NBC’s late night lineup is about to undergo some major changes. Not only is Jay Leno leaving The Tonight Show, and the network, Late Night is also preparing for a host change.
In February, Leno will be replaced on The Tonight Show by the current Late Night host, Jimmy Fallon, who will then be replaced on Late Night by Seth Meyers. Meyers has spent plenty of time on NBC in recent years; he’s been on Saturday Night Live since 2001.
Ahead of his big gig, which debuts on February 24, Meyers is opening up about what fans can expect from the new Late Night.
The new issue of Time Magazine reports Meyers doesn’t yet know whether he’ll have a DJ or a band, but that fans can expect more sketches, with staffers playing recurring characters, and as per the usual, there will be a monologue, a desk, and celebrities.
“I like that everyone before me has established this as a place to try things out,” Meyers told the mag. “It’s 12:35 at night. You can do crazy stuff.”
Although Fallon had a band beside him and enjoyed the musical aspect of the show, fans may not see the same from Meyers, who is more into “politics, sports and current events.”
During an August appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Meyers joked getting The Roots, Fallon’s late night band, as part of his deal with NBC. “I think they think it’s like you’re going to college and I get your stuff,” he mused.
As for the interview aspect of the show, Meyers’ former SNL co-star Amy Phoeler is sure he’ll be a natural. “He enjoys bringing the best out of people,” she says. “Maybe it’s his improv training, but he really knows how to make other people look good.”
On the official show page for the upcoming Late Night With Seth Meyers, NBC announced, “As the Emmy-winning head writer for SNL, Seth has established a reputation for his sharp wit and perfectly timed comedy and has gained fame for his spot-on impersonations, unique characters and hilarious spoofing of topical news. Seth takes his departure from SNL to his new post at ‘Late Night’ as Jimmy Fallon moves to ‘The Tonight Show.'”
“The defining thing with him is his intelligence and curiosity,” executive producer Lorne Michaels said.
Don’t miss Seth Meyers in his late night talk show host debut when Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres on NBC on February 24.
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