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April 3, 2013 | By Meg James
The laughs aren't what they used to be in late night. NBC has confirmed weeks of speculation by saying it plans to blow up its late-night schedule (once again) to clear the way for a younger comedian. NBC's "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, 62, has agreed to retire next spring to make way for 38-year-old Jimmy Fallon, whose comedy show currently runs at 12:35 p.m. on NBC. This season, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" is drawing 3.4 million viewers an episode, making Leno the undisputed champ of late-night comedy, according to ratings firm Nielsen.  Leno has been in the chair 22 years.
April 25, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Seth Meyers will go from late night to prime time in August: The funnyman will host this year's Emmy Awards, NBC and the Television Academy confirmed Thursday night. TV's biggest night falls on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. -- remember, that's a Monday! -- on NBC, and the network certainly has proved to have a pool of worthy hosts (ahem, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey). Perhaps only a slightly less obvious choice than recently installed "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon (who hosted in 2010), the selection of Meyers comes on the heels of the "Saturday Night Live" alum being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2014 -- so maybe he's been doing some influencing with his network bosses?
August 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara
First the Olympics and now the Republicans. There seems to be a conspiracy to keep a lot of Americans watching their televisions long into the night. At Tuesday night's hurricane-challenged and already once rescheduled Republican convention, the star speaker of the night, first lady wannabe Ann Romney, doesn't take the podium until 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another convention headliner, to follow directly after. For folks in the East eager to hear about the soft side of Mitt Romney or to see if this will be Christie's Convention Moment, that means a rather late night.
April 24, 2014 | By Scott Collins
When he takes command of CBS' "Late Show" next year, Stephen Colbert will have to battle the two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel. But he'll also square off against a robot chicken, a mad scientist and a talking hamburger. From the humblest of beginnings 13 years ago - one early offering was made with microphones purchased at Radio Shack - Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's nighttime block, has a powerful hold on one of the most highly sought-after populations around: young men. Adult Swim's mostly animated shows - among them hits such as "Robot Chicken," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" spinoffs and the new "Rick and Morty" - rely on absurdist, often surreal humor, and they're making it harder than ever for the growing crowd of chat shows featuring celebrities hawking their latest movie.
June 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
It's Friday, so what better time for the latest musical mash-up from the creative minds at "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"? This time around, the people behind the all-clucking verison of the Lumineers and "All I Want for Christmas" with classroom instruments have assembled sound bites of the NBC News anchor "rapping" the song "Regulate" by Warren G. (On Wednesday night, it was " Nuthin' but a G Thang . ") Perhaps the funniest thing about these mash-ups is that performing a cover of a '90s-era hip-hop classic is exactly the kind of thing the newsman might do. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bri-Wi, are you listening?
June 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
During a recent interview with Pop & Hiss about his new album "IV Play," The-Dream seemed most excited by far about "Too Early," a mournful electro-blues cut the influential R&B star recorded with Gary Clark Jr. on guitar. So perhaps it's no surprise that for his gig Friday on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," The-Dream chose to play "Too Early" over the album's title-track single. Whatever his reasoning, we're glad he did: Expertly backed by Clark and Fallon's house band, the Roots, The-Dream brought a unique mixture of swagger and vulnerability to his performance; the moment near the end when his voice cracks is heartbreaking in all the right ways.
June 18, 2012 | By Scott Collins
The Dog Pound will woof again: Arsenio Hall is returning to late-night TV. Two decades after his self-titled show rebuilt the talk genre for a new generation, the 56-year-old comic and recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner will attempt a major comeback with a nightly syndicated offering starting in September 2013. Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., which will broadcast the 11 p.m. show on its 17 TV stations, including WGN-TV in Chicago and KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, giving it instant access to more than half the country.
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Look who's helping Seth Meyers make his debut on "Late Night" -- the runner-up to the commander-in-chief, Joe Biden. Biden announced that he would appear with the new host of the NBC talk show via Twitter: "Must-see TV. " The vice president, who has had his share of bloopers over the course of his career, adds a lively political touch to the debut, which will also feature Meyers' former "Saturday Night Live" castmate Amy Poehler. Perhaps Poehler will appear in Hillary Clinton guise.
September 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Arsenio Hall is back on late night after a 19-year absence, and his return made a strong showing in ratings Monday, especially in Los Angeles, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  In Nielsen's 25 markets with local people meters, CBS Television Distribution's "The Arsenio Hall Show" beat all other late-night talk show telecasts in key demographics. The show garnered a rating of 1.2 among adults aged 25-54 years old and a 1.0 in the 18-49 age group.  PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings For comparison, among 18-49ers, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” scored a 0.6 and a delayed "Late Show With David Letterman" got a 0.5 and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" received a 0.8. "The Arsenio Hall Show," which featured appearances by Paula Abdul, Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg (putting aside his Snoop Lion alter ego)
February 14, 2010 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
The most interesting person on late-night television is a 47-year-old Scottish reformed alcoholic high-school dropout, drummer, actor, comic and novelist named Craig Ferguson, who since 2005 has been hosting "The Late Late Show," which follows David Letterman's "Late Show" on CBS. He is not the only talk show host whose work I like, or even the only one I'm tempted to call a genius -- the other would be Letterman, whose Worldwide Pants produces Ferguson's...
April 21, 2014 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
“Why don't we have more female stand-up comedians?" The radio was buzzing Monday morning about that question , still brewing after Stephen Colbert's much-deserved ascension to host of “Late Night.” Now, I'm all for more women running the show everywhere (including this nation - are you listening, Hillary Rodham Clinton?), but in a week in which the nation's elite colleges are releasing snapshots of their newly admitted classes, I wonder if the question on the radio shouldn't be: “How many of you accomplished young women will head toward computer science, tech, finance or business - where scholarships, mentoring, internships and well-paid jobs (and, some would say, true decision-making careers)
April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Papa Bear is angry that his acolyte is leaving, it seems.  On Monday night's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," a reader wrote in to host Bill O'Reilly commenting on CBS' choice of Stephen Colbert to take over late night from the retiring David Letterman. While Colbert's Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," is a deliberate parody of "The O'Reilly Factor" and Colbert refers to O'Reilly as Papa Bear on the air, the Fox News host seemed less than positive about Colbert's prospects in his new role.
April 13, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Jack, the round-headed fictional chief executive in Jack-in-the-Box commercials, is not only a hit on television. He's also popular on Wall Street. In the last year, investors have driven the company's stock price up more than 80% - and industry analysts are bullish about the company's future. Jack in the Box Inc.'s profit was up sharply in its recently completed fiscal first quarter, as sales increased at its flagship restaurants and at the company's other brand, Qdoba Mexican Grill.
April 9, 2014 | Meghan Daum
In a final passing of the torch to a new generation of late-night talk show hosts, David Letterman announced last week that he would retire in 2015. As intelligent and unique a force as he's always been, the timing seems right. Since beginning his late-night career more than 30 years ago, Letterman has evolved from exuberant, smart-alecky nerd to crotchety, occasionally befuddled elder statesman. Watching him now, it's hard to believe he was once considered the epitome of edginess, a darling of the college crowd and hero to sarcastic eggheads everywhere.
April 4, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Whether Mayor Eric Garcetti's open letter urging CBS to move “The Late Show” to Los Angeles was a political stunt or a savvy business move - or both  - he's clearly making runaway production a key issue, even if he can't stop it himself. Just hours after longtime “Late Show” host David Letterman announced plans to retire in 2015, Garcetti released a note he sent to CBS chief Les Moonves encouraging him to move the next version of the show to Los Angeles. He wrote: “I have made the entertainment industry a key priority for my administration.
April 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
After David Letterman announced Thursday that he would be retiring after more than three decades in late-night television, the news, though not exactly unexpected, sparked an immediate response on Twitter. With the genre's elder statesman planning to sign off in 2015, celebrities of all stripes weighed in on the latest upheaval in late night.  Here are a few of the most notable reactions: PHOTOS: David Letterman's possible successors President Obama : "There are more than 10 reasons  #DavidLetterman  will be missed.
March 16, 2009 | Mark Milian
If the half-dozen Twitter messages Jimmy Fallon sends most days aren't enough, the talk show host cemented his geek credibility last week by interviewing a gadget blogger and the creators of a Web-only show most Americans have never heard of. On Wednesday, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht, hosts of the techie favorite "Diggnation," bantered with Fallon on the same love seat previously graced by such celebrities as Robert De Niro, Van Morrison and Cameron Diaz.
February 24, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Making his debut as host of "Late Night" on Monday, Seth Meyers struck a decidedly low-key note in a broadcast that emphasized finely tuned punch lines over star power and razzle-dazzle. Meyers opened the NBC show by paying tribute to one of his predecessor's best-known recurring bits, "Thank You Notes. " Seated at his desk, Meyers wrote a letter to Jimmy Fallon, now host of "The Tonight Show," promising to treat "Late Night" "with respect and dignity and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces … starting now," he said.
April 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late-night circuit is usually a well-oiled Hollywood hype machine through which movie stars and hot-shot directors can safely plug their latest films. Every once in a while, though, things go off the rails, a phenomenon that seems to happen with a bit more frequency on Letterman, whose arched detachment can allow those moments to play out in all their awkward glory. In honor of the "Late Show" host's announcement that he plans to retire in 2015 , here are five of the most memorable movie guests to grace Letterman's couch.
March 19, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Mockery of Los Angeles' response to the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck earlier this week continued on the late-night talk show circuit Tuesday -- only this time the main targets weren't just scrambling news anchors. Jimmy Kimmel, who a day earlier poked fun at L.A.'s local news anchors for their on-air reactions to the quake, took to the streets of Hollywood for his "Lie Witness News" segment, which fooled unsuspecting passersby into believing that "the Big One" had been forecast to strike the next day at a predetermined time.
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