First Promo Shows ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ Isn’t Quite Ready

By January 6, 2014

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Starting in February, “Saturday Night Live” head writer and Weekend Update host Seth Meyers is making a move to “Late Night” as his sketch comedy cohort Jimmy Fallon prepares to take over “The Tonight Show.” People have been wondering just what to expect, and now we have the first promo giving us a hint.

The first promo for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” just popped up yesterday, and this promo for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” appropriately premiered as Fallon was hosting a special looking back at the best of his years on the NBC talk show. Meyers explains that he’s moving just next door to his old job at “SNL,” but there’s a small problem:

Obviously the show isn’t that ill-prepared, but that’s the perfect way for Meyers to joke about a big change that some viewers might not be ready for yet. And if you’re wondering what to expect from Meyers’ new gig and how things will change from Fallon’s reigns, THR has learned that there will be minimal music. Fallon was frequently doing musical style comedy, driven by The Roots as his house band, but Meyers isn’t the singing and dancing type.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll be bored. Meyers told Time:

“I like that everyone before me has established this as a place to try things out. It’s 12:35 at night. You can do crazy stuff.”

We’re expecting a show much more akin to Meyers comedic sensibilities that have shined on Weekend Update for years now. In fact, the show could very well move towards the style of “The Daily Show” as Meyers and “SNL” producer Mike Shoemaker home to get more authors, politicians, and experts lined up as guests, with a focus on politics, sports, and current events – which means less pop culture.

That might sound disappointing, but there has to be some kind of dichotomy between Fallon and Meyers. Presumably, Fallon will take a lot of the ideas and fun that made “Late Night” great under his watch with him to “The Tonight Show.” So we wouldn’t want Meyers trying to do the same thing. We can’t wait to see how this pans out when Seth Meyers gets behind the desk for the premiere on February 24th.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.