As New York is entering state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, New York-based shows have started to suspend production. That includes NBC’s latenight programs The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, and syndicated daytime talker The Wendy Williams Show. In addition, CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert is joining its NBC late-night counterparts in suspending production.
After learning of the plan to offer The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers to streaming customers prior to their broadcast airtimes, NBC affiliates have been in talks with the network and they say the two sides “are working toward a plan that is good for NBCU and provides affiliates the opportunity to meaningfully participate in this business.”
Hank Price: “Starting in July, Peacock premium subscribers will be able to watch The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers live, hours before they air in their regular slots on NBC affiliates. Instead of the fresh product NBC stations now carry after their late newscasts, they will instead be airing reruns of shows that have already aired on Peacock. This is an outrageous breach of trust between Comcast/NBC Universal and the NBC affiliate body.”
The Late Night host’s contract now runs through February 2021. He will also host a primetime special on New Year’s Eve highlighting the current events and big news stories of 2016.
NBC’s Late Night staffers pay homage to the work of Aaron Sorkin.
On the heels of its dominant delivery in latenight during the Olympics, NBC picked up where it left off Monday night as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the premiere of Late Night With Seth Meyers handily won their timeslots and were the night’s top two programs.
The premiere of Late Night with Seth Meyers (which taped Monday evening for airing at 12:35 a.m. ET), represented the final step in NBC’s talk-show turnover. Meyers, who until early this month was an SNL veteran and co-anchor of its Weekend Update newscast, is filling the vacancy left by Jimmy Fallon after five years as Late Night host.