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LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON is an American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
. The hour-long show, which premiered on March 2, 2009, and ended on February 7, 2014, aired weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern /11:35 pm Central on NBC
NBC
in the United States.

The third incarnation of the Late Night franchise originated by David Letterman , the program originated from NBC
NBC
Studio 6B (and Studio 6A for the final 6 months of its run) in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City
New York City
. The show typically opened with a brief monologue from Fallon, followed by a comedy "desk piece," as well as prerecorded segments and audience competitions. The next segment was devoted to a celebrity interview, with guests ranging from actors and musicians to media personalities and political figures. Hip hop /neo soul band The Roots
The Roots
served as the show's house band , and Steve Higgins was the show's announcer. The show then closed with either a musical or comedy performance, or a cooking segment. The show frequently employed digital media into its comedy, which became crucial to its success.

In 2013, Fallon was selected by NBC
NBC
to succeed a retiring Jay Leno
Jay Leno
as host of The Tonight Show . The final episode of Late Night under Fallon aired one night after Leno's final episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. Most of the cast and crew immediately began working on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
, which premiered on February 17, 2014.

Seth Meyers was named as Fallon's replacement, and Late Night with Seth Meyers debuted after the Sochi Olympics .

The show's ratings remained above its rival shows throughout most of the series' run. In 2011, the show garnered two Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series .

CONTENTS

* 1 Format

* 2 History

* 2.1 Debut episode * 2.2 Final episode

* 3 Production

* 3.1 Online presence * 3.2 Music

* 4 Reception

* 4.1 Critical response * 4.2 Ratings

* 5 International * 6 Awards and nominations * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

FORMAT

The show began with the opening sequence as Steve Higgins proclaiming "From Studio 6B/6A in Rockefeller Center , the National Broadcasting Company presents Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!", and announced that night's guests and "the legendary Roots crew". Just before Higgins introduced Fallon, the camera cut to a shot of The Roots, who then shouted three numbers symbolizing the episode number of Late Night (though other numbers and statements have been shouted in place based on current events, cities if that episode's number matches a particular city's area codes, and historical show moments - toward the end of the show's run, Questlove would shout how many episodes remained rather than the number of the show itself). As the camera panned over to the main stage, some members of The Roots
The Roots
performed actions to get the camera's attention ( F. Knuckles saluted, Captain Kirk Douglas did a windmill chord, and Damon Bryson smiled while flashing a peace sign). Higgins then introduced Fallon with a drawn-out "And here he is, Jimmy Fallon!", and Fallon began his brief monologue. Fallon often gave the cue cards for a joke to audience members if the joke fell particularly flat. Jimmy would segue directly from the final punchline of his monologue into saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've got a great show for you tonight. Give it up for The Roots!", who would play briefly as Fallon walked to his desk.

After the monologue, Fallon typically performed a comedy "desk piece." Some were weekly: "Pros and Cons" on Tuesdays, and "Late Night Hashtags" on Thursdays. Fridays were also reserved for Fallon to write "Thank You Notes" to figures that have given him material for the past week. The popularity of these "Thank You Notes" led to the release of two books full of the favorites. He also sometimes had the entire crew of the show write letters home.

After the desk piece ended and a commercial break followed, typically there was a competition involving players selected from the studio audience. These included "Wheel of Carpet Samples," "Wax on Wax off," "Cell Phone Shootout," "Models and Buckets," "Lick it for Ten," "Let Us Play with Your Look," "Put It In Reverse," and "Hot Dog in a Hole." Occasionally the segment featured a group-performance competition, "Battle of the Instant Bands" or "Battle of the Instant Dance Crews."

In the show's third segment, the first guest arrived. That guest usually stayed after the next break, then either played a game with Jimmy and some audience members, or performed in a skit with Jimmy. Next, a second guest entered after the show's third break. Once these interviews were completed and the show had taken its final commercial break, the musical guest (or sometimes, a chef or comedian) performed. Once the musical guest finished, Fallon bid the viewers farewell. As credits rolled, Fallon ran up and down the stairs of the studio giving high fives to the audience before exiting backstage. Show set in January 2011

HISTORY

In 2004 NBC
NBC
announced that in five years, Late Night host Conan O\'Brien would replace Jay Leno
Jay Leno
as the host of The Tonight Show . Fallon, at the time, had just left Saturday Night Live , and was pursuing a movie career. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels was the first to suggest to the comedian that he'd be perfect to fill O'Brien's empty seat. Michaels said he wanted Fallon to be the new host dating back to the day that Fallon left Saturday Night Live , which occurred only a few months before O'Brien's departure was announced. Michaels, a staunch advocate of Fallon, urged NBC
NBC
to give Fallon a holding deal in February 2007 so that he couldn't be lured elsewhere.

According to Michaels:

“ Jimmy's built for this kind of show. He's funny, he's charming, he's got a really good way of connecting with people. And he knows music, movies and TV really well, which is the backbone of these shows. ”

Fallon wasn't approached by NBC
NBC
until early 2008. Fallon's movie career, self-admittedly "hadn't worked out that great," and NBC contacted him to become O'Brien's replacement. The network had a couple of other candidates in mind to replace Conan, but Michaels insisted he'd only produce the show with Fallon as host. In May 2008, NBC
NBC
announced that Fallon would be O'Brien's replacement, "an announcement that was met with some bewilderment, even snickers," recalled New York . At the time of the announcement, he was scheduled to debut in June 2009. Michaels soon tasked Fallon with "training" for the gig by returning to his stand-up roots; for eight months, Fallon toured college campuses and comedy clubs, where he tested out a new, 50-minute routine. In addition, Michaels and Fallon assembled a "well-pedigreed" team for Late Night, including Steve Higgins, longtime SNL producer Michael Shoemaker as showrunner , and celebrated hip-hop group The Roots
The Roots
as the house band. Before the show debuted, Conan O'Brien sent a large plastic pickle to Fallon's office, accompanied by a handwritten note reflecting the ritual: "The Letterman people sent this pickle to my office in 1993. Now I'm passing it on to you. Whenever you leave, which won't be for a long time, make sure you pass it on to the next sap." (Fallon, in turn, presented the pickle on-air to incoming "Late Night" host Seth Meyers on January 28, 2014. ) In an early sketch about recording promos for the show's debut, Fallon's announcer, Steve Higgins, joked: "You loved him on SNL. You hated him in the movies. Now, you're ambivalent."

The show's time slot briefly came under question during the 2010 Tonight Show conflict . Fallon announced that the show would be bumped to a 1:05 am start time, with the move of The Jay Leno
Jay Leno
Show to 11:35 pm and subsequent bump of The Tonight Show with Conan O\'Brien to 12:05 am start. This proved to be false, as O'Brien refused the change, citing a reluctance to infringe upon Late Night, and saying it would be "unfair to Jimmy." Fallon was then next in line to succeed Leno, set to begin his stint on The Tonight Show on February 17, 2014. Saturday Night Live cast member and "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers was announced as Fallon's replacement on Late Night. The final episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
aired on February 7, 2014, the day of the start of the NBC
NBC
coverage of the Winter Olympics. Andy Samberg and The Muppets
The Muppets
were Fallon's final guests.

DEBUT EPISODE

The show premiered on March 2, 2009 with Robert De Niro , Justin Timberlake , Nick Carter and Van Morrison appearing as Fallon's first guests. Former Late Night host Conan O'Brien also made a cameo appearance in the beginning. The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
described the episode: "Fallon opened with a fairly traditional monologue that drew few laughs, followed by a couple of prepared bits that were long on ambition but failed to connect." Bits introduced during the show's debut night were "Slow Jam the News" and "Lick it for Ten." The Los Angeles Times , in retrospect, referred to it as "an uneven beginning," recalling: "Fallon booked one of the world's worst interview subjects, Robert De Niro, as his first guest, and the acknowledged irony — De Niro was asked questions he could answer in a single word — did not make the interview any better, or funny." Timberlake was Fallon's second guest offering, "ebullient in doing dead-on impressions of John Mayer and Michael McDonald" before facing off off-camera against long-time "rival" Nick Carter in an arm-wrestling match that Carter ultimately won. Van Morrison was the show's first musical guest. Fallon acknowledged possible roughness, saying the intimacy of late-night shows demands early modulating: "We're going to find our style. I know I'm gonna get reviewed off the first show, as opposed to the first couple of months."

FINAL EPISODE

Fallon hosted his final episode of Late Night on February 7, 2014, one night after Jay Leno
Jay Leno
hosted his final Tonight Show. Jimmy welcomed former SNL castmate Andy Samberg as his final guest. After a brief retrospective with Higgins about their time on Late Night, the show ended with Fallon playing drums and singing backup to " The Weight " behind an ensemble of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem and various other Muppets . Upon the conclusion of the song, Fallon exited Studio 6A, and walked silently down the hall to Studio 6B (through a door featuring his Tonight Show logo), where his cast and crew awaited him with an ovation. The ratings for Fallon's final episode set an all-time high for his tenure as host, being seen by over 6.6 million viewers. Fallon's final Late Night broadcast aired on NBC
NBC
thirty minutes earlier than normal, and followed the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and late local news.

PRODUCTION

A ticket to the show on September 14, 2011

The program was taped at NBC
NBC
Studio 6B in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City
New York City
, the original home of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , until August 2013. In September 2013, the show moved to an identically-recreated set across the hall in Studio 6A, so that 6B could be remodeled for the return of The Tonight Show to New York in 2014. Studio 6A is the studio from which Late Night had been broadcast during the Letterman and O'Brien eras, while 6B had housed the W NBC
NBC
News 4 New York studios since Carson moved his show to Burbank, California
Burbank, California
, in 1972.

The show's house band was hip hop /neo soul band The Roots
The Roots
, and its announcer was Steve Higgins , a producer for Saturday Night Live. It was produced by Lorne Michaels ' Broadway Video in association with NBC's television arm Universal Television
Universal Television
(although copyright notices for Late Night, like select NBC
NBC
Programming, read "© (year) NBC Studios, Inc".).

Tapings began at 5:30pm for same-day broadcast; audiences arrived as much as 90 minutes in advance, which allowed for warm-up by a staff member ("try to find everything funnier than normal"); in between guests, Fallon recorded custom promotional clips for the NBC affiliates .

ONLINE PRESENCE

"We're not trying to ignore the fact that people are in front of a computer at work and surf the Web all day long, or that kids check the Internet when they get home from school. We want to exploit that, and have fun with it. I'm on Facebook
Facebook
and I've been on Twitter
Twitter
just talking to my fans. It's amazing!" —Jimmy Fallon, prior to the show premiering in 2009

The incorporation of the Internet was an innovation decided long before the show began. Highlighting interactivity, Fallon dived into the Web prior to the show premiering, creating a Twitter
Twitter
account and beginning a vlog on the show's official website, which ran snippets of comedy bits and background reports on how he was building the show. The show's Web site was staffed by three full-time bloggers, who compile viral videos and post photos. Questlove tweeted during tapings of the show. "I think a lot of shows don't use the Internet as well as they could," said Fallon in 2009. "The Internet has been awesome," he added. "They’ve got my back."

Online interaction and its presence on the show were crucial to its success. Fallon devoted considerable time and resources to incorporating digital ideas into his comedy — "he sits at his desk behind a Mac , not a microphone" — focusing especially on social media, which connects the younger audience.

Fallon published a welcome video for the Late Night YouTube Channel in May 2013; the channel featured segments such as "Ask Jimmy," "Night News Now," and "Web Exclusives." Many of the videos received a very high number of views, including the ""#Hashtag" with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
the first among these was Brian Williams ' appearance for "Slow Jam the News," a bit where Fallon and The Roots
The Roots
turned news stories into a "sexy R">'s most famous musical moments included Paul McCartney joining Fallon to sing "Scrambled Eggs" – the working title of "Yesterday " – using the original whimsical filler lyrics, as well as President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
's appearance to "Slow Jam the News." An article in The Huffington Post credited music as crucial to the show's success: "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
almost instantly became a fun, must-watch talk show largely because Jimmy fully embraced the musical opportunities afforded to him." In 2012, the musical pieces were compiled together as a primetime NBC
NBC
special, aptly titled Jimmy Fallon's Primetime Music Special, and remastered for the album Blow Your Pants Off .

The show received widespread acclaim for its musical performances, which ranged from superstars such as Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
, Beyoncé
Beyoncé
and Kanye West to up-and-comers such as Lorde , Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran , all of whom made their network TV debuts on Late Night. Fallon was heavily involved in choosing the musical guests, in tandem with music booker Jonathan Cohen and Roots bandleader Questlove .

Other artists who made their network TV debuts on Late Night include: Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean
, Kacey Musgraves , Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line
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Jimmy Fallon
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New York Times
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New York Times
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Jimmy Fallon
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The Hollywood Reporter
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Jimmy Fallon
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New York Times
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Jimmy Fallon
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Jimmy Fallon
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