Exclusive: NBC Mulls Future of Last Call with Carson Daly
by Michael Schneider
Is it last call for NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly? According to insiders, NBC is considering several options regarding the fate of the late night series, which has aired since 2002.
Nothing has been determined yet, as Peacock network execs take time to discuss new directions the show might take, and how much of a transition will occur. But staffers have been told not to report to work for now, even though production on a 13th season should have already started.
NBC announced a renewal for Last Call in April, but may have other ideas in mind for host Carson Daly. Beyond Last Call, Daly has a major presence on NBC as the host of the network’s hit singing competition The Voice. He also hosts NBC’s annual New Year’s Eve special and is said to be in line for a much larger presence on NBC’s Today.
Last Call could potentially continue with Daly or a new host. Also on the table is a format revamp, or perhaps the show might end its run all together. Last Call has been on the chopping block several times through the years as NBC pursued cost-cutting measures, but each time producers and the network found a way bring it back, and even now there’s still a desire in many camps to keep it going.
A potential Last Call transition comes as NBC focuses its late night energies on the upcoming host transitions on Tonight Show and Late Night, as Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, respectively, takes over those franchises.
Last Call, which replaced previous late-late night series Later, has gone through several changes over the years. Most recently the series has been shot on location, documentary style, as Daly visits with guests and bands at various venues.