Lorne Michaels knows a thing or two about late night television.
The head of NBC's Saturday Night Live, Michaels talked to former SNL cast member Martin Short today as part of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society's newsmaker luncheon series. The two men talked about SNL, with Michaels admitting that viewers are stuck with him.
“As long as it’s relevant, it should be on,” he said. “I’ll do it as long as I possible can. I think that there will be a day when I’ll look at it and say I don’t have the edge I used to.”
The conversation turned to another NBC late night vehicle, mainly the Tonight Show. Michaels will come into control of that next year, when former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon takes over for the departing Jay Leno. Michaels was reserved about the change, but did talk about the decision to move the show to New York City, saying that, “Now with air travel, stars come to New York as well.”
Michaels thinks New York's energy will push Fallon to succeed.
“I think New York is different from when [Johnny] Carson left and New York was on its ass,” he added.
If rumors are true and current SNL Weekend Update host Seth Meyers takes over for Fallon on Late Night, Michaels could be involved with that show as well.
Are you excited by these changes or the fact that Michaels plans to handle both shows?