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Thursday, August 16, 2001

Mogul-in-the-making Daly takes over 'Later'

‘Total Request Live’ host branches out to late night

The king of midday cable is taking over late-night network.
   Carson Daly - the popular host of MTV's hit "Total Request Live" - is the new host of NBC's late-night talk show "Later," according to Jeff Zucker, president of NBC Entertainment.
   Fans of the pudgy-cheeked veejay shouldn't worry, though. The three-year deal with NBC won't interfere with his "Total Request Live" duties or his two syndicated radio programs.
   As part of his agreement, Daly will appear on other programs under the NBC umbrella. His new late-night show should debut in early 2002.
   "We are ecstatic that someone as bright and promising as Carson will be joining our lineup to ensure that NBC remains the late-night leader," Zucker said. "As we celebrate 50 years of late-night this fall, it's gratifying to know that we have added another Carson to our regular lineup of terrific hosts."
   It will be the perfect training ground for Daly on his journey to becoming a cross-platform media mogul. The talk-show format is coveted, and the job of host isn't something you come across very often on But at the same time, the show is so late that even were he to embarrass himself, not many people would be talking about it the following day at the water cooler.
   As an interview series, "Later" (Mondays-Thursdays, 12:35-1:05 a.m.) debuted in 1988 with Bob Costas as host, followed by Greg Kinnear in February 1994 after Costas departed. TV personality Cynthia Garrett assumed the hosting chores in 2000 and continued until "Later Presents SCTV" started at the beginning of this year. Daly got his start as a DJ for KROQ, a popular Los Angeles FM radio station; he was later discovered by MTV and made host of the weekday "Total Request Live," a live, nationwide video-request series, in 1998. Since then, his popularity has surpassed even that of "TRL," whose studio overlooks New York City's Times Square.
   Daly has also appeared as himself in the feature films "Joe Dirt" and "Josie and the Pussycats" and the TV series "Making the Band."

Pop culture and media critic Ricardo Baca can be reached at 886-3688 or by e-mail at

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