Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Seth Meyers Juggling Live Shows

Seth Meyers

As the long-running, well-rated show “Live! with Kelly”, continues to look for the proper replacement to take over for the loveable Regis Philbin, Seth Meyers provides a couple days of solid relief next to the ripped Kelly Ripa. With his steady work on the show, and minor changing of the guard taking place on Seth Meyers’ current show Saturday Night Live, the rumor mill started churning at break neck speeds, sifting out the concept of “Live! with Seth and Kelly”. With Seth Meyers anchoring the anchor position on the long-running and long favorite segment Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, plus his work hosting shows like the ESPY’s and the Webby Awards, and taking on prestigious roles such as performing as the Keynote Speaker at the White House Correspondent Dinner, there’s no question he would be a good fit. The question is, does he want to do it?

As far as we know, he likes the opportunity, but likes the opportunity he has with Saturday Night Live much more.  He responded to the Orlando Sun Sentinel before his standup event at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek with an emphatic “No, no, no, no, no.” Understanding the level of the opportunity, Seth Meyers still loves his job as the head writer of what is still considered the gold standard of live sketch shows. With people like Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving Saturday Night Live, and possibly Jason Sudekis, folks wondered if Seth Meyers would be up for coming back with this new opportunity in front of him, but he mentioned passionately that he is looking forward to working on Saturday Night Live during the election year, which is always a very big year for the show, and usually translates into some of the best material and best ratings. (See Tina Fey coming back on as Sarah Palin)

However, his statement did not include any plans after the election year. There was no indication of long term involvement on Saturday Night Live, he just simply stated he was looking forward to election season on the show. My best guess, with this being an election year, and those folks having left, and the buzz around the “Live!” opportunity, that this will be Seth Meyers’ last year on Saturday Night Live. Where he goes from there is anyone’s guess, but given his abilities on Weekend Update, and his head writer status, I see a lot of awards shows and possibly his own “Daily Show” type show in the future. I wish him the best either way, as he’s always been one of my favorites.