10:20am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Heads to New Esquire Network
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is about to get some extra play. The NBC talk show will air encores on the newly launched Esquire Network (formerly G4).
Fallon follows recent off-network acquisitions Parks and Recreation and Party Down on the lineup for the revamped, male-skewing cable network. Late Night will get its Esquire debut April 24 at 7 p.m. The encores will air on a one-week delay from their NBC premieres, with the exclusive cable run airing Monday through Friday.
“Jimmy’s sharp wit, relaxed style and natural charm make him exactly the kind of guy Esquire Network viewers want to spend time with, and his show the perfect choice to lead in to our primetime,” said network GM Adam Stotsky. “With its unique blend of conversation, music, innovative use of digital media and risk-taking comedy, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has become a top destination for A-list celebrities and now, for our viewers as well."
The premiere of Late Night comes just two days after Parks and Party Down join the schedule on April 22.
NBCUniversal, which retains ownership of the cable network, finalized a deal with Esquire parent Hearst Magazines to rebrand the network earlier in February. The acquisitions will join previously announced originals -- a cooking competition series (Knife Fight) from Drew Barrymore's Flower Films and an Anthony Bourdain-produced travel show (The Getaway).