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 [...]
"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.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]