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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