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)

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 … Read More »

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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.

Related: Seth Meyers Says Goodbye To ‘SNL’s Weekend Update: Video

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, … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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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
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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” … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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Strap In For ‘SNL’ Rebuilding Year

By | Sunday September 29, 2013 @ 8:58am PDT
Mike Fleming

In last night’s season opener of Saturday Night Live, the running joke was that we will all have to suffer through a rebuilding year after the exit of stalwart cast members. Host Tina Fey said as … Read More »

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SNL: Tina Fey & Seth Meyers Pass Baton

By | Sunday September 29, 2013 @ 2:40am PDT

Host Tina Fey intros Saturday Night Live‘s 6 new cast members before she gives Cecily Strong advice about taking over Weekend Update:

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Hulu Renews Seth Meyers’ ‘The Awesomes’

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

Hulu‘s animated superhero comedy The Awesomes has been renewed for a 10-epiosode second season. The series co-created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker launched in August and is one of the top 10 most-watched shows on the … Read More »

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Cecily Strong To Co-Anchor ‘SNL’s Weekend Update, Brooks Wheelan Joins Cast

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 4:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Saturday Night Live has set a succession plan for Weekend Update in light of anchor/SNL head writer Seth Meyers‘ pending departure to become the new host of Late Night. This … Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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TCA: Hulu Pitches New Seth Meyers Animated Series

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 4:35pm PDT

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.

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TCA: Seth Meyers Talks About New ‘SNL’ Casting, Plugs New Hulu Animated Series

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 10:27am PDT

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.” Read More »

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Jason Sudeikis Not Returning To ‘SNL’

By | Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 3:45pm PDT

Rumors of Jason Sudeikis‘ departure have been bandied about since the end of Saturday Night Live‘s last season. He made it official in his interview on Late Show With David Letterman that airs tonight. He joins fellow longtime castmembers Fred Armisen and Bill Hader on the off-into-the-sunset … Read More »

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