Late night TV icon Jay Leno and comedy actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus were inducted into the TV Hall of Fame at an intimate Hollywood ceremony on Tuesday (11Mar14). Network executives, studio bosses and Hollywood stars filled the audience at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel for the 23rd Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame ceremony.
Seinfeld star Louis-Dreyfus, who is the only actress to win Emmy awards for three separate shows, was presented with her honour by Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, and said in her acceptance speech, "My high school physics teacher always said: 'Have fun at all costs'."
Leno, who was replaced in his long-standing role as host of The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon last month (Feb14), joked as he accepted his award, "Ahhh, a Hall of Fame ceremony that doesn't involve a drug test."
Fox Broadcasting Company supremo Rupert Murdoch, ABC network executive Brandon Stoddard, writer-producer David E. Kelley, and audio-engineer Ray Dolby, who was honoured posthumously, were also inducted at the ceremony for their contributions in the field of television.
Following his retirement from The Tonight Show, funnyman Jay Leno paid a surprise visit to Arsenio Hall's late night TV series on Wednesday (26Feb14) to announce his friend's talk show has been picked up for a second season.
Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee directed the opening credits for comedian Jimmy Fallon's new The Tonight Show series. The funnyman officially took over the long-running U.S. TV programme from previous host Jay Leno on Monday (17Feb14) and relaunched the show in New York with scenes of famous Big Apple eateries like Katz's Deli and Red Rooster in Harlem.
Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and U2 were among the stars who turned out on Monday (17Feb14) to help TV presenter Jimmy Fallon launch a new era of America's The Tonight Show series. The comedian took the long-running talk show back to New York for the first time since iconic host Johnny Carson moved it to California in 1972, and a slew of celebrities stopped by the NBC studios to celebrate the big move.
Fallon opened his first Tonight Show by thanking his predecessors, including Jay Leno, who stepped down from the programme after 22 years earlier this month (Feb14), before taking aim at a friend who had bet against him ever hosting the legendary series.
Looking into the camera, Fallon said, "To my buddy who said that I'd never be the host of The Tonight Show - you know who you are. You owe me $100 buddy!"
The comment prompted De Niro to begrudgingly walk out onstage and hand the host a $100 bill, but the movie veteran wasn't the only one - he was followed by the likes of Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Mike Tyson and a scantily-clad Lady Gaga, who each parted with $100 as part of the joke.
Fallon's first Tonight Show interviewee, Smith, then showed off his moves in a sketch titled, The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing, in which the pair ran through popular dance trends over the years, from the Running Man to the Robot to the Carlton, which was named after the actor's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro's geeky onscreen character, Carlton Banks.
U2 provided the musical entertainment for the night by performing new song Invisible from the roof of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where the NBC studios are based, and later joining Fallon and his house band The Roots inside for an acoustic version of their Oscar-nominated song Ordinary Love from the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Bono marked the occasion by gifting Fallon a red electric guitar from his line of instruments for the (RED) charity, which raises awareness of the fight against AIDS.
The big star guests will continue throughout the week as Gaga, Jerry Seinfeld, Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama are all booked to make appearances on The Tonight Show.
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With Jay Leno's second (and hopefully final) departure from The Tonight Show, the torch has officially been passed. SNL vet Jimmy Fallon is now set to take over the program after his wildly successful tenure on Late Night. NBC has announced which guests will be joining Fallon on the couch for his first week as host, and the list spans the gamut of Hollywood's heaviest hitters. With such an impressive lineup scheduled for his first few shows, we decided to compare Fallon's first week with the first weeks of the other recent recipients of The Tonight Show. So how does The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon stack up?
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (2014)Monday: Guest: Will Smith/Musical Guest: U2Tuesday: Guests: Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig/Musical Guest: Lady GagaWednesday: Guest: Bradley Cooper/Musical Guest: Tim McGrawThursday: Guests: First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell/Musical Guest: Arcade FireFriday: Guest: Justin Timberlake
Star Power: 10/10Musical Guests: 9/10Overall:Jimmy Fallon's fun and frenetic late night style has celebrity guests smitten. This fact is clear from the sheer star power he was able to attract for his first couple shows. Huge stars like Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, and even the FLOTUS herself, Michelle Obama are showing up to inaugurate Fallon into the 11:30 timeslot. Even more impressive are the musical guests. From U2 to Arcade Fire, there's a good mix of old and new favorites. The only caveat is that there's a lack R&B or hip hop. A bit of Kanye or Beyonce would have gone a long way.
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)Monday: Guest: Will Ferrell/Musical Guest: Pearl JamTuesday: Guest: Tom Hanks/ Musical Guest: Green DayWednesday: Guest: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bradley Cooper/Musical Guest: Sheryl CrowThursday: Guest: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joel McHale/Musical Guest: John Mayer TrioFriday: Guest: Ryan Seacrest, Patton Oswalt/Musical Guest: Chickenfoot
Star Power: 8/10Musical Guests: 7/10Overall:Conan O'Brien started off his short-lived time as host of The Tonight Show on fire, with Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks making up his first two shows, but the week cools off considerably with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Seacrest capping off the end of the week. Seacrest is fine and good, but he's not the caliber of guest that should be finishing off your "coming out" week. The musical guests suffer a similar fate as the regular ones: the week starts off strong with Pearl Jam and Greenday, but tapers off with Chickenfoot rounding out the Friday show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2010)Monday: Guest: Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Vonn/Musical Guest: Brad PaisleyTuesday: Guest: Sarah Palin, Shaun White/Musical Guest: Adam LambertWednesday: Guest: Chelsea Handler, Apolo Ohno/Musical Guest: Avril LavigneThursday: Guest: Matthew McConaughey, Brett Favre/Musical Guest: LifehouseFriday: Guest: Morgan Freeman, Jason Reitman/Musical Guest: Robin Thicke
Star Power: 7/10Musical Guests: 7/10Overall:It seems that people weren't so excited to welcome back Jay Leno so soon after leaving The Tonight Show less than a year earlier. Leno's return to The Tonight Show was less of an event, and more of a "been there, done that" sort of affair as many saw Leno as the bad guy in the demise of O'Brien's incarnation of The Tonight Show. Jamie Foxx is a great opener, but Sarah Palin lost a lot of her novelty by the time 2010 rolled around. Chelsea Handler is just another late night host, and Matthew McConaughey was still in the middle of his transition between shirtless heartthrob and A-list serious actor. The musical guests are similarly disappointing with Avril Lavigne, Lifehouse, and a pre-'Blurred Lines' Robin Thicke making up the underwhelming lineup.
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Comedian Fred Armisen has been recruited by his former Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers to lead the band for his upcoming Late Night With Seth Meyers talk show. Meyers will make his debut as a chat show host on 24 February (14), and he's bringing along a familiar face when the series debuts in the U.S.
Armisen, who left the sketch comedy show in 2013 after 11 seasons, will curate and lead the band, Meyers announced on his Twitter.com page Monday (10Feb14).
The 8G Band will be named after the studio where Meyers will film his show at New York City's iconic Rockefeller Center.
Meyers is taking over the late night position from another SNL alum, Jimmy Fallon, who replaces Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show host on 17 February (14).
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When Jimmy Fallon joined the late-night talk show race, his relentless positivity and genuine interest in every single guest, from teen queens to multiple Oscar winners, stood in stark contrast to the cranky competitiveness that pervaded that landscape. On Feb. 24, fellow nice guy Seth Meyers trades his Weekend Update desk for one at Late Night and the scales tip further. TV just got a lot friendlier, post-Primetime.
Jay Leno signed off of The Tonight Show on Feb. 6... for the second time. The Leno/Conan O'Brien hand-off debacle raised a lot of hackles. Even the usually congenial O'Brien let his anger and disappointment be known in the documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. Over on CBS, David Letterman seems to be increasingly uninterested in learning anything about his guests, sometimes drawing the line at their names. Now Fallon and Meyers join Craig Ferguson in the small club of hosts unimpeded (at least outwardly) by long-term grudges, blood feuds, etc.
Academy Award producers reacted to the backlash to Seth MacFarlane's hosting performance by replacing him with the kind and almost wholly uncontroversial Ellen DeGeneres. And now, the late-night pendulum is swinging back the other way too. As much fun as it's been to spend night after night after night with uber-rich comics oozing equal amounts of hubris and self-loathing, audiences have responded to Fallon's role as a good-natured fan who can show off while letting his guests show off too. Can we count on Seth Meyers to exude the same perpetual glee as Jimmy, with just a tad more snark? And, more importantly, who will be the Timberlake to his Fallon? We're hoping it's Amy Poehler. We will also accept Bill Hader, in character as Stefon.
Who do you think will reign late-night as the "King of Nice"? Seth or Jimmy? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
"I don't tell this to everybody, but just between us, you get a lot more ratings if you wear less clothes. Less clothes equals more ratings, it's really simple actually." Pop star Miley Cyrus offers up some advice for U.S. TV host Jimmy Fallon as he prepares to take over iconic late night programme The Tonight Show from former presenter Jay Leno.
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For nearly 22 years, Jay Leno served as the host of late night's most venerable franchise, The Tonight Show. For the second and presumably last time, Leno bade a farewell to all those who stayed up late with him. Check out the highlights of his last week on the show and remember to keeping coming back here at Hollywood.com for your weekly late night highlights.
"A Heartfelt Goodnight"We'll start with how it all ended. At the end of his last show as the host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno fought back tears during his goodbye. He kept it together up until that moment when the finality of it all finally got to him. Whatever your thoughts are about Jay, it's hard not to get a lump in your throat especially when he quotes Johnny Carson's own farewell on The Tonight Show, "I bid you all a heartfelt goodnight."
Auf Wiedersehen, TonightBut before things became sappy, Billy Crystal livened things up. Having the distinction of being Leno's first and last guest, Crystal wanted to give Leno a goodbye to remember. A la "The Sound of Music," Crystal ushered in a musical farewell featuring Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Chris Paul, Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow, Carol Burnett, and Orpah Winfrey.
What's Next for Jay?Everybody has his own opinion on what Leno should do next. Check out this extended version with more celebrities that was not seen on TV!
The Gravity of the MomentOf course Leno wasn't the only one who became all teary-eyed all week. Sandra Bullock showed her emotional side during her Tonight Show eulogy to Leno.
Thanks for the MemoriesGoodbye Jay! And thanks for all of these great moments on The Tonight Show.
Soccer PunchedJimmy Fallon also wrapped his run as host of Late Night this week, beginning with a thorough ass-kicking in "bubble soccer" by Chris Pratt and Colin Farrell.
Rockin' Out from Late NightFallon's goodbye was more lighthearted affair, courtesy of a joint musical performance with The Muppets.
Zombie EqualityIn other late night talk show highlights, Conan O'Brien celebrated the return of The Walking Dead from its winter hiatus with a zombie-themed cold opening and cable's first zombie lesbian kiss!
F**k You, CelebritiesThe latest "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets," the cast of The Monuments Men took the full brunt of the Internets.
Damon vs. Kimml XCVIIIThe latest matchup of Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel's perpetual feud was literally extinguished by the end of Thursday night's show. The final score was Kimmel 8,521 - Damon 0.
Beloved U.S. TV personality Jay Leno signed off as the host of The Tonight Show after 22 years on Thursday (06Feb14) with a star-studded bang. The programme capped off weeks of heartfelt celebrity tributes to the TV host from the likes of Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez.
For his final show, the 63 year old sat down with his first-ever guest Billy Crystal, who enlisted Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Sheryl Crow, Jim Parsons, Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey to join him for a surprise musical send-off.
Announced musical guest Garth Brooks told fans after the taping of the final Leno show that he was thrilled to be a part of U.S. TV history, stating, "I was really proud of him (Leno)."
Leno celebrated with his wife and longtime crew members and producers at an after-show party on the Burbank, California lot, where Chris Isaak provided the musical entertainment.
After the show, Britney Spears shared her thoughts about Leno's departure on Twitter.com, writing, "Thanks for making us smile for so many years."
The end of an era marked the second time Leno had quit the show since taking over hosting duties from iconic U.S. TV host Johnny Carson in 1992 - in 2009, he announced he was ending his run, and Conan O'Brien stepped in as his replacement. Poor ratings and politics led to Leno's return in 2010.
Former Saturday Night Live regular Jimmy Fallon will take over as the host of The Tonight Show from Monday (17Feb14), when the programme returns to New York for the first time since Carson brought it to California in 1972.