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NBC nixes plan for new 'Tonight Show' studio

When it comes to the upcoming late night changeover, the peacock is tucking away its feathers once again.

Jimmy Fallon

NBC had reportedly been planning to build a brand new $25 million studio in order to welcome in the new host of "The Tonight Show" when Jay Leno vacates the seat in 2014.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, plans for Jimmy Fallon's new studio at Rockefeller Center have been scrapped. The renovation would have combined studios 6B and 8G, creating a megastudio for an audience of 400.

An inside source told the Reporter that the network has opted for a less expensive renovation of Studio 6B, which Fallon currently calls home for his current "Late Night" gig.

Potential reasons for the change in plans range from NBC balking at the hefty price tag for the renovation to the plans potentially affecting "Football Night in America"'s Studio 8G.

Regardless, this is essentially the first major overhaul of 6B since Johnny Carson hosted "The Tonight Show" there forty years ago. The renovation will reportedly completely change the appearance of the studio, as well as expand its audience capacity from 189 to 240 people.

Given NBC's recent struggles, it can't be much of a surprise that they may think twice about footing such a hefty bill, despite "The Tonight Show" being one of its only steady ratings players. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come for Fallon when he officially takes over next year.


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Show:
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Person:
- Jimmy Fallon
Network:
- NBC

Written by: kyleiam
May 8th, 2013, 12:42 am

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