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What Will Happen to Leno if NBC Dumps Him?

Despite reports that NBC is pushing Jay Leno out the door so that Jimmy Fallon can start hosting The Tonight Show next year, Leno is still the #1-rated hosted in late night. So, naturally, he'll be in high-demand if NBC does go through with the Fallon succession plan (which the network has yet to confirm). So, what are Leno's options if he does actually have to leave The Tonight Show behind?

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Fox (along with ABC) previously courted Leno the last time he was leaving The Tonight Show in 2009, and the network briefly went after Conan O'Brien when he left Tonight the following year. Unlike competitors NBC, CBS, and [...]

Here Are Leno and Fallon's Monologue Jokes About the 'Tonight Show' Situation from Last Night

Last night, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon each made March Madness-themed jokes about Fallon succeeding Leno as Tonight Show host. Maybe they aren't so different after all. (via Vulture)

'Tonight Show' Is Moving to NYC When Fallon Takes Over in 2014, Which Looks Like It's Happening

NBC still has yet to publicly announce that Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show next fall, but The NY Times reports today that the network has made a commitment to Fallon and that the show will be moving from Burbank to New York when Fallon becomes host sometime next year. There's no timetable yet for the transition, but "several senior television executives" tell the Times that it'll happen by fall of 2014 at the latest. The network rushing the Fallon/Leno switch has been spurred on by Jimmy Kimmel moving to 11:35 and stealing young viewers away from Leno, even though Leno is still the #1-rated [...]

Jay Leno Calls NBC Executives "Snakes"

Earlier this week, The NY Times reported that Jay Leno had upset NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt by making some jokes about the network being in fifth place. According to the story, Greenblatt emailed Leno to complain, and Leno responded by defending his right to make jokes about NBC. On last night's show, he continue to bite the hand that feeds with a joke about NBC in his monologue:

You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, then they came here to the United States and became NBC executives.

Sure, it's a typically tame, lame Leno joke, [...]

'The Farm': Why 'The Office's Backdoor Pilot Didn't Work

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in and looks at the shows that didn’t make it past their first episode and saved us all a ton of grief.

After nine seasons of The Office, a spinoff seemed inevitable. The show’s overwhelming success and incredibly popular characters were too good to lose, especially for the flailing peacock. Of the show’s original cast, few characters rose higher than Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute. As Michael Scott’s loyal assistant to the regional manager, Dwight [...]

The Lost Roles of 'Parks and Recreation'

Parks and Recreation has one of the strongest and most eclectic comedy ensembles ever assembled, but as with most shows, the network and the producers looked at a lot of different actresses and actors before deciding on the group they wanted. When the show originally began gearing up for production in 2008, pretty much every other comedic performer in Los Angeles tried out for the show. Here's a collection of known actors who auditioned for Parks and Rec but didn't get the roles they tried out for, including one actress who went on to win an Oscar, three different guys who almost played Ron Swanson, the romantic lead [...]

What Moving 'The Tonight Show' Will Mean for New York's Comedy Scene

As we reported yesterday, it seems Jimmy Fallon is set to take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show next year, and even more interestingly, move the show back to its birthplace of New York City. The show has been based in LA since 1972, when Johnny Carson felt that moving to the Hollywood would bring more big-name guests to the show, as well as a more laidback lifestyle for himself. It's a huge shift for one of America's most iconic TV shows, and the ripples will be felt throughout the industry.

Most obviously, this move is symbolic, an affirmation that comedy falls under New York's purview. But practically [...]

Jay Leno Made Another Shitty Joke at NBC's Expense Last Night

The NY Times reported this weekend that Jay Leno's boss, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, complained to him about jokes he's made about the network, but Leno is not letting up. Here's a thingie from Leno's monologue last night:

"Did you hear about this? A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down. The good news? She’s now been given a job at the White House as President Obama’s economic adviser. Isn’t that crazy? It’s unbelievable. She sees everything upside down. In fact, she thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings."

Sure, it's a tame joke, and it would [...]

Steve Agee, Kumail Nanjiani, and Steve Little Join Craig Robinson's NBC Pilot

Comedians Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program), Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash), and Steve Little (Eastbound & Down) are all playing supporting roles in Craig Robinson's untitled NBC pilot, produced by Greg Daniels and written by Office writer Owen Ellickson. Nanjiani tweeted this photo of the full cast yesterday, with the new actors joining previously-announced cast members Amanda Lund (bottom left), Amandla Stenberg (bottom, middle), and Larenz Tate (back row to the right of Robinson). The pilot stars Robinson as a musician adjusting to his new life as a music teacher at an inner city middle school. This was already a show worth looking forward to for [...]

NBC Executive Offended by Jay Leno's Jokes About the Network

Hot on the heels of reports that NBC wants to replace Tonight Show host Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon comes a New York Times story about NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt being offended by some of Leno's monologue jokes about the network. Late Shift author Bill Carter, who wrote the Times piece, reports that three executives say Greenblatt was so offended by Leno's jokes about NBC falling to fifth place that he emailed the Tonight Show host to complain. Leno and Greenblatt exchanged emails debating the issue, with Leno standing by his zingers and arguing that making fun of one's network is a late night tradition. [...]

Report: Lorne Michaels Wants Seth Meyers to Host 'Late Night'

With multiple sources reporting that NBC intends to replace Jay Leno as Tonight Show host with Jimmy Fallon next fall, the big question is who's going to get Jimmy Fallon's current job as the host of Late Night. The NY Post reports today that an anonymous source says longtime SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers is Late Night producer Lorne Michaels's top choice to take over for Fallon. The Post's source is quoted as saying, "Lorne Michaels wants Seth to take over from Fallon. It would be perfect for him. Tina Fey’s name had also come up, but she has said she [...]

Seth Meyers Also Says 'SNL' Should End When Lorne Michaels Retires

SNL cast member/head writer Seth Meyers was asked this week about the show's future once Lorne Michaels retires – not that Michaels is retiring anytime soon – and he responded by saying he doesn't think SNL can exist without his boss. Answering the question at a live chat with Bill Carter at 92Y Monday evening, Meyers hypothesized, "I don't think the show can go on without Lorne." Meyers added that it would be impossible for someone else to deal with the network as effectively as Michaels does, in addition to his duties running the show. Previous head writer Tina Fey was also asked about a post-Lorne SNL by HuffPo [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Gary Kroeger (1982-1985)

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 each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

While his time on SNL is often overshadowed by cast mates like Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, and Billy Crystal, a closer look at Gary Kroeger's sketches reveals an engaged supporting player of charm and versatility who buzzed steadily — though very quietly — until the end of his three-season stint. While he's since faded from steady onscreen work to focus on a career in [...]

Highlights from Justin Timberlake's Week on Jimmy Fallon

Justin Timberlake followed up his fifth time hosting SNL last weekend by spending the entire week as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In the above video, Timberlake and Fallon reminisce about some of the week's highlights, and we've collected all the best clips from Timberlake's week on Late Night in case you missed them: