When Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show, I wrote a scathing(-ish) review, complaining that it was same ol’ same ol’. I’ve mostly changed my mind.
I still think that late night talk shows are yawn. And I still think Mr. Fallon follows the status quo too closely. But I want to give credit where credit is due and say that he has definitely put his own spin on the status quo and I like where it’s going. Some of the franchises are dumb and/or go on waaaay too long (<cough>Thank You Notes<cough>), but most are really funny. I happen to really like Hashtags and “Ew!” The best part is when guests do unexpected things; it seems that they are having a good time and they are more relaxed.
Now when I flip the channels to the other late night shows, they seem stilted and even a little desperate at times. I plan to keep watching The Tonight Show and I hope I continue to be pleasantly surprised.