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February 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC and corporate parent Comcast have invested “many millions of dollars” to bring the Tonight show back to New York beginning tonight (Monday) after 42 years, an investment that includes the cost of a new studio, technical facilities, and lobby area at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The new studio, the Times said, will feature a set designed by Eugene Lee that includes a wood-carved skyline of Manhattan. Lorne Michaels, the longtime producer of Saturday Night Live, who will now also become the producer of Tonight, described the set as Lee’s “masterpiece.” A new opening-title sequence shot by Spike Lee will also be unveiled tonight, the Times said. It quoted Michaels as saying that the television business in New York had been “in decline” since he first began working on SNL in 1975. “No one was spending any money. Even at SNL our balcony is still classified as temporary. These guys are spending real money. [NBCUniversal chief] Steve Burke, and Brian Roberts of Comcast, they believe this is the future, as opposed to, ‘We’re stalling on the present as long as we can.’ ”