jimmyfallon-tonight

The changing of the guard at NBC late night is happening soon. Jimmy Fallon will take over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno on February 17, while SNL’s Seth Meyers slides into the Late Night chair on February 24.

The new promo for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show celebrates all of the hosts–yes even Conan O’Brien, who had a 9 month low-rated run before Jay Leno returned to the desk. There’s a report that Jimmy insisted Conan be included in the 30 seconds retrospective. There’s really no point in re-writing history. The Tonight Show has been broadcasting from Burbank, CA since the early 70s, but will move back to New York City and Rockefeller Center when Jimmy takes over.

Check out the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon promo.

And this funny promo for Late Night with Seth Meyers. His studio still needs a little work!

 
  • jan

    I’m looking forward to Jimmy Fallon – a needed injection of youth and a new attitude for The Tonight Show.

  • Garrett Clayman

    I think Jimmy Fallon is the only talk show host mainstream media pays attention to. Smart of NBC to give him that promotion

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Who exactly is “mainstream media” and why would they pay any more attention to Fallon over the other late night guys like Kimmel, Ferguson, Conan or Letterman? I would suggest that Ellen has the most widespread appeal demographically. In the political arena, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are way more relevant.

  • Garrett Clayman

    I meant late-night but I see a lot of his videos get reported on, tweeted about, youtube views than the other late night hosts

  • macfae

    I am so happy that Fallon will still be in New York. Just the location adds a different vibe to the show. Even when he is in overly enthusiastic fanboy mode, Jimmy is the best. Of couse, that’s just my opinion
    “The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” special last night was hilarious.
    Carson will always be King. After him Letterman became my favorite, never liked Leno or Kimmel, I enjoy Craig with certain guests.

  • macfae

    Jon Stewart and Colbert are must see tv for me. Such smart writing. I will sorely miss John Oliver though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m a longtime Letterman fan, but Jimmy brings a different kind of entertainment to late night. I enjoyed “The Best of Late Night” show last night and will be checking out Jimmy when he takes over the Tonight Show.

  • supersonic

    Since I’m all about Conan, I’m quite bitter about this whole thing. Especially since it seems like they have treated Fallon better than they have treated Conan. Leno is now ready to retire, but with Conan he wasn’t? It seems like Fallon got all of the awesome guests. When Conan was in that late night slot, he didn’t get any awesome guests.

    Plus, when Conan took over the Tonight Show, he wanted to move it to New York. They wouldn’t do that. But they’ll do it now for Fallon?

  • macfae

    How Conan was dumped by NBC was all kinds of wrong. He got a huge buy out and his staff was well compensated too. But just the humiliation of it playing out on nationwide tv must have been crushing for him personally.
    Still, I never thought Conan would be a good fit for that time slot. His sense of humor and demeanor are just too far off center to reel in mainstream America.and the viewing numbers proved it. .

  • sdmama

    I am a big fan of Seth Meyers. I won’t be able to stay up for his show, so hello, nbc.com!

  • macfae

    I like Seth too and am interested/curious/excited to see what his show will be like. He’s smart and a good comedy writer – I’m pulling for him.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Well, John Oliver is getting his own show on HBO so we won’t miss him for long.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    I don’t think Leno wants to retire but he’s not being given a choice. Of course, that was supposedly the case when Conan was tapped to succeed him but the NBC brass caved when Conan’s ratings suffered and crawled back to Leno.

  • supersonic

    And why were Conan’s ratings terrible? Because to keep Leno from going to ABC or Fox, they decided to give him a show an hour before the Tonight Show. Conan never really had a chance. It’s like they wanted him to fail.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    Agreed. I think there was a pro-Leno faction at NBC that basically sabotaged Conan’s Tonight Show run.

  • Miz

    I’m looking forward to Jimmy taking over. I love watching him. Are The Roots going to be part of the show too? Hoping.

  • Sunny Mc

    Yes, the Roots are going to stay with Jimmy. They are an integral part of his show.

  • Sunny Mc

    I love both Jimmy and Seth. I hope they both thrive in their new shows.

  • Listening

    Umm I’m confused how is this different from his old talk show what’s the big deal. It’s just a name change.

    And one more thing I gotta get off my chest Jimmy Fallon is the least funny host, he is so awkward and not in a good way. The only time he’s funny is if he gets lucky, and that’s no joke. Conan O’brien is the cream of the crop gold star pinnacle then below him is Jimmy Kimmel and they both trump Jimmy Fallon so hard, he’s not even in their galaxy.

    Okay mini rant over, WHEW I feel so much better now.

  • http://www.mjsbigblog.com/ mjsbigblog

    Umm I’m confused how is this different from his old talk show what’s the big deal. It’s just a name change.

    And he’ll be on an hour earlier with a larger audience and a bigger studio. It will be essentially the same show, but with a bigger budget. It was pretty much the same deal when Conan took over the show.

    The show isn’t being promoted as something entirely different from what was happening at Late Night.

    Of course, not everybody loves him obviously, but Jimmy is a popular and likeable guy. I expect his tenure at Tonight will be successful.

  • jan

    Yup – there it is – bigger audience, bigger studio, bigger budget, late night talk show prime time.

    Jimmy also works very well with musicians. (See his videos with Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney.) He will probably draw top talent to the show and in many cases perform with them – either musically or in skits. Many of his musical numbers and skits go viral on youtube.

    Also, he’s bringing the Tonight Show back to NY.

  • standtotheright

    O’Brien is often deeply uncomfortable to watch. Too manic. Kimmel too often goes for the lazy joke (Guillermo skits, Kanye West baiting) and has a mean streak.
    The actual cream of the late night hosting crop is Craig Ferguson and everyone else is completely trumped by HIM. Nonetheless, the fact that Fallon seems to genuinely like his guests and his job makes up for a lot of awkwardness at the interview chair.

  • standtotheright

    Fallon gets good guests because he promotes his in-house talent and likes to play around (often literally) with the people who visit his studio. I’m sure a lot of people like O’Brien too, but Fallon is a warmer personality.
    The rest is network politics.