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Seth Meyers a lock for 'Late Night?'

Actor Seth Meyers attends the off-Broadway opening night

Actor Seth Meyers attends the off-Broadway opening night of "Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" at the Barrow Street Theatre in Manhattan. (March 31, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Seth Meyers has been the favored candidate to replace Jimmy Fallon when the latter heads to "Tonight" -- at least in the realm of speculation -- but has he suddenly been elevated to prohibitive favorite? The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the Fallon-to-"Tonight" story in early March, says he has moved up from possible to "probable."  

 (Meanwhile, there also is word that NBC has finalized the deal with Fallon to take over "Tonight," as expected. Awaiting comment from NBC.)  

The challenge of Meyers' succession? Obvious: He's done a heck of a job as head writer and of course "Weekend Update" anchor for a show ("Saturday Night Live")  that's seeing a creative and ratings resurgence this year. How will Lorne Michaels replace him? Good luck with that.

 While Meyers could certainly do the gig, what I've never seen him do -- though I imagine he could (it's not rocket science, after all) -- is interview a celebrity with rapt attention night after night.  He was a succesfful stand-in on "Live with Kelly" for a long while, and has done plenty of mock interviews on "Update" -- but interviewing a star... who's promoting a movie... every night?... 

Sure! Piece of cake. The "Kelly" run was so long and so successful, at least in the eyes of ABC and "Live," that for a moment he was also considered the prohibitive favorite to take over the seat once occupied by Regis Philbin, which went to Michael Strahan instead.

Did Lorne say hold tight; the "Late Night" gig will be your's for the taking before long? . 

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