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'Late Night With Seth Meyers' premieres tonight: 5 things we want to see

Each iteration of The Tonight Show‘s mischievous younger brother has had its own unique flavor. David Letterman’s pioneering version was cutting-edge and unpredictable; Conan O’Brien’s was cerebral and absurd; Jimmy Fallon’s was goofy and YouTubey, and “wait, you remember the ’90s TOO?!”-y.

Late Night‘s latest host, ex-SNL head writer Seth Meyers, will obviously try to forge his own path. That said, he also has a few things in common with each of his predecessors — and it’s easy to see a scenario in which he synthesizes the strengths of all three previous hosts (Letterman’s innovation, Conan’s surreality, Fallon’s knack for viral content) to create some sort of ultimate Late Night Frankenshow.

Something like that, of course, would only come with time. For now, let’s focus on what we’d like to see from Meyers’ very first Late Night, which airs tonight on NBC at 12:35 a.m. ET. First and foremost: READ FULL STORY

Peabody Awards honor 'Doctor Who,' 'Girls,' The New York Times (and a bunch of other stuff)

Doctor Who, Southland, Girls, and a host of other media were honored by the Peabody Awards this morning in the program’s annual announcement of its winners.

Administered by the University of Georgia’s journalism school, the Peabodys occupy a specific intersection in the yearly awards space by honoring “achievement and meritorious service” across multiple forms of broadcast — TV, radio, the Internet — which means each class can include an elastic number and type of winners.

Among those honored include D.L. Hughley’s satiric The Endangered List for Comedy Central, the SCOTUSblog, ABC’s documentary on Robin Robert’s battle with illness, The New York Times’ multimedia project “Snow Fall,”  and The Library of Congress’ “Media Mechanics” mini-documentaries.

Meanwhile, both the “seemingly immortal” Who and Michael Apted’s Up series were honored with Institutional awards for being great for a very long time and Lorne Michaels was the recipient of an Individual award because “he’s the patron saint of satirical television comedy and, as one of his old co-conspirators would say, you’re not.”

See the entire list of this year’s 39 selections – all honored equally, as per the Peabody’s egalitarianism.

Read more:
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Tina Fey thinks 'Saturday Night Live' should end when Lorne Michaels leaves

In case that headline gave you heart palpitations, rest easy: Lorne Michaels isn’t exiting Saturday Night Live anytime soon. If and when the SNL executive producer does choose to depart his creation, though, Tina Fey wouldn’t be interested in picking up his mantle.

The subject came up in a recent interview with the Huffington Post, tied to Fey’s new comedy Admission. When the interviewer asks Fey if she might hypothetically want to step into Michaels’s shoes someday, the comedian immediately dismisses the idea: “Oh, SNL? I mean, I feel like SNL is so defined by Lorne’s taste and his sensibility. That’s why any time people have tried to imitate the format and make their own version of it, you’ll notice it never really quite happens,” Fey said.

Furthermore, Fey believes SNL as an institution is so tied to Michaels that when he steps away from the show, it should end altogether: “He is the center of the show…when he wants to stop, it should just stop.” READ FULL STORY

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