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Jay Leno on the evolution of 'The Tonight Show'

When EW chose Jimmy Fallon as Entertainer of the Year, there was one person we knew we wanted to get in touch with for some insight: Johnny Carson. But since he wasn’t available (read: died in 2005), we hit up Jay Leno instead and got his thoughts on Fallon’s Tonight Show and the franchise’s evolution in general. And Leno had plenty of praise for Fallon. “He’s probably more like Johnny than any other host,” he told us. “Not that there’s been that many hosts. But Johnny was very boyish when he was 40 years old, and Johnny had some musical skills as well.”

On Jimmy as a host:

“I don’t watch every night, but I watch and I enjoy—and I enjoy Seth [Meyers], too. Jimmy’s a really great mimic. When I saw him do Neil Young, I just thought it he was lip-syncing the song. But no—he really captures the nuances really well. It’s different. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses. I could never do a musical parody—it’s just not what’s in me.”


Spike TV, Jimmy Fallon team up for 'Lip Sync Battle' TV series


Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync battles have become one of his most recognizable and anticipated segments. Now, Spike TV is turning those intermittent appearances on Late Night and The Tonight Show into a series.


U2 plan weeklong stay at 'The Tonight Show'

Clearly U2 don’t agree that absence makes the heart grow fonder. READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno to return to 'The Tonight Show' as a guest

Jay Leno is going to have to get used to being on the other side of the desk when he returns to the Tonight Show.


Questlove producing VH1 concert series 'SoundClash'

It’s not enough that Questlove and his Tonight Show house band The Roots host some of the biggest names in music every week, or that the drummer and his group routinely play some of the world’s most storied venues themselves. Now Questlove is going to produce a television concert series for VH1 and Palladia, too.

Titled SoundClash, the series will place three diverse artists at varying levels of fame on the same stage, at the same time, to perform their current hits, covers, and collaborations in front of a live studio audience. Hosted by DJ/producer Diplo, the series kicks off July 23 (9 p.m. ET on VH1 and Palladia) with performances by Fall Out Boy, Lil Wayne, and up-and-coming trip-hop group London Grammar. Episode 2, airing July 30, will feature Ed Sheeran, Sia, and emerging rockers Grouplove. READ FULL STORY

Neil Young and Jack White booked for 'The Tonight Show'

One of Jimmy Fallon’s most well-known characters is his impression of Neil Young. But on May 12, the host of The Tonight Show won’t need to don the hat and wig — the rock legend himself will be appearing on the late-night show.

Well, not by himself — Young will be joined by Jack White, who worked with the Canadian icon on his new album, A Letter Home. White, meanwhile, has his own new album to promote, Lazaretto, due in June.

Bonus reason to stay up late Monday night: Louis C.K. will also be appearing on the episode.

The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 ET on NBC.

Jimmy Fallon's first 'Tonight Show' guests include Justin Timberlake, Michelle Obama

It’s no secret that U2 will be the first musical guest to take the stage when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres Feb. 17, but now they have some company. Viewers who tune in during Fallon’s first week can expect to see performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and more. Additionally, Fallon will feature a stacked lineup of non-musical guests, including Jerry Seinfeld and first lady Michelle Obama.

Read on to find out who’s scheduled to stop by during the first week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:


Jay Leno was 'blindsided' by Conan replacement, but thinks Fallon on 'Tonight' makes 'perfect sense' -- VIDEO

How did Jay Leno really feel in 2009, when NBC revealed its master plan to hand The Tonight Show over to Conan O’Brien? The comedian doesn’t mince words in an upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, telling Steve Kroft that the decision took him completely by surprise. “I was blindsided,” he says, according to CBS News.

And though Leno adds that he never asked his corporate overlords to explain their reasoning, hearing he was being replaced felt like being rejected by his girlfriend: “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’  Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?”

This time around, though, Leno seems much more at peace with the network’s machinations — even though, as the host notes in the clip below, he “probably would have stayed [on Tonight] a little longer” if he had his druthers.

That said, Leno adds, “it’s not my decision” — and he believes that bringing in “an extremely qualified young guy” like Jimmy Fallon, whom Leno likens to “a young Johnny [Carson],” makes “perfect sense.” So maybe this isn’t a happy ending for Leno — but at least it’s one he can understand.


Jimmy Fallon talks 'Tonight Show': First guests? Will Smith and U2


A month before he takes over NBC’s The Tonight Show from Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon hosted a room full of reporters at a Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour panel. To help facilitate the transition (and possibly to unscrew Leno from the host chair), Fallon will appear on Leno’s last installment of The Tonight Show on Feb. 6 before relocating the L.A.-based talk show to New York for his Feb. 17 debut. Here are some highlights from Fallon’s Q&A during and after the session, which also included new Tonight Show executive producer Josh Lieb. READ FULL STORY

Watch the first promo for Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO


NBC has released the first promo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will debut Feb. 17. It highlights the passing of the baton throughout the years (yes, even Conan). Watch it below.

Seth Meyers takes over Fallon’s desk at Late Night on Feb. 24. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon reveals his lunar 'Tonight Show' logo

This is really happening, people.

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon has just tweeted out the logo for his revamped Tonight Show, premiering next February after the Olympics on NBC. The all-caps letters are reminiscent of Fallon’s Late Night logo. The full orb may be making you thirsty for a beer. It seems more modern than current Tonight host Jay Leno’s own logo — and it’s also got approximately 90 percent more moon.


NBC's Jay Leno plan has some insiders baffled

Reports that NBC is quietly planning to dump top-rated Jay Leno has some Hollywood insiders baffled.

Though NBC hasn’t officially announced any changes to its late-night lineup, multiple media outlets and sources suggest the network intends to replace the longtime Tonight Show host with Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon by the end of next year. One common reaction among some broadcast and late-night veterans goes like this: NBC is the lowest-rated major broadcast network, yet Leno is the No. 1 late-night host. Fallon is currently averaging two-thirds of Leno’s 18-49 rating and half his viewership. Dumping Leno — especially within the next year — seems ill advised; like a man falling off a building who lights his hair on fire.

“I’m still trying to make sense of it,” says one late-night insider not affiliated with NBC. “I don’t understand it on many levels. I don’t understand why a network doing so badly looks at the one part that’s winning and says, ‘Let’s create chaos there.’ They already created a s–t storm at the Today show. Why would they want to create drama in late night?”

A couple insiders noted the move feels like NBC is making the same mistake as when its previous executive team gave Conan O’Brien The Tonight Show in 2009, then were forced to embarrassingly renege on the deal a year later after Leno’s short-lived 10 p.m. show failed. “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” one broadcast insider says. While another network executive expressed the same idea more bluntly: “It’s so f–king hilarious that NBC won’t learn from its past experiences.” It should be pointed out, however, that Leno’s prime-time show had ratings that would now would be a blessing on some nights for NBC. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon could replace Jay Leno by next year: Report

Jimmy Fallon might do what Conan O’Brien attempted to do back in 2010: Replace Jay Leno in the coveted Tonight Show seat.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is planning to announce Leno’s retirement as soon as this May, with the change going in effect in time for the 2014 TV season. Leno’s replacement at 11:35, sources say, will almost surely be Jimmy Fallon, who’s been helming the 12:35 Late Night hour.  NBC has denied the story, while a rep for Leno said “we do not speculate on rumor.”

Of course, we’ve heard this before. A few years back, Leno stepped down to give the spot to O’Brien — and we all know how that worked out. But the landscape has shifted since then — most notably thanks to the youthful Jimmy Kimmel Live, which ABC recently slated as The Tonight Show‘s direct competitor. Beyond that, whispers of Letterman’s retirement (his contract is up in 2014) have been turning into soft murmurs. A move by NBC to install Fallon in the 62-year old Leno’s spot would pit the two Jimmys against one another for the ever-important target demo.

What about you, reader — are you looking forward to a potential Jimmy vs. Jimmy late-night, or do you prefer your current Jay-Dave spectrum? Is there someone else you’d prefer to replace Jay? Or do you just opt for the Daily Show-Colbert Report hour anyway? Sound off in the comments!


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