Saturday, February 28, 2009

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon will start hosting Late Night this Monday. I just checked out some of his more recent vlog posts on his site, and wow is he nervous. I feel bad for the guy, because I honestly don't know if Late Night will be good.

He seems to be skewing towards a younger demographic. They're trying to make it more accessible to the "internet generation", which, if you think about it, is stupid, because the people on the internet can find, do, and watch anything online. Why would they have to watch a late night talk show? Isn't Carson Daly suppose to be appealing to the younger crowd? Can't people just watch Attack of the Show instead of this show?

I don't want my talk show like this. I want good sketches and bits. I don't care what Joe-internet thinks about x and y. If I did, I'd just google it. If I'm going to watch prime time talk shows, I want something well written or organically funny, not the latest youtube video that someone tweeted to a host on television.

Just hearing Jimmy Fallon describe how he's still trying to figure out how his internet audience is going to participate live when the show tapes and isn't shown until 12:30 scares me. I hope he pulls it off and it's funny. I don't care about innovation. What's funny is funny. Good writing and improvisation. Yes, improv over innov. This is scary.

I guess all I can hope for is that Jimmy Fallon stays true to himself and he's just not trying to pander to the tech crowd because he thinks he might get points. Hopefully, he is doing this because that's who he is and he wants to make the show like this. Right now, it seems forced. Fallon always seems to want people to like him, like he's nervous, so I don't know how that will translate in the show.

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