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THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
NBC officially confirmed on Wednesday that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over “The Tonight Show” next year. Fallon will succeed Jay Leno in the spring of 2014 as the host of “Tonight.” Leno's departure comes after 22 years with the show. That's second only to Johnny Carson, who served as host for 40 years. As part of the upcoming transition, “Tonight” will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York. Emmy award winner Lorne Michaels (of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”)
THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
On Monday night, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon addressed the rampant speculation about the future of "The Tonight Show" the way any of us would: by performing a song from "West Side Story. " In an amusing and effective display of unity, the two hosts teamed up for a duet that aired at 12:36 a.m., just as "The Tonight Show" was switching over to "Late Night. " It began with Leno walking backstage, where he was swarmed by reporters (apparently security in Burbank isn't what it used to be)
THE818NOW
April 4, 2013
With Jimmy Fallon officially set to take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno next year, viewers can expect plenty of changes to the nearly 60-year-old late-night franchise. Of course there's the show's geographic relocation, from Burbank to a souped-up new studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. But there's also a vast stylistic difference between Leno, 62, and Fallon, who will be several months shy of his 40th birthday when he takes over “Tonight.” In his two decades at NBC, Leno has consistently led the ratings -- mostly, his critics claim, by playing it safe with middle-of-the-road jokes and softball interviews.
THE818NOW
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | February 6, 2014
Rain didn't dampen the excitement outside the studio of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday as the longtime entertainment staple in Burbank filmed his final show . Those who had tickets stood under an overhang, waiting to be checked in and receive an audience pass. Once checked in, they waited under a tent to keep out of the soggy conditions. PHOTOS: Final 'Tonight Show' taping with Jay Leno About 20 to 30 people without tickets lined up along Bob Hope Drive at the entrance to the studio, hoping to get a chance to attend the taping of Leno's 4,610th show.
THE818NOW
April 6, 2013
Cartoonist Steve Greenberg gives his take on the departure of "The Tonight Show" from Burbank, its home since 1972. Jimmy Fallon will be taking the show to New York when he takes over hosting duties from Jay Leno in the spring of 2014.
THE818NOW
April 4, 2013
Jimmy Fallon has been crowned the next king of late-night television, but the empire he will inherit has seen better days. "Late Night" host Fallon, who will succeed Jay Leno in "The Tonight Show" chair in 2014, is charged with trying to reenergize a franchise that has lost much of its luster as viewers flock to cable television and the Internet for entertainment. Once an appearance on "The Tonight Show" could turn an unknown into a star overnight. Now a video on YouTube can do that.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | April 3, 2013
Reaction to NBC's confirmation that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over at "The Tonight Show" -- along with the added whammy that production will move to New York City -- generated a wave of reaction among fans and non-fans alike on Twitter. NBC confirmed that Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014. Although Leno is still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC is making the move because it thinks Fallon will do better with younger viewers in the years to come.
THE818NOW
March 22, 2013
For more than 40 years, a studio at the corner of Olive and Alameda avenues in Burbank has been churning out a show that keeps viewers up late. But with NBC's "Tonight Show" poised to migrate back to New York, Southern California is in danger of losing not just jobs but also cultural clout. News sunk in Thursday that NBC is hatching a plan to replace "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show back to New York, the city it fled in the early 1970s, not long before New York was mired in a bankruptcy crisis.
THE818NOW
March 28, 2013
That didn't last long: After a few days of peace, Jay Leno returned to NBC-bashing Wednesday on "The Tonight Show. " Amid rampant rumors he's about to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon and that late-night's No. 1 show will be moving back east, Leno made fun of the network's well-chronicled ratings woes. After noting that NBC was back in a tenuous No. 2 position, thanks to the return of "The Voice" and "Revolution," he joked that "between Easter and Passover, this is truly the season of miracles.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
After four decades of entertaining late-night TV viewers from its studio in Burbank, "The Tonight Show" might be returning to its birthplace on the East Coast, which could be bad news for local businesses that have counted on the show's staff and audiences. NBC is considering handing over the 11:35 p.m. time slot to Jimmy Fallon, who tapes his “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in New York City. Host Jay Leno's contract for “The Tonight Show” ends in September 2014, but there have been suggestions that the change may happen earlier.
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THE818NOW
By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | February 6, 2014
Rain didn't dampen the excitement outside the studio of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday as the longtime entertainment staple in Burbank filmed his final show . Those who had tickets stood under an overhang, waiting to be checked in and receive an audience pass. Once checked in, they waited under a tent to keep out of the soggy conditions. PHOTOS: Final 'Tonight Show' taping with Jay Leno About 20 to 30 people without tickets lined up along Bob Hope Drive at the entrance to the studio, hoping to get a chance to attend the taping of Leno's 4,610th show.
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THE818NOW
April 6, 2013
Cartoonist Steve Greenberg gives his take on the departure of "The Tonight Show" from Burbank, its home since 1972. Jimmy Fallon will be taking the show to New York when he takes over hosting duties from Jay Leno in the spring of 2014.
THE818NOW
April 4, 2013
Jimmy Fallon has been crowned the next king of late-night television, but the empire he will inherit has seen better days. "Late Night" host Fallon, who will succeed Jay Leno in "The Tonight Show" chair in 2014, is charged with trying to reenergize a franchise that has lost much of its luster as viewers flock to cable television and the Internet for entertainment. Once an appearance on "The Tonight Show" could turn an unknown into a star overnight. Now a video on YouTube can do that.
THE818NOW
April 4, 2013
With Jimmy Fallon officially set to take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno next year, viewers can expect plenty of changes to the nearly 60-year-old late-night franchise. Of course there's the show's geographic relocation, from Burbank to a souped-up new studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. But there's also a vast stylistic difference between Leno, 62, and Fallon, who will be several months shy of his 40th birthday when he takes over “Tonight.” In his two decades at NBC, Leno has consistently led the ratings -- mostly, his critics claim, by playing it safe with middle-of-the-road jokes and softball interviews.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | April 3, 2013
Reaction to NBC's confirmation that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over at "The Tonight Show" -- along with the added whammy that production will move to New York City -- generated a wave of reaction among fans and non-fans alike on Twitter. NBC confirmed that Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014. Although Leno is still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC is making the move because it thinks Fallon will do better with younger viewers in the years to come.
THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
On Monday night, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon addressed the rampant speculation about the future of "The Tonight Show" the way any of us would: by performing a song from "West Side Story. " In an amusing and effective display of unity, the two hosts teamed up for a duet that aired at 12:36 a.m., just as "The Tonight Show" was switching over to "Late Night. " It began with Leno walking backstage, where he was swarmed by reporters (apparently security in Burbank isn't what it used to be)
THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
NBC officially confirmed on Wednesday that Jimmy Fallon will be taking over “The Tonight Show” next year. Fallon will succeed Jay Leno in the spring of 2014 as the host of “Tonight.” Leno's departure comes after 22 years with the show. That's second only to Johnny Carson, who served as host for 40 years. As part of the upcoming transition, “Tonight” will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York. Emmy award winner Lorne Michaels (of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”)
THE818NOW
March 28, 2013
That didn't last long: After a few days of peace, Jay Leno returned to NBC-bashing Wednesday on "The Tonight Show. " Amid rampant rumors he's about to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon and that late-night's No. 1 show will be moving back east, Leno made fun of the network's well-chronicled ratings woes. After noting that NBC was back in a tenuous No. 2 position, thanks to the return of "The Voice" and "Revolution," he joked that "between Easter and Passover, this is truly the season of miracles.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
After four decades of entertaining late-night TV viewers from its studio in Burbank, "The Tonight Show" might be returning to its birthplace on the East Coast, which could be bad news for local businesses that have counted on the show's staff and audiences. NBC is considering handing over the 11:35 p.m. time slot to Jimmy Fallon, who tapes his “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in New York City. Host Jay Leno's contract for “The Tonight Show” ends in September 2014, but there have been suggestions that the change may happen earlier.
THE818NOW
March 22, 2013
For more than 40 years, a studio at the corner of Olive and Alameda avenues in Burbank has been churning out a show that keeps viewers up late. But with NBC's "Tonight Show" poised to migrate back to New York, Southern California is in danger of losing not just jobs but also cultural clout. News sunk in Thursday that NBC is hatching a plan to replace "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show back to New York, the city it fled in the early 1970s, not long before New York was mired in a bankruptcy crisis.
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