Lynette Rice
February 18, 2010 AT 06:07 PM EST

For a while there, it looked like NBC’s Carson Daly would be out of job: If Conan O’Brien had agreed to air at 12:05 a.m. after Jay Leno — which would have, in turn, pushed Jimmy Fallon to 1:05 a.m. — there didn’t appear to be a need for a (low-rated) show featuring Daly. But now that O’Brien’s gone and Leno is set to host The Tonight Show again, NBC appears to be reaffirming its commitment to Last Call with Carson Daly: The network announced today that it hired Stewart Bailey (Daily Show with Jon Stewart) to serve as the show’s executive producer. Bailey began his new gig on Feb. 15.

Originals of Last Call, which is currently in its ninth season, return on March 1 — the same night that Leno debuts on Tonight. For his first week back, Daly’s booked interviews with Oscar nominees Jason Reitman (Up in The Air) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), as well as Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds), and Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar). Not one to rely on a desk and studio, Daly will continue shooting from various locales through Los Angeles and other cities.

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