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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
Composer(s) Fred Armisen
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 281 (as of November 2, 2015) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lorne Michaels
Producer(s)
  • Alex Baze
  • Eric Leiderman
  • Mike Shoemaker
Location(s)
Running time 62 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)
Release
Original channel NBC
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24) – present (present)
Chronology
Preceded by
External links
Website

Late Night with Seth Meyers is an American late-night talk show hosted by Seth Meyers on NBC. The show premiered on February 24, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal Television. It is the fourth incarnation of NBC's long-running Late Night franchise. The show also stars bandleader Fred Armisen and the 8-G Band, the show's house band. Late Night is produced by former Saturday Night Live producer Mike Shoemaker and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels. The show records from Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

The program airs Monday through Thursday nights at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT. The show opens with Meyers' topical monologue, which he delivers from his desk. The program also contains comedy bits, sketches, interviews with a myriad of guests, and occasionally a musical or comedy performance. The show attracts 1.5 million viewers nightly.

Format

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. Ron introduces Seth with "Ladies and gentlemen , Seth Meyers". Meyers performs a "Weekend Update" like monologue from his desk based around recent news, punctuating jokes with on-screen images and video.[1] For the first year and a half of the program, Meyers performed a traditional stand-up monologue, before changing to a format he felt more comfortable in. His opening monologue has been described as reminiscent of his tenure hosting the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live.[2] The show's guests often include celebrities and actors, literary figures, people in fashion, artists, athletes, and politicians.[3]

The show has gradually increased its focus on politics.[4] After Jon Stewart left The Daily Show in 2015, both The Atlantic[5] and Vanity Fair[6] has noted that Meyers' program has been slowly moving towards the "longer-form political comedy" style The Daily Show is known for. In an interview with Chris Hayes, Meyers acknowledged this change, saying that the show was always intended to be politically minded, but when the show started, the creators opted to only gradually work the political material into the content to measure the amount of workload following the 24-hour news cycle would cause.[7]

History

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. 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.[8][9][10] The show's house band, The 8G Band, features members of the indie bands Les Savy Fav and Girls Against Boys,[11] 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.[12]

Production

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,[13] and Late Night tapes later in the evening, at 6:30pm.[14] The studio seats nearly 180 individuals, and is housed directly beside Studio 8H, longtime home of Saturday Night Live.[15] Architectural Digest writes that the stage "strikes an Art Deco tone, with its illuminated proscenium arch reminiscent of the Chrysler Building’s iconic crown."[16] Seth's Late Night has a house band, called The 8G Band, and led by Fred Armisen who also acts as the show's sidekick. He also performs as backing & co-lead vocals, rhythm guitars and drums. The other personnel in the band are Seth Jabour on lead guitars and backing vocals, Marnie Stern on lead & rhythm guitars and backing vocals, Syd Butler on bass, and Eli Janney on keyboards, programmer and lead vocals. Just before Marnie Stern took over for Fred Armisen as guitarist on 2015, the role of drummer was held by Kimberly Thompson, who has performed trumpets, backing vocals and melodicas since the premiere of Late Night on February 24, 2014.

Episodes

Reception

Ratings

Late Night with Seth Meyers premiered to high ratings. It debuted to 3.4 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among the key demographic of adults aged 18–49—the best ratings for the Late Night franchise since January 2005.[17] Several months into its run, the show averaged 1.5 million viewers nightly, which was slightly down from Fallon's final average as host.[18] It remained at the same average one year later, in July 2015.[3]

Critical reception

The show initially 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.[19] 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 [...] Meyers will settle in to the formulaic parts of this job quickly enough—he's a pro, and it shows... "[20] 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."[21]

Reviews have grown more positive as the show has evolved. In 2015, David Sims of The Atlantic wrote that the program "quietly [became] a heavy hitter, mixing a solid monologue with great scripted and semi-improvised bits from its writers."[1] The Wall Street Journal‍‍ '​‍s Sophia Hollander, with regard to the show's emphasis on authors, considered it "something of an intellectual salon, with authors and biting political commentary as well as celebrities."[3] Bruce Fretts of New York felt the show distinguished itself from its contemporaries with a heavier focus on politics.[4]

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  5. ^ http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/seth-meyers-and-the-late-night-takedown/408442/
  6. ^ http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/10/seth-meyers-planned-parenthood-daily-show-jon-stewart
  7. ^ http://www.msnbc.com/watch/extended-interview-with-seth-meyers-542041667855
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  19. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (February 25, 2014). "Seth Meyers on 'Late Night': What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter.
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