Julia Louis-Dreyfus was back on the talk show circuit last night. The Seinfeld alumna took to The Tonight Show to promote her returning HBO comedy Veep. The show did pretty well last year in the ratings relatively speaking although a lot of that was attributed to its pairing with Game of Thrones, the network’s second highest-rated program. Nonetheless, Veep also has a bit of critical success with its star winning a Primetime Emmy last fall. Continue Reading
There is even more late night news to cover tonight, specifically that pertaining to the responses from Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon respectively. Apparently, NBC does not really care if you tune in tonight to see what they have to say because they released the monologue jokes to give us some sort of idea of just how congenial Jay plans on being about this whole thing. Perhaps there is more, but it is doubtful Leno would want to devote a lot of time on his show to that. The take away here is that Fallon has confirmed a February swap. NBC only specified Spring 2014 in their release. Continue Reading
Luckily, you do not have to wait until 11:30 to get David Letterman’s response to The Tonight Show change-up. CBS has released a preview for tonight’s broadcast, featuring a sizable portion of his musings on the matter. As Dave points out, NBC announced earlier today that Jay Leno would be departing his late night talk show after 22 years. That is not exactly true though as the statement merely has a target of Spring 2014 although sources tell Variety that the shift could happen the first week of March at the latest. Continue Reading
It is official. Jay Leno is gone from The Tonight Show starting in Spring 2014. At long last, a network announcement has been made, adding that the show will move to New York and the Late Night succession plans are still being hammered out. It has been long rumored that Seth Meyers would be taking the reins of the 12:35 am time slot with news just yesterday saying things are entering the deal-making phase for that to happen. The broadcaster reportedly wanted to get their Tonight Show plans set in stone before striking a contract with Saturday Night Live’s head writer. Sources confirm that Fallon wrapped his new deal just yesterday. Continue Reading
Remember Go On? The show premiered to great ratings last fall, giving NBC hope that their problems in the comedy genre might be over. Well, that did not happen as Matthew Perry’s new sitcom entered into a slump shortly after its premiere that only worsened at midseason. Thankfully, the return of The Voice helped things substantially which is why the show is expected to get a second run. Just to make sure it goes through and the ratings continue to ride high, Perry took to Leno last night for some free press. Hit the jump for his appearance. Continue Reading
It looks the network is finally preparing to announce something, or at least manipulate certain current events to their advantage, as tonight Jay Leno will finally speak with Jimmy Fallon. This looks to be a comedy bit first and foremost, and considering it will land on April Fools’ Day, it very much could be nothing at all. Nonetheless, it is getting some attention thus the honorable mention. Check for an update with the full segment tomorrow morning. [Update: The pair sang their way to zero answers. Enjoy.] Continue Reading
Don Cheadle was on The Tonight Show last night as the Iron Man star was promoting the on-going second season of his Showtime comedy House of Lies. The actor had a chance to talk about his surprise Golden Globe win and what he does after the award shows end. He also talked a little bit about the new Iron Man movie and just how much action “Cheadlemania” will see. Continue Reading
Get ready to see a lot of Dwayne Johnson in the next few months. The actor is out once more to promote his upcoming films, all starting with press for G.I. Joe: Retaliation starting now. It will continue to go on through the end of May as April sees the debut of Pain & Gain with Fast and Furious 6 coming a month later, but for now we have his first talk show stop: a sit-down with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Continue Reading
Vanessa Hudgens was out for the second day in a row last night. This time the High School Musical alumna took to The Tonight Show to chat with Jay Leno about her turn in more adult fare, Spring Breakers starring herself, James Franco, and Selena Gomez. The pick is set to have its wide release this Friday where box office returns are expected to be relatively solid. Continue Reading
Because this site deals with a lot of late night talk show clips, there is a highly credible news story today that we simply cannot ignore despite its unofficial nature. After a month of rumors, sources at NBC have confirmed that The Tonight Show will undergo its second hosting change inside of a decade as Jay Leno will be forced to hand over the reins to Jimmy Fallon.
Of course, this is ridiculous in the lens of what happened to Conan O’Brien a few years ago, but keep in mind that The Tonight Show’s budget under Leno at the moment is a bloated $80 million per year ($15 million of which is Leno’s salary.) Even if ratings dip to the levels that landed O’Brien off the network, it would be a win for NBC as he can produce a much cheaper show by comparison.
Let’s get our facts straight though. This is absolutely unofficial, but the trade publications who are right 99.9% of the time about this sort of thing all have their own sources confirming that this will happen and the plan is so specific right now that they are planning on moving the broadcast to New York. The only hang up at this time is when to do it as it will assuredly happen in the first half of 2014. Whether it comes in February or May, the network is yet to decide.
On a side note, THR is reporting that Fallon is reaching out to Leno because, “He was told it would be seamless and [NBC] would take care of it. He didn’t expect this.” He wants everything to be a smooth transition, but the way its unfolding this could be incredibly messy for both parties.
With The Office now officially wrapped and its series finale set for May, the cast of the long-running cult comedy is now on the talk show circuit. Jenna Fischer took to The Tonight Show last night to talk about ending the show, but more importantly, the end of Pam. It is hard to imagine it was nearly a decade ago we had no clue who she was; however, Fischer has since been immortalized in the classic Will Ferrell comedy Blades of Glory. See, we all knew The Office was good for something! Continue Reading
Morgan Freeman was on The Tonight Show last night. The legendary actor is in two new films this spring including this week’s Olympus Has Fallen and next month’s Oblivion which is a bit higher profile. Nonetheless, the actor is out promoting his Gerard Butler-starrer from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Reviews are not out for this release just yet, but it is expected the film will net $20 million in its opening weekend. Continue Reading
Vera Farmiga was on The Tonight Show last night in advance of the debut for her new A&E series Bates Motel. the series has garnered a lot of buzz prior to premiere as it is yet another cable entry in the horror genre which has been kind to several networks. Following in the footsteps of programs like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, Bates Motel is expected to live up to its Psycho prequel billing by attracting a big audience, and it might just help make Farmiga into a household name. The actress has been around for some time in very major supporting roles. Audiences can recognize her from supporting work in The Departed and Up in the Air as well as more recent thrillers like Source Code and Safe House. Continue Reading
James Franco took to The Tonight Show last night where he was promoting his two new films: Oz the Great and Powerful and this week’s release Spring Breakers. Much to everyone’s surprise, the latter received better reviews despite its sleazy nature, but then again it does feature legitimate acting from the front man opposed to a top hat-differentiated alter ego. Continue Reading
Olivia Wilde was on The Tonight Show last night to promote her new film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The actress has a supporting role in the comedy opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in what looks to be her biggest opening since 2011′s In Time. Hit the jump to see what she had to say on the feature rolling out nationwide at week’s end. Continue Reading