Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Jimmy Fallon Isn't Made of Total Suck

Photo courtesy: tvguide.com

I'm as surprised as you are, but I didn't hate the guy last night. At one point, I even started pondering whether Jimmy Fallon, in his new role as host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", was in fact sort of cute in a jittery way. When you inspire inexplicable attraction in skeptical female viewers, you've got to be doing something right. What follows is my breakdown of Jimmy's debut hour.

THE GOOD: The dark suit was impeccable. I love a well-dressed late night host. Some people dissed the curtain but I liked it. You historically aware tellyphiles will recognize it for the Carson homage it clearly was. The bit with Conan in the intro worked. The Roots are a triumph. Having them as house band is probably the coolest, most breaking-the-mold thing about his show. It really makes him seem like a new generation of late night host. Oh, and they also contributed to the strongest part of Jimmy's monologue, "Slow Jam the News". See for yourself...

And even though it was a hair too showbiz for my taste, Fallon BFF Justin Timberlake saved the show from the all out wackness it descended into once Jimmy took the desk. Plus, ya'll know I love any mention of John Mayer (if you have any recent pics of his latest hair, send them to tellyphile@gmail.com)

THE BAD: Having De Niro as a guest. Why? Or to further that line of thinking, why have De Niro on as a guest and then script the life out of it? Did you learn nothing from Letterman's exquisitely awkward parlay with Joaquin? You should be taking notes, young Fallon. You gotta let some shit ride.

THE UGLY: The bumbling mess they threw up there for the music segment who claimed to be Van Morrison.

What do you guys think? Will you watch again, did you watch at all?


  1. I didn't watch. How has Conan been doing? I haven't watched any late night tv in a while actually... I've been a bad tellyphile. :'(

  2. Nonsense. You're not a bad tellyphile. Just a rare example of one with a life. Luckily for you, "Late Night" has a made it a point to make their web presence strong. You can watch his first show in its entirety at http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/

  3. I thought the first week was terrible. But I am finding that I keep going back, this week has been better, although I still don't know why The Roots agreed to do this...