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Fred Armisen Deadpans His Way to Instant Late Night Approval

Without a doubt, the highlight of the first few Late Night with Seth Meyers broadcasts has been the host’s post-monologue banter with band leader Fred Armisen. That’s not to say Meyers is stumbling. Relatively speaking, especially when compared to Conan’s rocky start so many years ago, Stefon’s Significant Other is ably feeling his way around the new territory and scoring a number of solid monologue hits.

Not so fortunate is the Late Night set. We’re not sure why Meyers’ desk is so small, or if the NBC production design team realized that the arch above the curtain when camera-framed during the monologue would make it look like Meyers’ head is glued to the top of the structure. Hopefully, in time, these elements will be smoothed out.

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As the Year Closes, Slate Writer Reminds: Whoa! is Spelled Whoa!

We tend to use the expression “Whoa!” sparingly, and not usually for matters pertaining to FishbowlNY. While we’ve never had trouble spelling the exclamation, apparently a lot of people in 2013 have.

SlateWhoaIn his final calendar-year “The Good Word” column, Matthew J.X. Malady catalogs all kinds of social media, headline and article misspellings of this W-word. He finds it rather amazing that he has to remind everyone that the “H” is silent, yes, but repeating, no:

If you were thinking you could perhaps quarantine yourself so as to preclude exposure to the TODAY Show–style “woah” [tweets] by avoiding all forms of social media and, say, spending some time relaxing in front of the TV, think again. This month, the History Channel began airing an episode of its popular series Pawn Stars under the title, “Woah Pilgrim”…

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Writing Advice from Producer of The Tudors, History Channel’s Vikings

Just in time for the upcoming premier of Vikings on the History Channel, Michael Hirst, the show’s writer and producer, talks about his writing process in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series.

“The key for me with historical characters is they’re interesting because they’re human beings,” he said. “A little bit of Hemingway goes a long way here, but journalists and writers should honestly look at their material and have a real interest, a real passion in what they want to write, and they should also have a lot of knowledge, as well. You don’t write police procedural stuff unless you really know that beat, but it’s ultimately not the procedure that makes the show work — it’s the people. The more real they are, the better.”

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Writing Advice from Producer of The Tudors, History Channel’s Vikings

Just in time for the upcoming premier of Vikings on the History Channel, Michael Hirst, the show’s writer and producer, talks about his writing process in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series.

“The key for me with historical characters is they’re interesting because they’re human beings,” he said. ”A little bit of Hemingway goes a long way here, but journalists and writers should honestly look at their material and have a real interest, a real passion in what they want to write, and they should also have a lot of knowledge, as well.”

“You don’t write police procedural stuff unless you really know that beat, but it’s ultimately not the procedure that makes the show work — it’s the people. The more real they are, the better.”

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“Newshour” Gets An Overhaul|ABC News Buys Out More D.C. Staff|Geffen Makes A Play For The Times|Jon Stewart Makes A History Channel Doc|Mags Find Subs Online

TVNewser: PBS’s “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer” is getting a major revamp come September. And they’re hiring.

FishbowlDC: ABC News offered buyouts to seven more employees in its D.C. bureau

Fortune: David Geffen reportedly made an offer to buy the 19 percent stake in The New York Times held by hedge fund Harbinger Capital, but the deal never happened.

Broadcasting & Cable: Jon Stewart is on board to create a two-hour special for the History Channel about the U.S. naturalization process.

Mediaweek: Magazine publishers are mining the web for print subscriptions