The real winner here is Lorne Michaels, who now controls all three NBC late night shows. NBC completed its late-night revamp by naming Seth Meyers host of Late Night. He will succeed Jimmy Fallon who is taking over The Tonight Show next spring, replacing Jay Leno. Michaels will executive produce Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Michael Shoemaker will remain with the franchise as producer. Late Night with Seth Meyers will originate from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York which also houses Saturday Night Live and where The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also will be based. “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “His years at SNL‘s Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise”. Meyers had been the frontrunner to succeed Fallon since NBC announced last month Fallon’s ascendance to The Tonight Show. His appointment means that both The Tonight Show and Late Night will be hosted by former SNL Weekend Update anchors. Additionally, it solidifies Michaels’ status as NBC’s late-night king as he will executive produce The Tonight Show, Late Night and SNL. “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” Meyers quipped. “The time slot 12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice/” Meyers is the 4th host of Late Night, following David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Fallon.
In addition to setting new hosts on Tonight and Late Night, NBC also recently renewed Last Call With Carson Daly for next season. This is Meyers’ 12th season as an SNL cast member, 8th season as head writer, and 7th season as Weekend Update anchor. He will have to leave to focus on Late Night, meaning that next week’s SNL season finale will likely mark Meyers’ last turn behind the Weekend Update desk. Given the incredible success all recent anchors/co-anchors of Weekend Update – Fallon, Meyers, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – have enjoyed, the competition for who will succeed Meyers is likely to be fierce.
In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. He has also garnered five additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer on SNL and the 2011 special The Real Women of SNL. Meyers has hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews.