‘Tonight Show’ returns to Rock Center
“The Tonight Show” became the first late night show to return to studio production — though, in this case, it switched studios.
The set was redressed and updated for his use and the show did not use a studio audience.
It also used a distinct open and graphics and, while the house band The Roots were in studio, guests were interviewed remotely.
NBC also said that a reduced crew was used.
TBS’s “Conan” previously returned with episodes produced outside of host Conan O’Brien’s home — in favor of a Los Angeles theater — but did not return to its studio on the Warner Bros. lot.