First Image From Late Night With Seth Meyers Reveals Premiere Date
We’ve known for quite some time that Seth Meyers is transitioning from SNL into late night talk with a brand new program at NBC. That program will roll with the apt name Late Night With Seth Meyers, and now we’ve gotten the first promotional image from the talk series, courtesy of EW.
Honestly, with the sharp suit and goofy grin, Meyers looks like the same funnyman who has hosted SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment since 2006. I’m sure we will still get some of the same sharp-witted humor in the new show that the man put together as the head SNL writer and “Weekend Update” host, but the two big tests Meyers will have to face are dealing with interviewing big names in the business (and no, I’m not talking Drunk Uncle), and proving he can fill a full hour of original content. I love Meyers for the 5-10 minutes he is on SNL each week, but we’ll have to wait and see if that transfers to late night.
NBC’s late night schedule is actually shaking up quite a bit over the next several months. The network is shoving out veteran later night performer Jay Leno in the hopes that its late night programming will appeal to a younger and more culturally relevant audience, a la ABC, which recently moved Jimmy Kimmel to an earlier timeslot. In order to do this, the network has asked Jimmy Fallon to take the coveted Tonight Show slot. Subsequently, Meyers will take over Fallon’s old timeslot at 11:35 p.m. ET.
I have no idea what the network plans to do with the gap between when Fallon moves and Meyers’ show hits the schedule. Leno’s last night as the host of The Tonight Show will fall on February 6—right before NBC begins airing the Winter Olympics. This should theoretically get a ton of eyeballs onto Fallon’s first few weeks on The Tonight Show, but it doesn’t explain what’s going to be happening during the 11:35 slot. As the poster above notes, Meyers is not getting his big chance at hosting until February 24. Maybe we’ll get some late night Olympics recaps? I really have no idea.
As exciting as the move to late night might be, it’s still going to be tough for SNL fans to lose a well-liked “Weekend Update” host. It has happened numerous times in the past, and Cecily Strong has proved herself capable this fall, but in many way’s Meyers' exit feels like the official end of an era for the late night sketch program, and with that comes a tinge of sadness and nostalgia. Stay tuned for more clips and announcements about the man's next move in the coming months.
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