NBC named a veteran of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” to head up both “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and the new, upcoming “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
The new boss is Josh Lieb, who won seven Emmy Awards as a writer and executive producer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” before he left the show in 2011 to move to California.
Now, however, he’s moving back to New York to oversee both of NBC’s late-night shows, NBC announced Monday.
Both shows will be based near each other in New York, at NBC’s studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The two are due to premiere in February.
Lorne Michaels, of course, remains executive producer of both shows (plus “Saturday Night Live”).
Lieb will have the title of “producer,” reporting to Michaels, but Lieb will reportedly be in charge of the two shows “day-to-day.”
The hiring of a producer to oversee both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” is a first for NBC, and a move being made possible by the “Tonight Show’s” move to New York from Los Angeles, and the fact that Michaels has acquired responsibility for both of them. Previously, when the shows were separated by 3,000 miles, they never shared producers, writers or any other resources.
The hiring of Lieb — a producer from outside the NBC family of late-night TV shows — comes as somewhat of a surprise. Previously, long-time “Fallon” writer Amy Ozols was seemingly in position to become executive producer of the new Fallon “Tonight Show,” but she is reportedly leaving the network altogether, according to Deadline.com.