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Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots do 'Let It Go' with classroom instruments

Posted by Emily Wright March 4, 2014 10:06 AM

Since we've all had a day to digest John Travolta's tragic pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name, it's time to get back to the reason that the Tony Award-winning actress was performing at the Oscars in the first place: the girl can sing.


Seth Meyers debuts on 'Late Night' to mixed, mostly positive, reviews

Posted by Emily Wright February 25, 2014 10:18 AM

Twitter users are being relatively positive about Seth Meyers's first episode of "Late Night," where he paid homage to his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, with a thank you note (above).

From what we're seeing of the Amy Poehler-and-Joe Biden featured show, the general social population liked it, or think there's enough room for improvement that they'll give it another chance -- if they can get over seeing his feet under his desk.


Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell do 'Ew' on 'Tonight Show'

Posted by Emily Wright February 21, 2014 10:29 AM

We are pumped that Jimmy Fallon carried over one of our favorite "Late Night" sketches to "The Tonight Show." This, friends, is not ew.


Jimmy Fallon closes 'Late Night' with Samberg, The Muppets, laughs

Posted by Emily Wright February 8, 2014 01:10 AM

When Jimmy Fallon said goodbye to "Late Night" on Feb. 8 (the show started at 12:05 a.m. because of The Olympics, instead of 12:35), he did it with a couple of great friends, his in-house band, The Roots, and some of his best Muppet friends (above).

It was a no-frills finale, and it worked.


Jimmy Fallon's Top 10 'Late Night' moments before Feb. 7 farewell

Posted by Emily Wright February 7, 2014 11:25 AM


Lloyd Bishop/NBC

Bruce Springsteen, left, performed with Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night."

We don't have to stay up until 12:35 to catch the hilarity of Jimmy Fallon anymore? Score.

Jay Leno signed off from "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 6, and on the eve of Feb. 7 (technically Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.), Jimmy Fallon will do the same at "Late Night" before taking over Leno's late-night reigns Feb. 17.

Fallon has hosted "Late Night" on NBC at 12:35 a.m. since March, 2009. The former "SNL" cast member and star of the 2005 Boston-based film "Fever Pitch" has a slew of hilarious moments in his talk show repertoire, we took on the harrowing task of nailing down the best 10 moments from Fallon's "Late Night" career.


Jimmy Fallon to host 'SNL' in December, Justin Timberlake to perform

Posted by Emily Wright November 21, 2013 01:18 PM

So Justin Timberlake can fit a "Saturday Night Live" performance into his schedule, but has to postpone his Boston concert from November to July?

No, we're not bitter.


Fallon replacing Leno on 'Tonight' show next spring

Posted by Glenn Yoder April 3, 2013 12:54 PM

After weeks of rumors, NBC has confirmed that Jay Leno will be leaving the "Tonight" show next spring to make way for Jimmy Fallon as host. Leno also issued a release with the news. The network added that the program will be returning to New York with "Saturday Night Live" head honcho Lorne Michaels as producer.

The New York Times reports that the move will take place after the conclusion of NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. According to the Times, that timeframe was Leno's idea, despite recent reports that he was upset about being forced out.

Mr. Leno said he suggested, “If we really want to give him a good send-off, how about after the Olympics?” He said the Winter Games in February would give NBC the chance to promote the new host to big audiences and avoid more competitive start-up times like the summer. “ ‘The Tonight Show’ was No. 1 when I got it,” Mr. Leno said. “I’ve kept it No. 1 one for about 90 percent of my term here, and I would like to see Jimmy keep it at No. 1, which I’m sure he will.”

Deadline Hollywood notes that it's ironic that Fallon will replace Leno after the Winter Olympics, as that same event was used to relaunch Leno as "Tonight" show host in 2010 after a failed stint for Conan O'Brien.

Concern over ABC bumping Jimmy Kimmel up to the 11:35 p.m. slot, along with the possibility of CBS host David Letterman retiring soon, caused NBC to consider reshuffling its lineup to compete in the looming battle for younger viewers, according to an earlier Times report. There is no word yet on who will replace Fallon in his current later timeslot.

What do you think? Are you happy with the move?

President Obama set to appear on 'The Daily Show' Thursday

Posted by Glenn Yoder October 12, 2012 05:20 PM

Jon Stewart will once again trade zingers with the commander in chief. Just a day after President Barack Obama's campaign got a bump from a sturdy debate showing by Vice President Joe Biden, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" announced that Obama will appear on the program for the sixth time on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 11 p.m.

The president will almost certainly receive some good-natured ribbing from Stewart about Obama's much-ridiculed first debate performance on Oct. 3. But with his second showdown looming Tuesday, two days before "The Daily Show" taping, Obama has a chance to restore his debate reputation before being subjected to the host's barbs.

In any case, Obama and Stewart seem to have a fairly easy rapport, which makes it likely there will at least be some laughs. Take a look at a clip from Obama's Oct. 27, 2010 appearance on the show.

'SNL' premieres with a new Barack Obama and featured players

Posted by Rachel Raczka September 17, 2012 10:40 AM

seth-mcfarlane.jpgThis weekend, "Family Guy" funny man and RISD grad Seth McFarlane kicked off the 38th season of "Saturday Night Live." The hour opened with Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama, a role previously played by Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis reprised his role as Mitt Romney. Taran Killam debuted as Romney running-mate Paul Ryan. McFarlane brought his "voices" (and a surprisingly solid ability to carry a tune) to the opening monologue. Korean rapper Psy and a guitar-strumming John Mayer made surprise cameos later in the evening. Frank Ocean performed "Thinkin' 'Bout You" and "Pyramids," and the cast's new featured players made minor on-screen debuts. Memorable impressions of the night included: Honey Boo Boo and her mama, June, Clint Eastwood and chair, and Ryan Lochte.

Next week, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will get a second stab at hosting and will be joined by first-time musical guest, Mumford and Sons.

What was your opinion of the "Saturday Night Live" season premiere? What did you think of McFarlane and Ocean? Anyone missing Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliot? Thoughts on the new cast members? The skits? Comment here.

[Top image via AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson]

Arsenio Hall returning to late-night TV: will you watch?

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 19, 2012 12:38 PM

Arsenio Hall is back on the scene.

The comedian, who shot to fame in late '80s and early '90s with his popular late-night talk show, "The Arsenio Hall Show," is returning to his TV roots with a new program on set to air on CBS in fall 2013.

"I know it's very crowded out there in late night, but I really believe that what I do, is a little different than the way the other guys do it," Hall said during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight."

Hall also mentioned that his ideal first guest would come from the hip-hop world, like Eminem or Jay-Z.

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