Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show Launches With a Parade of Cameos, Rooftop Concert -- Grade It!

The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon ReviewMore than 10 months after NBC named Jay Leno’s successor, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premiered on Monday night with a fresh look, safe guests and a sprinkling of “surprises” to keep things interesting. Will the change in the guard guarantee your viewing?

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THE OPENING | Having returned the venerable late-night program to New York City for the first time in almost 42 years, Fallon’s Spike Lee-directed opening credits set the tone with iconic imagery — Grand Central, Lincoln Center, a peanut vendor — as the host ostensibly makes his way into 30 Rock.

THE SET | I was worried upon reading some preliminary reports about the wood-heavy decor, but in execution it was better than expected (though the wooden skyline behind Fallon’s desk looks kitschy). The tall blue curtains that drape the stage are fresh and bright, while the cool gray couch nicely offsets the wood’s warm hues. The Roots get a prominent stage to Fallon’s left. The steep rise to the audience seats keeps everyone close to the stage, making for an intimate feel.

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THE MONOLOGUE | For premiere night, there were actually two. First, Fallon came out to discuss his tenure — “I’m Jimmy Fallon and I’ll be your host… for now” — and thank those who came before him (naming Leno twice, natch). A quick bio for those who may be new to him was a nice, endearing touch, including doting nods to his wife and new daughter. He then introduced his parents in the audience — “I wish I could have gotten you better seats. Very hot show, Dad” — and promised viewers, “If you  let me stick around long enough maybe I’ll get the hang of it.” With much sincerity, Fallon declared his goal is to “have fun” and send people to sleep with a smile on their face.

He then disappeared behind the curtain and bounded out anew, for his proper monologue, which opened with trite jokes about the Winter Olympics’ old-world host/contender Russia, and then jabs at Costas’ infamous pink eye. His first “bit” — “Tonight Show Superlatives” — offered a yearbook-style rundown of Olympic athletes and enjoyed about a 30 percent success rate. The evening’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Season 1first highlight arrived when Fallon jokingly invited those who doubted his Tonight Show fate to pony up the money they wagered. Cue a long succession of A-, B- and D-list stars, from the likes of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert (“Welcome to 11:30, bitch!”) and Seth Rogen, to upcoming musical guest Lady Gaga, to Joan Rivers making her first Tonight Show appearance since Johnny Carson “disowned” her decades ago, to… who the eff keeps inviting Kardashians to these things?! Ugh, NBCU synergy fail. (Watch video.)

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THE GUESTS | Will Smith first showed up in a pre-taped bit, “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing,” in which he and Fallon cycled through moves such as Running Man, The Leg Thing No One Can Do and The Carlton (see video below). Smith resurfaced on the couch, opening on a sincere note — “People are coming [to The Tonight Show] because of your heart,” he told its new host — before moving on to bland anecdotes about skydiving and snowboarding. Musical guest U2 delivered a wowza visual, performing their single “Invisible” on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center, at sunset, then assembled on the couch to give a solid if sleep-inducing acoustic performance. (The other guests on tap for Opening Week are Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and Lady Gaga; Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw; First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell  and Arcade Fire; and — of course – Justin Timberlake.)

THE SUM TOTAL | It’s reckless to make any kind of call based on Fallon’s first, obviously calculated night. But at first blush the show seems vibrant and fresh, and the pace will only get snappier as he welcomes buzzier guests to the couch. (Smith is one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, yes, but when was his last big film?) Filling the shoes worn before by Carson, Paar et al, Fallon seems excited, not intimidated and yet reverent, and even all those stories off the ground and behind all that wood, the NYC sensibility reverberates.

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73 Comments
  1. Julio says:

    I’m a bit biased because I sincerely love Jimmy Fallon. His first night on the tonight show did not disappoint. And I really appreciated his homage to the hosts before him, including the great Conan Obrien.

    • Kim R says:

      Agreed! I thought it was great. I haven’t really been a Leno fan. Not crazy about his interview style so had stopped watching The Tonight Show many years ago. (The Conan debacle did not help). I will be watching now. Love Jimmy. :)

      • Elaine says:

        Ditto. I have never cared for Leno and the Conan incident solidified my discontent. I love Fallon and for the first time ever, I am DVR’ing The Tonight Show. I thought his first night out was a smash!

        • Justin says:

          Jay didnt do a thing to Conan,so blaming Jay for NBCs decision makes no sense.

          • Bob Johnson says:

            Leno could have told NBC to go fly a kite when asked about taking the show again from Conan. That would have been the honorable, gentlemanly thing to do.

          • cj says:

            Bob Johnson you are a typical fool holding leno to hiring standards than anyone else in Hollywood. It’s only because Leno doesn’t have PR people spinning things that he gets a bad rap… trust me people in Hollywood throw each other under the bus. Leno is a GOOD GUY. And he was under contract so telling them to go fly a kite doesn’t make sense. Nor why should he, Conan was tanking. I like Conan (much more than Fallon) but why should Leno stop doing what he loves or is GOOD at (number 1 show) so he can appease Bob Johnson and the vocal but clearly small minority that seems not to like him because of second hand stories. Just so Conan can have another few months to try and fix his show?

  2. Angelo says:

    A shame Craig Ferguson turned down the slot. Not surprising though given his… lets call it extreme dislike NBC. Can’t wait till he takes over Letterman’s spot though.

    • ejknight says:

      Oh God please no! Of all the late night talkers at 1130 and 1230 Ferguson is the worst! The man is funny as evidenced in his stand up and guest spots on other shows but his show IS NOT FUNNY! It is horrible.
      Too bad CBS can’t steal Kimmel when Dave leaves.

      • Angelo says:

        He is the only one left that isn’t a sell-out. He has great ratings (even more so when considering his time slot), and he is willing to interview without a script unlike all the other hosts. Maybe it is just me but I prefer to see people be put on the spot and be themselves than some dressed up advertisement for themselves.

        • Polly says:

          I’m with you. Craig is my favourite because celebrity can really be themselves on his show and not just publicists puppets like in most of the other shows.
          Plus where else did you find a robot skeleton sidekick and a pretend horse? :D

        • B.P. says:

          Exactly! That is precisely why Craig is the best!

      • wenraz says:

        Disagree. Ferguson’s show is hilarious.

    • TV Gord says:

      He was never offered the job, which is a bit of an impediment.

    • The issue with moving up Craig’s time slot is that his humor, in my opinion, is not ‘friendly’ enough for an earlier hour. It’s quite raunchy by network late night standards, and his show would need some major revamping if he aired earlier. I’m not sure that many of his fans would like a ‘watered down’ Craig.

    • Television Scout says:

      I try to keep an open mind regarding CF – I know his fans love him, and speak highly of him. I thinks he’s very talented, and watched him way back in his Drew Carey days.

      However, every time I watch his show, and it is often since I DVR Letterman often (rotating viewing w/JK and the Tonight Show) and record CF’s show as well at that time when I record ‘CBS’. I see CF’s opening – the skeleton, and dancing horse (?). I don’t know, I guess I’m missing something, but it reminds me of the old Captain Kangaroo Show (check it out on YouTube). A great show, but something I’d watch and enjoy on a Saturday morning, but perhaps not at 12:30pm. CF reminds me of Captain Kangaroo, and that’s a compliment, but maybe not quite right for 11:30pm slot? I guess we’ll find out when Letterman hangs it up and joins Leno in ‘retirement.’ We’ll see what CBS does as a replacement for DL at that point. I think they’ll go in a new, younger direction than CF, but time will tell.

      I watched both Letterman (this morning via DVR) and Tonight/Fallon last night. Both good shows – great to see HIMYM gang one last time on Letterman. Fallon is good – he has a great voice that will grow on people (that was always Leno’s Achilles’ heel). The challenge for Fallon will be where is the show is in August and early September – what will the numbers look like then? Will people get tired of the SNL ‘surprise’ walk-ons, and the ‘synergies’ of including Today Show and Brian Williams clips? We’ll see.

      I could be wrong, but in the ‘long-game’, I think the big winner in all this will be ABC and Jimmy Kimmel. When it comes time to book guests (and that’s the core of this late night business), JK will have an advantage – and he/ABC will be able to capitalize on it.

      • TD says:

        I don’t know…if you think Geoff Peterson and Secretariat are just Captain Kangaroo, I don’t think you’re paying attention. One of the things I find hilarious about the show is how nothing is real–and they make hay out of that. The sidekick is a robot. The horse (and Craig is constantly saying he’s not really a horse) is…well, I don’t know what he is. The band doesn’t exist…and I love it now that there’s “Alfredo Sauce and the Shy Fellas,” the shyest band in late night. And the fire that’s not real. The show has all the trappings of a late night show, but that’s just what they are–trappings, and the show fully embraces the entirety of its phoniness (which makes Ferguson’s more honest interviews of celebrities all the more endearing and important). And of course the gay root who’s always looking for his, well, you know what, and the coke-snorting horse–it’s all irreverent, so I don’t think you’d see anything like it on Captain Kangaroo.

        • Television Scout says:

          True, good points. However (and this is stretching my memory from my very childhood and what I can occasionally find online via clips, documentation, etc.), but there were some irreverent scenes on the Captain’s show as well. Captain Kangaroo had a segment where the white ‘Bunny Rabbit’ and the Captain chatted and told jokes (?), and there was this running gag when a ton of ping pong balls would drop from the ceiling and land on CK. I’m not sure if the ping pong balls were a metaphor for something else – maybe ‘snow.’

          Then there was another episode where the Captain, the ‘talking grandfather clock’, the sidekick Mr Moose, Mr Green Jeans, white rabbit, etc. were trapped in their ‘house’, and it started to float high into the air – kind of an Alice In Wonderland type effect. Perhaps now as an adult, I see some crazy, possible drug references to the old CK show that I didn’t notice as a kid. True, there were no gay characters on the CK show, although now that I look back on the who, Mr. Moose and the grandfather clock sure seemed friendly.

  3. Jayjay says:

    It should be “Sub-PAAR” not “Sub-PARR”

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Ah, yes. Tired 1 am eyes. Fixed!

      • sram says:

        Jack Parr was a previous tonight show host.

      • TV Gord says:

        Good pun, though. It made me laugh!

      • Nero theTVFiddler says:

        Yep, good pun – and many people (myself included) have made the occasional mistake of misspelling the great Jack Paar’s name. It happens to the best of us. ;)

        If nothing else, with this change at the Tonight show and move back to NY, it gives all of us a chance to reflect back on Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Leno, Conan – a nice opportunity to learn about those who have come before us, whose shoulders the rest of us (Fallon included) now stand upon.

  4. Chris says:

    Am Inthe only one that does not like the set – the LNJF was so much better – blending the modern TV wall with the vintage looking stage serving as Jimmy’s backdrop for his monologue – the new set harkens back to the tonight show of old – it looks like something Right out of the 1980s – it’s lost the vintage charm I think.

  5. Kevin F says:

    Since I’ve been forced by NBC to watch the thank you notes bit at least 20 times leading up to him taking over the Tonight Show, I’d like to write Jimmy a Thank You note.

    Thank you Jimmy Fallon, for using the same lame 12:30 bits at 11:30. You’ve confirmed that Johnny Carson was a genius, Conan O’Brien was the best replacement host NBC could have found, and that yes, it is possible to get more cheesy and tame than Jay Leno. And thank you for giving me a reason to finally abandon any loyalty I had to the Tonight Show (from the Carson years) and devote my viewing to David Letterman.

    • TV Gord says:

      Why can’t you watch both? Now that Leno’s gone, I’m watching almost ALL of the late night shows (Dave, the Jimmys, Craig, Seth, Jon and Stephen, and Chelsea)!

    • uh huh says:

      “Forced by NBC?” How exactly did they accomplish that? Don’t you have free will?

    • Bob Johnson says:

      If I remember correctly, Conan brought all of his Late Night schtick to his brief run on The Tonight Show. Why wouldn’t Fallon? From your writings, you should have been watching CBS @ 11:36 PM for the last two decades, since you obviously wanted Letterman to replace Carson (as did the entirety of humanity, save some idiotic GE executives).

    • cj says:

      THIS! There is no change between late night and tonight show. It’s tonight show on a dime.

  6. ejknight says:

    Jimmy Fallon did well and he will be successful in that slot. This is not your fathers Tonight Show. This truly marks a change in demo like when Jay took over from Johnny. Scary thing is Dave is now the “old fart”. That is the redpected elder statesman. But with the 2 Jimmys sharing the timeslot Late Show is showing its age.
    Dave is now the same age Johnny was when he was forced out. Please Lord DO NOT let Ferguson take over when Dave leaves.

  7. Angela says:

    I must admit I mainly just checked in off and on while waiting for U2 to come on. The segment with them was fun. I’m a Ferguson fan, so I’ll continue watching his show, but I do wish Jimmy well with his new gig.

  8. Walter Freeman says:

    Mundane at best. His new set is awful; just awful. The miniature buildings in the background shoulda been pewter and brass. Wood upon wood is too monotone and snooze worthy. The theme music is utterly forgettable; I already miss the old, instantly recognizable Late Night romp. The hyped Spike Lee intro was over in two or three eye blinks. But worst of all? Fallon still can’t interview anyone to save his life. You’d think after five years of practice that he woulda gotten over his constant giggling and mindless interruptions, but no; painfully awkward most of the time. After the first two weeks of high profile cameos and guests, I’d expect his ratings to collapse, and I’m not sure they’ll trend upward again anytime soon.

    Oh well.

    • Brandy says:

      Cranky much? I happened to enjoy it immensely. Jimmy deserves every bit of his success.

      • Walter Freeman says:

        If you enjoyed tonight’s premiere, then more power to you. I thought it was lackluster, and I suspect the shine will wear off quickly for many new viewers. To each their own, I guess, but either way, no one should confuse Jimmy’s latest gig with “success.” It’s too early to judge whether or not Fallon will be an enduring, truly successful host of the Tonight Show. For all anyone knows, he just as likely to follow in Conan’s footsteps rather than Carson or Leno’s.

        • TV Gord says:

          I think what you’re not factoring in is that NBC is attracting a younger audience, one that isn’t aware of Johnny. They can’t keep programming for Johnny’s audience or even Leno’s. Time marches on, and we have to face the fact that time is marching us out of the most desirable demo.

          • Nero theTVFiddler says:

            ^this. You hit the nail on the head – the demo matters. Time has to move forward, and we need to move with it, or get left behind. There is a ‘changing of the guard’ as we move to a media environment that is geared towards a younger (18-49) generation that is as much online as they are watching ‘the one eyed monster.’

            However, I’m not 100% certain if the move to NY and the Fallon change will work, but I understand why they/NBC/Lorne Michael/etc. are doing what they are doing – I’d probably [have to] do the same at this point – must turn the page. I like the moon-logo (a kind of retro-Honeymooners/NY vibe), I like Jimmy’s voice, his tone; but I do agree, he is not the best interviewer on the planet, but neither was/is Leno, or Letterman, Kimmel, etc. Every interviewer is waiting for ‘the punch line’, waiting to jump in. That’s the nature of the roots of who get’s selected as a late night talk show host these days – they all have comedy/stand-up roots.

            For today’s young audience, I’m not sure the interviews matter anymore – it is ‘the moment’, the ‘skit’, something that will capture the 90-second attention span we all seem to live in now, and the opportunity for ‘synergy’ so that that 30-second dance clip can be replayed online, or tweeted/’Vined’ out, or shown on Today, or Nightly News w/Brian Williams. Synergy. That’s the new media environment we’re all having to adapt to. I’m still old-school – to me, the interviews are still numero-uno… they matter.

            That said, for anyone who would like to see some of the best late night interviewers of all-time, go online/YouTube (or via DVD package – I highly recommend those DVDs), and check out Jack Paar, Dick Cavett, Merv Griffin – they were exceptional. In my mind, anyone and everyone who does late night interviews is going to be compared to ‘that benchmark’ – Paar, Cavett, Griffin.

          • Angela says:

            @Nero: BINGO. That’s one reason of many why the whole Conan/Leno thing from a few years ago was so ridiculous-times have drastically changed, as noted, the way we watch TV has drastically changed, and yet NBC didn’t seem to understand this and insisted on trying to stick to their old model and keep the “tradition” of the late night show intact. Can’t be done now.
            Younger generations just aren’t going to treasure late-night talk shows the way older generations do. They may like the shows, sure, but they can DVR them now, or watch the best parts online, or flip back and forth between that and one of hundreds of other channels showing something they like. Hell, I’m 29 and the only late night shows I watch are Ferguson’s, Colbert’s, and Stewart’s (and the latter two I don’t consider “late night” shows in the way that Ferguson or Letterman or whomever’s are), and that’s mainly because I like the hosts themselves. I will gladly watch them do whatever for an hour (or half hour, in Colbert and Stewart’s cases), and even if I’m not that big on the guest, I like watching how the hosts interact with them. Otherwise, the only time I bother to check out a late night talk show is if an actor or musician I like is a guest, or if something particularly notable is going on.
            The networks aren’t going to please everybody all of the time, so it’s pointless for them to keep trying. And it’s especially pointless for them to constantly go on and on about wanting “younger demographics” while they continue to support outdated trends and ways of doing things. And audiences who expect the status quo to keep going, well, it’s no surprise they’ll be pretty disappointed by the changes as well. But like it or not, change has to happen eventually, and people need to learn to accept that fact.

    • Matt says:

      I completely agree with all of your insights. The LNJF was much better than his version of the Tonight Show. It is painful to watch him attempt an interview. His monologue is awful as well. Jimmy can rock the skits/songs but that is about it.

      • uh huh says:

        I love all this criticism of Fallon’s interviewing skills, when he is replacing the king of the canned/planned/puff piece interview, Jay Leno. Good lord, his “interviews” were unwatchable for decades!

    • Marnie Pacino says:

      i think you’re missing the entire point of WHO Jimmy Fallon is as a person! He’s NOT a trained interviewer. His roots are not in TV news. The charm of Jimmy is that he is the “every man”, SUPER FAN, stumbling just like any regular guy would when talking to a music or movie idol! He draws empathetic giggles like no other. His excitement is honest. His awkwardness is endearing. His enthusiasm is contagious!
      Ironically, true JF fans are more interested in the way HE interacts with his guest than what the actual guest brings to his show…You don’t have to get it. You don’t have to like him. There are millions who do! It’s just plain silly to expect him to fit a certain mold, and bash him for not being something he’s never tried to be!

    • Ann Peck says:

      I have heard many Stars comment that Jimmy Fallon is their favorite show to do because they play games, do things they would never do, And flat out have a great time. That is what people will tune into watch, The truly unscripted fun they are having together. not a fan of any late night tv. would rather watch old friends episodes, However have fallen in love with the Fallon Show in the last 6 months, My husband and I love it, I think you will to if you give it an open minded chance. Have a great day.

  9. Renaak says:

    So how long until Jay Leno returns this time?

    • I don't want to rain on the parade, but I see a storm cloud coming.... says:

      This time next year [Feb 2015] – should take about a year or so for the Tonight/JF demo numbers to settle down and level out, and at that point, it should be neck-neck-neck regarding the demo numbers between late night 11:30 for NBC, CBS and ABC. There will be some rumblings at that point. I think Kimmel’s ratings will improve out in LA – he’ll get the guests. The ratings race will tighten.

      Leno is not coming back – certainly not to NBC/Tonight. But there will be some rumblings about the numbers at NBC. The trigger? Letterman. He’ll start looking old without Leno around, and CBS may actually push this along. They might buy out his contract early – he is the loser in this Fallon move to NY – now, he has to fight for guest bookings, Kimmel, not so much anymore. Dave is the ‘old guy’ now in a business that values youth.

      If (a big IF) CBS goes after someone like Seth Meyers to replace Letterman for 2016/17 (and that is not out of the realm of the possible), that will push NBC’s hand. Meyers may be offered the job by CBS just to shake up NBC a bit to see what they’ll do. But that will be the beginning of the end for this cycle of the Tonight Show w/JF. CBS will drive that change, and sooner than we may all believe. I know Letterman has a long term deal – but that can be bought out. I don’t know what type of contract Meyers has, but what would you do if CBS offered you the 11:30 gig?

    • Bob Johnson says:

      Sorry, but Leno is done. NBComcast would REALLY look foolish pulling that stunt again. They would probably just bounce Fallon and replace with someone more popular, but not Leno.

  10. DavidSask says:

    U2 was only plus for show. Will is not cool! Jimmy himself is going to fail as he is so immature still laughs at himself,makes everything about him and can’t conduct an interview. There should be a mandatory schooling for him as four million of old Tonight show fans are going to switch over and definitely not watch full episodes or whole week! PS. “Starring” speaks volumes as well!

    • critter42 says:

      Those 4 million old (and by old I’m assuming you mean elderly, as most of them are at this point) Tonight show fans will be replaced by 4 million new/young fans who appreciate his earnestness and sincerity (sincerity is not an adjective you can pin on Leno in any shape or form) and understand and enjoy his brand of comedy – which was the whole point of this game of musical chairs – get younger viewers. I think he will do much better than the haters hope.

    • Hannah Jane says:

      Johnny Carson used “Starring” as well….so yes, it does speak volumes. Jimmy’s not immature. He’s just not…y’know…stiff as a board, unlike his predecessor. Here’s to 20 truly enjoyable years of Jimmy, as he’s brought the much needed energy back to the Tonight Show simply with his heart, kindness, and infectious laughter.

    • Ann Peck says:

      Jimmy Fallon changed it back to “starring” as that is How Carson had it. The Fallon team is trying to go back to traditional times , when the Tonight Show Started in New York. It has nothing to do with vain• If anything Jay Leno as Vain Changing it from the way Carson had it. I think Fallon wanted people to see the history of the Tonight Show stay intact while So many other things are changing. Fallon and Leno are great friends. I can see Leno coming to the Show after Fallon gets Comfortable. Fallon told Leno he is welcomed any time he wants. That does’nt sound like a huge ego. I see Jimmy trying to put little parts of every host into the show

  11. Toni says:

    Like my brothers mother used to say…”they made penicillin out of old moldy bread…they ought a be able to do something with Walter Freeman”.

  12. Pat says:

    Congratulations, Jimmy! You nailed it last night. I hope that you enjoy many more years on the Tonight Show. It is nice to see younger blood hosting this show and this is coming from a 62 year old.

  13. Joey says:

    First show was good. Surprise guests cameos was good. Loved Hip-Hop Dance moves and interviews with Will Smith and U2 was good. So proud of Jimmy.

  14. TaMara says:

    Wanted to like it, really I did. Love Fallon’s skits over the years, but something was just off last night. The set is difficult to look at, it’s like some old man’s den, all it was missing was the fireplace and dead animal heads on the wall. Fallon does not really have that exciting late night host feel to him (neither did Leno, so there’s that). He’s like a comfortable old shoe, but there’s no style there, no edge. I guess perfect for pre-sleep hour (he sure put me to sleep fast).

    I don’t blame Fallon, I will always love him and seek out his skits online. But NBC just continues to prove it wants to kill the Tonight Show franchise.

  15. sonowwhoreplacesdave says:

    People who get caught up in the nostalgia of what the Tonight Show “should” be based on it’s history and title are being foolish. True, this is basically Fallon’s previous show moved up an hour but his style is what’s funny these days. He’ll do well and will be around for years if for no other reason than the fact that younger generations will grow as an audience even as the older generations die away (both in viewership and life – sounds morbid of course but it’s true). As unfair as the forcing out was to Leno, this actually was a genius move by NBC, who continues their mission to get all their original programming under the same roof at 30 Rock.

  16. Tran 2.0 says:

    I give my grade for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show an A+. Hope Fallon’s new gig as host of The Tonight Show is going to be 100x better than what Leno, Carson, Steve Allen, Jack Paar and of course Conan did in the past. IN FALLON WE TRUST :-)

  17. slizabeth says:

    They need to put the awesome intro online so that I can watch it a few more times! So good!

  18. Eric says:

    I’m a 19 year-old who could never stomach Jay Leno but would always tune in for Late Night. Now that Jimmy has been promoted, NBC will most likely get my viewership for both shows (though I may occasionally tune in to Craig’s show in the 12:37 spot). A lot of older folk don’t seem to like the change, but in a world that’s all about the demo, I think that NBC made a great choice. I highly doubt I’m the only young person who they’re raking in.

    • TV Gord says:

      That’s good to know, because an increasing number of younger people (in my orbit, anyway) seem to have the feeling that watching TV on TV is uncool. I keep trying to tell my nieces and nephews that there’s nothing better than watching TV as it happens, staying up way too late, and being late or exhausted for school the next day. They just don’t seem to get it. (shaking my head)

  19. I like Jimmy, so I hope he does well. I think it’s hard to judge how he will do based on the first show just because I believe there was a little bit more nervous energy going around. (Although, I know Jimmy is generally pretty energetic).

    I do agree, however, that the older set and theme song that he had for Late Night were better. The new set just seems too big and cavernous. And I’m going to miss the “Here I come!” bit from the Roots as he entered.

  20. Babybop says:

    I adore Jimmy. I’m so excited he’s taken over The Tonight Show… especially since i could never stay up to watch Late Night live (and I’m only 20!).

  21. B.P. says:

    Jimmy did great last night (a hell of a lot better than his Late Night debut a few years ago). But I still will be watching Craig most nights.

    • Eric says:

      I’ve seen a few people mention that they’ll be watching Craig instead of Jimmy. The Tonight Show is on at 11:35 and ends just as The Late Late Show comes on at 12:37. There’s no choice to be made; they’re on in different time slots. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

  22. Dino says:

    Anyone who puts a Kardashian on their show loses a fair of amount of respect with me, and a little more with every repeated visit. Please god, make these people go away. They are no talent ass clowns who have done nothing to deserve their celebrity.

  23. Steven says:

    Another 5 hours a week destroyed by Lorne Michaels’ puerile schlock.

  24. K says:

    I loved it. I love Jimmy Fallon, I think it was a great first show and Im looking forward to seeing guests Im more interested in this week. I think he is the perfect person to take over and bring a younger audience to the show. I am not a fan of Leno or his interviewing tactics. I find him petty and mean to guests. I love that Jimmy is as excited to see his guests as any fan on the street would be when meeting them. I hope for 30 more years of Fallon and have my dvr set to series recording!

  25. ugh says:

    Bitch you did’t even mention mariah carey BYE

  26. cj says:

    Only one funny thing in the whole episode and that is how this joker got to host this show. NOT funny. It wasn’t funny as late night and it’s not funny masquereding as tonight show. At least Conan changed things up.
    This felt like Tonight Show on a dime.

  27. JAOTAO says:

    I’m ‘old’ and I love Fallon … he has a great vibe and I enjoy his showmanship. I loved Dave when I was ‘young’, but over the years he got tired for me. I stopped watching Late Night all together and just DVR’d Fallon. I’m glad he has the tonite show. It’s fun. I know when I watch, I’m going to laugh.

  28. MD says:

    The Tonight Show does’nt exist anymore. Change the name of the show to Jimmy’s Romper Room.

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