In 2014, NBC will become the Late Night Leader... in Laughing at Your Own Jokes.
Yes, next year, Seth Meyers—the Emmy-award winning head writer of SNL, as well as its current Weekend Update host—will take the Late Night throne currently being watched by Jimmy Fallon. Fallon is moving to Jay Leno's 11:35 slot, giving NBC a youngish duo of hosts.
"Since 1982, there have been three 'Late Night' hosts starting with David Letterman, and Seth couldn't be in better company," states Lorne Michaels.
Meyers is currently ending his 12th season on "Saturday Night Live" and his eighth season as head writer. He won a Emmy in 2011 as one of the writers of Justin Timberlake's musical monologue and was nominated in the same category last year. In his seventh year as Weekend Update host, Meyers has five additional Emmy nominations for writing.
"I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," states Meyers, "12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice"
Meyers has had his funny moments as the Weekend Update host, and I guess his time as head writer, since 2006, can be considered a pretty good time for the show. (Last night's disaster excepted.) What's weird is that Fallon and Meyers have very similar comedy backgrounds—both were Weekend Update hosts—and even the same temperant—both tend to smile after even the lamest punchline, and both randomly break into laughing gas giddiness during the middle of their acts. This might just seem like a two-hour late night show with interchangeable hosts. I don't know. We'll see. Meyers did bring the best correspondents dinner speech in recent history.
It might all work.