Jimmy Fallon designated successor of Conan O'Brien


With a new round of shake-ups in late-night television set to begin next year, Lorne Michaels has decided to try to get a jump on things by starting NBC's next edition of "Late Night," with its new host Jimmy Fallon, as a nightly entry on the Internet.


Mr. Fallon has been named as the replacement for Conan O'Brien when Mr. O'Brien takes over the "Tonight" show from Jay Leno next year, and Mr. Michaels, the long-time boss of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," who also serves as executive producer of "Late Night," told television reporters here Sunday that he wants Mr. Fallon to work out as many of the rough spots in his presentation as possible in performances on a website.


Mr. Michaels said he did not know yet which site he will use to post the shows with Mr. Fallon, but he was sure of several of the plans:


The web performances will likely begin in the fall, long before the transition from Mr. Leno for Mr. O'Brien is set to take place. The entries will not constitute anything like an entire hour-long show. "I expect that we'll do something like five or 10 minutes," Mr. Michaels said.


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