NEW YORK – Seth Meyers is moving from his “Weekend Update” desk to his own late-night show on NBC. The network said Sunday that the 12-year “Saturday Night Live” cast member will replace Jimmy Fallon at the “Late Night” show next year. Fallon is moving up an hour as Jay Leno’s replacement on the “Tonight” show.
Meyers was considered the lead candidate for the “Late Night” job ever since Fallon’s promotion was announced. Meyers, 39, has been the head writer at “Saturday Night Live” for eight seasons. He’s in his seventh year as “Weekend Update” host, to which he devotes all of his on-air time now.
“We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said Bob Greenblatt, NBC entertainment chairman. His topical comedy is “perfect for the ‘Late Night’ franchise.”
The late-night show began with David Letterman in 1982, and its other hosts have been Conan O’Brien and Fallon. Meyers, a Northwestern University graduate, began his comedy career in Chicago. His chief television competition will be Craig Ferguson on CBS and “Nightline” on ABC.
O.J. will be back in court this week
O.J. Simpson will return to a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday to ask a judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer botched his case. Simpson will take the witness stand sometime this week to testify that the Florida lawyer who collected nearly $700,000 is to blame for his armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in 2008 and his failed appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2010. Simpson’s testimony in open court will offer a first look at the aging 65-year-old former football star since he was handcuffed and sent to prison more than four years ago. He didn’t testify at his Las Vegas trial or in the historic case that led to his 1995 acquittal in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles. The 1968 Heisman Trophy winner is serving a nine- to 33-year sentence that makes him first eligible for parole at age 70.
BRUBECK AND JAZZ: A celebration of Dave Brubeck’s life and music turned into an ode to joy as family, friends and fans paid tribute to the groundbreaking pianist and composer who became the best known ambassador of jazz to the world. Brubeck died Dec. 5, a day before his 92nd birthday, and a private funeral was held near his home in Wilton, Conn., shortly afterward. On Saturday afternoon, the only Brubeck family-sponsored tribute took place before more than 2,000 people at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City and featured performances by Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Hilary Kole and other jazz stars.