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Lewis Black Gets Last Word (Hopefully) On White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Video

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT

If Mario Lopez can discuss abortion with Sarah Palin on Extra, surely Seth Meyers can talk about the awfulness of the White House Correspondents Dinner, and gun violence, on his late night comedy series Late Night.


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Hot Late Night Promo: ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Jimmy Fallon takes over the Tonight Show chair on February 17. Watch NBC‘s first promo teasing Fallon’s debut and 60 years of The Tonight Show under hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and as commemorated for blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the video, Conan O’Brien:

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Seth Meyers Talks ‘Late Night’ With Jimmy Fallon: Video

By | Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 11:26am PDT

Seth Meyers paid a visit to the Late Night stage last night for an early passing of the torch from Jimmy Fallon, who Meyers will be replacing when Fallon graduates to The Tonight Show next year. The ex-SNLers will be floors apart in NYC’s 30 Rock when they move up the NBC chain after the Winter Olympics:

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Seth Meyers Named Host Of NBC’s ‘Late Night’, Lorne Michaels To Exec Produce

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The real winner here is Lorne Michaels, who now controls all three NBC late night shows. NBC 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. 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 Starring 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 … Read More »

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Open Without Audience

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 7:36pm PDT

In the hours before Hurricane Sandy, Jimmy Fallon opens the show from the deserted NYC streets, then performs his monologue for an empty audience:

Hurricane Sandy: Problems Extend Into Tuesday
‘Letterman’ EP Says Tonight’s Show “Bizarre And Beautiful”: Video

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Leno Slaps Comcast For ‘Tonight’ Cutbacks; Dave And Jay Ignore Jimmy’s Move News; Kimmel Tells Audience About “Our Big Day”

UPDATED: His lord and master Comcast EVP and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke happened to be in town early this week. So Jay Leno made the most of it. For two nights in a row the late night host opened his Burbank monologue by slapping Comcast for ordering layoffs and pay cuts on The Tonight Show. “Or, as we call it, Survivor Comcast,” Leno said on Tuesday’s broadcast, adding ”NBC now stands for Nothing But Cutbacks.” Leno also came out swinging on Monday’s show saying, “Comcast calls us The Expendables… We’ve consistently been #1 in the ratings and, if you know anything about our network, that kind of thing is frowned upon.” Ouch! - because those are the same jokes Leno used to tell about his GE bosses. Then again, Jay is prone to whining on air.

Related: Tonight Show Cuts Latest NBC Layoffs & Trims By Comcast
Tonight Show Lays Off 20 Staffers; Leno Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs

Neither Leno nor David Letterman during their monologues took any notice of Tuesday’s big announcement that ABC’s midnight host Jimmy Kimmel will move his show to 11:35 PM on January 8th. No jokes, no mentions, no nuthin’. Hey, why give Jimmy any advance publicity before they all go head-to-head-to-head in late night?

Related: Jimmy Kimmel On Move: “Maybe Cut Back On Penis Jokes”
ABC Shuffles Late Night: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To 11:35 PM

As for Kimmel, he joked during his monologue that the news about his move was “almost as exciting as Miley Cyrus’ new haircut”. He also said:

“It was a big day for us here today. You may have heard about this – or maybe not. ABC our network announced today that, starting in January – right around our 10-year anniversary – our show is moving from midnight to 11:35. I hope this doesn’t throw off my feeding schedule

Moving from midnight to 11:35 might not sound like a big deal – it’s only 25 minutes – but it’s probably the most important 25 minutes of my life since the first 14 times I had sex.

So to all those people who’ve been telling me “your show is on too late for me” – you’re going to need a new excuse. Like “your show sucks”.

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Jimmy Kimmel On Move To 11:35 PM: “Maybe Cut Back On Penis Jokes”

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 11:27am PDT

Jimmy KimmelEXCLUSIVE: “You can’t do a late night show until you’re 80 years old,” Jimmy Kimmel just joked to me about his Jimmy Kimmel Live moving from midnight to 11:35 PM weekdays starting January 8th. The ABC late night host is only 44 years old now – and that’s why the network is betting that Kimmel can attract younger eyeballs than Jay Leno, 62, and David Letterman, 65. ABC’s own venerable Nightline skews to older demographics as well. “ABC sees the future and thinks it makes sense to entrench ourselves at 11:35 PM now,” Kimmel explained. Anything about the show he might have to change by starting a 1/2 hour earlier? “Maybe cut back on the penis jokes.”

Related: ABC Shuffles Late Night: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To 11:35 PM, ‘Nightline’ To 12:35 AM

The move comes after a decade of slow build in awareness and ratings and on the heels of landing its first best series Emmy nomination. Kimmel told me that Disney/ABC bosses Bob Iger, Anne Sweeney, and Paul Lee made the decision to move him to 11:35 PM without his involvement. “Truth is it was such a secret operation. There was a lot of discussion without me. First, the decision was made on their part and then they went to the affiliates who embraced the idea enthusiastically. So did sales. Then they called my agent.”

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NOVEMBER SWEEP: CBS’ ‘Late Show’ Tops ‘Tonight’ For 1st Time In 17 Years, ‘Late Late Show’ Posts First Victory Over ‘Late Night’

Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s primetime woes are beginning to spill into late-night. Both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon suffered double-digit year-to-year declines last month, giving CBS’ late-night lineup historic wins. Late Show With David Letterman (0.9/4 in 18-49, 3.41 million total viewers) posted its first November sweep victory over The Tonight Show (0.8/3, 3.60 million) among adults 18-49 in 17 years, since Late Show‘s second season in 1994. Late Show was even in 18-49 vs. last November (down 8% in total viewers), while Tonight Show was down 20% (4% in total viewers). The latter still prevailed in total viewers. CBS’ Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (0.6/3 in 18-49, 1.63 million) was the only late-night show on the broadcast networks to grow year-to-year in 18-49. It was up 20% (down 7% in total viewers) to post the franchise’s first ever demo November sweep victory over NBC’s Late Night (0.5/3, 1.73 million). The latter show, currently hosted by Jimmy Fallon, was down 17% year-to-year and flat in total viewers, a category it won. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (0.6/3, 1.97 million) tied Craig Ferguson and beat Fallon. It was even in 18-49 vs. last year and was the only broadcast late-night show to post growth in total viewers, up 7%.

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Conan O’Brien Makes First Live Visit To NBC

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 5:24pm PDT

Conan O’Brien dropped in on Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon last night, making his first live return to NBC since he was Zucker-ed in February 2010. He came by to pick up something he said he “left in the couch” — Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, which he’s contractually forbidden from using on his TBS show, along with some other intellectual property from NBC’s Late Night and The Tonight Show. Free the foul-mouthed pooch!

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New ’2.5 Men’ Cast Presents Top 10 List

Nellie Andreeva

As part of the promotional campaign for the relaunch of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones presented the “Top Ten Reasons to Watch the New Season of Two And a Half Men” on the Late Show last night. Frankly, they didn’t make a very strong case with mostly uninspired one-liners. Here is the clip:

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart On Glenn Beck’s Exit

Nellie Andreeva

Jon Stewart channeled Glenn Beck in his send-off of the departing Fox News anchor (and favorite punching bag) on The Daily Show last night.

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David Hudson Promoted To SVP Late Night & Specials At TBS And TNT

By | Friday March 25, 2011 @ 10:06am PDT

Turner has upped David Hudson, previously VP of alternative programming for the networks, to SVP late night and specials, where he will oversee a late-night slate that includes Conan and Lopez Tonight as well as continue to develop specials like the Screen Actors Guild Awards show and Christmas in Washington. He reports to Michael Wright, EVP and head of programming, TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “David has done a tremendous job supervising many key projects for TBS and TNT, including the high-profile launches of Conan and Lopez Tonight,” Wright said. “David will play a critical role in our late-night efforts on TNT and TBS, and this promotion is much-deserved.”

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Jimmy Fallon’s Charlie Sheen Parody

By | Thursday March 3, 2011 @ 5:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

More proof that Jimmy Fallon is one of the best impersonators out there and a very funny guy. Here is the NBC late-night host as the troubled Two and a Half Men star hawking his new fragrance, Winning.

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UPDATE: Letterman Show Gets Punked; So No Lindsay Lohan Appearance After All

WEDNESDAY AM UPDATE: Statement from Tom Keaney for David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants Inc which produces the Late Show:

“Lindsay Lohan will not be delivering a Top Ten list on Thursday’s LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, as had been previously announced. We made a mistake. Someone purporting to be a friend of Lindsay’s reached out to the show yesterday, allegedly on her behalf, and booked her to appear. Clearly, this person was not authorized to make commitments on her behalf. We wish Lindsay well, and look forward to having her on the show in the future.”

TUESDAY: David Letterman’s Late Show tweeted today that accused grand theft criminal Lindsay Lohan will be presenting Thursday’s Top Ten List. I don’t know which is worse: that Dave is exploiting her for ratings during sweeps, or that she keeps exploiting herself. (Deadline only writes about celeb careers.) I hear she was booked before the Top 10 list has even been written. What do you think the topic should be?

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Hot Clip: Howard Stern And Dave Letterman On Late Night Battle With Leno

Mike Fleming

There’s only so much that David Letterman can say about his late night rivalry with Jay Leno, so why not have Howard Stern fill in the blanks? Here’s a clip from Stern’s Late Show appearance:

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‘Daily Show’ Claims First Weekly Ratings Victory Over ‘Conan’ In Young Demos

Nellie Andreeva

Possibly boosted by State of the Union coverage, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart posted its first weekly win over TBS’ Conan in adults 18-34, according to the network. Conan had a huge premiere in November, dominating the cable and broadcast late-night field for its first couple of weeks on the air, but The Daily Show has been steadily chipping away at Conan‘s ratings lead for the past two months. It has beaten Conan in total viewers every week since the beginning of December and in 18-49 every week since the beginning of January. For the month of January, The Daily Show is tops in viewers and 18-49, while Conan still has the edge in the 18-34 demo. However, Conan is hourlong and The Daily Show is a half-hour. If compared to the Daily Show/Colbert Report combo that airs in the same 11 PM-12AM slot, Conan is ahead in 18-34 and 18-49 while behind to the Comedy Central shows in total viewers. An interesting footnote – Versus January 2010, The Daily Show is up 9% in total viewers, while Conan is down 3% vs. the January 2010 performance of Lopez Tonight. Here are the standings of the cable late-night talk shows for January as released by Comedy Central (only original telecasts are included as Conan returned from the holiday a week later than most of the other shows, including The Daily Show): Read More »

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Leno Came Back To Late Night To Do This?

By | Saturday January 29, 2011 @ 12:03am PST

I haven’t watched Leno in ages but tonight I was tipped that he did a segment on the Oscar nominations so I tuned in to see if it was worth posting on Deadline. Jeez, when did Jay stop giving a damn about generating laughs? (No wonder I keep hearing rumors he wants to quit the show after this season.) He looked bored, the show’s writing was worse than ever, and not only was his monologue unfunny but the Academy Awards segment was a lamefest. Oh wait, Justin Bieber just walked out. Now this is truly a crapfest.

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Jon Stewart Gives James Franco Oscar Hosting Advice

Nellie Andreeva

Newly minted Academy Award nominee James Franco was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night and sought advice from the former Oscar host for his upcoming debut as Oscar co-host alongside Anne Hathaway. Here is what Stewart told him: “Go at it with the attitude that you’re above it all… with an ironic detachment bordering on contempt. They will eat it up.” Below is the entire interview, in which Franco says he will do “a little singing and dancing” at the Oscars:


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ABC Moves ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To Midnight, Shortens ‘Nightline’

Nellie Andreeva

ABC has confirmed long-running speculation that as part of Jimmy Kimmel’s new two-year deal with ABC, the comedian had asked for his latenight talk show on the network to be moved up from 12:05 AM to midnight. The change will come into effect on Feb.4. ABC News president Ben Sherwood just sent out this memo elaborating on the impact Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s earlier start time will have on Nightline, whose running time will be shortened to 25 minutes. Among other things, ABC News is getting a commitment for 13 hourlong primetime editions of Nightline to air on ABC. Nightline, which recently ranked as the most watched program in late night, had long been a target as the only non-entertainment program to air on the Big 3 networks after 11PM. A decade ago, ABC brass famously plotted to replace it with a David Letterman-hosted talk show. Here is Sherwood’s email:

I’m writing to share some important news about Nightline.

First and foremost, today ABC has definitively answered one of the recurring questions about Nightline and ABC News:  The company firmly believes Nightline is a vital part of its successful late night strategy and Nightline will anchor the schedule at 11:35 PM.  Period.

Last year, ABC told Jimmy Kimmel that he would get a new start time – moving to midnight effective February 4, 2011.  Obviously, this fact will move

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