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Jimmy Fallon Isn't Getting a Fancy New Studio for His 'Tonight Show' After All

Don't worry, Jimmy Fallon is still taking over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in February; he's just doing it without the fancy studio NBC promised him. In March, it was reported that NBC was building Fallon a state-of-the-art, double-decker $25 million studio in 30 Rock for his Tonight Show launch, but today, THR reports that the network has opted to keep Fallon in his current studio. NBC spent seven months on plans to build the "megastudio," which would have seated 400, but they're now going with a $5 million upgrade of Fallon's current studio, a decision that he and producer Lorne Michaels are [...]

Steve Martin Took a Long Walk to the Jimmy Fallon Set Last Night

On his guest appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, Steve Martin took his time to walk on stage and even got a little lost in this "little skit," as David Letterman calls it (in the skit). Try to find anything half as fun as this that's ever happened on Jay Leno's Tonight Show (Dancing Itos don't count).

Check out the rest of Steve Martin's Fallon appearance below:

'SNL' Review: Risk Pays Off for Zach Galifianakis

SNL works best when it hits a balance between structure and chaos. As a show that's broadcasted live after only a week of production time, chaos is pre-installed into the system. The show attempts to offset that chaos with as many safety nets as possible: a cast of multitalented actors, a writing staff that can turn out an abundance of material in a pressure-cooker environment, and one of the best crews in television. Over time, some of those safety nets turn into crutches that annoy the hard-core fans: recurring characters, sketches that rely too heavily on celebrity impersonation, talk show formats, etc. So periodically, the show will reintroduce a [...]

Jen Kirkman Makes Her 'Tonight Show' Debut

Comedian and author Jen Kirkman made her Tonight Show debut last night and wound up sharing her awesome fear of flying story for the 2% of Jay Leno's audience who didn't already hear it on Paul F. Tompkins's podcast. A venn diagram for the audiences of those two shows would overlap completely.

Report: Seth Meyers Still the 'Late Night' Frontrunner; Andy Cohen and Nick Cannon Also in the Mix

NBC announced a month ago that current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon will be promoted to host of The Tonight Show next year. The network has been slow to announce who Jimmy Fallon's replacement on Late Night will be, but TV Guide reports that the network is expected to name its new host in the next couple weeks. TV Guide confirms stories in The Post and THR that current SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers is the frontrunner for the job, but the report also mentions that NBC has two alternates in mind if Meyers doesn't take the gig: Watch What Happens Live host Andy [...]

'The Office' Finale Extended from 60 to 75 Minutes

NBC announced today that The Office's finale, airing a week from Thursday on May 16th, will be extended from 60 to 75 minutes. An hour-long Office retrospective will air from 8 to 9pm and the final episode will air from 9 to 10:15pm. Greg Daniels told TV Line in March, "I was very excited with the footage we got. It’s very big. I’m going to beg NBC to super-size it or extend it." This quote prompted Office fans to make a petition to get NBC to extend the episode, racking up over 20,000 signatures and causing NBC to acquiesce to fans' and Daniels's request.

Guest stars Mindy Kaling, [...]

The 'Office' Wrap Party Was This Weekend, and It Was Awesome

The Office's series wrap party went down in Scranton, PA on Saturday, and in case you missed the news, it included ten thousand fans and a glorious surprise attendance by Steve Carell. As Splitsider’s resident Pennsylvanian, I had some dippy eggs and scrapple then immediately made the trek to the Electric City to check out the home of Dunder Mifflin and pay homage to one of my favorite shows of all time. Here’s a recap of the day complete with cast member photos and video clips:

'Parks and Rec' Showrunner Mike Schur Says a Season 6 Is Likely

While Parks and Recreation is pretty much NBC's only comedy that's guaranteed to come back this fall, the network has yet to officially announce its renewal. Part of the reason the show's considered to have a good shot at renewal is that it's the highest-rated NBC comedy this year besides The Office, which is ending its run. Parks and Rec co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur is confident about the series' chances too. He tells EW, "I've been cautiously optimistic for five straight years, that's not going to change. I fully believe that we will be back next year, but until they actually make that phone call, I never like to say [...]

Watch Zach Galifianakis on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Tomorrow's SNL host Zach Galifianakis went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and told a bunch of fun stories about working on Tequila Willie's, living in a closet, hitchhiking, and, worst of all, the unsuccessful two weeks he spent writing on SNL.

Check out the rest of Zach Galifianakis's appearance below:

Watch Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis Do 'SNL' Promos

Here are Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis promoting this weekend's SNL, which Galifianakis is hosting with musical guest Of Monsters and Men – that is, unless Galifianakis and Sudeikis get into another fake fight and aren't able to fake patch things up.

Sony Asks You to "Keep 'Community' Alive"

Sony, the studio behind Community, which is on the brink of cancellation once again this season, put out this new promo as a "save our show" campaign for fans. Just like ABC's "Save Happy Endings" campaign earlier this year, this is another example of the folks who make a TV show blatantly telling fans that they need to watch said show in greater numbers to keep it on. TV's all in your hands now, the public!

Steve Carell Will Be in the 'Office' Finale After All

Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't want to come back for The Office's May 16th finale and showrunner Greg Daniels denied Carell's involvement in the final episode as recently as last week, but despite all that, TV Line reports today that Carell will be back to say goodbye one last time. TV Line's source says that Carell's appearance in the last episode is closer to a cameo than a full-on guest appearance, but he will allegedly be in the episode somewhere – unless this is just another lie in this constantly flip-flopping story.

Looking Back at the Fifth Season of Ever-Changing Sitcom 'Parks and Recreation'

Sitcoms aren't supposed to make us think about change. They're supposed to establish stasis, to remind of us of normalcy- the same bar, the same group of friends, the same stakes. Maybe two of the characters date, then they break up. They lose jobs, they get new ones, the dynamic stays pretty level.

Parks and Recreation, which wrapped up its stellar fifth season last night, somehow manages to feel familiar every year, while consistently expanding the inner and outer lives of its characters, changing the group dynamics but strengthening them at the same time. It's basically the Mad Men of sitcoms. The characters stay largely consistent (or change in [...]

Greg Daniels Confirms There Won't Be a Surprise Steve Carell Cameo in the 'Office' Finale

Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't have an interest in returning to The Office for the finale because he's happy with how he left his character. Showrunner/creator Greg Daniels said months ago that Carell wouldn't be back, but reports surfaced a couple weeks ago that the show's "producers mounted an 11th hour effort … to coax Carell into making a cameo." The mystery continued this week as Mindy Kaling refused to answer David Letterman's question about whether or not Carell would return.

Greg Daniels put these rumors to rest once and for all today in a conference call to [...]