TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with latenight legend Jay Leno about his reboot of the classic game show You Bet Your Life this month, the pandemic’s bruising impact on young comics’ careers and if he misses manning The Tonight Show desk in these volatile times.
Jimmy Fallon is sticking with The Tonight Show. The comedian has signed a contract extension with NBC to continue hosting the latenight show. His current contract runs through 2021 after the network extended the deal in August 2015 for an additional three and a half years.
Calling him “the best there is,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt says Jimmy Fallon will stay on as The Tonight Show host at least through 2021. Fallon has held the job for slightly more than a year.
In an interview with CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, the comedian opens up about the upcoming Tonight transition and shares kind words for Jimmy Fallon: He “is probably more like a young Johnny [Carson] than almost anybody since.”
As the network prepares to move Jimmy Fallon to its choice time slot, there’s now new art and a primetime clip show to raise awareness. Details were slim on what to expect from the special, but viewers can likely anticipate a strong showing from the many musical numbers and comedy sketches that have gone viral over the years.
While NBC proceeds to sets up its late-night changes for next year, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” continues to grab steady top results — just ahead of the competition.
Despite months of planning, Jimmy Fallon won’t be getting a big, new $25 million studio at 30 Rock after all when he takes over The Tonight Show and moves it to New York in 2014. Instead, he’ll have to settle for a mere $5 million renovation of Studio 6B, where he currently hosts Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
David Letterman poked fun at Leno and NBC. Leno poked fun at Letterman and NBC. Jimmy Kimmel mocked himself. Fallon played it cool. And Conan O’Brien took the high road after NBC said Wednesday that Fallon will inherit Tonight from Leno in 2014 — as O’Brien did in 2009, before Leno took it back.
Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels will take over as producer of the new Tonight Show, which will move back to New York with new host Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy Fallon’s march to inherit The Tonight Show is nearly complete. The Late Night host has closed a new deal with NBC that will pave the way for him to replace Jay Leno in the 11:35 p.m. slot, a well-placed source says. The timing and nature of the Fallon announcement is said to be in flux, with some at NBC said to believe that the network should wait to confirm the Tonight transition until it can close a deal with Fallon’s replacement. The strong frontrunner for that 12:35 a.m. job is said to be Saturday Night Live stalwart Seth Meyers.
The decline of television’s two big late-night stars was more noticeable than ever during television’s premiere week, as “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and the “Late Show With David Letterman” were both beaten by ABC’s “Nightline” — a first during that week.
A year afterupended its latenight world, order has quietly been restored: is back on The Tonight Show and topping the ratings virtually every week. NBC executives say this proves that a latenight show can be broadly appealing and still bring in more young viewers than any other entertainment show in the same time slot.