Late night local chat
Popular late night band leaders include Paul Shaffer, leader of The World's Most Dangerous Band/The CBS Orchestra on Late Night and the Late Show with David Letterman; Max Weinberg, leader of The Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night and The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien; Cleto and the Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
; Kevin Eubanks, leader of The Tonight Show Band and the Primetime Band and The Roots, famous eclectic hip-hop band turned host-band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (and later The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
Until September 2009 and again since spring 2010, the "Big Three" television networks (NBC, ABC and CBS) have all begun their late night programming at p.m. This is a half-hour to one hour after the end of prime time to allow local stations to air newscasts, and most stations (with a few exceptions) do.
ABC, CBS and NBC all begin their late night schedules with comedy and interview-based talk shows, however only CBS and NBC air additional lead-out talk shows beginning in the a.m.
Of the major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS program the late night slot on weekdays, but only NBC carries late night shows on Saturdays.
None of the major networks air late night shows on Sunday nights.
After affiliates' fears of significantly lower ratings for local news were in fact realized, NBC announced it would indeed cancel its p.m.
experiment and move Leno back to his traditional start time of (originally by moving The Jay Leno Show, before rejoining as host of the latter show outright after O'Brien negotiated out of his contract with NBC due to problems over the network's original plan to shift Tonight a half-hour later to make room for Leno).
Off Beat Cinema (originated on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York, before moving to WBBZ-TV and now airing nationally on the Retro TV network), Big Chuck and Lil' John (a now-discontinued program on WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio), Svengoolie (originating on WFLD in Chicago, before moving to WCIU-TV; and later airing nationally on Me-TV), the Creature Double Feature, and Elvira's Movie Macabre are some of the better-known late night hosted movie series.This made way for Conan O'Brien (formerly the host of Late Night, another long-running NBC late night franchise) to take over The Tonight Show, while Jimmy Fallon has assumed hosting duties for Late Night.