I’m certain I am not the only one giddy with excitement over the official announcement of Seth Meyers as the new host of Late Night when Jimmy Fallon takes over at The Tonight Show. Meyers was already considered the frontrunner to replace Fallon, but knowing it’s actually happening is such an amazing feeling. I’m excited not only because Seth Meyers’ Weekend Update segment is often my favorite part of any given SNL episode, but also because this means we’ll get to watch Jimmy Fallon do his amazing thing at 11:35 PM and then move right into watching Seth Meyers do his own amazing thing at 12:35 AM. And that is an adorable late night lineup I can get behind.
Lorne Michaels will produce Seth Meyers’ version of Late Night, just like he’ll be producing The Tonight Show when Fallon takes over. Both shows will be headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the same place as SNL.
It’s not totally clear what the format of Late Night With Seth Meyers will be, but according to The New York Times it will take advantage of the host’s existing strengths:
“I don’t want to make any broad pronouncements about how the show is going to be, whether it’s going to be the same or different,” Mr. Meyers said. “But I have to draw on my background in improvisational comedy and sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and try to find some mix of that.”
Meyers also says he’d like to continue the well-known Weekend Update tradition of “a two-shot with talented, funny people.” Yes please! I would like more of that! If I get to watch Seth Meyers interview Bobby Moynihan as Drunk Uncle immediately after watching Jimmy Fallon do funny sketches with Justin Timberlake, I will be a very happy girl.
And you want to hear extra good news? Meyers is staying on SNL through the fall before he takes over in 2014, likely during NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. So we won’t have to say goodbye to him during next week’s season finale. That would have been too much to handle all at once.
I was already excited that Jay Leno’s bad NBC jokes would soon be old news, and this just makes things even sweeter. Maybe NBC isn’t tanking itself after all.