The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
As the recent Tonight Show transition proves, Michaels' power only has increased within 30 Rock.
Michaels, who has been producing former Saturday Night Live castmember Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show since it launched in March 2009, will move with him to Tonight in early 2014. The news comes as Michaels' SNL -- still the place for guests to prove they've made it, or can poke fun of themselves during a scandal -- has been delivering some of the highest ratings of any entertainment show on NBC's schedule, and that's without former heavyweights Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. The sketch show drew its highest numbers in more than a year -- 8.4 million viewers -- with host Justin Timberlake on March 9.
The 68-year-old married father of three also saw his niche hit Portlandia on IFC nab Emmy nominations, his critically adored 30 Rock on NBC bid farewell and his Will Arnett-Christina Applegate comedy Up All Night on the same network fall apart.
Looking ahead, Michaels, through his Broadway Video banner, has a comedy pilot in contention at NBC with his latest protege, SNL writer John Mulaney.
FUN FACT: He once turned down a lucrative opportunity to host an Apprentice-style series for NBC.