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What a nutty year it’s been in the world of TV talkers. Hosts bit the dust — some were expected; some out of the blue; one for the second time — as other hosts got promoted and handed the torch to a host of new hosts. Has the comedy-music-talk species ever occupied so many column inches over a single 12-month period?
Latenight may be, as Emily Nussbaum has charged in the New Yorker, “the most static genre on TV,” but its tectonic plates are shifting. And if a selection of media critics and Emmy watchers are right, the first consequence will be a shakeup in the nominations for variety series, virtually copied over the past decade.
Talk about static: 2012 and 2013’s slates were identical, with the TV Academy tapping “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon’s showcases and “Saturday Night Live.” The only difference »
- Bob Verini
According to an excerpt from a new "tell-all" book written by Dave Berg, a former producer of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, the show had a backstage bar cart called "The Jay Bar" to loosen up guests:To help with stage fright, Leno came up with the idea of The Jay Bar, a mobile station loaded with beer and wine to help guests unwind before the show. But some guests didn’t know when to turn off the spigot. In 2003, Quentin Tarantino hit The Jay Bar so hard that he was slurring and “occasionally incoherent” on air. Other good gossip? Teri Hatcher and Christian Bale are "difficult," Helen Hunt stayed away from the show for 14 years after a producer ribbed her performance on Mad About You, and when Dave Letterman scored the first post-prison Martha Stewart interview, Leno tried to preempt his Benjamin Bratt lead interview with an animal trainer. »
- Lindsey Weber
Roseanne Barr's 2012 U.S. presidential campaign is getting the big-screen treatment. Writer, director and longtime Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib is helming Roseanne for President! -- a behind-the-scenes documentary about the actress and her bid to unseat President Barack Obama. Video: Roseanne Barr Warns Obama Over Medical Marijuana on Letterman Barr announced her decision to run for president on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in August 2011 and exactly one year later won the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party. She appeared on the ballot in California, Colorado and Florida, racking up more than 65,
- Tatiana Siegel
I see London, I see France...! Kim Kardashian left little to the imagination on Tuesday, March 25, when she stepped out in New York City in a see-through lace dress that exposed her black underwear and matching bra underneath. The look was similar to the one the 33-year-old reality star modeled on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno back in October 2013. At the time, she was newly engaged and eager to show off both her ring and her 50-pound weight loss following the June birth of [...] »
Since Jay Leno’s passing of the “Tonight Show” torch to new host Jimmy Fallon came during the middle of the season, both version of the NBC show are eligible for an Emmy Award. The same also applies to “Late Night,” which Seth Meyers took over from Fallon.
Hedging its bets, Variety sister site Deadline reports that NBC is submitting both “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” for consideration — as well “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” “Last Call With Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.”
Leno’s “Tonight Show” has received 10 noms for best music, comedy or variety series but only scored the Emmy once, in 1995. The show has not been »
- Andrea Seikaly
With NBC’s The Tonight Show making a transition from host Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon midway through the season, both versions are eligible for Primetime Emmys. The same goes for Late Night and its incarnations hosted by Fallon and Seth Meyers. I’ve learned that both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are being submitted by NBC along with Late Night With Seth Meyers, Last Call With Carson Daly and the network’s venerable late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. NBC was in a similar situation during the 2009-2010 season when both The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, which aired through January, and Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which succeeded it, were submitted (O’Brien landed a nomination). Given the fact that Fallon just moved into Tonight Show and is looking to establish himself as host, it makes sense for »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Awards shows like the Oscars continue to thrive in the social media era, with Sunday’s telecast hitting a 10-year high in overall viewership.
The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, averaged a 12.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 43 million viewers overall, according to time zone-adjusted preliminary Nielsen estimates. In recent years, only NFL playoff games have fared better in the ratings.
Oscars: Complete List of Winners
And among all entertainment programs, Sunday’s Oscars drew the largest audience on any network since the finale of “Friends” in May 2004.
Sunday’s kudocast was virtually flat vs. last year’s Seth MacFarlane-hosted show in the 18-49 demo (13.0) and up 6% in total viewers (from 40.4); last year had hit a three-year high in total viewers. It was also up nearly 3 million viewers from DeGeneres’ previous stint as host, in 2007 (40.2 million).
Since the 2008 kudocast hosted by Jon Stewart, which drew a record low 32.01 million viewers, »
- Rick Kissell
Update: In “fast official” Nielsen estimates, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” averaged a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.69 million viewers overall — the show’s best scores in both categories since its Monday premiere. Thursday’s rating is up 8% vs. the 2.4 for Wednesday and 13% higher than the 2.3 for Tuesday.
Excluding the recent finale of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the 7.69 million is the largest audience for a Thursday episode of “Tonight” in nearly five years (since an appearance by President Obama in March 2009).
As the Winter Olympics wind down, NBC rolled to another easy primetime victory Thursday while Fox’s “American Idol” hit another low — and placed third among young adults for one of its half-hours. In latenight, NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” held even with the prior two nights and continues to dominate.
Univision also had a big night, with its annual “Premio Lo »
- Rick Kissell
Who would’ve thought Kim Kardashian would be the link connecting The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? After being part of the celebrity Shut Your von Trapp! music ditty that sent off Leno on his final Tonight Show, the reality star was among a parade of celebrities who welcomed Fallon tonight during his first hosting gig on NBC‘s late-night staple. “Surprise” guests including Robert De Niro — Fallon’s first guest on Late Night in 2009 – Fallon’s former Weekend Update co-host Tina Fey, former Tonight Show regular Joan Rivers, Seth Rogen, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Rudy Giuliani, Lindsay Lohan and Fallon’s new late-night rival Stephen Colbert stopped by to pay up after “betting” that Fallon wouldn’t make it to The Tonight Show. For Rivers, the stint came exactly 49 years after her first appearance on The Tonight Show, on Feb. 17, 1965. It also »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Charlie popped the question for the fourth time in his life, but this time is reportedly different. So who’s the girl who may have finally stolen his heart for good? Find out below!
Brett Rossi got a big Valentine’s surprise on Feb. 15 when her scandal-magnet boyfriend Charlie Sheen dropped down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. Now, after she’s said yes and happily stated that she and Charlie are “soul mates,” find out more about the girl behind the diamond engagement ring.
Brett Rossi: 5 Things To Know About Charlie Sheen’s Fiancee
1. She Was An Adult Star
You may see people referring to Brett as “Charlie Sheen’s porn star girlfriend,” but that isn’t exactly accurate. Brett did work in the adult industry before meeting Charlie, but in 2013 she moved on to being a centerfold model (there is a difference). So don »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Miley Cyrus is such a trendsetter than even men are copying her killer style! One Direction singer Niall Horan is giving Miley, 21, a run for her money with his bold new coiff. So who wears it better? Tell us what you think, HollywoodLifers!
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Niall’s hair is shaved on the sides and features a thick shock of long blonde »
Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show swan song churned up the franchise’s biggest weekly crowd since the week of NBC’s Cheers finale in ’93. Meanwhile, his replacement, Jimmy Fallon wrapped his Late Night hosting gig with that show’s biggest weekly haul since it followed Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show farewell, in May of ’92. Leno’s actual Thursday night finale last week clocked the biggest crowd for an individual Tonight show broadcast since Jerry Seinfeld turned up after his primetime hit’s so-long episode, on May 14, 1998. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno averaged a 1.9 rating and 8.289 million viewers in its final week. That’s the top Tonight total-viewer average since the show snagged 9.08 million viewers the week of NBC’s Cheers finale – the week of May 17, 1993. In the demo, it was Tonight Show‘s best week since Conan O’Brien‘s dramatic final week hosting original episodes of the late-night franchise. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Whoever said Ross Mathews can only talk celebrities is soooo wrong! Just in time for Throwback Thursday and the season 2 premiere of Hello Ross, we came across a hilarious video from the 2002 Winter Olympics that shows the pop culture junkie talking a pretty big game. While on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, the famous intern is sent to Salt Lake City, Utah to report on a few winter sports. But instead of updating viewers on the biggest events, Ross wants to talk about his first appearance with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric. "I had my first appearance on the Today show," Ross explains to the late-night host. "It was out of control, Jay. Out of control." Watch the clip for »
Billy Ray Cyrus is giving his daughter, Miley Cyrus, a run for her money in the most shocking video category — but not for the reason you might think. Billy Ray’s latest release has plenty of near-nudity, but the real shocker is just how bizarre the whole thing is. Watch it and see if you agree!
Talk about unexpected! When we heard that Billy Ray was coming out with a hip-hop version of his 1992 country hit “Achy Breaky Heart“ we weren’t sure what to think. And now that we’ve seen the end result, well, we’re still not quite sure.
Miley Cyrus Loses »
Another late-night record this week for NBC: Jimmy Fallon’s final show as host of Late Night scored a series-high rating.
Following NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony (those numbers here), Fallon’s show had a 4.8 rating in the metered-market households, the best performance ever of the show using this data-set. The prior record was set on Thursday following the final telecast of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Given more than 30 million viewers tuned in for the Opening Ceremony, however, anything except a record for Fallon might have been seen as a disappointment.
Fallon’s final »
- James Hibberd
Friday was another big night for NBC, with the official Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Games holding up very well and Jimmy Fallon exiting his “Late Night” post with series-high numbers.
According to Nielsen overnights, the Sochi Opening Ceremony averaged an 18.5 household rating/30 share, off only 8% from the live telecast of the 2010 Vancouver Opening Ceremony (20.0/33). And it was up a big 26% from the last non-live Opening Ceremony of the Winter Games (a 14.7/23 for Torino in 2006).
With a boost from the Olympics lead-in, Jimmy Fallon’s final bow of “Late Night” brought in 6.6 million viewers — the highest total viewer tally for the show since 1993.
The top local markets on Friday were Minneapolis (26.0/45), Salt Lake City (24.4/43), Ft. Myers (21.7/34), Chicago (21.6/34) and Boston (21.5/37).
In preliminary national estimates, the Opening Ceremony did an 8.6/26 in adults 18-49 and 31.7 million viewers overall during primetime.
According to Facebook data editors, roughly 5.9 million people worldwide were chatting about the Opening Ceremony on Facebook, »
- Rick Kissell
The 63-year-old, who has been associated with the show since over 20 years, fought back tears as he wrapped up the final episode Feb 6 shot at the Burbank Studios in California.
"Boy this is the hard part...the first year of this show I lost my mom; the second year I lost my dad. Then my brother died and after that I was pretty much out of family," he said at the end of the episode.
"The folks here became my family. When people say to me, 'Hey, why don't you go to ABC,. »
- Lohit Reddy
Audiences were eager to say good-bye to Jay Leno on Thursday (February 6) night, as "The Tonight Show" drew its biggest overall audience since 1998. Boosted by a strong "bonus" night of coverage from the Sochi Winter Olympics, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" drew 14.6 million viewers, the most since May 14, 1998. That was, of course, the night of the series finale of "Seinfeld" and featured Jerry Seinfeld as a guest. That episode drew just under 15 million viewers. This was, in fact, the fourth largest audience ever for a Jay Leno "Tonight Show," following the 1993 »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jay Leno's latest good-bye was seen in more homes than his previous good-bye — but the folks who watched were older. Per preliminary Nielsen data from the nation's top 56 television markets, Thursday's swan song sequel for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno was seen in about 9.2 percent of the nation's homes. That's up from the 8.8 rating Leno's May 2009 departure averaged, but still well below the 11.3 rating Tonight earned a few months earlier in '09, when President Obama stopped by the show for the first time. Leno also easily drew a bigger total audience than Conan O'Brien's final, controversy-tinged Tonight, which went out with a 6.9 household ratings. Those Leno gains were all among older viewers, though: Conan — and Leno 2009 — did much better in the demo ratings. Among NBC's target audience of adults under 50, last night's last Leno Tonight earned a 3.4 rating. That's far »
- Josef Adalian
Miley Cyrus, 21, loves the skin she’s in, and she’s reminding us with yet another nude photo shoot for a magazine! We would say Miley’s new March 2014 cover of German Vogue is racy, but really, she’s just being Miley and we’re used to it now. Don’t you agree that Miley looks gorgeous on the cover?
Miley Cyrus Topless On German ‘Vogue’
We are somewhat taken aback at how much Miley resembles Marilyn Monroe on the new cover, shot by famous photographer Mario Testino. Miley also tweeted the cover on Feb. 6 with the caption “blonde angel.” She’s photographed, completely topless and covering her breasts with her perfect, red manicured hands. Her platinum bob is in curls, »
- HL Intern
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