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NBC considering a 90-minute 'Tonight Show'

Jimmy Fallon might get more screen time, 'Late Night' could be shortened

By Mekeisha Madden Toby May 2, 2013 11:52AM

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Jimmy Fallon's version of "The Tonight Show" will not only be vastly different from the current Jay Leno incarnation, but it might be lengthier.


NBC is reportedly flirting with the idea of making the late-night talk show 30 minutes longer, according to TV Guide. Such an expansion -- which has been tabled for now -- could lead to a smaller, abbreviated "Late Night." Meanwhile, Peacock executives have yet to announce who will replace Fallon as the host. 


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Seth Meyers, the "Saturday Night Live" head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor, is reportedly the front-runner for the retooled "Late Night." If the show is downsized and Meyers is chosen, he could revamp the format and turn the talk offering into "Weekend Update" on steroids.


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Such a reality would benefit NBC and Meyers because he could play to his strengths and differentiate himself from Fallon while creating more of a "Daily Show" vibe. The "Weekend Update" style would also generate a roster of guests -- politicians, authors and athletes -- more organic and newsy than the celebrities Fallon would court for "The Tonight Show," and eliminate booking wars.


Other possibilities include a more cost-effective "Late Night," produced in a truncated setting with a smaller audience -- similar to Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." This would also mean there would be more of an emphasis on conversation and no band.


In addition to Meyers, NBC is also considering "Watch What Happens Live" star and Bravo bigwig Andy Cohen, as a potential "Late Night" host, as well as "America's Got Talent" emcee Nick Cannon.


"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT on NBC.

May 3, 2013 1:18PM
Why fix something thats not broken. NBC - big mistake
May 2, 2013 5:26PM
i WOULD NOT STAY UP FOR EITHER ONE OF THESE BONE HEADS Letterman has turned into Mr. Democratic party spokesman and well Jay is just not funny any more I watch Perry Mason on METV at least I learn something  late Night Tv is fading away just like all other tv
May 2, 2013 5:19PM
these shows should be 30 min at most and as far as im concerned taken off the air as a total waste of time. 
May 2, 2013 5:10PM
Decent idea! They also need something on TV entertaining for those work don't get off work until after midnight!
May 2, 2013 4:56PM
I'd like to see Sarah Silverman get the job. Let's get a little edgier.
May 2, 2013 4:38PM
All of these talk shows she be limited to 30 minutes.
May 2, 2013 4:19PM
I like Seth Meyers, but ever since he took over as head writer, the SNL skits have become embarrassingly bad.
May 2, 2013 4:08PM
Everything old is new again.... a 90 minute Tonight Show from New York....... They should put late night in LA, by the way, and make sure Lorne doesn't run that show as well - that's too much dependent on one man.
May 2, 2013 4:02PM
I think remember back in the 70"s that the  Tonight Show was 90 minutes and was later shorten to 60 minutes. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with Johnny Carson, renegotiating his contract or not.
May 2, 2013 3:51PM
i wouldn't stay up late for either of these bone heads. BUT i would bone both in a sandwich.
Kimmel will rule late night. Letterman is a sad joke.

May 2, 2013 3:44PM
Seth Meyers in a weekend update theme would be great and so would an extra half hour of Jimmy Fallon!  I wouldn't stay up late to watch it but I would watch it on Hulu!
May 2, 2013 3:39PM
Could NBC be any more clueless?  Is everyone there on drugs? 
May 2, 2013 3:39PM
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