A few days before tonight’s Late Night hosting debut, Seth Meyers catapulted TLC‘s Say Yes To The Dress to its most watched season debut ever, according to Nielsen numbers out today. An average of 1.6 million viewers caught …
If you can imagine a hybrid of Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” with a traditional weekday late-night show, then you have a pretty good idea what to expect from the first half-hour of the first Late Night With Seth Meyers on NBC. The former SNL star came to his debut show armed with lots of topical jokes following an opening that showed him writing a Thank You note to his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, vowing to treat Late Night “with respect and dignity and to only use it for original comedy pieces … starting now.” Later he said that he’s going to “shake stuff up and open this thing with a monologue,” in which he poked fun at the Olympics and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and riffed on odds and ends from the news including a 101-year-old man running for Congress. (He “has a good chance of appealing to younger voters because that’s all there is.”) Meyers’ former SNL colleague Fred Armisen does double duty as a leader of the 8G Band and comic sidekick.
The program has several similarities with Fallon’s new Tonight Show, in addition to the fact that both are based in New York. There’s lots of wood in the new set that, with its simple, blue-hued panels, seemed to have been been ordered from Ikea. Also, like Fallon, Meyers kicked off his show without irony thanking Fallon, his parents, his brother, and his wife. He introduced a routine called “Venn Diagrams” in which Meyers finds common ground in two seemingly unrelated subjects. For example, snow and toilet paper are “things you won’t find in Sochi,” and Russia and the NBA are both “places that are more gay-friendly than Arizona.” Meyers loaded up on Olympics gags, including a bit poking fun at Bob Costas’ bout of pink eye.
EXCLUSIVE: Lorne Michaels has picked Seth Meyers‘ successor behind the Weekend Update desk of Saturday Night Live. In an SNL tradition, it is NBC sketch show’s head writer Colin Jost, who will join Cecily Strong as co-anchor on March 1. Meyers’ SNL farewell is slated for February 1. Jost was one of the youngest writers ever to join SNL in 2005 when he was 22 — fresh out of Harvard where he was president of the Harvard Lampoon. He was named head writer in 2012. Jost is the third consecutive SNL head writer to take on an Weekend Update co-anchor role following Tina Fey and Meyers. Some of the recent viral sketches he has written on the show include the We Did Stop music video about the government shutdown featuring Miley Cyrus and the 50 Shades Of Grey screen test. He also has written for recurring characters on Weekend Update including Drunk Uncle, The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party (who was plated by Strong) and Second-hand news correspondent Anthony Crispino.
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Jost has shared in SNL writing staff’s three WGA Awards, a Peabody Award, and eight Emmy nominations. He has performed stand-up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, and the Just for Laughs comedy festivals in Montreal and Chicago. Jost, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, also wrote and co-stars in the upcoming Paramount movie Staten Island Summer, based on his days as a lifeguard.
“I’m one of the few SNL cast members who managed to parlay my acting ability into being a writer,” quipped Seth Meyers Sunday afternoon at TCA, where the ex-SNL head scribe announced that his first Late Night guest will be fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, February 24, and Meyers will sign off from Weekend Update on Feb. 1, he said, calling the departure “heartbreaking”. Meyers and producer Mike Shoemaker are still hammering out details of the show’s lineup. But Meyers, who ran the Weekend Update desk during his tenure at SNL, said he aims to include a similar news-oriented segment and interview fictional people in addition to real-life celebrities from showbiz figures to authors, athletes, and politicians. Keeping in late-night tradition the new show will run a long monologue, two or three comedy bits, musical guests and talent interviews, and stand-up acts.
Now we have visual confirmation on how Lorne Michaels can simultaneously run three of NBC’s late-night shows — The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live — with this walking tour by Meyers. Turns out Late Night’s new studio is “about 30 feet” …
Host Tina Fey intros Saturday Night Live‘s 6 new cast members before she gives Cecily Strong advice about taking over Weekend Update:
Hulu came to the press tour today to preach New Model and show off some of its new programming. TV critics showed up in dribs and drabs. Those who came stuck around until the final session — but that’s only because it included Seth Meyers and they wanted to ask him about — NBC’s Saturday Night Live. This morning, Hulu was pitching:
*The Wrong Mans – a comedy/thriller from James Corden and Matthew Baynton about two lowly office workers who become caught in a deadly criminal conspiracy when one of them finds a ringing cell phone at the scene of a horrific car crash.
*Behind The Mask – a documentary about sports mascots.
*Quickdraw — a half hour Western/CSI spoof about a Harvard-educated sheriff trying to introduce the emerging science of forensics to an unruly Kansas town in the late 19th century.
Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers came to TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 this morning to plug Hulu’s first original animated comedy The Awesomes, which he co-created with Late Night With Jimmy Fallon EP Michael Shoemaker. The new series, produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, is about the greatest superhero team in history — after its A-listers bail and it has to re-staff with reject superheroes. You’ll recognize voices of SNL cast and alums including Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, Emily Spivey, Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam, Rachel Dratch, and Paula Pell. Meyers, who will remain on SNL through the fall season (Fallon’s scheduled to replace Jay Leno on Tonight Show following the Winter Olympics in February) was asked how he’s juggling three gigs. “We’re in the very early stages on Late Night. More than anything else we’re staffing — we know how important it is to put together a strong staff of writers. I’ll go back to SNL in the fall and work there up until Late Night [debuts]. The nice thing about The Awesomes is that we’re pretty much through with the work on it, thankfully, because there’s going to be less and less time.”