Thursday, March 05, 2009

Repeating Late Night history.

Repeating Late Night history.

I finally saw Jimmy Fallon's new show last night and I thought he did pretty well. It certainly helped that he had guests who were obviously also friends -- the dynamic between him and Billy Crudup was hilarious -- and though he seems a bit awkward from time to time I still enjoyed watching.

It's important to remember that when Conan O'Brien debuted people hated him, and honestly it could be said his show didn't really find it's legs until about two years in. Of course Conan had the benefit of being a blank template as far as the public was concerned, so he sort of formed his public persona in response to the show's reception. Fallon comes in with a pretty solid persona, so you have to make the show work around that. Sometimes it works (Jay Leno*) and sometimes it tanks (Chevy Chase).

Plus, Fallon can dance, so he gets bonus points for that.

*By the way, what the fuck is wrong with Jay Leno that he is so desperately needy for attention? The dude does NOT learn from his past mistakes does he? First he fucked Letterman out of the Tonight Show spot 17 or so years ago, and now he's fucking Conan O'Brien by merely moving his current show (for all intents and purposes) to an earlier slot thus minimizing O'Brien's audience. Dude should just let go, eenjoy his massive car collection, and let someone else enjoy the massive audience.

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