Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon

Earlier this week, Girls creator/star Lena Dunham appeared on The Tonight Show where she and Jimmy Fallon discussed the fact that they both used to work at video rental stores in New York. Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon have a fun discussion about video rental store clerks and also a long discussion about their love for the 1991 coming-of-age “classic” Man in the Moon starring Reese Witherspoon and is it Jeremy or Jason London (its actually Jason). While I don’t have fond memories for this movie, I appreciate the film fandom Fallon and Dunham show in this geekfest. Watch the video clip new embedded after the jump.

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Tomorrow Night Louis CK

Everyone knows Louis C.K. as a brilliant comedian. Fewer people know him as a talented director. C.K. had been in the entertainment industry for decades before finally hitting the mainstream with his amazing stand-up and his FX TV show Louie. He wrote on several popular TV shows and directed short films for a long time, culminating in the 2001 cult film Pootie Tang.

In 1998 C.K. wrote and directed his first film called Tomorrow Night, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It starred then-newcomers Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and many others, but didn’t get picked up for distribution. This February, C.K. is finally going to release the film on his official website, for $5. Read more and check out the trailer below. Read More »

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon

Briefly: We don’t cover much late-night TV, but The Tonight Show is an institution and a changing of the guard at the show is a big deal. Negotiations have been taking place for quite some time to end Jay Leno‘s run as host of the show, with Jimmy Fallon taking his place.

Now we know that Leno’s last night as host will be February 6 2014 — that’s the night before NBC begins coverage of the Winter Olympics. Fallon’s debut as Tonight Show host will broadcast after that Olympic coverage ends. Since the last day of the Olympics is February 23, we’ll likely see Fallon as host by the end of that month. And so end’s Leno’s tenure as perhaps the friendliest, safest voice in late-night TV. He’s also one of the most popular, as Variety notes, holding the top ratings position in his time slot for the second quarter in 2013. That makes the changeover — the second time Leno has lost the chair, after a weird and short-lived swap with Conan O’Brien in 2009 — a bit unusual.

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon

Here we go again. NBC has officially announced that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show, as has been rumored for months. The only surprise, if you can even call it that, is when the changeover will take place — spring 2014, instead of summer or fall 2014 as previously believed. The transition will also mark The Tonight Show‘s move back to New York City, forty years after Johnny Carson took it to Burbank, California.

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Enlightened

Let’s just dive right in. After the jump:

  • Enlightened gets canned, CSI gets renewed
  • A Once Upon a Time spinoff is in the works
  • Fox is developing an O.J. Simpson series
  • Is Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno?
  • Adam Green‘s Holliston sets a return date
  • American Horror Story gets a subtitle
  • Sam Raimi will direct the Fox pilot Rake
  • Adam Scott could’ve been Jim Halpert
  • David Brent returns in The Office Revisited
  • Game of Thrones gets a new promo and a GRRM cameo
  • Hemlock Grove and Hannibal get twisted new trailers
  • HBO reveals a teaser for Phillip Noyce‘s Mary and Martha

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It’s been a few days since our last TV Bits (sorry!), so we have a ton of stuff to catch up on. After the jump:

  • Alexis Bledel, Kyle McLachlan, Hope Davis, and more get pilots
  • Downton Abbey loses one character but gains six more
  • Jeffrey Wright will be a series regular on Boardwalk Empire
  • A bunch of Fox shows including The Following get early renewals
  • The Zero Hour has gets cancelled by ABC after just three episodes
  • Will Jimmy Fallon take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • The X-Files finally gets a tenth season… as a comic book
  • Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra gets EW cover
  • Hannibal and Mad Men offer up not very revealing teasers
  • See character posters and an extended trailer for Game of Thrones
  • Peek behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s final season

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Casting, spoilers and some first looks abound  in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump check out the following:

  • Is Jimmy Fallon the lead contender to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • Some potential spoilers for Homeland season 3 have been teased.
  • Star of The OC Adam Brody joins the cast of House of Lies.
  • History is developing a Hatfields and McCoys reality show.
  • When do your favorite Fox shows like Glee, The Mindy Project and New Girl return?
  • NBC orders new episodes of Whitney.
  • The classic tale of Zorro is getting a modern reimagining on USA called Z.
  • The stars of Dexter tease some possibly season 8 scenarios.
  • A first look at the second season stars of Smash.
  • Bernard from Lost, Sam Anderson, joins the next season of Justified.

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Conan Obrien

If you missed it over the weekend, you can now watch Conan O’Brien‘s full interview from 60 Minutes embedded after the jump. This is the first time since leaving The Tonight Show that he has been able to talk on the record about Jay Leno, NBC executives, his beard and his new TBS cable television show.

When Conan was asked whether or not he believes that Jay Leno acted honorably during the NBC scheduling fiasco, he hesitated before responding “If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well, I would not have come back six months later. But that’s me. Everyone’s got their own way of doing things.”

If you haven’t yet checked it out, watch the interview below.

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