<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:46:36 -0700 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:46:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Time for a New "Doctor Who"]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:17:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DOCTOR-WHO_1_BBCA-Bugged.jpg

Just over a year ago, the BBC revealed the next resident of the TARDIS to the world amid fanfare usually reserved for the revelation of the next resident of the Vatican.

The Aug. 4, 2013, announcement of veteran Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor didn't spur any smoke, but lit a fire of anticipation that's grown into a geek-fanned inferno with his full-fledged BBC America debut set for Saturday on "Doctor Who."

The new Time Lord’s arrival carries a steep challenge to live up to the hype – as well as to the legacy of the storied British science fiction series a half-century after its debut and nine years into its internationally popular modern revival.

Capaldi's Doctor, judging from press interviews with the show’s creative team and preview snippets, is shaping up as a tougher, more caustic world-saver than his recent forerunners. Which isn't a bad thing: We may just be getting a Doctor made for our times.

At 56, Capaldi is considerably older than his three predecessors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith – whose Doctors boasted boyish good looks and tendencies, to differing degrees, toward quirk and sentiment. Capaldi's interpretation holds the promise of shaking up an already generally unpredictable show. With the universe in the shape it's in, perhaps we need a Doctor who gets the job done with less human handholding and more sonic screwdriver wielding.

"I don't think I know who The Doctor is anymore" Clara Oswald, the latest of The Doctor’s human companions, notes in a preview of Saturday’s eighth season premiere.

Not that The Doctor can ever be heartless: After all, he has two of them, the brilliant creative stroke that's allowed the character to "regenerate" into new forms over the last 2,000 or so years – and nearly 51 years of actors coming and going.

Capaldi is old enough to have grown up watching the original series, which ran from 1963 to 1989, tracing the time and space travels of the high-energy interstellar do-gooder. The same can be said for Steve Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the writers most responsible for giving the series new life while holding onto the old-school edition’s spirit with a Dalek-like tenacity.

Only, well, time will tell whether Capaldi can capture the hearts of this generation of "Doctor Who" fans. Check out a trailer as the new Doctor prepares to begin making house calls: 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Emmy Showdown: Newcomers vs. Stalwarts ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/true+detectiveAP607793760099.jpg

The Emmy statuettes will be handed out Monday night, and the competition is running hot in races featuring longtime favorites and newcomers to the television realm.

Departed drama stalwart "Breaking Bad" could see its last chance at scoring a series win quashed by the critically acclaimed "True Detective," while Netflix upstart "Orange Is the New Black" could spoil the chance "Modern Family" has for an historic fifth consecutive comedy series win.

All will be revealed when Seth Meyers steps on stage to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing live on NBC.

Not only does HBO's moody limited-run series "True Detective" have to beat the final season of AMC's beloved "Breaking Bad," it must also overcome drama series contenders "House of Cards" (Netflix), "Downton Abbey" (PBS), "Mad Men" (AMC) and the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones" (HBO), which leads the Emmy race overall with 19 nominations.

In the lead actor in a drama series, "Bad's" Bryan Cranston faces "Detective's" Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, as well as "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards," and last year's winner, Jeff Daniels for "The Newsroom."

If McConaughey wins, he'll be the first man ever to win both a lead actor Emmy and an Oscar in the same year. He was handed the Academy Award for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" in March.

Comedy newbie "Orange Is the New Black" is already an Emmy winner. "OITNB" took three awards at the creative arts Emmy ceremony last weekend, including a best guest actress in a comedy series win for Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" in the Netflix series.

But to take the outstanding comedy series trophy, "OITNB" must conquer fellow freshman nominee "Silicon Valley" (HBO), and returning contenders "Veep" (HBO), "Louie" (FX), "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) and last year's winner "Modern Family" (ABC). A fifth consecutive win for "Family" will place it alongside "Frazier" as the only other series to accomplish the feat in Emmy history. 

Amidst the awards and celebrations, the audience present at the Nokia Theater and viewers at home will pause to honor the memory of recently departed comedy icon Robin Williams. Billy Crystal, Williams' longtime friend, will present a special tribute segment to the actor who first became a household name thanks to his portrayal of motor-mouthed alien Mork in "Mork and Mindy," which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982.

Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Uzo Aduba Reveals What She Can't Live Without]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:51:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1LK-3246-UZO.jpg Emmy-nominated actress Uzo Aduba from "Orange Is The New Black" discusses the hit show, her rise to fame, and a few things she just can't live without. Don't miss 1st Look this Saturday after SNL and 1st Look LIVE on The Red Carpet Monday, August 25th 7PM EST / 4PM PST, on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Seth Meyers on Emmys: I'm as Good as My Jokes]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:19:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/1LK-3246-SETH.jpg Our own Jackie Tranchida sits down with Emmy Awards host Seth Meyers to find out what it's like to emcee television's biggest night. Don't miss 1st Look Saturday after SNL and 1st Look LIVE on The Red Carpet Monday, August 25th 7PM EST / 4PM PST, on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Cannon Confirms He and Carey Are Living Apart]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:21:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt463883137.jpg

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are currently living apart.

Cannon, 33, confirmed to "The Insider With Yahoo" on Thursday that he and Carey, 44, have been living apart for several months. The couple married six years ago.

According to "The Insider," Cannon said he and Carey are going through a "rough patch" and that "there is trouble in paradise." He denied cheating allegations.

Cannon addressed the rumors that his marriage was in trouble during an interview with his "America's Got Talent" co-star Howard Stern on Stern's Sirius XM radio show back in April. He slammed reports alleging that his wife was having an affair.

The couple married in 2008 after six weeks of dating and in 2011 welcomed twins Monroe and Morrocan. Cannon said Thursday that his main focus is on the well being of their children.

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<![CDATA[Stars of Comic-Con 2014]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:27:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ben-Affleck-452736862.jpg Check out all the hottest celebrities attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Costumes of Comic-Con]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 14:58:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SDCC-0725-36.JPG Comic-Con wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the fervent fans in outrageous and elaborate costumes and makeup. Here are some snapshots from the convention floor of those incredible costumes at 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Brolin Celebrates, Laments "The Goonies"]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:53:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453927668.jpg

Josh Brolin celebrated and lamented the 30th anniversary of “The Goonies” with host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

“You do a movie like that, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out,” the "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" actor explained. “Then it turns out to be a cult film and then you’re sick of hearing it after 20 years cause you haven’t done a film that’s any good that matches ‘The Goonies’.”

“No, that’s not true,” Fallon said while laughing.

“No, yeah it is,” Brolin responded. “You’re walking down the street and like 20 years later, they’re like ‘You’re the Goonies dude! Are you still acting?’”

After giving Brolin a red bandana to celebrate the film’s anniversary, Fallon asked him if he would appear sequel.

“I would do it,” Brolin said, but added that rumors about a second installment of the cult film often end up being just rumors.

Watch the hilarious interview above.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Brolin Celebrates "The Goonies" Anniversary]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:52:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453927672.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Josh Brolin celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first film, "The Goonies."]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Catchphrase With Lange, De Laurentiis]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:03:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453927700.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Giada De Laurentiis team up against announcer Steve Higgins and comedian Artie Lange in a game of Catchphrase.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Hashtags: #MyRoommateIsWeird]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:45:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/480985303.jpg Jimmy Fallon reveals Twitter responses to #MyRoommateIsWeird on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Watch Chuck Scarborough's "Tonight Show" Appearance]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:56:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Reporters-Fallon-News.jpg To counter all the bad news being reported around the world, "The Tonight Show" asked local NBC news anchors across the U.S. to report stories that make us happy for a segment called "I've Got Good News and Good News."

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<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Ashes Scattered Off Marin Co. Coast]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:22:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_robin_williams_muerte_suicidio_tiburon_california.jpg

The body of Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes scattered off the Marin County coast a day after the late actor and comedian committed suicide, according to his California death certificate.

Williams, 63, hanged himself at his Tiburon home on Aug. 11. His remains were scattered at sea the next day in a task organized by Monte's Chapel of The Hills, according to his death certificate obtained in Marin County by NBC Bay Area.

The death certificate was signed on Aug. 20. RadarOnline was the first to report the news.

Williams' "suicide by asphyxia" stunned the world. Fans knew Williams as someone who made them laugh, and scores were shocked to learn that he had lived with such pain.

Susan Schneider, Williams' wife, said in a statement that Williams had been battling early stages of Parkinson's disease prior to his death.

No public or private memorial services honoring Williams have been announced as of Thursday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Woo-hoo! For "The Simpsons"]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/the+simpsons1.jpg

When "The Simpsons" debuted on Dec. 17, 1989, "The Cosby Show," then in the last of its amazing five-season run as the nation’s No. 1 show, ruled the airwaves. From the start, the animated and dysfunctional Simpson clan presented a very different take on American family life than the flesh-and-blood, high-achieving Huxtables. But the more enduring and defining legacy of Matt Groening’s creations came in turning a funhouse mirror on the popular culture of the past quarter century, part “Saturday Night Live”-style, but more like classic MAD magazine.  

See for yourself starting Thursday, when Fox's FXX channel launches a round-the-clock, DVR-busting marathon of all 552 "Simpsons" episodes, broadcast in order, along with the 2007 theatrical movie inspired by the show. That’s a dozen days of “Simpsons” – or the length of an average visit to Moe's by Barney Gumble.

If that sounds like too much of a good thing – or of a dubious thing, like Duff beer, Krusty burgers and doughnuts (mmm… doughnuts!) – well, overindulgence is just "The Simpsons" way. The marathon, a prelude to the upcoming Simpsons World digital platform, offers an opportunity to shout woo-hoo! for a comedy classic – as well as trace the evolution of a show that starts its 26th season next month as the longest-running scripted primetime TV program in U.S. history.

Revisiting “Simpsons” episodes lets us relive great moments and discover others we might have missed the first time around – all while unlocking a satire time capsule and providing a chance to think about a show that, on the surface, eschews deep thought. Here are some things to look for as FXX celebrates TV’s most durable nuclear family:  

Drawing a Crowd: The renderings of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have morphed over the years from scraggly lined, rough, vertical faces to their current iconic images. Some of the voices are different, too – Homer’s gruff tones, in particular, have softened. The same goes for Seymour Skinner’s voice, which has journeyed from stentorian to beaten-down exasperation.

Springfield Tourism: Guest appearances, which have grown in frequency over the last 25 years, mark perhaps TV’s greatest cumulative primetime collection of talent since “The Ed Sullivan Show”: Three Beatles, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Liz Taylor, Magic Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Anne Hathaway and Stephen Hawking have lent their voices (and, in many cases, faces) to the show, to name a scant few.

Treehouse of Delights: The annual Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horrors” episodes have provided some of the best “Simpsons” moments – ever, as Comic Book Guy would say. Cases in point: parodies of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (starring Dr. Hibbert), “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (with Milhouse perfectly cast as Linus) and “The Twilight Zone” (in which Homer skips through dimensions to the real world – maybe the best Simpson sequence of them all).

Sentimental Journeys: Forget about the Fox show’s trademark sardonic streak – “The Simpsons” can spur a tear faster than Mr. Burns can release the hounds. The tone was set in the first episode, a Christmas special that brought Santa’s Little Helper to 742 Evergreen Terrace. The death of Lisa’s saxophone hero Bleeding Gums Murphy, the fortuneteller episode in which an adult Lisa (nearly) gets married to a snob and the backstory of Homer’s desertion by his 1960s radical mom (Glenn Close) all show surprising heart and rank among the series’ most memorable installments.

Having Cows: As much as “The Simpson” mocks sitcoms, it echoes the form – most prominently in catchphrases, some of whose popularity have dissipated with time: “Ay, caramba!” “Don’t have a cow, man.” “Eat my shorts!” “I’m Bart Simpson – who the hell are you?” But “D’oh!” and “Woo-hoo!” have become seemingly permanent additions to the language.

A Homer Run: The catchphrase continuum starts with Bart, the show’s original breakout character, and extends to Homer, who, for all the citizens of Springfield and celebrity visitors, is the closest thing to being the star of “The Simpsons.” He’ll never replace Bill Cosby as America’s Dad, but he’s the best father Bart, Lisa and Maggie will ever have.

Check out FXX’s clever preview for the marathon below as viewers prepare to take an extended summer vacation to Springfield:

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Leto, Fallon Have Intense Stare-Down]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:27:19 -0700 > at Rockefeller Center on August 20, 2014 in New York City.]]> > at Rockefeller Center on August 20, 2014 in New York City.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453875822.jpg

Jared Leto and Jimmy Fallon shared private thoughts while having an intense staredown on Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer talked about a photo of himself that went viral.

Leto Instagrammed a photo of himself hugging a tree, which inspired a meme called “#JaredHugginLeto.”

Fallon showed the audience hilarious examples of the meme. The photos feature the actor hugging Angelina Jolie and President Barack Obama’s face.

Finally, Fallon and Leto stared at each other and shared their deepest thoughts in pre-recorded audio.

"Sexual energy emanates from my epidermis, I smell of ocean birds," Leto said.

"I am a snow leopard, my grunts are my music,” Fallon replied.

Watch the sketch in the video above. 

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Lohan Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:57:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453878216.jpg Lindsay Lohan stopped by "The Tonight Show" to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Intense Staredown With Leto]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:32:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453878234.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Jared Leto share their inner thoughts while having an intense staredown in a sketch on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Minaj, Swift, Beyonce to Rock, Shock at MTV VMAs]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:11:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/taylor-beyonce-nicki.jpg

How to eclipse Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's grind and twerk fest?

That's perhaps the biggest question vexing performers ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards set for Sunday. Cyrus and Thicke's salacious on-stage antics during last year's ceremony stirred a social media storm of celebration and derision, and ultimately garnered the bulk of headlines.

Happily for the Parents Television Council, who this week called on MTV to ensure the ceremony does not contain the type of "explicit sexual content present in last year’s show," the performance roster holds no mention of Cyrus or Thicke, though Cyrus is a nominee.

Whether or not 2014's performers can once again create what the PTC deemed a "public relations kerfuffle" remains to be seen, with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Rita Ora, Ariana Grande Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith all scheduled to perform when the 31st annual VMAs air live from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

While top VMA contenders Beyonce (eight nominations) and Azalea (seven) often display an ability to dazzle and tease on stage, neither has a reputation for cheap tricks.

The same goes for Swift, who announced a new direction for her music via livestream Monday. But a change from country to pop will hardly get tongues and Twitter accounts wagging when she performs her latest single "Shake It Off." The two-time Best Female Video VMA award winner certainly knows how to entertain, but shock is not her stock-in-trade.

If the video to Minaj's latest single "Anaconda," which debuted Wednesday, is any indication of what we can expect from her solo VMA performance, the PTC should consider themselves forewarned.

"The VMAs is a pretty big deal so people go all out for it," Minaj told E! News. "I am very, very excited and looking forward to the performance."

Minaj, Grande and Jessie J will kick off Sunday's show with their new song, "Bang Bang." It will be the first time the trio performs the Top 10 hit. Grande, like Minaj, will also perform separately.

The top award, Video of the Year, is a battle between Beyonce's "Drunk In Love," Azalea's "Fancy," Pharrell Williams' "Happy," Sia's "Chandelier" and Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."

Beyonce is also up for Best Female Video for "Partition" and Best Collaboration for her work with husband Jay Z on "Drunk in Love," and will be honored with the Michael Jackson video vanguard award.

Rap veteran Eminem and newbie MC Azalea face off in the hip-hop categories with Eminem matching Azalea's seven nods for his Marshall Mathers LP 2 album.

British crooner Smith is nominated for Artist to Watch for "Stay With Me." His competition includes 5 Seconds of Summer ("She Looks So Perfect"), Charli XCX ("Boom Clap"), Schoolboy Q ("Man of the Year") and Fifth Harmony ("Miss Movin On").

The VMAs' presenters' list includes Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba from the cast of "Orange Is the New Black," Dylan O’Brien from the forthcoming "Maze Runner" movie and "Vampire Diaries'" star Nina Dobrev. Other presenters scheduled to appear include Lorde, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Jason Derulo and Trey Songz.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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<![CDATA[Performers Asked to "Pay to Play" Super Bowl Halftime ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:50:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/katy-perry-AP394526786239.jpg

Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay have been named as candidates to perform at the next Super Bowl halftime show, but this year the invitation came with a proposed fee, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The National Football League asked some of the A-list performers' representatives if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the NFL or make some other financial contribution in exchange for the halftime performance, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Reps for the performers did not take favorably to the request.

The NFL has not paid halftime show performers in the past. The exact amount of money the NFL was seeking remains unclear and the official lineup for the halftime show is still to be determined. 

"Our only goal with the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show is to put on the best show for the millions of fans who watch it," Joanna Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NFL, told NBC. "Any specific contract details with performers are confidential," she added.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year drew more viewers than the game itself — a record 115.3 million viewers, according to The Wall Street Journal. To capitalize on the exposure from the event, performers often start selling tickets for their tours soon after their halftime performance, including Bruno Mars and, last year, Beyonce.

Super Bowl XLIX will be in Phoenix, Arizona on February 1, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Seth Meyers' Emmys Nod]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:48:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/119000534.jpg

Jimmy Fallon's peripatetic kickoff to his 2010 Emmys hosting performance – a cameo-studded, buoyantly over-the-top version of Bruce Springsteen’s "Born to Run" – marked the moment a wide audience realized he was born for bigger things.

Sure, Fallon had been a popular player on "Saturday Night Live," distinguishing himself on "Weekend Update" (if not in the movies) and landing as Conan O’Brien’s replacement on NBC's "Late Night." But his Emmy stint earned him the unofficial award as "Tonight Show"-host-in-waiting.

On Monday, Seth Meyers, Fallon's fellow "SNL" and "Weekend Update" veteran and "Late Night" successor, follows his path to the Emmy stage. Meyers isn’t moving up anytime soon, with Fallon firmly entrenched on "The Tonight Show." But six months into his "Late Night" gig, Meyers has a key opportunity for prime time exposure as he solidifies his place in a shifting late-night landscape.

Meyers proved himself a capable host by twice helming ESPN’s ESPY Awards and headlining the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner. But those events didn’t attract anywhere near the audience of the Emmys, which drew a reported 17.6 million viewers last year. That’s about 10 times Meyers’ weeknight base.

While he doesn’t posses Fallon’s musical chops, Meyers brings a strong skill set to the big stage.

His "Late Night" monologue is heavy on topical humor, with some lines delivered in his "Weekend Update" signature style (noting the resignation of South Korea’s only astronaut, Meyers cracked last week, "Now all he has to do is get back to Earth"). After his monologue, Meyers shows an appealing gentler side, briefly sharing stories from his life (he recently revealed this about his macho father-in-law: "He has a pet goat. And if you’re wondering if they make good pets, they don’t").

The "Late Night" host also enjoys a good rapport with his quirky bandleader/sidekick and former "SNL" cast mate Fred Armisen. Meyers is confident enough to let others get the laugh, a Johnny Carson-like trait that serves him well as an interviewer.

Meyers’ evolution as a host comes amid the fallout from a late night mini-revolution that brought the departure of Jay Leno and a retirement announcement from David Letterman. Stephen Colbert is set to take over CBS’ "Late Show" from Letterman next year, presumably going heavy on political humor as he competes against Fallon and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, a past Emmys host himself.

Even if Chelsea Handler’s impending move to Netflix suggests that timeslot doesn’t matter much anymore, it’s still a concern for Meyers. His direct competitor Craig Ferguson is set to leave CBS’s "Late, Late Show" next year, without an official announcement on a successor.  

Fallon, Kimmel and Colbert are among the Emmy nominees for Outstanding Variety Series. Meyers isn’t in that league – yet. He won’t win any awards during Monday's Emmys broadcast on NBC, but could come away with something more important: new fans.

Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Fallon, Brosnan Play Bond Video Game on "Tonight" ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:33:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-08-20+at+3.00.19+AM.png Jimmy Fallon brought out his Nintendo 64 James Bond video game, "GoldenEye," and played with famous Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan on "The Tonight Show" ]]> <![CDATA[Emmy Stretches the Laughs ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:56:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP148352061286-1.jpg

It's been a, well, breakout run for "Orange is the New Black," the show about a women's prison whose first season notched three Creative Arts Emmys this past weekend and is up for some major awards in Monday's main event.

Netflix's latest hit, by Jenji Kohan, turns quirky and deadly serious, and is as hard to label as any of the program’s richly defined jailhouse characters whose commonality rests largely in setting and dress.

As much as "OITNB" deserves recognition, its inclusion in the Outstanding Comedy Series category seems, in some respects, as ill fitting as a standard-issue prison orange jumpsuit. This year's humor nominees, which also include the benign nerds of "The Big Bang Theory” and the more cutthroat geeks of “Silicon Valley,” make for odd cellmates, reflecting the changing world of – and perhaps a shifting definition of – TV comedy.

It's a move that started 43 years ago with "All in the Family," even if the many of the current crop of anti-sitcom sitcoms are more recent and direct descendants of "Seinfeld" – not there's anything wrong with that. Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's celebration of unlikable characters led to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original UK version of "The Office." The brilliant, cringe-inducing BBC show carried the mockumentary to the TV comedy forefront – current Emmy comedy nominees “Modern Family” and “Veep” employ the form.

If “Seinfeld” broke rules for sitcoms fronted by stand-up comedians, then Louis C.K. took a sledgehammer to the genre in this past season of “Louie,” which notched an Emmy nomination in the comedy category despite turning dark and even violent at times. “OITNB” packed more laughs, by comparison.

Credit Emmy voters with making some bold choices – even if the Emmys aren’t ready to go the route of the recently revived American Comedy Awards, which created an Alternative Comedy Series category (“Key & Peele” beat out “Drunk History,” “Archer,” “Kroll Show” and “Portlandia”) to supplement its Comedy Series grouping (“Parks and Recreation” triumphed over “Modern Family,” “Veep,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

For the "OITNB" creative team, entering in Emmy’s comedy category probably came down to practicality. The drama race is packed with high-quality programs – including farewell favorite “Breaking Bad” – leading to snubs of worthy contenders like “Masters of Sex,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Good Wife.”

The only drama surrounding “OINTB” is how it will do on Monday's NBC Emmys broadcast – and whether the exposure will increase the captive audience that gets a wide range of entertainment value out of a show that won’t be boxed in.

Watch the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:01:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt469914075.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Cosby Compliments Fallon's "Chiropractonography"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:04:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_165131_0814.JPG

Bill Cosby returned to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and thanked him for an unlikely reason.

The last time Cosby took to the “Tonight” stage, Fallon jumped on the comedian’s back while he pretended to walk across a tight rope.

“To be honest, I didn’t think you would come back,” said Fallon.

But Cosby explained that their antics from his previous appearance was actually helpful.

“Let me thank you," said Cosby. "Jim, when you jumped and I was still trying to walk, you and I didn’t know it but we were making an adjustment,” he explained. 

"The Cosby Show" star even stood up to show the audience his moves.

"I knew it was good because when I jumped on your back, you know what I heard?" asked Fallon, who then took his cup of Sharpees and dropped them to make a crackling sound. 

When Cosby complimented Fallon on his “chiropractonography,” Fallon joked about not wanting to play him in Scrabble.

Throughout their conversation, Fallon couldn’t help but do impressions of Cosby.

Check out Cosby's first "Tonight Show" appearance below. Click here if viewing on mobile.

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<![CDATA[Fallon Challenges Rory McIlroy on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:29:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s01e110_110_Facebreakers_Int_20140818_1200x675_319402051888.jpg Jimmy Fallon challenged pro golfer Rory McIlroy to a game of "Face Breakers," on "The Tonight Show." ]]> <![CDATA[Fans Honor Williams With Standing Ovation]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:44:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ROBIN+WILLIAMS+OVATION+RAW_NBC_STD+-+00014211.jpg

Robin Williams got an unusual standing ovation Monday.

One week after the tragic death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, Bay Area fans paid tribute in a very public way.

Some devoted local fans organized what they called a “Last Curtain Call” at 1 p.m. At exactly that time, they stood up and clapped and cheered for the entertainer who touched so many people.

Ovations took place at several locations around San Francisco, including the Civic Center Plaza. More than 35,000 people joined the event's Facebook page.

“When I heard that there was going to be a standing ovation I thought it was a really clever idea, and my original idea was to just do it wherever I was, but then I realized I actually wanted to be somewhere that there were other people,” said Williams’ fan Tomi Thomas. “So I decided to take a couple of hours and come down.”

This won't be the final standing ovation for Williams. The producers of next week’s Emmy awards are working on a tribute worthy of Williams’ legacy.  




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