Talk about a vote of confidence from the network…
NBC announced today that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon — with The Roots and all — will broadcast live from Indianapolis following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. The show also will tape episodes in Indianapolis from the Hilbert Circle Theatre to air during its regularly scheduled hours on Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 3.
The Super Bowl coverage rotates among the networks, and each one usually puts its best and brightest new programming on afterward to benefit from the super-sized national viewing audience that traditionally leaves the TV on that channel after the big game.
For NBC, it’s going with two shows — the season two premiere of its singing competition, The Voice — and then will air the live edition of Fallon after the late local newscasts.
Fallon. Not Leno. Fallon’s show, and not Leno’s, also is nominated for an Emmy Award this year. And on recent episodes of The Tonight Show, Leno even trumpets Fallon’s Emmy nomination at the end of his broadcast. How things have changed in late-night over at NBC in a couple of years!
Maybe this will convince NBC to also bring back Fallon’s Pro Bowl Shuffle video?