Critic's Notebook: Seth Meyers has strong start as 'Late Night' host

February 25, 2014 4:37 PM

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Critic's Notebook: Seth Meyers has strong start as 'Late Night' host

Seth Meyers, late of "Saturday Night Live," became Monday night the fourth host of NBC's late-late-night "Late Night," after David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and his onetime cast-mate Jimmy Fallon, who has now famously become the star of "The Tonight Show." If two examples can make a rule, the road to this desk leads through "Weekend Update," the mid-show topical segment that Meyers hosted (again, like Fallon before him), a job that, its scripted nature not entirely aside, would seem fair training for running a talk show.

With Fallon's "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker sticking around to run the Meyers show, "Weekend Update" writer Alex Baze on staff, and executive producer Lorne Michaels still the king of all he surveys, it was an easy transition. (With "The Tonight Show" moving east, NBC's post-prime-time progra...

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