April 10th, 2013
01:54 PM ET

Once more, with feeling: Where are the women in late-night TV?

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN) - With Jimmy Fallon's takeover of "The Tonight Show" destined for 2014, there's the tiniest glimmer of hope that NBC will do something different with the vacated seat on "Late Night."

For once, maybe we'll see something fresh, something other than the established white-guy-in-a-suit-sitting-behind-the-desk tradition that's held on since the show debuted in 1982.

Longtime TV critic Ken Tucker indulged in the wishful thinking, asking on Grantland if he "may really spit in the wind and suggest that maybe, finally, for the love of God and Totie Fields, maybe it's time (once again) to give a woman a chance behind the desk?" Rather than traditional stand-up comics, Tucker hoped to see Paget Brewster, Julie Klausner, or, hope against hope, Amy Poehler, even.

But none of those women was among those named in the gossip surrounding the proceedings - and the one woman who was, ever so tentatively, mentioned by the New York Post's Page Six, Tina Fey, was said to be "too busy" for the nightly grind.

That left Seth Meyers - Fey, Poehler and Fallon's "Saturday Night Live" co-star - carrying the bulk of the speculation that he'd move to "Late Night," along with rumors that Alec Baldwin might be in talks to join the post-prime-time lineup. It's thereby signaled another round of the now time-honored question, "Where the (bleep) are the ladies in late night?"

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  1. richard

    Satan is really using this lady to the hilt. i don't think she knows she is his slave at all. she is an evil woman. the fact this show is popular shows how evil America is. God has a place for those who refuse to repent and obey his Son Jesus. It's called the lake of fire, and it's forever, and there is no comedian there. her show is not funny, because she is going to hell and is corrupting our culture further. Jesus said, Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. But he also said, Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. This is all in Luke chapter 6. Hell is real folks. Ellen DeGeneres is real. If she does not repent, she will go to hell. do you want to follow her? are you going to be wise, or a fool? this life is SERIOUS! open your eyes, cry out to the Lord to have mercy upon you and save you now!

    April 12, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. blubbersnout

    Who gives a crap?

    April 12, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. candidkay

    I guess there's still Chelsea Handler with her own show, even if not network. I'm tempted to tie it all into the whole "lean in" thing but nah . . . you get the picture.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |