March 13, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before finding a way to get that lost hour back. The Skinny: I literally got chills watching "The Americans" on FX last night. I know I keep plugging it but trust me, it's worth an hour of your time. Thursday's roundup includes a look at Disney's search for an Anne Sweeney successor and the new journey for Noah's ark. Also Jimmy Fallon has made NBC's "Tonight Show" his own with a dose of energy and originality, says our critic Mary McNamara. Daily Dose: The WWE is still shopping its franchise shows "Raw" and "Smackdown," which have been airing on NBCUniversal's USA and Syfy for years.
February 20, 2014 |
"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams is covering the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, so he wasn't available to slow jam the news on Jimmy Fallon's third episode of "The Tonight Show," but he was able to do the next best thing. Using snippets from dozens of nightly news broadcasts, Fallon's editors once again turned Williams into a rapping master. During his "Late Night" days, Fallon recut the genial Williams to rap Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," Warren G's "Regulate" and N.W.A.s' "Straight Outta Compton.
June 11, 2013 |
When Jimmy Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in February 2014, he's not just getting an upgrade in his start time, he's also getting a billing promotion. As first pointed out by the Huffington Post, Fallon's "Tonight Show" will be titled "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. " That's a throwback to late-night king Johnny Carson's reign, when the show was titled "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. " Both hosts to take over the show after Carson, Leno and Conan O'Brien, got a less prestigious "With" in the title.
January 30, 2014 |
This may be Super Bowl weekend, but for a certain percentage of the population, anticipation may be higher about the prospect of seeing the "Full House" dads reunited again on screen in an ad for Dannon yogurt. But for those unable to wait until Sunday, Jimmy Fallon provided America with a quick hit of "Full House" goodness on Wednesday's show. Fallon kicked off the show with a little sketch in which he woke up from a nightmare induced by his anxiety about leaving "Late Night" for "The Tonight Show," which he's due to take over Feb. 17. And to make the moment something that people would talk about, he added the dads from "Full House," Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier.
March 12, 2014 |
Turns out you can teach an old time slot new tricks. The recent passing of "The Tonight Show" torch from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon sparked the inevitable state-of-the-genre conversation. In a world ruled by tweets and memes, Netflix and YouTube, is there even a place for late-night talk shows anymore? FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A critic's notebook in the March 13 Calendar section implied that "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon has not interviewed a U.S. president. In fact, Fallon interviewed President Obama on his previous show, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
December 5, 2012 |
Sometimes words are unnecessary, so skip the rest of this paragraph and click above for instant joy. The messengers? Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and the Roots, who got together prior to Carey's appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to do a version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You. " The version is wonderful, and will light up the blackened hearts of the Grinchiest souls. ALSO: The saddest Christmas songs ever? Riffing on the highs, lows of the sonic landscape DMX sings 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,' sort of Twitter/ @liledit PHOTOS, VIDEOS & MORE: PHOTOS: Holiday TV specials PHOTOS: 15 shocking moments from 'South Park' VIDEO: Watch the latest fall TV trailers here
December 21, 2012 |
With its emphasis on music and games over tedious, pre-scripted interviews, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is in many ways the freshest show of the late-night genre. But on Thursday night Fallon and a gang of fellow funnymen, including Billy Crystal and surprise guest Jerry Seinfeld, served up a new version of the classic Abbott & Costello routine "Who's on First?" about a team of peculiarly named baseball players. When it comes to comedy, it doesn't get much more old-fashioned than "Who's on First?"
August 7, 2012 |
Despite last-minute maneuvering by outgoing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak, "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon is no longer in talks to host next year's Oscars telecast, according to sources close to the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly. But his boss, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels, may still be in the running to produce the demographically challenged awards show. Sherak initiated talks with the NBC late-night host just as his tenure as academy president was drawing to a close.
March 4, 2014 |
Idina Menzel, the mysterious "Adele Dazeem" of Oscar fame, performed "Let It Go" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on Monday night. And it's arguably a more outstanding performance than on Sunday's Oscar telecast. Tony-winner Menzel, whose name was mangled by presenter John Travolta, sings her heart out along with Fallon, who chimes in charmingly on the high notes. Luckily, that doesn't ruin it. The talk-show host appears to be playing children's blocks. The Roots are on other instruments straight from the toy box. There's even a kazoo. And the whole group rocks out. It's infectious!
August 2, 2012 |
It's hardly certain that Jimmy Fallon will emcee next year's Oscars, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been talking to the talk show host about taking over Hollywood's biggest awards show. He would replace Billy Crystal, who received mixed marks for his Oscar work earlier this year. It wouldn't be Fallon's first brush with such a gig. The comedian hosted 2010's Emmy Awards, and the notices were positive. While the Academy Awards have often used movie stars in the hosting role -- sorry to remind you of James Franco and Anne Hathaway -- there's a rich tradition of tapping TV personalities, a list that includes Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Jon Stewart.