NBC “Rethinking” 1:30AM Timeslot, Will Not Bring In New Talkshow

NBC has been entertaining insomniacs, stoners and shift workers in the 1:30am timeslot since 1988.

The network confirmed today that it will no longer be in the market for a new talkshow after ending A Little Late with Lilly Singh after two seasons.

Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, speaking as she and her colleague Susan Rovner unveiled its fall schedule, admitted that it was now “rethinking” the timeslot.

“NBC has had a talkshow in this slot since 1988 and there have been some amazing hosts in it. As Lilly moves on to the next chapter, we realize we have an opportunity to rethink the 1:30am programming. We’re not ready to share specifics on that yet but we will be going in a different direction than a talkshow,” said Berwick.

Since it emerged that Singh would leave the late late night slot and segue into a first-look deal with the network, there have been rumblings as to what would replace A Little Late with some suggesting that the network may look at animated comedy or other forms of low-cost comedy programming.

Before A Little Late, the slot featured Last Call with Carson Daly, which started as a talkshow with Daly in 2002 before moving to a more entertainment-focused format with music and stand-up comedy from 2009.

Preceding Last Call with Carson Daly was Later, which began as a half-hour late-night talk show hosted by Bob Costas, from 1988 to 1994. Costas was replaced by Greg Kinnear in 1994, who hosted until 1996, when it was taken on by various guest hosts before finishing with a run fronted by Cynthia Garrett between 2000 and 2001.

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