I was going to live blog this, but as of this point there hasn’t been much worth noting. Instead, I’ll just occasionally post a comment of some sort, usually insulting the replacement host for Conan O’Brien. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
- We’re off to a great start already as Leno managed to remember Jimmy Fallon’s name but then started stammering over his guest list.
- Hey look, Conan!
- Stop fidgeting during the monologue, you irritating fuck. Jesus.
- “Lick it for 10” is, if nothing else, a pretty clever cloaking device for otherwise blatant product placement. I’m not sure it belongs before the first guest, but what are you gonna do?
- And now that you’ve seen a bunch of 18 year olds lick a lawnmower, a printer and a fish bowl for ten bucks each, stay tuned for Robert DeNiro!
- Yeah, he’s going to want to work on every aspect of his interviewing. The original bit with DeNiro giving one word answers was pretty funny except for the fact that Fallon beat everyone over the head with the premise before and during that part of the interview. He also needs to stop telling stories about himself. Also, the giggling is annoying. Other than that, though, passable stuff.
- Oh, and the dueling impressions bit was brutal.
- This has been a pretty bad show. There’s really nothing about it that Carson Daly couldn’t have accomplished. Well, at least Fallon didn’t do his monologue in the form of a mock press conference.
- And now, to type a sequence of words I never would’ve imagined I’d type in sincerity as recently as a few years ago: here comes Justin Timberlake to save the show.
- Well, not quite, but at least he pulled the show out of the Connecticut blonde moms/DeNiro interview/Space Train tailspin.
- Tomorrow night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Tina Fey and two of Charlie’s Angels. Better luck next time, Lucy Liu.
- And Van Morrison puts this one out of its misery… let’s just say there’s room for improvement. Hopefully he won’t seem as nervous tomorrow night when he’s interviewing the chick he co-anchored Weekend Update with for several years, or the chick he sullied the on-field celebration of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox with, or… well, I don’t know what the significance of Cameron Diaz is. Of course, I probably won’t bother watching to find out.
Edit: I ended up watching the second night in the background while I was writing a story. It was quite a bit better than night number one. I can understand why they didn’t want to go right out of the gate with Tina Fey, but obviously Fallon appears much more comfortable with her than he was with Robert freaking DeNiro, and it’s sort of translated throughout the entire show. Bon Jovi was also a solid guest.
Weeks Later Edit: Okay, so my verdict at this point is “not awful.” Leaps and bounds ahead of Carson Daly, for sure. There are some encouraging signs for there the show to at least be passable.
This should be the last update…