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Jimmy Fallon Clinches Conan's Job

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352397,00.html

Jimmy Fallon Cinches Conan's Job

The word is out among the NBC brass: As rumored and bounced around for some time, Jimmy Fallon is set to take Conan O’Brien’s job as host of "Late Night" in 2009. It’s a done deal.

Conan, of course, will be taking over for Jay Leno, who will leave the "Tonight" show in May 2009 as part of a forced retirement.

There’s much debate about letting Leno leave NBC etc., but right now let’s just concentrate on Jimmy. He’s the perfect successor to Conan and should have just as big an audience when he takes the reins. Fallon is one of those great underrated performers. This should be the right milieu for him.

I’m told NBC will make the formal announcement about Fallon around May 11 or 12, when the network presents the fall '08 schedule to advertisers here in New York.

Fallon, who recently married producer Nancy Juvonen, is said to be thrilled and ready, if not a little scared, about taking Conan’s desk. He still has to pick a producer and a band, among other things.

As for Leno, he has plenty of options. One of them might be to replace "Nightline" on ABC, pushing Jimmy Kimmel back to 12:30 a.m. But a lot can happen between now and May 2009 in the chess game they call TV programming.
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So, it is true. He said this a year ago on Howard Stern.
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Do they check their articles before publishing them? The story right below that...

Anyway, in Wednesday’s New York Times, reporter Michael Cieply talked to Cruise’s producing partner, Paula Wagner, about the "Valkyrie" dilemma and the fate of United Artists. Wagner pointed out that UA was on track, and that when Dreamworks started up in 2005, it took them two years to get out their first film, "The Peacemaker."
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Ugh.
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Ugh.
+1,458

Thanks for saving me from wasting another potential hour of my life watching your product NBC! At least he won't need a laugh track (or audience) since he'll be laughing at his own jokes..
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At least he won't need a laugh track (or audience) since he'll be laughing at his own jokes..
Damn...beaten to the punch.
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i am really skeptical that he'll be a decent interviewer.
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Doesn't do much for me. Hopefully Leno moves to ABC, then the only 2 late night talk shows I watch will be on there.
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YUCK.

Pretty strange choice too. Fairly high profile actor-comedians dont exactly have the best luck as talk show hosts.
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Originally Posted by aktick
Doesn't do much for me. Hopefully Leno moves to ABC, then the only 2 late night talk shows I watch will be on there.
It would be pretty funny after the Carson dust-up if he moved to CBS and followed-up Letterman (apologies to Ferguson).
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terrible choice. Not funny at all
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^My words ecactly.
It would have been interesting to see David Cross do this or maybe Sarah SIlverman.
I think they should try a female even though besides Silverman I dont know who else would do a good job.
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NBC should have given Jon Stewart a blank check and told him to name his price.

Fallon bores me to tears.
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C'mon, people. Give Fallon a chance!

Look at how successful other SNL Weekend Update hosts were in transitioning to late night talk shows. Dennis Miller, Chevy Chase, and now Jimmy Fallon.
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As long as Vince Vaugh takes over for Letterman, I'm good.

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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
NBC should have given Jon Stewart a blank check and told him to name his price.

Fallon bores me to tears.
Not really going to happen since Stewart just re-upped with the Daily Show not too long ago, and he's being groomed as Dave's replacement.
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FINALLY a cure for my insomnia! Thanks NBC!
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FINALLY a cure for my insomnia! Thanks NBC!
Ditto. Fallon is hopelessly unfunny. He's doomed for failure of the highest degree.
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Originally Posted by Slumbering Fist
Fairly high profile actor-comedians dont exactly have the best luck as talk show hosts.
I thought we were talking about Jimmy Fallon?
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More reason to watch the other half of Kimmel now.
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Now maybe people will see how funny Furguson really is.
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I've always felt Fallon was an annoying douchebag.

Something tells me this won't be changing my opinion.
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
Now maybe people will see how funny Furguson really is.


I think people are already taking notice, however. Although Conan usually always beats Craig in the ratings, it isn't that far apart and Craig has beaten Conan in the ratings at least once...

NEW YORK - Recently sworn-in U.S. citizen Craig Ferguson is being embraced by his new countrymen: The late-night comic hit a ratings milestone last week with his first victory over NBC’s Conan O’Brien. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

The CBS “Late Late Show” averaged more viewers than O’Brien’s “Late Night” (1.88 million to 1.77 million) for the first week during which they each competed with all-original shows since Ferguson started in January 2005.

It caps a slow and steady climb for Ferguson and raises a red flag for future “Tonight” show host O’Brien, although NBC says it is still happy with O’Brien’s audience.

“He’s getting looser and looser all the time and for the last few months it’s clear that he’s having such a good time that you can’t resist it as a viewer,” said veteran late-night hand Peter Lassally, Ferguson’s executive producer.

Ferguson, a Scotsman, passed an American citizenship test and was formally sworn in on Feb. 1. He’ll be host of the annual White House correspondents’ dinner in Washington later this month, a high-profile gig for a comic.

Although Ferguson had slowly become more competitive with O’Brien in the ratings, the writers strike was crucial to the surge, said producer Michael Naidus.

“It was a tough thing but for us it just let us play with the show in a looser way,” Naidus said. “We threw out everything and now just have our writers doing a comedy show.”

The strike also put a brighter spotlight on late-night programming and Ferguson benefited from the attention, with correspondents from newspapers and magazines writing flattering stories about him, Naidus said.
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24055283/

I like Conan, but Craig is such a better interviewer, and honestly, his monologue is much, much better as well. That has a lot to do with Conan's questionable writing staff, however.

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