Jimmy Fallon's long-awaited Tonight Show debut aired last night with official guests Will Smith and U2 and unofficial guests Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Tracy Morgan, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Joan Rivers, Mike Tyson, Joe Namath, Mariah Carey, and Stephen Colbert. Above, watch the fantastic string of celebrity cameos who begrudging gave Fallon the $100 they all owed him for making it to The Tonight Show, then click through to check out some of the night's best moments, including Fallon's first Tonight Show monologue and his "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" sketch with Will Smith.
Jimmy Fallon is set to take over The Tonight Show on Monday, February 17th, and he gave an interview to Vulture talking about the transition. Here he is giving what'll probably be an accurate prediction of his initial ratings:
"I’m sure we’ll do great the first week because the Olympics will give us a good lead-in. And then after the Olympics, you know, we have a normal ten-o’clock lead-in, so the ratings will go down. That’ll be a headline: 'Fallon loses 40 percent of his audience.' [Once Seth Meyers takes over Late Night on February 24th], our ratings will go up a little bit because people will be intrigued about [...]
"It’s not lost on Fallon that Tonight, if all goes well, will be his last job, the one that will see him through the next 20 to 30 years. There is none of the tension that surrounded the Jay-to-Conan transition, and the show’s relocation east signals NBC’s strong commitment to not messing with the program any further. Michaels, for his part, is adamant on the matter. 'There is no job for Jimmy after this,' he said. 'You can’t go back to being Uncle Bob in the movie. This is a different thing, something that only a few people in the world ever get to do.'"
- from Vanity Fair's [...]
We've reached the midpoint of SNL's 39th season — one that has optimistically been called a "transitional year," but one more commonly known as "the year the shit hit the fan with that whole black woman issue." Despite the fact that the bulk of the SNL coverage in fall 2013 has zeroed in on the show's diversity controversy, SNL has given us plenty of other things to talk about, from new cast members and emerging stars on the show, to surprise cameos and celebrity hosts who defied our expectations — in good and bad ways.
Unfortunately, few of those topics have gotten much ink in fall 2013 (outside of sites [...]
Boy, did SNL need a win. The months following September's successful season premiere with Tina Fey saw a mixed bag of lackluster hosts, unmemorable sketches, and distracting media scrutiny. Even Kerry Washington's enjoyable November episode was overshadowed by the show's diversity controversy — Washington's hilarious performance only seemed to underscore SNL's lack of a black woman in the cast (an issue that will apparently be resolved in January). Furthermore, when beloved comedy stars Paul Rudd and John Goodman produced surprisingly disappointing episodes over the past few weeks, and with the coming departure of head writer Seth Meyers, SNL's future was looking grim.