Late Night with Seth Meyers
|Late Night with Seth Meyers|
|Also known as||Late Night (franchise brand)|
|Created by||David Letterman|
|Directed by||Alex Vietmeier|
|Presented by||Seth Meyers|
|Starring||The 8G Band with Fred Armisen (house band)|
|Narrated by||Ron McClary|
|Opening theme||Late Night with Seth Meyers theme|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||211 (as of May 21, 2015) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lorne Michaels|
|Running time||62 minutes (with commercials)|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||February 24, 2014– present|
Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show that airs at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central on NBC in the United States, Monday through Thursday (since April, Friday shows have always been reruns). The hour-long show premiered on Monday, February 24, 2014, and is hosted by actor, comedian, and performer Seth Meyers, former head writer and long-time Weekend Update host of Saturday Night Live. The show is taped at 6:30 pm Eastern Time Monday through Thursday.
The series is the fourth incarnation of the Late Night franchise, originated by David Letterman. Meyers was appointed host when Jimmy Fallon was announced to become the next host of The Tonight Show, where he succeeded the previous host Jay Leno on February 17, 2014. The show opens with Ron McClary proclaiming "From 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, it's Late Night with Seth Meyers!" and announcing that night’s guests and The 8G Band with Fred Armisen. And Ron would introduce Seth with a drawn-out "And now here he is, Seth Meyers!". Meyers' first guests were fellow SNL alum and Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler, Vice President Joe Biden, and musical act A Great Big World. The show's house band, The 8G Band, features members of the indie bands Les Savy Fav and Girls Against Boys, and is typically led by SNL alum Fred Armisen. Every episode features a coffee mug on Meyers' desk from a different NBC affiliate.
On September 2, 2014, the show premiered an overhauled set.
Late Night with Seth Meyers originates from NBC Studio 8-G in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City. The studio is housed directly above Studio 6B, the home of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; the combination created logistical challenges for executives, who were concerned about "sound bleed" (as the GE Building was built with steel girders, sound is too easily conducted floor to floor). As a result, The Tonight Show tapes at 5:00pm, and Late Night tapes later in the evening, at 6:30pm. The studio seats nearly 180 individuals, and is housed directly beside Studio 8H, longtime home of Saturday Night Live. Architectural Digest writes that the stage "strikes an Art Deco tone, with its illuminated proscenium arch reminiscent of the Chrysler Building’s iconic crown."
The show has received mixed reviews. The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman referred to Meyers' monologue as "staccato and hit and miss—sounding more like his 'Weekend Update' bits rather than a real monologue." On the other hand, USA Today's Robert Bianco felt Meyers was "shifting the show to suit his talents," making the show stronger and more traditional than Fallon's.
Reviewing the debut week, The A.V. Club gave a B grade: The show begins with, "essentially, a carbon copy of Meyers' Weekend Update / 'what's in the news' jokes, presented as a stand-up monologue to open the show... More than anything, Meyers was arguably hired because he's such a pro at delivering quippy one-liners about dumb people in Florida... Meyers will settle in to the formulaic parts of this job quickly enough—he's a pro, and it shows... There are other features, however, that offer more than a glimmer of hope. Fred Armisen is a surprising choice as bandleader, but he brings unequaled improv chops to the table, and his little banter with Seth every night has already proven one of the more reliably funny bits. Integrating him as much as possible is certainly a smart idea... Late Night With Seth Meyers is also promising to feature panel segments with fictional characters, something that's less prominent on late-night TV these days and definitely needs to come back in force."
A month later, Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly gave the program a B+ and wrote, "In his first week, the very smart, very smiley former Saturday Night Live head writer gave stiff monologue, which was basically his Weekend Update newsreader shtick, delivered in his shouty, wiseassy, talk-to-the-camera manner, but standing up; he improved the more he connected with the studio audience. He rolls when sitting down. Meyers seems capable of creating chemistry and having quality chats with anyone, from riding the wild waves of Kanye West to spinning a funny anecdote with pal Brad Paisley about accidentally stealing a Porsche."
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