'SNL' vet sketches Fallon's late-nighter

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When Jimmy Fallon takes over "Late Night," a familiar face will run the show.

Emmy-winning "Saturday Night Live" producer Mike Shoemaker has been tapped to lead Fallon's edition of the late-night talk show. Shoemaker has been with "SNL" since 1986 and worked with Fallon during the comedian's eight-year tenure on the show.

"Mike is the perfect producer for 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' " said Rick Ludwin, executive vp late-night and primetime series at NBC Entertainment. "His long experience at 'Saturday Night Live,' his ability to nurture talent, great working relationship with Jimmy and familiarity with the best comedy talent in the business are all invaluable."

Said Fallon: "I feel lucky to have Mike on my team. I've always admired his work ethic and his great relationship with writers and the whole creative process."

Shoemaker will transition from his duties on "SNL" to working with Fallon in the fall. First up is Fallon's online series, which Shoemaker said will upload at 12:30 a.m. each night to help habituate viewers. Each episode likely will run 4-5 minutes.

The development of Fallon's show has been relatively under the media radar because of the dramatic fireworks over NBC's 11:30 "Tonight Show" slot, where longtime host Jay Leno is exiting to make room for the ascension of Conan O'Brien. (partialdiff)
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