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Exclusive: When he makes the transition to The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon will have his key lieutenant A.D. Miles by his side. Miles, who has served as head writer of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon since the show’s 2009 launch, has closed a deal to work in the same capacity on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which is set to premiere on February 17. Miles, an actor-comedian who worked the New York comedy scene in the 1990s and starred on Comedy Central’s Dog Bites Man, had no talk show experience when he was hired as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon‘s first head writer. He helped establish the show’s brand of elaborate parodies and high energy bits. In addition to his writing duties, Miles appears in some of the late-night show’s signature comedy sketches, including The Ragtime Gals: Barbershop Quartet and TV parodies Joking Bad, Downton Sixbey »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is still months away from premiering, and already, there's a behind-the-scenes shakeup.
On Tuesday (Oct. 15), NBC announced that former "Daily Show" executive producer and showrunner Josh Lieb would be joining "Late Night" with host Jimmy Fallon as producer, before transitioning into the role on the new "Tonight Show," as well. Lieb, who has been with the Comedy Central series since 2006, replaces veteran "Late Night" writer Amy Ozols, who had been announced in the job back in June.
Fallon's iteration of "The Tonight Show" will premiere in February.
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- "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel and her producing partner, Rivka Sophia Rossi, have sold two projects under their first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV. "Freelancers," sold to Fox, is written by Mickey Rapkin (whose non-fiction book "Pitch Perfect" spawned the hit film) and centers on a disgraced lawyer who gets »
Lieb (pictured far right) had been with ”Daily Show” since 2006, rising to exec producer. He recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and primetime TV projects, until Fallon came calling with the offer to join “Late Night” and transition to “The Tonight Show” in February.
The handover of the key producer’s post from Ozols and Lieb is said to be amicable as the two are friendly and Ozols is ready to move on after years in the latenight grind.
During his tenure on “Daily Show,” Lieb also exec produced the show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
- Cynthia Littleton
There has been a behind-the-scenes change at NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon as it prepares to morph into The Tonight Show in February. Former Daily Show executive producer/showrunner Josh Lieb is joining as producer, running day-to-day on Late Night and future Tonight Show, which are executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Lieb replaces veteran Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writer Amy Ozols, who will be leaving. She was named to the job in June. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, where he rose to executive producer/showrunner, Lieb left in 2011 when he moved his family to Los Angeles to return to primetime series. Lieb had been considered for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon job because of his late-night showrunner experience, but I hear he only recently became open to relocating back to New York where Late Night is based and so will be The Tonight Show. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
“It’s like a clown car in here!” Amy Ozols declared. The producer of NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” and, next year, “The Tonight Show” pokes her head into the Fallon Band Room, a small space with a banjo and framed covers of Rolling Stone on the walls. The space looks accommodating when empty, but becomes quite snug when Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke and eight members of the Roots settle into it armed with toy xylophone, kazoo, cowbell, wooden block and a shaker that looks like a banana. To add to the tumult, they are joined by an assortment of makeup and tech crew members who slip through the door separating the room from the sixth-floor hallway at the 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters of NBCUniversal.
The group is taping a rendition of Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines” — played entirely on instruments one might find in a kindergarten classroom »
- Brian Steinberg
Exclusive: Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6th, and, per terms of his show exit deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September. Tonight ep Debbie Vickers made the announcement today to the staffers at the show, informed sources report. It’s unclear how many crew and staff were at the meeting at the show’s Burbank lot. At one point it was reported Tonight had about 170 staffers in total, including some contract workers. NBC declined to comment on today’s news. The announcement isn’t a total surprise. At NBC’s Upfront presentation to advertisers in May, the network officially announced that Jay Leno would end his 22-year run on Tonight Show during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics – which start February 7th. NBC also announced Jimmy Fallon would replace him during the »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Season 2 of "Vikings" is scheduled to go into production in the summer for a premiere in early 2014.
More TV news and notes:
- John Oliver's debut as host of "The Daily Show" drew ratings in line with the show's average. Monday's (June 10) show scored 1.5 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, compared to 1.3 million and 0.6 the previous Monday.
Aside from the obvious host-name swap, the late-night NBC staple will replace the “With” in its title and will go by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – harkening back to when Johnny Carson was emcee.
In other news, Late Night writer Amy Ozols has joined the program as a producer.
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- Megan Masters
Veteran "Late Night" writer Amy Ozols has been named producer of the upcoming "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," executive producer Lorne Michaels announced Tuesday. And yes, that's correct; when Fallon takes the reins of the long-running NBC show, it will be rechristened "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." The current "Tonight Show" incarnation, which Jay Leno hosts, is titled "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." Under Leno's predecessor Johnny Carson, the show was titled "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." "Amy Ozols has been with Jimmy since the very beginning of 'Late Night.' »
- Tim Molloy
"The Tonight Show" is getting a new host, and a new name. NBC announced Tuesday that the venerable late night show would be renamed "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" when Fallon takes over in February of 2014.
Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" is titled "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," but NBC seems to be getting back to its Johnny Carson roots by trading the "with" for "starring." When Carson hosted the program, it was known as "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
In addition to the name change, NBC announced that Amy Ozols, a writer on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" since its premiere in 2009, will serve as the producer of Fallon's "Tonight Show," with Lorne Michaels taking the role of executive producer.
“It’s been so fun working with Amy these past four years -- she's been a standout writer and producer since we started ‘Late Night,'" Fallon said in a statement. »
- The Huffington Post
“Amy Ozols has been with Jimmy since the very beginning of ‘Late Night.’ She is brilliant. I think she is the right choice to lead ‘The Tonight Show’ into the future,” said Lorne Michaels, who will exec produce “The Tonight Show.”
Ozols has been penning for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” since the show’s launch in 2009. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is slated for a February debut after the Winter Olympics, and will be based at 30 Rock in Gotham.
“It’s been so fun working with Amy these past four years — she’s been a standout writer and producer since we started ‘Late Night,’” said Fallon. “She puts so much thought and care into everything she »
- AJ Marechal
Lorne Michaels has tapped Late Night veteran Amy Ozols to lead the upcoming Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC announced Tuesday. Ozols has been a writer for Fallon’s Late Night since the show’s inception in 2009. She has written and produced many of the show’s popular parodies, including those on the Real Housewives, Glee and the epic Game of Thrones parody "Game of Desks." She also penned Fallon’s opening from the 2010 Emmy Awards. Photos: Jimmy Fallon: From Early 'SNL' to Movie Star to 'Late Night' “Amy Ozols has been with Jimmy since the very beginning of Late Night. She is brilliant.
- Marisa Guthrie
A woman will continue to call the shots on The Tonight Show. Veteran Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writer Amy Ozols has been named producer of the upcoming The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will premiere in February. The Tonight Show is reverting to its former title, used for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before “starring” was replaced by “with” for hosts Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Ozols will produce the show, which will originate from NBC‘s 30 Rock in New York, while Lorne Michaels serves as executive producer. “Amy Ozols has been with Jimmy since the very beginning of Late Night,” Michaels said. “She is brilliant. I think she is the right choice to lead The Tonight Show into the future.” Added Fallon, “It’s been so fun working with Amy these past four years — she’s been a standout writer and producer since we started Late Night. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The last couple weeks have been a bloodbath when it's come to television cancellations. Great women created shows like Ann Biderman's Southland on TNT didn't make it. Here are some of the women created shows that got canceled this season with a focus on the main networks. We hope to see more great work from these talented women on our television screens again soon. All cancellation information is from TV By The Numbers. NBC: Smash - Theresa Rebeck Deception - Liz Heldens Whitney - Whitney Cummings Up All Night - Emily Spivey Guys WIth Kids - Co-Creator Amy Ozols Fox: Ben and Kate - Dana Fox The CW: Emily Owens M.D. - Jennie Snyder CBS: Made in Jersey - Dana Calvo CSI: NY - Co-Creators Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn ABC: Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 - Nahnatchka Khan How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest »
- Kerensa Cadenas
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