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Fallon and Meyers a hit in new roles
March 24, 2014 - Mike Donahey
The verdict is in, at least in the Donahey household.
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers will be hosting their respective "Tonight" and "Late Night" television shows for a long, long time.
Perhaps my better half and I are only stating the obvious, but we arrived at our decision awhile ago after watching most of their shows since they debuted.
The Saturday Night Live alums are backed by good writers, tell funny jokes and are capable interviewers.
Fallon wisely brought over the Roots, his band from Late Night, and Meyers has the workmanlike 8G band, fronted by Fred Armisen, another SNL alum.
Fallon is much better known to viewers —having appeared in dozens of SNL skits and carried over his popularity of five years from the Late Night gig.
Meyers was SNL's head writer for a number of years and held the coveted "Weekend Update" chair longer than anyone else on that show until he took over Late Night from Fallon.
One could make a compelling argument that we are seeing the "television gospel according to Lorne Michaels," with Fallon, Meyers, Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") in starring roles on four highly visible programs.
Michaels is the SNL creator who is producing not only SNL, but Tonight and Late Night as well.
He recently concluded a great run working with Tina Fey, (another SNL alum) on "30 Rock."