The global superstar proved his dedication to the Oblivion campaign trail with a game of “Egg Roulette” Friday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It won’t be the only egg on Cruise’s face if domestic box office fails to follow Oblivion‘s stellar global headstart when Universal’s pic debuts, virtually unchallenged, this week:
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.
UPDATE 10 PM: Michele Bachmann has received an apology from NBC over the song choice flap during her appearance on the network’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday when the show’s house band performed the 1985 Fishbone song Lyin’ Ass Bitch while she was walking out on stage. …
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.
After a slow start (who can forget that dreadful premiere-night interview with Robert De Niro), Jimmy Fallon’s late-night NBC show has grown by leaps and bounds in its 28 months on the air. Once just a sideshow in the big Conan-Leno controversy, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon has emerged as one the hottest late-night programs, a status validated today by Emmy nominations for best variety, music or comedy series and for writing for VMC series, the show’s first major Emmy recognition. But for a while, Fallon this morning feared another snub when he woke up at the crack of dawn to no congratulatory phone calls or emails. Turned out he was just too early as he got up at 7:40 AM ET, an hour before the Emmy nominations announcement. “I screwed up the time really badly,” Fallon admitted happily this morning in an exclusive interview with Deadline, having later discovered that he’d earned three noms, for best VMC series and writing as well as for Interactive Media. “I’d had this whole thing worked out in my head about how to keep up morale among the staff. Then I get a call from my wife. And she’s screaming and crying with joy. That’s when I knew I’d have my work cut out trying to make the writing staff depressed again.”
EMMY ANALYSIS: New Drama Series, Overlooked Comedies, ‘Friday Night Lights’, Jimmy Fallon And ‘SYTYCD’ Make A Splash
63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations
HBO’s new dramas Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones made a big showing in their first Emmy races, Friday Night Lights received a great sendoff for its final season, Modern Family solidified its position as the undisputed comedy king, The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation landed first best series noms, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and So You Think You Can Dance broke into the major categories at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. On the heels of its Golden Globe and SAG wins, Prohibition-era extravaganza Boardwalk Empire netted an impressive tally of 18 Emmy nominations — including best drama series, best actor (Steve Buscemi) and best director (Martin Scorsese) — second only to the drama series that has dominated awards races for the past four years, AMC’s Mad Men, which had 19 noms. HBO led the network pack with 104 nominations, followed by CBS, which was the most nominated broadcast network with 50 noms, NBC with 46, PBS with 43, and this year’s host of the Primetime Emmy ceremony, Fox, with 42. HBO’s miniseries Mildred Pierce was the most nominated program overall with 21 mentions, including one in the newly consolidated best movie/miniseries category.
In its final Emmy hurrah, high school football drama Friday Night Lights earned its first best series nomination for its final season on DirecTV, along with the second consecutive best actor and best actress noms for stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. In the best drama series category, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and FNL joined returning nominees Mad Men, Dexter and The Good Wife, which was once again the sole representative of broadcast TV in the top drama series category. Game of Thrones took a spot occupied by another genre series last year, HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, while notable omissions in the best drama series field include AMC’s high-profile new entries The Walking Dead and The Killing as well as FX’s Justified, all considered strong Emmy contenders, though the last two landed acting noms for stars Mireille Enos and Timothy Olyphant, respectively, and standout supporting players Michelle Forbes (The Killing), with her co-star Joel Kinnaman overlooked, and Margo Martindale, Walton Goggins and Jeremy Davies (Justified). Left out in the cold were Showtime’s drama Shameless and HBO’s Treme, as the TV Academy continues to show little love for Treme co-creator David Simon.
Following its complete dominance of the awards races following its best comedy series win at last year’s Emmy Awards, ABC’s Modern Family was once again the top comedy dog with 17 nominations, including best comedy series as well as acting nominations for the entire adult cast of the show, all of whom submitted themselves as supporting: last year’s winner Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen and Ed O’Neill, who was surprisingly left off last year’s nominee list. With no new comedy series making a big splash this past season on broadcast or cable, Emmy voters took a second look at series that had been passed over for best series recognition in the past. Both NBC’s Parks and Recreation and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory landed their first best comedy series nominations this year for their third and fourth season, respectively, but NBC’s offbeat sophomore Community and its cast were once again overlooked. Both Parks & Rec and Big Bang already had had lead actor nominations for stars Amy Poehler and Jim Parsons, who won for best comedy actor last year. Both are back in Emmy contention this year. However, Poehler’s co-star Nick Offerman was snubbed, while in another Emmy gain for Big Bang, Parsons is facing fellow star Johnny Galecki, who earned his first Emmy nomination. Joining Modern Family, Parks and Recreation and Big Bang in the best comedy series category are last year’s nominees Glee, The Office and 30 Rock.
It wasn’t a strong year for new broadcast series, so it is not surprising that none broke the best series categories. But three actresses from freshman sitcoms — Melissa McCarthy of CBS’ Mike & Molly, Martha Plimpton of Fox’s Raising Hope as well as Laura Linney of Showtime’s The Big C, which just started airing its second season — made the cut for best actress in a comedy series, where they will compete against returning nominees Tina Fey of 30 Rock, Poehler and last year’s winner Edie Falco of Nurse Jackie, though Showtime’s medical dramedy failed to repeat as best series nominee.