With Jimmy Fallon’s impending takeover of The Tonight Show set for next February, Seth Meyers has been considered the frontrunner to be the new host of NBC’s 12:35am show, Late Night, for months now. NBC made Meyers’s new job official yesterday when they announced him as the fourth host of Late Night.
Bill Carter at The NY Times has some new info about the transition:
Meyers is expected take over Late Night, like Fallon and Tonight, around the time of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage in February.
Meyers will stay on SNL through the fall season and will most likely leave at midseason in December to start working on his new show in January.
Meyers wants to continue to have comedic characters visit his desk like he does on Weekend Update and says he intends to hire “A company of writer-performer hybrids who can come on and do stuff on the show. We’re in the very early stages of thinking about all this, but that’s very interesting to me.”
Beyond that, Meyers isn’t sure what his version of Late Night will be like or if it’ll even have a house band. He tells The Times, “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. 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.”
No word on who will take over Meyers’s Weekend Update hosting duties or head writer duties at SNL. With SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney’s sitcom pilot not moving forward at NBC, he seems like the best man for the Weekend Update job to us.