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The Jimmy Fallon Era Begins

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    Jimmy Fallon will be airing an hour early tonight when he takes over the helm of "The Tonight Show." Jay Leno has ruled late night since 1992, minus his short hiatus during his ill fated prime time show in 2009. Once he passed David Letterman in the rankings, he never looked back.

    NBC has invested heavily in Fallon and are banking on his new show being a huge success. They even took the unprecedented step of packing up and moving to New York City after a forty two year hiatus in Los Angeles. They must be sure that Fallon is their man if they are willing to do that.

    I am a huge Fallon fan. Outside of Jon Stewart, he is the only entertainer that I tend to watch on a consistent basis. My only worry is that he will wind up like Conan and change his comedy to broaden his audience. Don't get me wrong though--Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien are diametrically opposite comedians and I just don't see NBC making the same miscalculation twice. My hope is that Jimmy stays just like Jimmy. If he does that, he will be just fine.

    Who plans on watching the show tonight? Do you have high expectations or are you taking a wait and see approach?
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    We'll see if Jimmy can get the square jaw. It's the Leno moniker that made a successful show. Anybody thinking, Leno is coming back? You can't keep a good man down. Leno has showmanship in an extreme way.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I can see Leno doing an HBO comedy special, and he will definably be the most sought after guest on the talk show circuit, both daytime and evening.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I have to admit Jimmy was good last night, but can he maintain the show. That was just an opening night. You have to feed the viewer. Jimmy's baseline was set last night, so can he top this show of succeeding shows. If he flounders his show will be replaced, so who's next if not Leno, Chris Rock, Ellen, who? Leno was a standard and will be hard to beat or match.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Jimmy was pretty good last night but will he be as popular as Jay, was Jay as popular as Johnny, different approach, different type of fan base, some of Johnny's fans didn't like Leno and his style of being a host and as a result lost the opportunity to be entertained, Jimmy he wasn't hired to imitate Jay's style, just to be himself, so if you lose the comparison judgment you might just find yourself being entertained.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    I watched the show last night. Came on at midnight because of the Olympics & local news. I thought it was very funny. The fact that he had cameos by Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Rudolph Giuliani, Mike Tyson, Steven Colbert, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and a couple of others sure didn't hurt. Off to a great start. I think he'll do far better than Leno because he appeals to a younger crowd. He's got so much experience on television as well.

    As far as Leno working again..... I just don't see it. He's only done 5 minutes of comedy a night for the last 20 years and that was written for him. His PG13/image won't let him do the risqué stuff on HBO. There are no more variety shows...... At least he has a lot of money. Maybe he can write a book.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    If he wants to work again, he would have multiple job offers in about 5 minutes and he could name his price. How many channels are there on TV?

    Yes he has all the money he needs, maybe he'll stay retired and play with his car collection, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him back at least occasionally. I think he'll do some stand up comedy, too.

    He's earned the right to do what he wants, but he'll have plenty of opportunities to work.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Yeah, I'm sure he could narrate auto auctions and tell about the cars. Maybe get a job on Velocity (The car channel), He could sell something on QVC, but I wouldn't hire him. If you like him, great. It's your opinion. Maybe FOX wants a talk show.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Never heard of Velocity, if I get it I'm not aware of it.

    I don't think you or ANYONE on this DemocraticHub will have to worry about hiring him. I'm pretty sure his rate is out of our price range.

    It's not about my opinion of him, or yours, it's about his fame and past record of success, and yes lots of people do like him.