NBC announced Thursday (Sept. 12) that Carson Daly will join the “Today” show as host of the Orange Room, a part of the “Today” studio that will serve as a gateway to digital content and social media.
As he takes the morning-show job, though, Daly is also leaving his job as host of NBC’s late-night series “Last Call.” He’ll remain an executive producer of the show, and NBC says plans for a “transition” on “Last Call” will be announced later.
NBC picked up “Last Call” for the 2013-14 season back in April, but a TV Guide report earlier this week noted that the show’s staff has been told not to report to work yet. Among the possibilities for the show are hiring a new host, changing the show’s format again — or cancelling it.
“Last Call” has been on the bubble before. It survived budget cuts a few years ago by abandoning the traditional talk-show format and going to a documentary style, with interviews and other segments shot on location.
The show still has its fans at the network, and Daly — who also hosts and is a producer of “The Voice” and is getting a first-look development deal along with his “Today” job — will probably have some influence. But at the moment the future of “Last Call” is in doubt.