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TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved, CEO Bruce Rosenblum Says

TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved, CEO Bruce Rosenblum SaysThe TV Academy probably should take another look at the categories for its Primetime Emmy Awards, academy chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum told TV critics this morning at the TCAs summer press tour after TV critics began to flog him and the academy for not doing a better job “policing” which categories series and actors are competing.

Image (2) SHAMELESS-EMMY-BUS-AD__140521190126-575x119.jpg for post 734049TV critics nicked him for a number of this year’s nominees — one TV critic, for instance, noted,  “it’s nice Treme got nominated, but it’s in the miniseries category and it’s been on the air about five years.” Another expressed disbelief the academy would let Shameless submit itself for consideration as a comedy series for a season that included a storyline “in which a baby overdoses on cocaine.”  And harsh words were said about  “certain” actors who’d  submitted themselves as guest stars “even though they have regular series contracts.” Plenty more where that came from.

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EMMYS: Producer Don Mischer’s Show Nightmare – And Why The Golden Globes Can Thank ‘SNL’ For Its Emmy Love

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 1:59pm PDT
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EMMYS: Producer Don Mischer’s Show Nightmare – And Why The Golden Globes Can Thank ‘SNL’ For Its Emmy LoveAfter this morning’s announcement of the Emmy nominations, Don Mischer, the veteran (and much awarded himself) executive producer of this year’s 66th annual Emmy Awards jokingly suggested to me that maybe there should be an awards show that only honors other award shows! God help us. We almost have that now. At the Emmys, the only awards show not eligible to win one of the golden winged statuettes is Emmy herself.

And what’s significant awards-show wise in this year’s lineup is how far the Golden Globes, of all shows, have come into industry respectability. Not only did it grab an Outstanding Special Class Seth-Meyers-bowed-Andy-Samberg-while-presenting-his-Golden-GlobeProgram nomination against the Tonys and the Oscars this morning, but it also landed a nod for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special. It will compete there again with the Tonys there but – OUCH – not perennial writing nominee Academy Awards; Ellen DeGeneres and her crew of writers who so memorably sent out for pizza and took selfies this year were snubbed this time out.

Of course the Globes have really smartened up in the writing department in the past couple of years with strong SNL influence and participation from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well as Seth Meyers among other members of the Lorne Michaels wolf pack.  Meyers may not have been nominated for his own newoscars-producers-blog630-jpg_043502 NBC late-night talk show, but this year’s Emmy host has a chance to win one  for his Globes writing gig, and that category WILL be presented this year on the primetime broadcast. Still in sheer numbers of nominations today, The Oscars lead the Tonys 8-7, with the Globes grabbing the aforementioned two. Impressively, Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who will be returning for a third consecutive stint on next year’s show, are competing directly against themselves in the Special Class category with their NBC musical special The Sound Of Music Live! And they also nabbed a nomination for their Lifetime miniseries, Bonnie And Clyde. Big day for that busy pair, who got Emmy love for all of their TV projects last season, even if critical reaction was mixed. Who’s laughing now? Read More »

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NBC Upfronts Presentation 2014 Live-Blog: ‘Blacklist’ Love, Meyers & Fallon Take Aim

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 8:28am PDT

NBC Upfront PresentationNBC_logoRemember a few years back, when NBC didn’t want to play in the Upfront Week sandbox and did not believe in the TV season? That was before it unexpectedly found itself in first place for a TV season…..

10:59 AM: Network execs, Mad Ave suits and The Reporters Who Cover Television have been baking in the sun for an hour, as they wait to get in to the Javits Center.

11:15 AM: Seth Meyers kicks things off, noting NBC’s upfront taking place “at the Javits Center in the heart of New York’s historical Stabbing District. What it lacks in charm it more than makes up for in size. They say it’s so big it can fit every person who watched an episode of Ironside….”

“The Upfront: NBC’s longest-running show. ”

“Congratulations are in order to Bob Greenblatt NBCUniversal Events - Season 2014for the Sound Of Music… [from] hot new writers Rogers and Hammerstein. Those kids have a career in front of them. ”

“NBC’s biggest hit of last year, The Blacklist is returning for a second season. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s about the people Donald Sterling doesn’t want coming to the Clippers game.”

Related: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Redo: ‘The Blacklist’ Post-Super Bowl Episode To Be Two-Parter

“It’s much better to have a show be a smash that be called Smash.”

“Ukraine will appear on the next season of The Biggest Loser.”

“Some of you came with a taxi today, some took the subway. I rode in on Jimmy Fallon ‘s coattails.”

“I am honored to be hosting the Emmys in August. The Emmys will be held on a Monday this year for the first itme since 1976,” he said, saying he was looking forward to the inevitable news release from NBC the next day boasting “The Emmys scores its highest Monday rating since 1977.”

11:30 AM: NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt says he won’t make any Javits Center jokes because Meyers covered it. “The good news is… we are no longer at Hilton ballroom.” Some of you there…actually come long way since then… We’re no. 1  — you’re going to hear it a lot more… Read More »

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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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White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Joel McHale Has Hard Acts To Follow

When Joel McHale entertains at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, these are the recent previous entertainers the room will remember — and against whom McHale will be judged:

Conan O’Brien in 2013:

Jimmy Kimmel in 2012:

Seth Meyers in 2011:

And, of course, the one the White House Correspondents’ Association would rather everyone forgot –  2006, when Stephen Colbert torched the place:

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Video: Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers & Steve Carell Join White House Efforts To Stop Sexual Assault

James Bond has teamed up with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to protect people from sexual assault. Along with POTUS and VPOTUS, Daniel Craig is appearing in a new PSA encouraging men to intervene and stop the situation when they realize someone is in danger of being sexually assaulted. The 007 star is joined by Steve Carell, Benicio Del Toro, former West Wing and Psych actor Dulé Hill and NBC’s  Late Night host Seth Meyers.

“I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project,” said Craig in a statement released by the White House today. “The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.” Launched in coordination with the 1 Is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the PSAs will debut next month in Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters. In both a 30-second and 60-second format, they will also appear over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network and on the big screen in U.S. military bases and ships around the world.

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NBC’s Cross-Promotion Strategy Hits New Heights On Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’: Video

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 9:41am PDT

The same night NBC‘s newest late-night host Seth Meyers is announced as host of NBC’s upcoming broadcast of the Primetime Emmys, Meyers’ Late Night guest is MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow –  and Meyers does a segment on his show to promote NBC News’ weekend Nightly News and Dateline anchor Lester Holt, called Forced Friendship With Seth & Lester:

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Seth Meyers To Host The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 7:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

sethmeyersUPDATED: Today could not have gone much better for Seth Meyers. After being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the morning, the Late Night host has been set as host of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC. The network submitted the late-night host to the TV Academy’s Board of Governors, which just voted to approve him, along with Don Mischer as executive producer.

Related: EMMYS: Major Deadline Looms As The Race Takes Off

This marks Meyersmeyersemmy‘ debut as Emmy host; he previously emceed the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards and the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His selection continues the tradition of the current host of Late Night to emcee the Primetime Emmys whenever they air on NBC. Four years ago, it was Meyers’ predecessor Jimmy Fallon, and the two previous times it was Fallon’s predecessor Conan O’Brien. In fact, Fallon’s very well-received 2010 Emmy-hosting stint a year and a half into his late-night tenure is credited with giving him extra momentum that took him all the way to The Tonight Show. NBC brass no doubt hope for a similar extra boost for Meyers, who took over Late Night on February 24. Two months in their new jobs, Fallon and Meyers already have … Read More »

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NBC’s Jimmy Fallon And Seth Meyers Welcome Stephen Colbert To ‘Late Show’: Video

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 8:19am PDT

Late-night TV was much more fun when its stars held grudges — Dave dissed Jay, Jay nixed Joan out of respect to Johnny, Kimmel savaged Jay, and so on. These days, effusive praise of one another is the fashion. On NBC last night, Seth Meyers told his audience new CBS Late Show  star Stephen Colbert is “one of the nicest people” he’s ever met and they both went to Northwestern, “so that’s very exciting for me.” Jimmy Fallon assured his audience that while “the media” is talking about “how there is going to be a new late-night war…there’s not going to be any war.”Related: Stephen Colbert Named CBS’ New ‘Late Show’ HostHere’s Fallon, followed by Meyers, welcoming Colbert to the broadcast fray: Read More »

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David Letterman’s Competitors, POTUS, React To Retirement News (Video)

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 3:41am PDT

When David Letterman announced his retirement, various talk show hosts reacted. Seth Meyers, who currently hosts Late Night, the show Letterman created before moving to CBS, noted correctly on the show that he would not be there without Dave:

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IFC Unveils New Comedies From Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers & Rob Huebel As Part Of 2015 Slate

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 9:04am PDT

IFC_LogoTagline_1 (1)IFC has unveiled a slate of new and returning comedy projects, along with projects in development,  ahead of its upfront tonight in New York. New programming for 2015 includes American Documentary (working title), a docu-parody created by Saturday Night Live vets Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers; and American Storage (working title), a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant). IFC is also collaborating with CollegeHumor on the first-ever Comedy Music Awards, a satire of traditional awards shows incorporating the best of the comedy and music worlds. Returning for an expanded fourth season is Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis), and a sophomore season of its original sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and Ben Stiller, featuring the LA comedy troupe of the same name. IFC is also currently developing Westside from Joel McHale (Community), and The Bank from Teri Weinberg (Ugly Betty). The slate comes out a week after Pete Aronson was tapped as IFC’s new head of original programming. Here is the full list: Read More »

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TLC ‘Say Yes To Dress’ Scores Record Ratings — With Seth Meyers

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 5:16pm PST

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 Say-Yes-to-the-Dress-350x230of 1.6 million viewers caught the Season 11 opener on Friday, in which Meyers surprised a fan, bride-to-be Shealynn who was injured in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan while serving as an Army medic.  The season kick-off clocked the show’s second best opening numbers with  women 18-34 and 18-49 and it was No. 1 in its Friday timeslot among all ad-supported cable among women 18-34. Meyers was seen surprising her at the end of her Kleinfeld dress-shopping appointment. Meyers is the latest celeb cameo for the TLC reality series — a list includes Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Ripa.

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Seth Meyers’ ‘Weekend Update’ Background Shows In ‘Late Night’ Debut: Video

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 5:01pm PST

Late Night with Seth MeyersIf 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.

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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.

Related: Jimmy Fallon Sticks With His Strengths For Hit ‘Tonight Show’ Debut: Video
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Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To ‘SNL’s Weekend Update: Video

By | Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 1:31am PST

Seth Meyers SNLSaturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers bid farewell to his Weekend Update desk ahead of his move to Late Night, where he’ll debut as host February 24. Meyers was handed the baton – rather, the pickle – last week by Jimmy Fallon. His first slated Late Night guest, ex-Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, stopped by for the occasion along with fellow alumni Bill Hader (as Stefon) and Andy Samberg in the episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy, who made her third visit to SNL.

Related: Seth Meyers Lines Up First ‘Late Night’ Guest, Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Exit

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Jimmy Fallon Hands Over Legendary Pickle To His ‘Late Night’ Successor Seth Meyers

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST

Jimmy Fallon carried on the Late Night host tradition, handing off the legendary plastic pickle to his successor Seth Meyers during Meyers’ appearance Tuesday on Late Night. The pickle was passed on to Fallon from Conan O’Brien when Fallon took over Late Night in 2009. O’Brien had received it from David Letterman‘s staff. Meyers takes over as host of Late Night on February 24 after Fallon moves to The Tonight Show.
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Here’s Fallon talking about the pickle on February 24, 2009 when he first started Late Night.

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Colin Jost To Succeed Seth Meyers As ‘Weekend Update’ Co-Anchor On ‘SNL’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 9:50am PST
Nellie Andreeva

colinjostEXCLUSIVE: 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 meyersstrongweekendwritten 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. Read More »

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TCA: Seth Meyers Lines Up Amy Poehler As First ‘Late Night’ Guest, Sets ‘Weekend Update’ Exit

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 5:51pm PST

Seth Meyers Late Night key art“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. Read More »

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TV Teaser: ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 10:46am PST

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” from Meyers and Michaels’ SNL digs, so the exec producer can jump around as needed — may we suggest a Razor Scooter? The revamped Late Night premieres February 24, a week after Fallon takes over The Tonight Show at its new NY home in the same 30 Rock building.

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Seth Meyers Gets Late-Night Advice From David Letterman: Video

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 5:41pm PDT

David Letterman has probably wanted to be able to tell NBC what to do with their late night line-up for years – even if it is advising Seth Meyers on what name to put on the mugs for his upcoming 12:30 AM slot show, which debuts on the Peacock on Feb. 24, 2014. As you’ll see in the video from tonight’s Late Show on CBSthere is a method to Letterman’s madness.

Related: David Letterman Extends ‘Late Show’ Contract Through 2015

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