Jimmy Fallon has lasted until day four but that doesn't make him any less awkward interviewing guests. His flop sweat has dried up but the fact that he laughs at his own jokes and can't seem to talk about anything else but his unfunny days on Saturday Night Live and his failed attempt at a movie career have all the makings of a college drinking game. Throwback two shots for everytime Jimmy Fallon says Saturday Night Live to a guest. The breakout stars of the show are the phenomenal Roots who showcased their talent and charisma which outshined Jimmy Fallon on his first episode. The Roots were so great that everyone was singing their praises and saying that they deserved their own show.
Apparently NBC doesn't want to give the Roots their own show (more's the pity). And on talk shows and "Saturday Night Live," Timberlake always seems completely at ease -- no doubt any network would give him a show in a heartbeat.
But, well, for now, we've got Jimmy Fallon. At one point during his opening interview with Robert DeNiro, Fallon was sweating profusely. Sweaty, tense, uptight, nervous, wound-up, keyed up -- pick an adjective. Any one of them would describe Fallon's demeanor on opening night.
"I'm very nervous," he said to DeNiro. There was need to point it out -- we could tell. [Chicago Tribune]
We agree that their show would be must see tv with every guest flocking to their stage. The Roots would be able to capture the Dave Chapelle audience who are lacking sufficient entertainment since the funny man retired. Give the Roots their own TV show!!! We are kicking off the campaign right now. It is a wrap for Jimmy Fallon who couldn't even think of a witty comeback when Ludacris joked he was taking over his gig. We'd tune in to watch Ludacris read the phonebook everynight on Late Night TV. Jimmy Fallon got a ratings boost because people are tuning in to watch him fail.
It did not occur until just now that the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon makes this particular 30 Rock soundstage into absolute ground zero for live rap. You now have arguably hip-hop's best live act, in residence: willing and able support for anybody with an album out. Jay-Z. Nas. T.I. Black Thought will now play hypeman to the Soulja Boys of the world, a scary prospect neatly balanced by performances like last night's, when Tariq and Luda made Ludacris's Theater of the Mind-medley, off an alright album at best, sound like total fire. Not that Jimmy's insanely awkward post-performance interview bodes particularly well. You know it's bad when your guests are threatening to take over your show on night four of your short run. Or when your house band's jokes--they played "Doin' the Butt" when Serena Williams came out; sorry, that's hilarious--are better than yours. [Village Voice]
Jimmy Fallon debuted late Monday night on NBC to mixed reviews, but he earned the network the best ratings in that timeslot for three years. Against CBS rival Craig Ferguson of "The Late Late Show" he was ahead by 35%. And versus the last half of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC, this Jimmy had the edge by 17%. Jimmy Fallon replaced Conan O'Brien, who left "Late Night" and New York City behind to take over L.A.-based "Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in June. Most critics gave Jimmy Fallon a passing grade for his first show, and none of his notices rivalled the savage reviews that greeted Conan O'Brien when he took over from David Letterman in 1993. Back then Conan O'Brien was a relatively unknown entity who had made his name, such as it was, as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons." It was "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels who gave Conan O'Brien the job.
And Lorne Michaels was the one to pick Jimmy Fallon -- another "SNL" alum -- to take over now. Since Fallon left that once-a-week gig in 2004 after a successful six-year run, he has starred in several movies that struck out ("Taxi," "Fever Pitch"), but he continued to hit home runs in his stand-up gigs. Perhaps when Fallon readjusts to performing on TV, he will find the right rhythm for the show. Indeed Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times concluded his critique by noting that, "In Fallon's defense, if he needs one, this is a form that develops in the fullness of time, as chances are taken and limits tested and you learn the things you can learn only in the doing, night after night after midnight."
Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly hopes, "Maybe pretty soon, he'll relax a bit and make some spontaneous, amusing noise himself." Even the curmudgeonly Tom Shales of the Washington Post thought, "though his opening night had disappointments, none were crushing or looked potentially fatal. Once Fallon relaxes, hunkers down and lightens up, the new 'Late Night' could win over many a semi-conscious heart and mind." Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune sounded the most cautionary note warning, "unless Fallon calms down a great deal, it's hard to see the new version of 'Late Night' being part of the pre-bedtime ritual for Conan's old crowd." [ LA TIMES]