Carson Daly gets new executive producer; NBC reaffirms commitment to late, late show

For a while there, it looked like NBC’s Carson Daly would be out of job: If Conan O’Brien had agreed to air at 12:05 a.m. after Jay Leno — which would have, in turn, pushed Jimmy Fallon to 1:05 a.m. — there didn’t appear to be a need for a (low-rated) show featuring Daly. But now that O’Brien’s gone and Leno is set to host The Tonight Show again, NBC appears to be reaffirming its commitment to Last Call with Carson Daly: The network announced today that it hired Stewart Bailey (Daily Show with Jon Stewart) to serve as the show’s executive producer. Bailey began his new gig on Feb. 15.

Originals of Last Call, which is currently in its ninth season, return on March 1 — the same night that Leno debuts on Tonight. For his first week back, Daly’s booked interviews with Oscar nominees Jason Reitman (Up in The Air) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), as well as Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds), and Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar). Not one to rely on a desk and studio, Daly will continue shooting from various locales through Los Angeles and other cities.

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  • Em

    Only people with last names beginning with R may appear on Daly’s show this week!

    • Jimmy Fallon

      Carson Daly is a massive tool.

  • Office Space

    Carson Daly: The “Milton” of NBC. Give him his red stapler and relocate his office to the basement…yeah.

    • skiiboski

      A+ comment. Kudos!

  • steve

    Hey, that’s an insult to Milton. His personality was sparkling compared to Carson Daly.

  • MarcoPolo

    I like Carson Daly’s show (when I remember to watch), but I wouldn’t get too comfy at NBC, if I were him.

    • gigi

      Carson’s Daly has had that show for like 8 years. I think the comfort has already set in.

      • Funeral Director

        Actually, we prefer the technical term: “rigamortis.”

  • Fatima

    I don’t know, I stumbled on to an episode recently and I like the new format. There are some actually in depth interviews now. I was on the hate train when he was trying to do monologues and had douchey house bands, but now it has its own identity.

    • gigi

      Agree. The new format is far better then what he was trying to do before. He’s no Charlie Rose, but does a good interview. :)

      • franceshouseman

        I also agree that his show has improved greatly since they stopped trying so hard to force him to conform to other late night shows. The desk and monologue and awful jokes never made sense – the new format is perfect, although I think he’d fare better on a cable network.

  • Craig

    I don’t know why people rip on Carson so much. He’s a very likable guy and takes a lot of genuine interest in the people he’s interviewing and the topics he covers. Have you guys ever actually watched the show?

    • HelloGoodbye

      I doubt you have. The guy is smug beyond belief, and he is easily one of the unfunniest people ever. Take out Conan and leave Carson to do his thing…yeah, maybe, Johnny Carson but not Carson Daly. Good God, no!

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  • paige

    Carson Daly has the personality of a petrified corkboard sinking into an abyss of mediocrity. take that as you will lol

    • Jimmy Fallon

      you forgot covered in douchyness.

  • Jed

    And why was this trash even renewed to begin with? This show sucks!

  • Brian

    I like the way the show is produced. Book some high-profile musicians & move it to Fox to air after Conan. Do 1 interview per show, then get back to your MTV roots, Carson. Music, Music, Music!!

  • Scobes

    I like the new format a lot – I don’t get the Carson hate. He does a good interview and actually gets some cool guests.

  • Dean

    His show stinks.It’s a miracle that it is still on.

  • Rob Fleming

    Last Call is the most underrated talk show on television. Much more interesting then the standard shows

  • Chris

    I agree with rob and others who also acknowledge his interviewing ability. By far the best in late night with Jimmy fallon in there too.

    Interesting guests and Carson asks the questions I want to ask and know e answers to. I just wish NBC would give him more time so that his interviews could longer and more in depth.

    And Charlie rose – actually I like his program however sometimes he talks too much before asking a question. Carson creates an enjoyable and engaging rhythm in his conversations and is one of he best on television.

    As a context, I teach communication to professionals and Carson is a great example of good communicating.

    Thanks, Chris

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