|"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
||[Mar. 3rd, 2009|01:30 am]
|||||Detroit, MI, USA||]|
|||||Van Morrison on Jimmy's show.||]|
The good news: There is no good news.
The neutral news: Robert DeNiro was his first guest.
The bad news: NBC gave Conan O'Brien forever to perfect his show.
I've only been watching Late Night shows for 3 or 4 years, but from what I've seen Conan is hands down the best one. Leno has awful timing. His monologues are pathetic. Letterman is funny, but he comes off as condescending more often than not. Not to mention his awkward pauses get tired after you watch him a dozen times. Conan is just so amiable, at least on his show, that it's impossible not to love him.
The 80s shows ... "Late Night with David Letterman" ... he was fucking awesome. I'd stay up to watch them on Friday nights. "Miami Vice" ... Dave ... awwwww yeah. :D
Conan's amiable nature was present from the beginning of the show. That's what saved his ass, I feel. He had a lot of flaws that woulda killed most guys. He relied on too many of his blank stares at the beginning, and he was really fucking stiff ... also too many nervous pompadour-bobs with his head. He was a breath of fresh air, though, because Leno was generic, and Letterman was pissed off. Watching him squirm up there was plus-entertainment, because he was self-aware that he wasn't used to whatever was happening, and he let the audience know it.
Thinking back, I think it's amazing that conan lasted even past the 1st season, not this long. He was amazingly stiff, sort of a why the fuck did they let this guy on tv sort of thing. i can't imagine nbc giving him so long to get his shit together now, not with 500 channels.
The only thing I think that saved him ... WAS that he was on NBC. They run with shit the longest. If they didn't do that, shows like "Seinfeld" woulda been canned ... they're the opposite of the other three networks, especially Fox.
Compared to like, Chevy Chase, or Magic Johnson, man, Conan wasn't too bad in his badness back then. That might have also helped ... the fresher memories of the other failures.
I can't imagine NBC giving Jimmy so long to get his shit together, for real.