Celebrity news

‘Tonight’ show headed back to NY?

A plan is in the works to bring NBC’s ‘‘Tonight’’ show back to New York. While the network has yet to complete a deal, it has made a commitment to Jimmy Fallon, the host of its ‘‘Late Night’’ program, to have him succeed Jay Leno as the next host of ‘‘Tonight,’’ according to several senior executives involved in the decision. The show would move from Burbank, Calif., back to New York, where it started in 1954 with Steve Allen as host. Some details remain to be worked out, including an exact time­table for the switch, although it is expected to take place by the fall of 2014 at the latest, the executives said this week. NBC has quietly begun work on a studio in its headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the home for the new ‘‘Tonight’’ show. An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment on the move, other than to say the network was building a studio for Fallon. (New York Times)

Kings to help library

Stephen King and his wife have agreed to pay $3 million to overhaul their hometown’s century-old library in Maine, as long as $6 million is raised from other sources. Tabitha King serves on the building committee of the Bangor Public Library, which is planning a $9 million modernization. One of the library’s most pressing needs is a new roof to protect its collection, described as the biggest in northern New England. The Bangor Daily News, which first reported the Kings’ matching grant, says residents will vote in June whether to borrow
$3 million for the roof repair. (AP)

Griffith house to go

The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, upsetting friends who had hoped it would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate. Cindi Griffith obtained the demolition permit Monday, according to Dare County records. County officials and friends confirmed the permit is to demolish a smaller house along the Roanoke Sound that Griffith bought in the 1950s, not the larger house that he and Cindi built nearby several years ago. William Ivey Long, the Tony Award-winning costume designer whose parents were friends with Griffith and his first wife, Barbara, said Griffith told him in 2007 that he wanted to preserve the older home as a museum. Griffith, who died last July, was best known for playing the wise Sheriff Andy Taylor on ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show’’ and folksy lawyer Ben Matlock on ‘‘Matlock.” (AP)