Skip to comments.NBCU Debates Timing of Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Debut
Posted on 03/20/2013 6:44:21 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
It has become clear that Jimmy Fallon is going to become the host of The Tonight Show, but sources say an internal debate among key players is underway regarding the timing.
According to these sources, some top executives at NBCUniversal are leaning toward a February launch to take advantage of the promotional platform of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Others, including Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels, are said to have concerns about rushing the transition.
Moving more quickly not only would provide a high-profile launch for Fallon but effectively would keep Tonight Show host Jay Leno from moving to a rival network until his contract expires in September 2014.
As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, an announcement is expected to be made at the May upfront presentation to advertisers. With Fallon expected to launch as host in September 2014, Tonight will move from Los Angeles to New York, according to sources.
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I like Kimmel, though he’s a little flat since the time change.
It was Dennis Miller (in the 1990s) who later brought Steve Allen back as a guest/co-host (for at least a week).
Late night tv didn’t even notice him.
And Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was on as bandleader.
Meanwhile, today’s nighttime shows don’t have any talent like that.
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