The talk show host trade school Lorne Michaels has been quietly running from Studio 8H has found its second successful alumnus in Seth Meyers. With Jimmy Fallon taking over The Tonight Show next year, NBC has made official their long-rumored plans to move SNL's Weekend Update anchor into a weekday slot, making Meyers the host of Late Night.
The move will likely mean Meyer's current, twelfth season of Saturday Night Live will be the last time Stefon tells him what it's called when a midget acts as a fanny-pack, as the transition is being scheduled for February, when Fallon brings The Tonight Show back to New York. Late Night, too, will staying in the city, so now all of NBC's post-11 o'clock news programming eggs will be in their 30 Rock basket--save for the nomadic enigma of Carson Daly, whose show will also reportedly travel around for at least another season. All three of the late night properties are also now in the hands of executive producer Lorne Michaels, increasing his fairy tale villain-like powers, gained only after children are asleep.
In a statement, Meyers said of the move, "I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," adding, "12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."
No word yet on who will take over Meyers' current spot as SNL's head writer and Weekend Update anchor. I know a guy who will be available soon, though, and he's great at reading news headlines...