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The rights and the wrongs of Fallon’s debut

February 18, 2014
Jimmy Fallon in his debut as host of "The Tonight Show" Monday night. (Photo: NBC)

Jimmy Fallon in his debut as host of “The Tonight Show” Monday night. (Photo: NBC)


NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 — Jimmy Fallon and his handlers got a great deal of it right in producing his debut show as host of “The Tonight Show” Monday night.

The set was beautiful — a classy interior that reflected the iconic architecture of midtown Manhattan where the newly relocated “Tonight Show” is now situated.

The show made the most of its new New York  home when it featured a sunset performance by U2 on the roof of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  It was as if to say to doubters who pooh-poohed the show’s move from California (doubters such as yours truly): Here’s why we moved from boring suburban Burbank to the very center of New York City,  OK?

And, as if to dispel the notion that New York would not be as fertile a location as southern California for accessing A-list guests (again, yours truly is guilty as charged with promoting this perception), a parade of A-listers came on one at a time to participate in an elaborate comedy bit “welcoming” Jimmy to “The Tonight Show” — from Robert De Niro to Lady Gaga.

They’re both closely associated with New York City, but at least one of the other stars was not — Kim Kardashian — who’s a southern California celebrity if there ever was one.  She’s also the only one of the celebs seen Monday night on “Tonight” who was also seen on Jay Leno’s final show earlier this month, providing (perhaps inadvertently) the only discernible link between the two shows.

In fact, Fallon’s “Tonight Show” was so shiny and new and full of upbeat energy that it was easy to forget that Leno was last seen a mere 12 days earlier.   While watching the debut of the Fallon “Tonight Show” Monday night, it seemed as if Leno had been gone a lot longer, and his “Tonight Show” a relic of the distant past, rather than a show that ran for the better part of 22 years and ended only on Feb. 6.

Previously: Children’s hour: Fallon takes over ‘Tonight’: Jimmy’s ‘Romper Room’ mentality will render ‘The Tonight Show’ completely unrecognizable

One nice touch: Positioning the U2 rooftop performance in the middle of the show, something late-night shows never do traditionally.   Placing the musical guests at the end of the show — as all of the shows do — is so customary that slotting the U2 number earlier in the show was a downright revolutionary thing to do.  I found myself thinking: Hey, are they allowed to do that?  It turns out that they are.

The only weakness of the show was, again, Fallon’s comportment with his guests.  With both Will Smith and U2, Fallon played the role of the wide-eyed, grinning, giggling fan who just can’t believe that these stars are sitting there in the same room with him.

It’s an attitude he ought to lose: The top-tier hosts in late-night have never affected that pose.  David Letterman, Jay Leno, even Jimmy Kimmel — they always come across as if they regard these celebrities as their equals, not as sacred idols whose presence on their shows constitutes some sort of miracle.

That was the style established by Johnny Carson, whose mantle Jimmy Fallon now wears, for better or worse.  Get used to it.

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April 1, 2013
Clockwise from upper left: Craig Ferguson on "The Tonight Show"; J.R's funeral on "Dallas"; Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman, Howard Stern; Barbara Walters, Ted Danson on "CSI"; Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and the "View" mess; Kim Kardashian on "The Tonight Show." (Photos: NBC, TNT, Getty, CBS, ABC)

Clockwise from upper left: Craig Ferguson on “The Tonight Show”; J.R’s funeral on “Dallas”; Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman, Howard Stern; Barbara Walters, Ted Danson on “CSI”; Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and the “View” mess; Kim Kardashian on “The Tonight Show.” (Photos: NBC, TNT, Getty, CBS, ABC)


NEW YORK, April 1, 2013 — Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of television — that’s our mission, whether it be here on or here, at

And while we’ve been focusing rather narrowly on the Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon story here on TV Howl for the last week or so, we’ve ranged a bit wider on the Xfinity site — just in case you haven’t yet formed the habit of checking out the work there.

So, in case you missed ’em, please take a moment to check out these Xfinity posts: Leno, Ferguson Discuss Late-Night TV as Tensions Rise at NBC; TNT’s Mourning Glory: Stars Turn Out for J.R.’s ‘Dallas’ Funeral; Lindsay Lohan To Keep Date With Dave, Despite Rehab; Howard Stern Says He’s ‘Insulted’ By Talk He’ll Replace Fallon; Barbara Walters ‘Denies’ Retirement Rumors; CBS Renews ‘CSI’ for Season 14; Entire Cast Returning; TV’s Top Two Battlegrounds: What’s Next for Leno, ‘The View’; Kim Tells Leno: Media, Chelsea Handler are Bullying Her.

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Keep up with the Kardashians? A snail could do it

December 11, 2009

O-‘K’ corrall (l-r): Kardashians Khloé, Kim, mom Kris, and Kourtney. (E!)


NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2009 — Keeping up with the Kardashians?  That’s easy, since it’s not as if the Kardashians move around very fast.

They’re a pretty sedentary clan – they sit around the dining room table eating meals, they sit around the family room together, they sit around at restaurants, and they ride around in cars.  At least they seem like a close family since they are always together – as opposed to each of them being off doing things by themselves, such as working, for example.

You’re supposed to believe their days are fast-paced, and their family life “zany,” “crazy,” maybe even “wacky” and “out of control.”

But they’re really not.  In the premiere episode that kicks off the fourth season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. eastern time, on E!), bodacious Kim loses the will to live (well, at least the will to work or get up off her couch) stemming from the blues that have set in from her separation from her boyfriend, NFL star Reggie Bush, who’s in New Orleans with the Saints (the episode, a preview DVD of which was provided by E!, seems to have been filmed before the onset of the Saints’ as-yet undefeated season).

Sister Kourtney is pregnant and about to deliver a baby whose father is her off-again, now on-again boyfriend, Scott, who is portrayed in the show as a shiftless layabout whom most of the Kardashians loathe for knocking up their sis.

And Khloé, newly married to L.A. Lakers star Lamar Odom, is house-hunting for the couple’s first home together.   This is always a highlight of these L.A.-based reality shows – the spacious homes with their gargantuan kitchens, walk-in closets larger than most New York City apartments, elaborate iron- and stonework, the custom-shaped swimming pools and everything else.  The opportunity to peek inside the mansions of L.A. and its moneyed environs have been an integral feature of these types of series dating all the way back to “The Osbournes.”

Real estate is often at the center of a plotline or two on these shows, resulting in “conflicts” to which few of us can relate, such as Khloé’s dilemma in this weekend’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”: Should she and Lamar buy a $5.9 million home with something like 11 bedrooms, or “settle” for something cozier?

And another situation alien to most of us: Can Kim motivate herself out of her lethargy and stop pouting long enough to successfully participate in a photo shoot for her own fragrance, a dream she says she has had all her life?

Rest assured that it takes very little effort to keep up with the Kardashians as they house-hunt, eat lunch and pose for photos – activities they undertake languidly.  In fact, the fastest elements in this show are the frequent scenes of L.A. that serve as partitions between every scene.  You know the footage – it’s seen in every reality series: The fast-motion sunrise, the overhead shots of cars in fast-motion on sunny freeways and residential streets lined with palm trees and vast dewy lawns, the fast-moving video of the sun-splashed storefronts of Rodeo Drive.

The lesson is the same here as in many another L.A.-based reality show: Problems will inevitably arise from photo shoots and multimillion-dollar real estate decisions, but in the end, it’s always sunny in southern California.

TV Howl photo extra  . . .  Later this season on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Kim gets a life lesson from Deepak Chopra:

Deepak Chopra explains the meaning of life to an attentive Kim Kardashian in an upcoming episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” (E!)

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