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Snap Judgment: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Robert DeNiro and Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Yeah, it used to bug me too how he cracked up all the time during SNL skits, but there's no denying that Jimmy Fallon is a funny guy. But is he late-night-talk-show funny? Let's investigate! read more

Fallon vs. Ferguson vs. Kimmel: Who Will Last in Late Night?

Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel

Can Jimmy Fallon survive his Late Night competition? With Conan O'Brien departing for the Tonight Show, fans of O'Brien's occasional sharp edges might depart for Jimmy Kimmel Live — but those who tuned in for O'Brien's heart might find a better soul mate in Craig Ferguson of the Late Late Show.

Fallon brings youth and energy to the Late Night desk, but no one knows what else. Looking ahead to his debut Monday, check out the hosts' strengths, weaknesses, and occasional tendencies to overshare. read more

Justin Timberlake is Jimmy Fallon's First Late Night Guest

Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon may transform into The Barry Gibb Talk Show next week as Fallon welcomes his first guest, Justin Timberlake.

The two played Bee Gees for Saturday Night Live's fictional take on a falsetto-filled chat-fest, but will have to be themselves for at least part of Fallon's inaugural interview. The first show is Monday. read more

Jimmy Fallon Gets Help from Other Talk Show Hosts

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To prep for his March 2 takeover of NBC's Late Night, Jimmy Fallon is turning to the only people who truly understand the challenge ahead: other talk show hosts. "I just recently ran into Rosie O'Donnell at a Paul Simon concert and she said, 'Who's doing your test shows?' … She said, 'I'll do one.' I thought that was so nice of her. So she's gonna come on next Thursday and do a show." read more

Jimmy Fallon Hires a Head Writer

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With Jimmy Fallon's debut behind the Late Night desk less than a month away, the former Saturday Night Live funnyman has named his head writer.

Writer-actor A.D. Miles has been tasked with bringing the funny to Fallon's new late-night talk show, according to Variety. Miles will be working with Fallon, executive producer Lorne Michaels and showrunner-producer Michael Shoemaker in creating the show's comedy.

Miles appeared in ... read more

Craig Ferguson to Critics: Give Jimmy a Chance!

Craig Ferguson

The Craig Ferguson-Jimmy Fallon late-night competition appears to be anything but mean-spirited.

At Television Critics Association on Wednesday, Ferguson suggested that reviewers wait to sharpen their pens until Fallon has some time to adjust to the new job. Fallon is expected to take over... read more

Leno Takes Over One-Third of NBC's Weekly Prime Time Schedule

Jay Leno

NBC announced Jay Leno's new 10 p.m. show as a win-win: a way to keep a bankable star on the air while unveiling an entirely new way to look at prime time scheduling.

The question now is whether the new show will be as good – and earn the ratings – of the shows it will replace in prime time. Monday through Friday, he'll occupy a full third of the 8-11 p.m. bracket when most people watch TV ... read more

Fallon Gets Late Night Try-Out on Web; Leno-Conan to Swap in June

Jimmy Fallon by Chris Haston/NBC Universal Photo

This fall — some six months before his Late Night talker hits the airwaves — Jimmy Fallon will attempt a "soft launch" of the show, performing five- to 10-minute routines on an NBC online portal TBA. This unorthodox "dry run" is intended to let Fallon find his voice and rhythm and thus avoid the sort of pitfalls that plagued Conan O'Brien when he himself entered the late-night realm.As for Conan, he is expected to cease production on his Late Night in February, then head west to prepare his take on The Tonight Show, which will premiere sometime in June — and from a brand-new stage now in production. Fallon's Late Night is slated to hit NBC proper "sometime in the spring," giving him Leno as a lead-in for a brief stretch. — Matt Mitovich read more

NBC Introduces Jimmy Fallon as Late Night Host

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Confirming the worst-kept secret in television, NBC today officially introduced comedian Jimmy Fallon as the network's newest late-night host.The SNL alum will start as host of Late Night (Weeknights, 12:30 am/ET) when Conan O'Brien takes over the Tonight Show for Jay Leno in 2009.Ironically, O'Brien's show was the first talk show Fallon appeared on after joining SNL in 1998.Fallon, 33, told a news conference he has been destined to host a late-night talkfest since he was a kid. "In my kindergarten yearbook, they wrote 'Most Likely To Take Over For David Letterman,'" he said.Exactly when Fallon will make his debut next year is still up in the air, and appears to be hinged on where Jay Leno lands after the Tonight Show. "Everyone wants Jay Leno to stay part of the NBC family," said SNL boss Lorne Michaels, who will also executive produce Fallon's show. "And that's a big part of what's going on now."Fallon joked once he starts, he's in it for the long haul. "NBC gave me the same contr... read more

I was just wondering what you ...

Question: I was just wondering what you thought about Jimmy Fallon replacing Conan O'Brien for the 12:35 am/ET time slot on NBC's late-night schedule. I think it is a boring choice. He'll be exactly like he was on Saturday Night Live (funny, but his shtick will get old.) I think NBC could have taken a bigger risk, since their ratings are in the crapper anyway. I think Chelsea Handler is better suited for this slot. She's different and funny. This would have been a bold move by NBC. On another note, I miss Lauren Graham's acting. Any ideas what kind of TV show she'll fall into? She seems to be hesitant about committing herself to a TV show. Is she afraid of another cancellation (as in her pre-Gilmore days)? Answer: I'll agree Jimmy's not a surprise choice, but a "boring" choice? That hardly seems fair. He's earned his chance. I still miss him desperately on SNL's "Weekend Update," and I've always been impressed by his personality and comic range. Will it be an instant comfortable fit? ... read more

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