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A new year rings in new changes for the NBC late show lineup as we say a final goodbye to legendary late-night host, Jay Leno after twenty years of hosting the Tonight Show. On a positive note, Saturday Night Live alum now late-night host, Jimmy Fallon will take the helm and production of the show which will take place in New York for the first time in 42 years. The Late Night Show will remain in New York and will now be hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Seth Myers. Fallon’s first guest will be Will Smith and Myer’s first guest will be Amy Poehler. Both shows will air after the Olympics in February. This is not only big news for the hosts, but big news for Communication Arts students at NYIT.

“With the addition of the Tonight Show here in New York, there are both more jobs in television and more internship for our students at NYIT,” said Professor James Fauvell, Associate Professor at NYIT.  “This is an opportunity for us. NBC is one of the world’s largest media and NBC Universal owns and operates news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, and television production operations. We are looking forward to placing our students in both Late Night and The Tonight show.”

Jimmy Fallon and Seth Myers are talented and accomplished in their own right and will bring different elements to the late-night lineup. Fallon is more of the energizer and will bring the crowd to their feet like Leno does. This is a good move rating wise for NBC because Fallon has managed to be a ratings favorite on Late Night so hopefully it transfers to the Tonight Show. Myers on the other hand is more on the political side, but spins it into entertainment news to make viewers relate. If you’ve seen Myers in the Weekend Update segment on SNL his facial expressions are reminiscent of the late Johnny Carson’s.

Speaking of SNL, it’s amazing how Fallon and Myers are two former cast members moving up on NBC and were both anchors on the Weekend Update segment in separate years. The atmosphere will definitely change on SNL and Rachel Labianca will be there to witness the changes. Rachel is a former Communication Arts student at NYIT who completed her five year program in December. At the beginning of 2011, she started interning at SNL and working her way to Production and later Photography which made her intern experience at six semesters. She is currently a Script Production Assistant, formatting, editing and proofing the scripts for the Live Show.  She is also a Digital Imaging Technician, where she backs up all the footage on location shoots, and works closely with the editors, directors and camera crew to ensure the image data is captured correctly.

NBC offers great shows that take place in New York which should excite Communication Arts students at NYIT. Not a lot of colleges could say that their students have the opportunity to work on these types of shows that is shown nationwide. NYIT can now add another show to somewhere that you may end up.

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