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This past Sunday The New York Times published an article about late-night television hosts. Thus far there was a very well-known face missing from the lineup that includes Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, and Seth Meyers- the incomparable Arsenio Hall. Producers of NBC News also freshly compiled a photo montage of successful late-night hosts, and once more Arsenio’s mug was missing. “If you’re doing a story about late night, all I ask is that you mention me,” Hall kindly asked. Brian Williams ultimately apologized for the slight.
The images of Johnny Carson and David Letterman are synonymous with late-night television. Nevertheless, how can we forget the likes of Arsenio Hall, whose influence from the 80s into the 90s in the entertainment business should not be overlooked? From his flat-top haircut to his signature fist pump in the air coupled with that “Whoo! Whoo!” chant, Arsenio Hall, in the words of journalist Neil Drumming, brought hip-hop to late night.
But is bringing hip-hop to late night television that bad for business? If you look at the flip-side of daytime TV, diversity is all around. Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Whoopi and Sherri Shepard of The View, Queen Latifah, Michael Strahan, Cedric the Entertainer, the ladies of The Real, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood of The Talk, and Carla Hall of The Chew are all representing. The Los Angeles Times even ran two articles in November of last year analyzing the bankability of Black stars on daytime talk show and how different the landscape is for them when the sun goes down. So what are mainstream media giants like NBC and The New York Times trying to tell us by omitting Arsenio Hall’s contributions from their features? Was Hall a victim of human error or something greater?
There’s no excuse for not having more diversity in late-night when there are mega-talented performers such as Mindy Kaling, Lucy Liu, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Don Cheadle, Nicole Beharie, and Dule Hill lighting up small screens on a weekly basis. Not to mention the brilliant behind-the-scenes storytellers like Shonda Rhimes and the unstoppable duo of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Yet, there is more at stake, according to the head of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, Darnell Hunt, who states that “network executives almost always favor white leads for primetime shows” as they look for “the broadest possible appeal.” Appeal equals more butts on couches, which equals higher ratings week after week, which equals more advertising dollars.
The game of television is finicky, as audiences never know which of their favorite shows may get abruptly canceled due to poor ratings. Network television executives are less likely to take a chance on something or someone who is unproven and many times will make hiring decisions based on popularity. There are many good reasons why Mariah Carey was paid $17 million for her stint as a judge on American Idol and the fact that she did bring ratings and prestige to the reality show was one of them.
So, who in “Black Hollywood” can bring esteem and money to television networks in late-night? Should the next historic opportunity arise, this person may have to demonstrate their worth alongside established personalities like Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, and Stephen Colbert, and wonder if this journalistic oversight isn’t indicative of something else.
Brian Williams took a few minutes on the air last night to apologize to Arsenio Hall (and call out some other mistakes NBC News has made) for a huge oversight in a segment he did about late-night TV hosts.
As everyone no doubt knows at this point, Jimmy Fallon made his debut on Monday as the host of The Tonight Show. The news marks a shift for the 60-year-old show in an effort to attract a hipper, younger audience. In addition, the show has moved back East, setting up shop with The Roots in New York City.
Brian Williams ran a segment on Monday that included an interview with Fallon and a graphic (above) that was meant to illustrate the various hosts who are “slugging it out” in the 11/11:30 pm time slot that Fallon now occupies. Missing from the graphic was Arsenio Hall. Seriously though? Carson Daly?
Arsenio was not happy about the omission and took to his monologue to voice his complaint. The most compelling argument he makes is the one about the much-revered Johnny Carson; he notes that he’s the only late-night host to have survived the competition with Carson. Then he called in Suge Knight for a little muscle and gave out the NBC newsroom phone number so fans could call to express their dismay as well.
Brian Williams offered a mea culpa last night, noting that Arsenio “took them to task,” and that they previously left a state off a map and misspelled “Philadelphia” once. The point is, they make mistakes. Most importantly, he promised it would never happen again.
Kudos to Arsenio for calling attention to his achievement. No sense in being shy.
Jimmy Fallon kicked off the debut of his hosting “The Tonight Show” with a bang. There were all types of celebrities in the building. Robert DeNiro, Tiny Fey, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Tracy Morgan to name a few.
But the highlight of the night came when Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith performed a dance duo detailing the evolution of Hip Hop.
Will Smith has roots in Hip Hop and last night we got to see if the 45 year old has still got it. Before their interview, Will and Jimmy did their thing. They did some of our favorites like the Running Man, the Kid ‘N Play and the MC Hammer.
But the party ended when Jimmy started twerking…
Watch the video below.
Check out the next page to see Will talking about being 45 and conquering his fears by sky diving.
Despite our repeated requests for consideration for Aisha Tyler, NBC has announced that Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers will be taking over for Jimmy Fallon when he moves to The Tonight Show next year. “No premiere date has been announced, but NBC has said Leno’s exit and Fallon’s debut will coincide with the Winter Olympics coverage in 2014,” says CNN. That would be in February.
You probably recognize Meyers from the SNL “Weekend Update” anchor chair. The 39-year-old has been with that show for 12 years. This also puts him in line to be the next host of The Tonight Show, but there’s a long way to go for that.
Related, Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of SNL will also be behind the scenes at both The Tonight Show and Late Night. Both shows will be in New York now, so there’s more opportunity to sit in on a live audience.
Will you be tuning in?
We’ve been following the late-night saga on NBC, with the final decision coming down last week: Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno next year. This is great for people who find Leno unwatchable. But, nonetheless, it’s just another game of musical chairs. A white male who once hosted a show at 12:30 a.m. is now hosting one an hour earlier. SNL‘s Seth Meyer is rumored to be in the running to take that 12:30 slot. And late night will be as lacking in diversity as ever.
Among the suggestions that have been made as an alternative to all of this is Chelsea Handler (who already has a couple of shows on the E! Network), and, our personal suggestion, Aisha Tyler. However, according to the AP, which takes TV to task for this state of affairs, neither woman is in serious contention for a job.
“Women have exhibited an interest in talking for centuries. I’m not sure how it is that no one has seemed to notice,” the article quotes Merrill Markoe, an Emmy award-winning writer who has worked with David Letterman.
The article goes on to blame a reluctance to change in the television industry. But what’s getting neglected by these late-night execs is the fact that late-night viewing habits are already changing. The major networks are now sharing the landscape with cable, where shows like The Daily Show, HGTV programming (a mellow, pre-slumber alternative to the yuk yuks on other stations), and reruns of some of your favorite movies and bygone TV shows are running. It’s always interesting to see your favorite celeb sit down to talk about their new movie. But no one has to tune in to a TV show at 11:30 at night to do so. The Internet has made sure of that.
But on that note, the AP says that the networks have research that shows women prefer to watch a man on late night, “while Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Katie Couric are welcome in daytime.” And the majority of people watching these late-night shows are women. It’s the guys who are choosing the alternatives we mentioned.
And in terms of racial diversity, the fact that shows hosted by comedians like George Lopez and Wanda Sykes were cancelled gives the networks the excuse, “Well we tried, but people aren’t interested.”
Just like anything else, you have to keep trying until you find someone who captivates. So TV is going back to the tried-and-true: Arsenio Hall is getting a show in September. But it’s going to be syndicated rather than broadcast on one of the major stations.
So we’re going to — ONCE AGAIN — push for Aisha Tyler. Funny, smart, edgy, she’s just what any station needs.
NBC has finally announced what we already knew: Jay Leno is out as host of The Tonight Show come Spring 2014 and Jimmy Fallon is in. Fallon just closed a new deal with NBC this morning, and Leno followed soon after with his statement on the matter. “Congratulations Jimmy,” CNN quotes him. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Leno had been the host for 22 years and topped the ratings. Fears about the 62-year-old host losing a young audience to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC played a role in the change.
Just as exciting, we’ll get to see The Roots an hour earlier! We support that. Moreover, for the New Yorkers, the show is coming back East. So we can just mosey on over to 30 Rock and check it out.
Even though there had been speculation about all of this, it seems like things moved kind of quickly in the end. It was only the other day that we were watching the two do their best West Side Story in a skit that got a lot of pick up.
It’s looking more and more likely that Jay Leno will be giving up his place as host of The Tonight Show, turning it over to Late Night host (and viral video hit maker) Jimmy Fallon. The details haven’t been worked out, but The New York Times is saying this could happen by fall 2014. And the show would leave Los Angeles and head back to New York, where it started in 1954.
“One senior executive who has been involved in the discussions said on Wednesday that ‘there is no way on earth that this is not going to happen,’” one source told the Times.
One of the reasons the paper says Fallon wants to stay in NYC is to hang on to his stellar house band, The Roots. Many of Fallon’s most popular jokes, skits, and videos involve Questlove and the crew, so this is an important part of the show. Moreover, Fallon is from New York and has deep roots of his own in the city.
Jay Leno remains strangely popular, topping the ratings for the past few years. The question Buzzfeed asks is why everyone — except those viewers who keep Leno on top — dislike him so much. Some of the general perceptions of the host that are used in the story include “moral cowardice,” “sniveling backstabber,” and “modern milquetoast.”
“The combined effect of all these sins was to set in stone an animus towards Leno that nothing can touch. To be a thinking or cool person in America is to hate Jay, and like Dave, or Conan, or Kimmel, or Jon Stewart: anyone in the long line of talk show hosts breaking off a niche of the stratifying media world by being edgier and cooler than Leno,” the article says. Eeek.
Do you still watch late night network TV? Would Jimmy Fallon bring you back?
Hilarious: Justin Timberlake, And Jimmy Fallon Impersonate Michael McDonald, With Michael McDonald, To Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
I don’t know if you’ve been tuning in, but Justin Timberlake has been on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon churning out mad memorable skits and performances while promoting his new album, The 20/20 Experience. This album, which is already getting rave reviews, drops next Tuesday on March 19. While on the show last night, there was a particularly hilarious skit that involved Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and Michael McDonald (personally, our favorite blue eyed male soul singer). Knowing Fallon does some of the best impressions of popular music figures, he dressed up as McDonald in a white wig, blazer and keyboard in tow, to sing a very soulful version of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Yes, you read right. Fallon started the song, and then when the lights went up, there stood Timberlake in the exact same outfit, same wig, ready to do his part of the round. A few moments later, when the lights went up one more time, there stood Michael McDonald, real hair, his own outfit, to finish the round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” In the end, all three men turned the song into a “What A Fool Believes”-esque big band song that McDonald is known for, and may I add, all the impressions of McDonald were flawless. Hilarious. Check the video out for yourself to see!
And if you have a minute, you might want to also watch the two perform another hilarious skit from Tuesday night where they sing “Hotback” as part of a barbershop quintet. I’m telling you, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is the only late night talk show you need to be watching! Always entertaining, in my opinion (trust me, nobody slid me some dollars to say that…). Enjoy!
We’re totally OK with the possibility of Jay Leno’s departure from late-night television, but this is a step in the wrong direction.
The New York Post says NBC is preparing to put Howard Stern in Jimmy Fallon’s place once Fallon makes the move to 11:35. Mind you, when last we looked, NBC hadn’t confirmed that Leno was leaving. But if he is, so be it. He’s just so blah! Howard Stern on the other hand? Not a fan. I stopped paying attention years ago when I couldn’t take the crudeness anymore. Then he went to America’s Got Talent and apparently became America’s Sweetheart.
The tabloid paper quotes his wife Beth Ostrosky Stern, “We were in a hotel and all these little kids recognize him now as the judge from ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Usually it’s their dads. But now it is screaming little kids. People are now seeing him for who he really is.”
Once again, we’re going to suggest Aisha Tyler. A new voice, funny, a fan of The Walking Dead… who’s with us?