NBC has sorely needed a spark in all aspects of television content, and now can spearhead a younger demographic of late night viewers with this vibrant duo.
NBC’s “flagship” programming “Saturday Night Live” has been in production since 1975, steadily giving rise to many young comedians, including Fallon and Meyers.
Meyers will leave his head-writing position at “SNL” for a show that he will headline for the first time in his career.
Both Fallon, and Meyers are scheduled to start their shows next February, and Meyers does plan on staying with “SNL” through the fall season. For Meyers this is a huge leap forward given the history of the position he will soon fill. Just three hosts since 1982 have graced the “Late Night” stage; and Meyers will make four at the age of 40.
“I am aware of the history,” Meyers said. “Each chapter of my life has sort of been spent enjoying each of the guys who had the job. Letterman was sort of my first introduction to late-night television. And Conan was all through college and postcollege years. Jimmy, obviously, I think, does it as well as anyone could ever do it.”
The “SNL” connection on NBC’s late-night airwaves could not be more prevalent. That leaves us with the question of repetitiveness? Will watching Fallon’s similar style saturate Meyers audience that follows? Will the older demographic that once watched Jay Leno on NBC, migrate to CBS? David Letterman is the last elder-statesman standing; unless Leno packs his bags and moves to Fox who has constantly been rumored to be interested in jumping into the late-night arena.
Plenty of questions remain; including what type of show format Meyers will be presenting his “Late Night” audience.
“I don’t want to make any broad pronouncements about how the show is going to be, whether it’s going to be the same or different,” Mr. Meyers said. “But I have to draw on my background in improvisational comedy and sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and try to find some mix of that.”
While all these new changes take shape, the one man that will be watching closely is Lorne Michaels. Michaels is the genuis behind late-night comedy on NBC. Fallon and Meyers have both worked for Michaels, and given the postiive history, the transition should be smoother than one would expect.
The most significant change will come not from “Late Night,” but instead “Tonight” as they will be moving back to New York City, after years of programming in Burbank, California. This gives Michaels full control of NBC’s late-night ventures, under one famous roof that you and I know as “30 Rockefeller Plaza.”
“It’s all in the same building,” Michaels said. ” ‘Saturday Night Live’ will be more than the majority of my time, as it always has been. Both other shows will be run by people who know what they’re doing, and who I obviously believe in; and we all have a shorthand.”
This will be an interesting transition in late-night television for a new generation of hosts and viewers. Letterman is sure to have some age related jokes in his monologue that night.