated by Fallon — though all sides are denying that there is a plan in place. For now, sources at NBC indicate that the network has no plans to announce Leno’s Tonight exit at NBC’s upfront presentation in May, though the rampant speculation may force their hand in the decision-making. An announcement of Leno’s retirement is tied with the introduction of Fallon as new Tonight host, something he has not been contracted for yet. I hear NBC has not started or is in very early stages of making Fallon’s deal for The Tonight Show.
On his show last night, Jimmy Fallon re-created a comedy classic with a new take on Abbott and Costello’s Who’s On First? routine where we finally get to meet the team’s first baseman Who, second baseman What, and third baseman I Don’t Know. (you can watch the original skit below the new one.) Joining Fallon onstage are Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld (as well as Fallon announcer Steve Higgins as Costello and Fallon head writer A.D. Miles as What.)
Louis C.K. dropped in on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night to talk about his hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow. He also offered a typically blunt message for Hurricane Sandy for the storm’s devastation of New York City.
His comments about Saturday Night Live are on the jump.
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!… Check out this hilarious sketch that airs tonight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Fallon plays Mitt Romney in this debate spoof in which he and Barack Obama tell Jim Lehrer (not the real one) to “Shut The F*** Up”. The show airs at 12:35 …
When a network falls to 8th place, it’s going to be hard to get eyeballs for its programming. So little wonder that NBCUniversal is planning a company-wide promotional blitz for massive coverage of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on the sports, news and entertainment front. It will also utilize Spanish-language programs, kids news services, theme parks, and in-flight programming to cover and promote the game. For the first time in the show’s history, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will go on the road for a total of four shows from Indianapolis, the first-ever post Super Bowl Late Night live. Looking at this list, it’s clear this kind of omnipresence would have been frowned on by regulators once upon a time. No more. Here are the plans:
Coverage of Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5 begins at Noon, ET with the Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show. The following NBCUniversal properties and programs will have live presence in Indianapolis to cover Super Bowl XLVI: TODAY Show, Weekend TODAY, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, E! News, Access Hollywood, Bravo’s Top Chef, CNBC sports-business reporter Darren Rovell, Weather Channel’s Al Roker, Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams, Style correspondents, Jeannie Mai and Alexa Prisco, Golf Channel’s Feherty Live, • Telemundo, NBC SportsTalk, Scholastic Kids press corps reporter.