As rumored and conjectured, Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers will indeed take over Late Night after Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show. The news was confirmed this weekend by NBC and Meyers, who told the New York Times "Working at 'SNL' requires 100 percent of your mental capacity — on easy weeks. And so I had not really spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do next. Obviously I can't quit Lorne [Michaels]. So this seems like a pretty good deal that I have an opportunity to keep working with him." According to Lorne — who'll now be executive producing Late Night and Tonight (plus, of course, SNL — the NBC after-hours trifecta) — the decision to hire Meyers came with "complete agreement [at NBC] the only name that kept coming up was Seth."
Maybe! Kiefer Sutherland's 24 follow-up, Touch, isn't expected to live past a second season, but Fox — the home to both shows — still wants to do business with Donald's kid. Well, more specifically, they want Jack Bauer back, on a limited basis.
As EW explains, Fox is starting a division that focuses on miniseries, and a hop back into 24 might fit right in. And while it's too early to tell if this'll actually go down, it would come with some renewed pedigree. Says EW, "If the dream becomes a reality, the series' longtime executive producer Howard Gordon — who reportedly pitched the return in the first place and has since moved on to Showtime’s grown-up domestic terrorism hit Homeland — would return with the show."
Mr. John Legend! Not just a silky-smooth crooner of the finest of piano-pop ballads and rap hooks anymore! Now he's out here making TV shows too. Why, just last night, HBO picked up a series coproduced by Legend and Tony Krantz, called Down Lo, for development. It's about Miami, and it's got music and money and gay rappers.
Last week, we here at Grantland spent an afternoon playing a guessing game. With Jimmy Fallon now confirmed to take over Jay Leno's spot on The Tonight Show, who'd be in line to take Fallon's spot on Late Night? An early consensus had formed around Seth Meyers, but history has taught us to expect the unexpected here (remember, they hired a Simpsons writer in 1993), and so a couple of other ideas were batted around. Leading things off was Bill Simmons picking Alec Baldwin.
Considering the latest we'd heard about the battle for The Tonight Show succession was Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon laughing off the whole thing via a West Side Story parody, you'd have been OK in assuming that the actual, real-deal details of the struggle wouldn't be hashed out for a while. And then, last night, The Hollywood Reporter goes ahead and reports Fallon has already closed his contract to take over Leno's seat. Huh. That was fast.
With the brouhaha over Tonight Show succession still brewing, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon got together last night — in that little no-man's-land transition area between their respective shows — to squash it musically. Jacking the beat from Bernstein and Sondheim's aptly classic West Side Story joint "Tonight," the two weave a tale of mutual non-competitiveness and everlasting friendship that's some parts "kiiiinda funny" and some parts "just kind of a thing that happened that you'll remember in a few years and be like, 'Oh yeah, that was weird.'" And somewhere, a giant redhead is rolling his eyes.
The last time Martin Scorsese combined old-timey gangster stuff with the kind of fancy cable package some sad people actually have to return to their childhood homes to access, the result was HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and that seemed to work out pretty well for everyone. Now, he's got another one: EW reports that Marty (when you're as good of friends with him as I am, you can call him Marty) is heading to Miramax to develop his awesomely grimy 2002 movie Gangs of New York into a TV show that would draw not only on circa late-1800s gangs in New York but also those in cities like Chicago and New Orleans. (But probably not Ohio. Things didn't really pop off in Ohio, crime-wise, until Cam'ron got there.)
Well, this is a new one: As Albuquerque's KOAT 7 local news breathlessly reports, someone broke into Bryan Cranston's car in December and lifted a script from the upcoming final season of Breaking Bad. And while there is now a suspect in custody, the highly desired script is, dangerously, still on the loose.
Pilot season comes for us all, and today, it's come for the stars of the 1980s.
James Spader. The former stopgap solution at The Office has been cast in NBC's spy drama The Blacklist.
The pilot will be written by Jon Bokenkamp, who wrote the Bruce Willis/Halle Berry thriller Perfect Stranger. If the show gets picked up, Alias’s John Eisendrath is set to be showrunner. Spader would play a former Army intelligence officer turned master criminal who ends up turning himself in to the Feds and working with them to catch criminals.
The white smoke is rising from Chris Harrison's Santa Monica bungalow, which can mean only one thing: We have a new Bachelorette. In keeping with the traditional Bachelor/ette continuity of succession, next season's Bachelorette was one of this season's also-rans: Desiree Hartsock.
Fans of comedian Marc Maron and his WTF podcast now have a date with IFC on May 3. That's when Maron's TV show — titled Maron — will debut. So it's Maron on Maron about Maron. The good thing is, you know right off the bat if this show is for you. The comedian and podcaster will play a fictionalized version of himself, a comedian and podcaster, working out his neuroses or merely airing them via his garage podcasting studio. One suspects this is Maron's attempt to get on the Louie train, but Louis C.K. didn't even really seem to be getting on the Louie train for about half a season, so who knows?
Earlier this week, word got out that NBC was preparing for a succession plan that would move Jay Leno out of The Tonight Show (uh, once again) and replace him with Jimmy Fallon. The question, then — well, one of the questions, once all the "Do we have the strength as a culture to go through another Late-Night War?" feelings were expressed — becomes who would replace Fallon on Late Night? Linda Stasi at the New York Post says NBC is thinking Howard Stern.
Stern stepped in as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last summer, to much fanfare, and according to the Post, it's all part of a strategy to make Stern palatable to TV viewers, in preparation for a move to something like Late Night.
Having recently been denied a third Oscar for Best Director, Steven Spielberg may instead be focusing on racking up a perhaps-less-prestigious fourth Outstanding Miniseries Emmy (after Band of Brothers, The Pacific, and, um, Taken). To do so, he's once again partnering with the late Stanley Kubrick, whose 1961 script for a film about Napoleon will be the basis for an upcoming Spielberg adaptation.
Said the recently announced 2013 Cannes jury president to French TV's Le JT de CANAL:
Almost Famous was a treasure trove of feel-good triumphalism, but it's got a sad little footnote attached to it: For some reason, Cameron Crowe has never quite been able to bring the hot sauce since. I mean, I'll go to bat for Vanilla Sky any day of the week (that crazy twist ending?! With the thing?!), but critical consensus isn't quite as warm, and after that we're talking Elizabethtown and, gah, We Bought a Zoo. And then there's the post-AF career of Patrick Fugit, who you know better as Rolling Stone’s most adorable cub reporter, William Miller. While he's been popping up in stuff steadily since — Saved!, Wristcutters: A Love Story, this MadTVAlmost Famous parody that I'm just finding out about now and is totally incredible — without ever getting another juicy leading role. It wasn't the most surprising thing that his career didn't shoot off into the stratosphere: A large part of Fugit's charm in Almost Famous was his blankness, and blankness is probably not the most desired tool in the actor's arsenal. But, considering how hard he slayed in Almost Famous, it was still a bit of a drag. Anyway, you can dry your tears now. The kid from Almost Famous just got a TV show.
Says Deadline: "Lohan has signed on to guest star as herself in an upcoming episode of Anger Management slated to air in April. In the episode, Lohan develops a romantic relationship with Sheen’s character after becoming his therapy patient. The casting reunites the two actors, who also co-star together" — and, at least according to this photo, sleep together, too — "in the upcoming Scary Movie 5 … and appears to be a publicity stunt for the film, which also debuts in April."