Though Jimmy Fallon might lack Jay Leno’s monologue mastery, he’s certainly superior in the sketch department. As a Saturday Night Live alum, Fallon knows how to keep it fresh, often asking his former cast mates for creative appearances on his show. Kristen Wiig captured the night with a horrible Harry Styles impression, which was so confusingly bad it was good. Click below to see Wiig chuck the English accent in favor of her own. Plus, she “sang.” Enjoy!
Sometimes the best performances are understated. As the first musical act to perform on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,’ U2 sang, ‘Ordinary Love,’ a beautiful song from the biography film, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ which is up for Best Original Song at the 2014 Oscars. Watch the awe-inducing acoustic performance below.
Risk-takers are worth celebrating, especially when those risks encourage families to take time together, in a world dictated by the demands of multi-tasking, technology, and endless email-checking. For one of the first times in a long time, NBC thought outside the box and produced The Sound of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood as its star. Though there are inevitable assaults on Underwood’s acting chops and unfair comparisons to Julie Andrews, the country crooner held her own and rose to the occasion.
Carrie Underwood’s career trajectory has consistently impressed me. She began on American Idol and could have easily rested on her laurels with expected albums and tours, but she’s instead pushed herself in unpredictable ways. She’s hosted awards shows, poked public fun at her cohorts (see Jimmy Fallon), and now — The Sound of Music Live! There are stories about her insane talent at memorizing lines and devotion to the project, and it showed. Overall, I loved it. And judging from the 18 million viewers, so did the public. If you missed it, check it out below.
For Full House fans, this treat tops just about anything. John Stamos reunited with his television band, Jesse & The Rippers, for a throwback on Fallon. He even got Bob Saget to show up, along with his on-screen wife (and off screen love interest?), Lori Loughlin, for a full-on performance. Plus, there’s a mullet involved. Watch below.
Howard Stern appeared on Jimmy Fallon and, true to form, took over his show. He arrived with some sage advice, telling Fallon that he needs to amp up his “killer instinct” to compete with Kimmel and sack his beloved “game week,” which Stern called boring. In fact, I was astonished to discover the Fallon didn’t take Stern’s advice in the moment, and instead opted to keep in game week rather than prolonging his Stern interview for a third segment (something most late-night hosts do if the interview is going well). Here’s my advice to Fallon: If you going to secure the king of all media for your show, you should listen — and GAME WEEK SUCKS. Watch below.
It’s the end of an era. And that era has largely been defined as television’s greatest feud in history. It began as Dave v. Jay, then Jay v. Conan, and in round three, Jay finally stopped swinging and stepped down. NBC knew that if Letterman retired, CBS would poach Fallon, which would create too much competition for Jay who would presumably lose his audience around that time. The real tragedy here lies with Conan, who is likely self-loathing about not waiting long enough for the coveted spot. Had he stuck with it, the network would have gifted him the spot without the drama.
Here we go again. Rumor has it that NBC is looking to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon as the host of The Tonight Show when Leno’s contract expires in 2014. Though Leno still has competitive ratings, NBC allegedly fears that Kimmel is a strong contender for the coveted 18-34 market, and when Leno’s star fades, CBS might poach Kimmel if Letterman retires, which will tank NBC. Too confusing? Here’s a shorter summary: Leno has an expiration date, and NBC wants to stay ahead of the game before Kimmel becomes king.
While NBC needs a game plan, since they have yet to get a hit show on the air, my suggestion is that they find the right team of people to make creative decisions before they become doomed with another late-night debacle. The first one was embarrassing enough, and they won’t survive another. So until I see a ratings surge in other areas, I’d hold off on trusting the executives behind these “rumors”
Justin Timberlake amazes me. When you think of all the teenyboppers that began in the business who were unable to prolong their success after their bubble-gum-genre crashed and burned, it’s extremely impressive how much he reinvented his career. He’s not only managed to land major acting roles, but he’s also had continued comedic success on Saturday Night Live with some incredible sketches (who could forget “dick-in-a-box?). So when he joined Jimmy Fallon for the History of Rap Part 2, I almost fell off my chair. It’s damn good, and they even topped the last one. I need not even mention Jimmy Fallon’s talent for impersonations. That guy never disappoints.