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Fallon's Online Debut

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  December 8, 2008 05:48 AM

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Beginning tonight, the web will provide Jimmy Fallon with rehearsal (and promotional) space. At 12:35 a.m., Fallon will run nightly video blogs on the NBC website in preparation for his forthcoming gig replacing Conan O'Brien (who will be replacing Jay Leno). NBC is hoping that, with the webisodes, we will get used to Jimmy, and Jimmy will get used to helming a show, and everyone will be ready to create a hit when the TV changeover occurs (rumored to be in early March).

Fallon's webisodes will be 5-minute quirkies (quirky quickies), with Fallon showing just how kooky and funny and original and self-conscious and non-sequitur-y he can be. Let's hope they're not too cringe-y. The bits will be overseen by Michael Shoemaker, who will be the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" showrunner. I'm not optimistic about the quirkies, nor am I optimistic about the show -- but I always love to be surprised.

By the way, strong rumors have the Roots ready to become Fallon's house band in the spring.

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2 comments so far...
  1. Jimmy Fallon is a gifted actor/comedian, but if Jay Leno jumps to CBS, or
    ABC all bets are off. Leno will not fade away, but NBC might. O'Brien has a odd sense of humor that will not be accepted easily. Look for confusion and rejection.

    Posted by frank December 8, 08 08:32 AM
  1. No, I won't watch it. Probably not even once. I'm not a fan of Leno. Seems like a nice and decent enough guy, but as far as I'm concerned, NBC just turned itself into FOX, with only two hours of prime time programming a night.

    Which, I actually think is the ultimate point of this.

    Posted by Bill D December 9, 08 04:11 PM

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