Sunday, July 21, 2024

NBC Cheaps Out, Cuts Seth Meyers’ Live Band from Show Beginning in September


We can’t have nice things.

NBC has proven that by cheaping out and cutting the live band from Seth Meyers’ talk show after 11 years.

Starting in September, reports Vulture, there will just be canned music. The 8G Band, often starring Fred Armisen, will be gone. Musical director blabbed the news to the New York magazine site today. He said, “What are they going to do, fire me again?”

The Late Show starring Seth Meyers is one of the best shows on TV, although NBC does little for it. Meyers and his writing staff put on a sharp, smart hour every night. Their “A Closer Look” segment should have won a Peabody already.

The band is exciting because they’re much more versatile than the Roots, on earlier with Jimmy Fallon. The Late Show is going to seem a little dry without them.

But look at late night TV: Meyers has no competition. ABC has “Nightline.” CBS has a show that costs nothing that no one’s ever watched since James Corden closed up shop. NBC would probably put on an AI show if they could get away with it.

What other cuts does NBC have coming? Maybe they’ll animate the “Law & Order” shows. We can only wait and see!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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