Jay Leno’s return to The Tonight Show will prove to be short-lived. A report surfaced late last month that NBC was looking to tap Jimmy Fallon as the new host of The Tonight Show in 2014, forcing Leno out of the seat just five years after he returned under rather unfortunate circumstances that saw Conan O’Brien shoved out of his dream job. Now NBC has confirmed that Fallon will indeed begin his tenure as the new host of The Tonight Show in Spring 2014, with production of the series moving from Los Angeles to 30 Rock in New York City. Moreover, Fallon’s Late Night producer and SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels is signing on to executive produce the New York-set Tonight Show.
As for who will take the reins of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, reports indicate that SNL veteran and current head writer Seth Meyers is in negotiations to take over the gig from Fallon. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
It appears that Jimmy Fallon may be making the move to NBC’s The Tonight Show sooner rather than later. A new report from the New York Times claims that Fallon has received an offer to take over from Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show by no later than 2014. Moreover, the show will be moving from Los Angeles back to New York City. Fallon has excelled as the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since the show’s debut in 2009, and NBC appears to be very pleased with his performance thus far. There appears to be a bit of resistance to making the move to the Tonight Show so soon though, specifically from Late Night producer Lorne Michaels. Hit the jump for more, including who might replace Fallon on Late Night.
Just a few days ago, we got word that the Academy was possibly closing in on a host for this year’s Oscar ceremony. They were apparently keen on having Jimmy Fallon tackle hosting duties with SNL’s Lorne Michaels producing, but ABC wasn’t exactly thrilled to have Fallon—who competes against the network’s Jimmy Kimmel in late night—take the spotlight. At the time I wrote that Fallon could actually be a nice fit for the gig, but apparently it’s not meant to be. During a Today Show interview with Matt Lauer (via The Wrap), Fallon revealed that he graciously turned the job down:
“I’m not gonna do the Oscars. I was honored to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”
The SNL vet did a terrific job hosting the 2010 Primetime Emmys, so I sincerely hope he reconsiders in the future. Nevertheless, we press on as the Academy continues their search for the 85th Academy Awards host. Sound off in the comments with your picks. My vote enthusiastically goes to Emma Stone.
Summer is finally, hopefully winding down to a close, and it’s time to start talking about Oscar yet again. Though we’ve likely only seen a couple of possible contenders for the 85th Academy Awards thus far, the Academy is busy with their first priority: sorting out who will host the ceremony. According to the LA Times, Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host this year’s Oscars, but there may be a bit of a hiccup. The Academy president is keen on the idea of Fallon hosting, but ABC—who broadcasts the show—apparently has some reservations. They’re not high on showcasing Fallon, since the late night talk show host competes with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmell for viewers. Hit the jump for more.
Jimmy Fallon has released upon the world a thing of true beauty – a trailer for The Dark Knight Rises with Pee-Wee Herman doing all of the voices (his take on Bane is particularly fantastic). Except … it’s not actually Pee-Wee (Paul Reubens) doing the voices, but Fallon himself. The only flaw in this awesomely weird offering is that it’s far too short. I’m envisioning a kind of RiffTrax franchise where Pee-Wee (or I guess Fallon doing Pee-Wee impressions – who knew he was so good?) just dubs entire films, or at least trailers. To check out the video, hit the jump:
NBC unveiled their upcoming Fall 2012 schedule yesterday, and we included clips from all the new NBC series in that post. Hoping to steal a little of Fox’s thunder from their upfront presentation today, NBC has now posted full trailers for each of their new shows. We just shared the trailers for their new dramas, Revolution and Chicago Fire, and now we’ve got the trailers for NBC’s new comedy offerings. The most high profile new comedy is probably Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s half-hour series The New Normal. The film stars Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) and Justin Bartha as a same-sex couple who are having a baby via surrogate (Georgia King). I can’t say I found the trailer funny, but it does maintain Murphy’s signature dialogue for better or worse. I’ll watch the pilot, but I don’t exactly have high hopes after watching the trailer.
However, I was really impressed by the trailer for Go On. Matthew Perry stars as a sportscaster trying to move on from a loss with the help of his fellow group therapy members. Perry’s comedic timing is spot-on with a nice dramatic touch, and the ensemble cast looks to be surprisingly impressive. Hit the jump to watch the trailers for all of NBC’s new comedies.
After launching his career on the late night sketch comedy series before venturing into late night talk show territory, The Wrap reports Jimmy Fallon will return to Saturday Night Live on December 17th to host an episode along with musical guest Michael Bublé. Sticking with his comedic style Fallon expressed his gratitude for returning to the series which made him a star, “I’ve never forgotten where I came from. That’s why I’m so incredibly honored to be hosting the Saturday Night Times program December 17th on HGTV.” While Fallon has never really been one of my favorite cast members in the long-running series’ history, I’m always excited to see a former cast member return to host, especially since that means some other special guests will usually show up too. At least as a host his monologue should give him plenty of time to look at the camera to maybe prevent him from doing it during sketches as he frequently did as a series cast member.
I’ve come to discover that every generation thinks their Saturday Night Live cast was the best. I would argue that the cast of SNL may be great, but it’s the sketches that are problematic because the it’s simply the best that the writers can churn out in a week and that’s usually not enough to sustain a 90-minute TV show. However, one of the most reliable sketches in the show’s history was TV Funhouse’s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo”. For those unfamiliar with the sketch (and there hasn’t been a new one in years), it had superheroes Ace and Gary (voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell) whose acts of heroism were ambiguously homosexual. Yes, it was a one-note joke, but it was such a great parody of superhero cartoon shows that it just worked brilliantly.
But since every superhero is going live-action these days, it only stands to reason that Ace and Gary should be thrust into the real world. Last night’s SNL cast Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon as the duo with Carell and Colbert playing two of the villains along with host and former Daily Show co-star Ed Helms. Hit the jump to check out the great sketch.
March is a great month for people who like things en masse. There’s March Madness, of course, for fans of college basketball. There’s SXSW for lovers of movies and/or music. And for the TV geek, there’s PaleyFest. This year’s line-up features a metric ton of panels for The Walking Dead, True Blood, White Collar, Hot in Cleveland, Parks & Recreation, Eastbound & Down, Supernatural, American Idol, Community, Glee, and Raising Hope. But the big draw has to be “An Evening with Jimmy Fallon.” Wait — that can’t be right.
Oh, no it’s the combined Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared panel moderated by Judd Apatow. Those shows launched more than their share of careers, including Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Jason Segel — all official guests. Freak James Franco isn’t listed, but given how busy he likes to keep, my fingers are crossed for a surprise appearance as one of the “additional members of the casts & creative teams.”
PaleyFest 2011 unfolds March 4-17 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Hit the jump to see the full list of panelists.
At the end of last year, we reported that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would not be making a cameo in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. However, that no longer appears to be the case. Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jackson confirmed that he had recently shot a scene not only for Thor, but for Captain America: The First Avenger. Here’s what Jackson told Fallon:
In the next month or so, I have to do one day on Thor, and I gotta do another day on Captain America, and in April we start The Avengers — the big deal with everybody. Thor and Captain America are pretty much done, but I haven’t done my part in them yet. I’m just connective tissue for them to join The Avengers.
Jackson also said he didn’t know if he would be appearing after the credits like he did in Iron Man. Hit the jump for what Jackson had to say regarding Nick Fury’s new female sidekick.
Last week NBC stirred up a little controversy surrounding a Mad Men themed promo meant to hype the live telecast of the Emmys hosted by late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon. Though Fallon himself usually creates a stir of confusion as to why people think he’s funny, this time the issue wasn’t his material, but rather the fact that the spots gave Mad Men the spotlight during Emmy voting time. It wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if Mad Men wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Drama, but this situation is akin to equal screen time for presidential candidates.
However, ballots for the Emmys were due on August 17th, and now all three of the hilarious Emmy promo videos starring Fallon (as Don Draper) and Mad Men‘s voluptuous star Christina Hendricks are available online. You can check them all out for yourself after the jump.
With just over a year at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC has reserved the Emmy hosting gig for the newest member of their late night family. With respect to his good fortune, Mr. Fallon joked, ““Hosting the Emmys has been a dream of mine ever since they told me I was doing it” (gotta love those press release jokes).
Fallon has plenty of experience in a live TV as a Saturday Night Live alumni, and has hosted both the “Movie” and “Video Music” awards ceremonies on MTV. Fallon even got in some laughs at last year’s Emmys at the expense of autotune–hit the jump for the clip and the press release.
There has been much hearsay and speculation in the past couple days once TMZ reported that The Jay Leno Show would be removed from the 10 PM hour after the Olympics. Today, NBC held a press conference for the Television Critics Association, and as expected discussed their plans for the coming months in detail.
In NBC’s ideal world, Jay Leno will host a nightly half-hour show at 11:30 PM, while Conan O’Brien’s The Tonight Show will move back to 12:05 AM, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will be pushed to 1:05 AM. Leno, O’Brien, and Fallon all have the weekend to consider the offer.
Look for explanation from NBC Universal TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, as transcribed by The Live Feed, after the jump.
Opening today is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It” and it’s a coming of age story set against the world of roller derby that stars Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Landon Pigg, Eve, Andrew Wilson, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern and Alia Shawkat. So to help promote the film, at the Toronto Film Festival I had the chance to interview most of the cast and after the jump you can see Eve and Andrew Wilson talk about being at the Festival, working for Drew Barrymore, the sport of Roller Derby, and what they have coming up. Take a look:
In the sport of Roller Derby, sometimes you need to “throw a hit”, which is exactly what it sounds like. In her directorial debut, Drew Barrymore fails to throw a hit but “Whip It” scrapes out a victory on the strength of its characters, its script, and its lovely and talented lead, Ellen Page.