Late night local chat
Late night television in the United States is the block of television programming airing after p.m. Traditionally, this type of programming airs after the late local news and is most notable for being the daypart used for a particular genre of programming that falls somewhere between a variety show and a talk show.Popular shows within the late night talk show genre include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Famous former hosts include Johnny Carson of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno of The Tonight Show (who has taped more episodes than any other late night host), Arsenio Hall of The Arsenio Hall Show, Tom Snyder of Tomorrow, and The Late Late Show, Steve Allen, the father of the late night talk show and founder of Tonight (now known as "The Tonight Show"), Merv Griffin and Dick Cavett, early competitors with Carson, and Jack Paar, the man who followed Steve Allen as host of the Tonight Show and who is responsible for setting the standards for the genre.Television networks typically produce two late night shows: one taped in New York City and one in Los Angeles.Most are taped late in the afternoon; exceptions include Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The remaining late night programs (Poker After Dark and Last Call with Carson Daly) remained as is, and NBC warned its affiliates not to preempt or delay Leno for local news.
The "midnight movie" format is another popular late night format, found particularly among local stations.
Off Beat Cinema (originated on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York, before moving to WBBZ-TV and now airing nationally on the Retro TV network), Big Chuck and Lil' John (a now-discontinued program on WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio), Svengoolie (originating on WFLD in Chicago, before moving to WCIU-TV; and later airing nationally on Me-TV), the Creature Double Feature, and Elvira's Movie Macabre are some of the better-known late night hosted movie series.
Popular late night band leaders include Paul Shaffer, leader of The World's Most Dangerous Band/The CBS Orchestra on Late Night and the Late Show with David Letterman; Max Weinberg, leader of The Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night and The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien; Cleto and the Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
; Kevin Eubanks, leader of The Tonight Show Band and the Primetime Band and The Roots, famous eclectic hip-hop band turned host-band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (and later The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
Until the early 1990s, syndicated late night talk shows were fairly common, due to NBC having the only network shows in that slot at the time.