When Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly stood in front of reporters in January and proclaimed the death of pilot season, he drew a good amount of ribbing from the competition.
Reilly was making the case for torching the broadcast primetime model as we know it — starting with the annual tradition of everyone developing everything all at once. It was a grand pronouncement, particularly in an industry that talks big but can rarely turn on a dime. Nonetheless, change is afoot, and Reilly's not the only one flipping the script.
Fox has placed a series order for Will Forte's comedy Last Man on Earth.
Forte, who created the series, will star as — you guessed it — the last man on Earth. The Saturday Night Live alum will executive-produce the series along with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who will also direct the pilot.
Jimmy Fallon might have signed off Late Night Friday, but before you break out the tissues, don't forget he'll be back on TV in a week. Nevertheless, his final episode was a fun, sentimental affair.
"I can't believe it. This is it! It's our last episode of Late Night," Fallon's final opening monologue began. "You know, I'm really going to miss being on TV at 12:37. I'll especially miss the battle for late-night ratings with my fierce rivals — Craig Ferguson and a veggie chopper infomercial."
Behind the scenes of Jay Leno's Tonight Show finale
That veggie chopper will continue to face stiff competition starting Feb. 24, when Seth Meyers takes over Late Night (Fallon begins The Tonight Show on Feb. 17).
Weekend update: Seth Meyers married his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe, on Sunday, People reports.
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