Where to begin, The Tonight Show, one of the most legendary TV shows to ever hit the airwaves. Hosted by a few heavyweights, the most iconic going to Johnny Carson, the late night legend, who had such clout (with comedians in particular) he could make a star overnight with just one appearance on his show. Carson was also the man who moved the show to Los Angeles because of the star power the West Coast has to offer. But now, thanks to the young and likeable, Jimmy Fallon, it’s headed back East. Fallon/NBC are moving the show right back to where it belongs, in New York City, and back into the studio where it first started. This February in less than a month, The Tonight Show will be resurrected in studio 6B in 30 Rock, the exact studio that Carson once occupied during the beginning of his reign of late night television.
Since Carson, the torch has been passed to Jay Leno, then to Conan O’Brien, back to Leno, it seems the crossing of the guard has once again arrived, this time Jimmy Fallon will take the reins from Leno. The major question of course is, can he control the beast of the biggest brand in late night TV? Of course, until the show hits televisions live, no one will truly know but one thing is certain, he has the power to change any doubter into a believer. Upon taking over Late Night, many people felt he was the wrong choice yet he turned it over made people rethink their comments.
But future becomes the present and the present becomes history, before you know it Jimmy will take the stage as the newest host of the historic show. He has a lot to live up to and no matter how it goes, good or bad, it will certainly be history in the making. With the premiere date of February 24th vastly approaching, many people are wondering what Jimmy has up his sleeve, including Vanity Fair who caught up to Jimmy and asked him his plans for the new show. “It’s still going to be the same show. What I can tell you is it will be the best of the best of what we do,” Fallon said. “I don’t want to overhype the first week, for example, because then it will just seem stale the second or third week in.”
As the article continued it’s discussion with Jimmy, it seemed to find a fascinating overlap between the great Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon. As Vanity Fair says, “Fallon, just old enough to remember falling asleep to Carson, as millions of Americans did from the 60s into the early 90s, wants to fill that benignly hypnagogic role for a new generation. ‘If you can fall asleep to me,’ he said, without a hint of sarcasm, ‘I’d be absolutely honored.'” In many ways, it almost seems poetic.
As I said before though, we will all be witnessing a new chapter of television history with the initiation of a new Tonight Show host. Fallon is of course optimistic about the transition and, if it’s a successful transition, he looks to finish his career on the show. “I’m surrounded by good people,” he said. “We have a baby now. We’re in New York. Lorne is in the building. And I get to ride into the sunset with these people? This is it.” He said to about finishing his career on The Tonight Show.
As for me and my thoughts, Jimmy has proven to the whole world that a great attitude, some humor, and a little bit of charm can get you very far in life. Jimmy seems to constantly recreate that 12 year old in all of us, whether he’s making goofy faces or goofy jokes, he’s just what America needs. It’s easy to see the sad things in life, it’s broadcasted on every news channel, and while The Tonight Show has always made us laugh, but I think Jimmy will make us laugh even harder. I certainly feel he’s the type of person who will succeed at The Tonight Show. He’s someone that people will look forward to falling asleep to or staying up for.