Some new ideas for the show in the wake of Seth Meyers' departure
Keep deploying running gags
Last season saw two great examples of this: Kevin Hart’s “Z Shirt” two-fer and the one-two surreal punch of Zach Galifianakis’ “Darrell’s House.” Both featured sketches thematically and narratively related that only paid off when the second part unfolded. It’s a smart move to help drive live viewership, since it forces people to pay attention to each sketch more closely. But it’s also the type of experience that truly works once: it’s just not the same to load up these pairings back-to-back on a tablet. Running gags are hard to develop and should be used sparingly. But when deployed correctly, they reward same-night viewership and give that audience an experience no amount of rewatching can ever quite recapture.