We're predicting it first: 2014 will be the return of genius late-night television. Leno has already relinquished his Tonight Show throne to Jimmy Fallon, consequently sending the show back to its hometown glory of 30 Rockefeller Studios. The grapevine is speculating that "Weekend Update" favorite, Seth Meyers will replace Fallon's seat at Late Night, and today we're catching wind that Alec Baldwin is in early talks with NBC about hosting Last Call With Carson Daly.
For 12 seasons (yeah, 12), Daly has quietly been at the helm of the 1:35 a.m. half-hour slot. (In other words, the TV equivalent to a nightcap after a solid evening out.) The New York Times reports that, according to an anonymous NBC exec, the Emmy-winning actor is in the mix of potential Daly successors. Baldwin doesn't have to prove his comedic chops to the network as Lorne Michaels has already made him the top host of SNL (a whopping 16 stints) and brought him to primetime with the introduction of Jack Donaghy and 30 Rock. Baldwin has been honing his interviewing skills with his weekly New York podcast, Here's The Thing, which runs half of an hour like Last Call. A Daly/Baldwin turnover would be ideal for the actor, who's been starring in Broadway's Orphan, as the show doesn't run for an hour like The Tonight Show does.
Fallon's switch has already been confirmed, but if the other two come into fruition, SNL will have officially taken over late-night television — and you can bet we'll happily down an extra coffee or two in the morning to catch this power house of a lineup. (Vulture)
Photo: Courtesy of NBC/30 Rock.