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NBC Wants Jay Leno to Stay at the Network in Some Capacity

Hopefully, history isn't repeating itself with Jay Leno's February 2014 departure from The Tonight Show. "Nothing would make us happier than for him à la Bob Hope to still be a presence on the network. We're really hoping to do that post February," NBC boss Bob Greenblatt said at a Television Critics Association panel Saturday. Hope hosted a series of specials for the network spanning multiple decades. Greenblatt added that the network has been in talks with Leno about specific projects but he had nothing to announce.

With Leno's exit about half a year away, he's still #1 in the ratings, so it makes perfect sense why [...]

NBC Exec Calls "Bullshit" on Jay Leno Being Happy About Leaving 'The Tonight Show'

"Oh, bullshit. I’m sure Jay [Leno] says that [he's happy about leaving The Tonight Show] to everybody who asks him, but for the Jay that I know, his heart has to be breaking about this. All he wanted to do in his life was The Tonight Show. And instead of going out the way Johnny Carson went out, he’s going out having to make self-deprecating jokes about being fired. I will not be surprised if he pops up in some way in late-night television."

-Former NBC exec Don Ohlmeyer to The Daily Beast about rumors of Jay Leno being happy about being removed from The Tonight Show.

Saturday Night's Children: George Coe (1975-1976)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

While he's often left off the list of original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Broadway/film/voiceover actor George Coe spent several mostly uncredited episodes as an SNL cast member in its debut season. Though his list of onscreen appearances almost tops 130 titles, Coe — who ties with Michael McKean as SNL's oldest cast member at his time of hire — only made [...]

Reasons Behind Dan Harmon's 'Community' Firing Revealed

The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive Dan Harmon profile out today called "The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Dan Harmon," with a ton of new info about the reasons the Community creator was fired and rehired onto his show. Here's a section finally explaining why NBC and Sony let him go last year:

Harmon was forced out — a move the studio had considered making earlier — for a collection of reasons, including erratic behavior and an oddball leadership style, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Many say he regularly showed up hours late to work and on one occasion outright disappeared to San [...]

NBC's New Late Night Succession Problem

In February, NBC is set to undergo another major late night transition, transitioning Jay Leno out and installing Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as the new hosts of The Tonight Show and Late Night, respectively. While the late night shift is severely less tumultuous and headline-grabby than the Tonight Show conflicts of 1992 and 2010 (at least so far), NBC may have a bigger late night problem on its hands long term.

Handing Late Night to Seth Meyers creates a pattern, and a potentially troubling one at that. Following in Jimmy Fallon's footsteps, Meyers is now the second anchor of SNL's Weekend Update to be given the keys to Late [...]

Jason Sudeikis's Best 'SNL' Sketches

After a decade on the show, first as a writer and then a cast member, Jason Sudeikis announced yesterday he's leaving Saturday Night Live. Joining departing colleagues Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, Sudeikis will be leaving a massive void in the show when SNL returns this fall. With over eight seasons of recurring characters, impressions, and one-off sketches to choose from, we went through and picked out some of Jason Sudeikis's best work on the show. From Romney to Biden, from Satan to Jesus, check out our video list of his best SNL moments below:

Seth Meyers Says He "Won't Try to Deconstruct the Late Night Model"

Seth Meyers is set to take over NBC's 12:35am franchise Late Night in February. With the premiere still seven months away, we (and Meyers) don't know much about what his version of Late Night will look like, but Meyers and told EW today a little about his plans for the show:

One of the main things we’re doing now, which will be the most essential part of the success of the show, is staffing. You’re trying to find people who you trust and like their comedic voices. That’s been a really fun part of this summer so far. I don’t think we’re gonna try to deconstruct the late [...]

'Where's Rodney?' Was One of the Many Questions Raised By 'Where's Rodney?'

"One, Poochie needs to be louder, angrier, and have access to a time machine. Two, whenever Poochie's not on-screen, all the other characters should be asking 'Where's Poochie?' Three…" — Homer Simpson, "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"

"Kids, they can see other kids all the time do the things they do but when they see an adult with a childlike sensibility or a silly sensibility that's what kids would love. That's like Rodney. That's why kids love Rodney." — Todd Glass, "The Bitter Buddha"

On a random Monday night in the summer of 19901, NBC for thirty minutes quietly threw Where's Rodney? on the air. It was [...]

This Week in Comedy: 'Comedy Bang Bang' Returns and 'Drunk History' Premieres

-Comedy Bang Bang returns for Season 2 on IFC tonight. In honor of this, we interviewed Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts and ranked the 11 best characters and impersonations from the podcast that inspired the show.

-Speaking of Scott Aukerman, he made a solid Fox News debut.

-Arrested Development producer Brian Grazer says they're having conversations about a fifth season with Netflix.

-The first season of Comedy Central's Drunk History premiered, as did the second season of The [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Michael McKean (1994-1995)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

As the oldest person to be hired as a cast member in SNL history, it makes sense that Michael McKean once described his role on the show as "to be kind of the adult — to be David Spade's dad." It's a short order for such a multi-talented and collaborative comic ensemble performer like McKean, whose 40+ year career has spanned from [...]

Jason Sudeikis Confirms That He's Leaving 'SNL'

It's official: Jason Sudeikis is leaving SNL. It's been assumed that he wouldn't be returning to the show — his upcoming movie schedule basically makes it impossible — but he confirmed his exit to Letterman in an interview that will air tonight. Sudeikis was on staff at SNL for ten years, spending his first two as a writer and the next eight in the cast. His departure follows that of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen; looks like there are gonna be some new faces in 8H next season.

Henry Winkler Will Play Jean-Ralphio's Dad on 'Parks and Rec'

It looks like we'll be meeting more of Jean-Ralphio's family next season on Parks and Recreation. THR reports that living TV legend Henry Winkler will be playing the dad of actor Ben Schwartz's popular club-hobbing douchebag character, Jean-Ralphio Saperstein. The news comes a year after Jenny Slate was cast as Jean-Ralphio's sister, Mona-Lisa, who appeared in three episodes so far. Winkler, who recently starred in the latest seasons of Arrested Development and Childrens Hospital, has signed on to appear in the first episode of Parks and Recreation's upcoming sixth season, an hour-long season premiere set in London that airs September 26th. He'll potentially recur on the [...]

Dan Harmon Discusses Donald Glover's 'Community' Departure and Other Season 5 Stuff

Prior to Community's panel at Comic-Con this weekend, creator/showrunner Dan Harmon, who recently returned to the series, spoke with TV Line about his plans for the upcoming fifth season. He discussed Donald Glover's reduced role in the show. Glover will only be appearing in five of the new season's 13 episodes, and Harmon reveals that they'll be doing Glover's episodes all in one chunk at the top of the season and makes it seem as if he's exiting the show for good by referring to these five episodes as "his departure." Here's Harmon on the matter:

"It's devastating, the idea. It's heart-wrenching. He has my absolute full support doing whatever [...]

Strolling Through Johnny Carson's Vault via DVD

Usually here at From the Archives, the titular archives refers to the incredibly vast one at the Paley Center, but this week we’re going to be dipping into a different, equally vast archive: Johnny Carson’s. During one of his many contract negotiations with NBC over the years, Johnny negotiated the ownership rights to all of his episodes of The Tonight Show, and all 3,300 hours of this material exists in the Carson Archives, deep in a subterranean salt mine, beneath Hutchinson, Kansas. Of course every episode of Carson’s show isn’t there. The first ten years of Johnny’s career encountered a problem that we’ve seen several times in this column [...]