Seth Meyers to replace Jimmy Fallon late at night
NEWYORK — Seth Meyers is mov-ing from his “Weekend Update” deskto his own late night show on NBC.The network said Sunday that the12-year “Saturday Night Live” castmember will replace Jimmy Fallon atthe 12:35 a.m. “Late Night” shownext year. Fallon is moving up an houras Jay Leno’s replacement on the“Tonight” show.Meyers was considered the lead can-didate for the “Late Night” job eversince Fallon’s promotion wasannounced. The announcement solidi-ﬁes Lorne Michaels as the comedykingmaker at NBC. He’ll be the execu-tive in charge of “Late Night,”“Tonight” and “Saturday Night Live,”which will all originate from NewYork’s Rockefeller Center.Meyers, 39, has been the head writerat “Saturday Night Live” for eight sea-sons. He’s in his seventh year as“Weekend Update” host, to which hedevotes all of his on-air time now.And like Fallon before him, Meyersis making the move from “WeekendUpdate” to “Late Night.”“We think Seth is one of the bright-est, most insightful comedy writersand performers of his generation,”said Bob Greenblatt, NBC entertain-ment chairman. His topical comedy is“perfect for the ‘Late Night’fran-chise,” he said.The late-nightshow began withDavid Letterman in1982, and its otherhosts have beenConan O’Brien andFallon.Meyers is aNorthwesternUniversity graduateand began his com-edy career in Chicago. His chief tele-vision competition will by CraigFerguson on CBS and “Nightline” onABC. Like television in general, thelate-night audience has dispersed inseveral directions, with DVR viewingof shows taped earlier a big alternativeat night.Late-night comedy is one of theNBC’s few strong suits, with“Saturday Night Live” often drawing abigger audience than most of what thenetwork airs in prime-time. WithMeyers’appointment, NBC is hopingfor a smooth transition to a youngergeneration.
‘Idol’judges dramaupstaging competition
LOS ANGELES — The ratings aredown. Randy Jackson is out. MariahCarey and Nicki Minaj are still at it.All is not well on TV’s once domi-nant “American Idol,” despite a shake-up at the beginning of this season thatwas supposed to rejuvenate the agingFox talent competition. Instead, thebehind-the-scenes-and-sometimes-in-front-of-the-scenes drama continuesto cast a shadow over the series, rightup to Thursday’s coronation of “Idol’s” 12th season champion.Jackson’s declaration last week thathe was departing the show means pro-ducers could plan a proper send-off forthe lone remaining original judge thisweek, much the same way they did forSimon Cowell during the ninth seasonﬁnale in 2010. However, ‘the fates of the other three judges remain uncertainamid reports they’re out, too, and Foxand “Idol” producer FremantleMediaaren’t commenting.It’s oh-so-familiar territory for theshow, whose panel has revolved likean amusement park carousel since theaddition of songwriter KaraDioGuardi at the beginning of theeighth season in 2009. The will-they-or-won’t-they speculationsparked publicity for years, but manyviewers — the ones who are left, any-way — have seemingly grown tired of the guessing games.“It’s a disservice to the talent onthe show,” said Lyndsey Parker,Yahoo’s music editor who writesabout “Idol” and other televisedsinging competitions on the“Reality Rocks” blog. “I’m quitefatigued by all the emphasis on the judges, especially when they stepdown or aren’t asked back or whatev-er, and the speculation begins aboutall the potential replacements.”
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
English colonists arrived by ship atthe site of what became the Jamestownsettlement in Virginia (the colonistswent ashore the next day).
“I can usually judge afellow by what he laughs at.”
— Wilson Mizner,American playwright (1876-1933).
Actor HarveyKeitel is 74.Actress CandiceAccola is 26.
Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa of Japan lifts the English Premier League trophy at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester,northern England Sunday.
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(Answers tomorrow)FABLE RATIO ASSIGN MAYHEMSaturday’sJumbles:Answer:They called the general by his —“SIR-NAME”Now arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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