“Today” show veteran David Friedman and NBC Studios exec Lisa Leingang have been tapped as exec producers and showrunners of NBC’s reworked Carson Daly-hosted “Later.”
Maverick Records topper Guy Oseary — also Daly’s manager — will serve as an exec producer of the revamped latenight NBC Studios talker, which is set to bow in January.
Friedman and Leingang said they hope to turn “Later” into a hybrid of the original Bob Costas-hosted “Later,” VH1’s “Storytellers” and “MTV Unplugged.”
“We want to do something in latenight that really isn’t there right now,” Friedman said.
The new “Later” will feature a single-guest format, with about half the guests likely to be musicians. Show will be shot in front of a small studio aud in New York, with NBC’s famed Studio 8H — home to “Saturday Night Live” — a strong contender to play host to “Later,” pending the approval of “SNL” exec producer Lorne Michaels and the resolution of some logistical issues.
Daly won’t do a monologue or comedy bits, but the show is expected to incorporate some taped segs that “capture the energy of New York City,” Friedman said.
“We want to turn the show into an event situation while also maintaining an under-the-radar, low-key vibe,” Leingang said. “We’re going to be the fifth talkshow of the night. What’s missing is a show that isn’t a 100% plugfest.”
Between Daly and Oseary, “Later” could have a strong leg up in landing big-name musical acts. Show hopes to lure rockers by giving them the chance to sit down for an extended interview in addition to their performance.
“These people are (Daly’s) friends,” Friedman said, noting some musicians already have indicated their desire to appear on the new “Later.”
Friedman joined NBC Studios earlier this year after a six-year run at “Today,” where he was a producer. He joined the ayemcast in 1994 as an entertainment/features segment producer; in ’97 he helped coordinate the show’s coverage of the Atlanta Olympics.
After Atlanta, Friedman became responsible for all of “Today’s” multicamera shoots, including location shoots with Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. He supervised “Today’s” 2000 Olympics coverage from Sydney.
Leingang has been at NBC Studios since 1998, joining as director of primetime series. She helped launched the Peacock net’s weekly comedy showcase “Late Friday” and worked to develop comedy pilots with Steve Koren (“Seinfeld”) and Jonathan Groff (“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”).
Before NBC, Leingang was manager of talent and development at MTV.