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#1 jtnc

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

Maybe Jay Leno isn't the Freddy Krueger of late night after all. If The Hollywood Reporter's sources are correct, his reign at 11:35 p.m. may finally be coming to a close... for good... for real this time.

THR is reporting that, according to "two high-level industry sources," NBC will announce in May that Jimmy Fallon is replacing Leno in 2014. While the network still denies the rumor as "categorically untrue" -- the possible change was first reported last December -- the sources explained the rationale is in part the result of stiffer competition for a younger audience.

Sources believe the network will bring in Fallon partly out of concern about the competition on ABC, which moved younger-skewing Jimmy Kimmel to the 11:35 time slot in January.... Leno's 'Tonight' still performs well for NBC, regularly besting his late-night rivals. But Kimmel is competitive in the 18-49 demo.
With NBC falling to an unprecedented fifth place, the network is likely to put all options on the table. Moving Fallon to the coveted spot may allow NBC to fight demographic fire with fire. Both Fallon and Kimmel have found ways to give their shows life beyond their time slot by creating segments that seem custom-made for Internet sharing. Kimmel's show got a boost from the one-two punch of "F*cking Matt Damon" and "F*cking Ben Affleck", while Fallon has spun viral gold with comedy bits like Neil Young singing "Pants On The Ground" and memorable guest segments such as the recent "Evolution Of Mom Dancing" with Michelle Obama.

Of course, the news begs several questions. First and foremost, "Is this for real?" Second, will Fallon move production to Los Angeles or stay in New York, to avoid he and his staff getting Conan'd? Third, and perhaps most importantly, if Fallon goes to "The Tonight Show", who takes over the "Late Night" slot?

If you're betting, we'd say put your money somewhere in Tina Fey's general vicinity. After all, she signed a four-year contract with NBC late last year.

"Late Night With Tina & Amy"? Works for us.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/02/jimmy-fallon-replacing-jay-leno-tonight-show_n_2799526.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment&ir=Entertainment

Great move imo, I just hope they don't make him change his entire dialogue like they did with Conan.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:17 PM

For a week

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

They are speculating Tiny Fey will take over Late Night, but I actually think they'll go with Seth Myers.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:29 PM

So Fallon will be on TBS one day too. Neat.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

We've heard it all before...I actually really like Fallon (I liked Conan on Late Night too), but it seems like Fallon would have a better shot at keeping the Tonight Show. Although Conan was on Late Night for 16 years, I think Fallon has more visibility from SNL and his (failed and brief) movie career.

As far as Late Night, Seth Meyers is probably the guy. I think Tina Fey would be a breath of fresh air, but I don't know if she's suited for a talk show.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:49 PM

Also I was reading that Tina Fey signed a 4 year contract with NBC last year. So something could be in the works. Either this or a new show.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:06 PM

Next up Letterman, he is terrible!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

Didn't this happen once already?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 04:22 PM

Next up Letterman, he is terrible!


Absolutely awful, but CBS seems content with him for some reason.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:59 PM

After seeing him host Lately, Dave Grohl should get his own show. Make it like the US version of Jools Holland mixed in with his shenanigans

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:19 PM

There can be only one really old late night show host, too many of the demographic are asleep by then. At least Letterman has a few good writers. I hope Fallon gets it, he's pretty funny and topical.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:38 PM

After seeing him host Lately, Dave Grohl should get his own show. Make it like the US version of Jools Holland mixed in with his shenanigans



not a bad idea but doing a show night in and night out can drain the creative batteries some. Grohl in random guest host appereances would be just as sweet. i wouldn't want him to get over saturated.

but he is totally cool funny dude.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:40 AM

Yeah, sounds familiar.

Not that big a fan of Fallon, honestly.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:09 AM

Next up Letterman, he is terrible!

Absolutely awful, but CBS seems content with him for some reason.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:18 AM

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Craig Ferguson is overrated, his act gets tiring.


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