FALLON TO REPLACE O'BRIEN ON LATE NIGHT
When Late Night's Conan O'Brien takes over the Tonight show in 2009, he will most likely be succeeded by former Saturday Night Live co-star Jimmy Fallon, Broadcasting & Cable reported in its current issue, citing people familiar with the talks between NBC and Fallon representatives. The trade publication said that the network won't make an official announcement until after the first of the year, but it quoted NBC late-night chief Rick Ludwin as saying of Fallon, "I think he'd be terrific, and he is at the top of our short list." Although Fallon has not auditioned for the hosting job, Ludwin said, "We know him from SNL and saw what he can do on-camera and off-camera, and I think he'd be terrific."
SIMPSONS TV SHOW CAN'T RIDE SIMPSONS MOVIE'S COATTAILS
The success of The Simpsons Movie in theaters over the weekend did not translate into bigger audiences for the television show on Sunday night. The series, which has produced only lackluster ratings for the past two years, wound up in fourth place in its time slot Sunday with a 3.1 rating and a 6 share. The series continued to post respectable numbers among 18-49-year-olds, however, placing second in the demo with a 2.2/7.
SONY PLANS TO BRING ENTERTAINERS TO ELECTRONICS CONFERENCE
Taking note of the fact that representatives of the entertainment industry, including broadcasting and cable execs, attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony Pictures Television said that it plans to set up a booth next to its Sony Electronics corporate sibling next year. "We want to take a leadership role and let people know we are going to be talking about content at CES next January," SPT chief Steve Mosko told Broadcasting & Cable magazine. The trade publication said that SPT plans to kick off the event with a major presentation -- possibly a standup routine by Jerry Seinfeld. Mosko says he believes other producers of TV shows will follow. "It's kind of becoming the convention you don't want to miss," he told B&C.
PIRATED PILOTS APPEAR ONLINE
It may only be the end of July, but several pilots of next season's shows have suddenly appeared online -- including some which are not expected to debut until midseason next year, Television Week reported today (Monday). Among the pirated shows available for downloading on such sites as Torrent Spy, The Pirate Bay and Mininova, are NBC's Bionic Woman, Chuck, and Lipstick Jungle ABC's Pushing Daisies and Cavemen, The CW's Reaper, and Fox's The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The trade publication said that it had downloaded several of the pilots and commented: "The videos were of reasonably high quality, akin to the streaming programs on broadcast network Web sites."
YOUTUBE PROMISES PIRATE BLOCKERS IN SEPTEMBER
Google-owned YouTube plans to institute new technology in September that will block the pirating of TV shows and movies on its website, it told a judge overseeing Viacom's copyright-infringement lawsuit against the video website on Friday. Viacom responded that YouTube should not have gone online without such technology in place and added that YouTube has profited from illegally uploaded copyrighted material from the beginning of its existence.
THERE'S NO TOMORROW; TOM SNYDER DEAD AT 71
Tom Snyder, who hosted NBC's late-night The Tomorrow Show from 1972-1982, then returned in 1995 as host of The Late Late Show on CBS for three years, died Sunday in San Francisco at age 71. In 2005, he disclosed on his website that he was battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He said at the time that doctors had told him that some people diagnosed with the condition had lived with it for 30 years. "Considering I will be 69 years old next month," he wrote, "I ain't looking for 30 years, but 15 more would be nice."
QUEEN ASKS THAT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HER BE KILLED
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has asked the BBC not air a controversial documentary about her after a promo of the film turned out to have contrived scenes to make it appear that she had stormed out of a photo session with famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, Britain's Mail on Sunday reported, citing well-placed sources. The BBC responded that it plans to broadcast the documentary, A Year With the Queen, as originally planned and would ensure that the final cut of the film will be edited in strict accordance with its rules on fairness and accuracy.