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Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will air from Central Park for one night in September
T-Mobile will present the Thursday, Sept. 13 event, with plans for a nationwide sweepstakes to send fans to New York for the special taping.
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Ariana Grande reportedly broke down in tears while performing an Aretha Franklin tribute on The Tonight Show
The singer, who was supposed to do a comedy skit with Jimmy Fallon during Thursday's visit, initially declined a request to do a tribute to The Queen of Soul, according to TMZ. But Questlove changed her mind. "Ariana brought the house down and got a standing O. We're told when Ariana left the stage she broke down in tears," says TMZ, which adds that her performance will open Thursday's Tonight Show. UPDATE: Watch Ariana Grande and The Roots perform "Natural Woman" in tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Ruby Rose calls her The CW Batwoman role "a game changer"
The out lesbian Australian actress, who will be playing the lesbian superhero, says she started "spontaneously crying" on the red carpet earlier this week in reaction to the news. “I’m so thrilled," she told Jimmy Fallon.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Hannah Gadsby confirms to Jimmy Fallon she's not quitting comedy after her Nanette success: "If I quit, I’m an idiot now"
"If the show had gone as badly as I’d planned, it would have worked," she said last night on The Tonight Show of her plan to leave stand-up comedy. "But now I’m left with a choice: I’ll either be an idiot or a hypocrite. I’ll be a hypocrite.”
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Stephen Colbert had his biggest-ever spring audience
The Late Show's 3.63 million average viewership was up 5% over spring 2017. It also was way ahead of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show (2.41 million) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.10 million). Colbert is also getting closer to beating Fallon in the all-important 18-49 demo.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 12:34PM EDT
Watch Jimmy Fallon recycle the same bad joke over and over again
Source: The A.V. Club
A YouTuber has put together a compilation of The Tonight Show host telling the same joke from his "Screengrabs" segment.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 9:21AM EDT
Jimmy Fallon announces his first Tonight Show summer book club pick
Source: The Verge
Author Tomi Adeyemi's young adult fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone beat out four other books by a wide margin to become Fallon's first book club pick.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Backstreet Boys join Jimmy Fallon and The Roots to perform "I Want It That Way" with classroom instruments
Fallon rocked several instruments for the latest version of the "classroom instrument" series.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's Trump response cold open amounted to "lowball banter"
Source: The Ringer
"Just on the merits of the actual jokes, Tuesday’s cold open was a collection of low-hanging fruit—Colbert and Fallon adopting Trump’s 'lowlife' and 'lost soul' monikers (neat!), a stray, topical mention of Red Hen (timely!)," says Miles Surrey. "But beyond the lack of ingenuity, the skit itself begged the question of why the late-night hosts engage in the first place, and whether this sort of exercise is even vaguely worthwhile. Frankly, there are no winners here. The prestige and Emmys consideration Colbert seeks, the ratings boost Fallon yearns for, and the general reminder of his existence that Conan hopes to attain will never be found via a stunt like this. What it ultimately achieves—especially for a host like Colbert, who has engaged in plenty of political fervor—is a feedback loop for the hosts’ (overwhelmingly liberal) viewerships, and a distraction Trump and his base is more than happy to indulge in. The solution isn’t attempting to bridge the increasingly large gap between these two poles—or god forbid, trying to be 'civil.' Maybe there isn’t a good solution at all. But at least beacons of late-night comedy could recognize how meaningless, and most of all exhausting, this lowball banter with Trump is. And at least they could stop looking so damn excited about having a new feud to latch onto." ALSO: Colbert spearheaded the skit and tried to get Jimmy Kimmel and Samantha Bee involved, but they're off this week.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Jimmy Fallon should learn this Trump feud lesson: Downplaying political toxicity to maintain neutrality is outdated
President Trump's feud with Jimmy Fallon is bizarre, says Caroline Framke, because Fallon came across as defiant in his Hollywood Reporter interview expressing regret for his infamous Donald Trump hair-tousling Tonight Show interview. Fallon missed the point of the criticism of the interview, says Framke, noting that "he still doesn’t seem to understand why" it upset so many people. "Given the level of defiance Fallon shows in this interview towards his critics," she adds, "it’s frankly bizarre that Trump is using it to lash out at him now for 'whimpering.' But as he showed on The Apprentice years before he hit the campaign trail, Trump thrives on petty fights no matter what the context. He doesn’t care about accuracy. He just cares about finding and exploiting a target, and if he can insult their masculinity (as he did by telling Fallon to 'be a man!' via Twitter), all the better." As she points out, civility is impossible when it comes to Trump. "So when even the mildest of rebukes can provoke a presidential tantrum, you might as well take a stand," she says.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien video chat over Trump's bashing of late-night hosts
Colbert's Late Show and Fallon's Tonight Show jointly produced a cold open tonight featuring them commiserating with Conan over video chat in response to President Trump's bashing of late-night hosts on Monday night at a South Carolina rally. “The guy on CBS, what a lowlife," Trump said. "I mean, honestly, are these people funny? I can laugh at myself” He also called Jimmy Kimmel "terrible" and Fallon a "lost soul." The cold open will kick off the Tuesday editions of The Tonight Show and The Late Show. (Conan is on hiatus this week.) In the video, Fallon tells Colbert Trump called them “no-talent, lowlife, lost souls,” Colbert objects: “That’s not right… that’s Conan!” That's when Conan joins the video chat.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon becoming a Trump target must've felt "a bit like adding insult to injury"
The Tonight Show host has tried as much as possible to stay out of politics. But on Sunday night, as Brian Lowry notes, Fallon "discovered that in the current climate, there's a price to be paid for comedic timidity" after becoming the unlikely target of President Trump's Twitter wrath. "For Fallon, becoming the target of the president's ire feels a bit like adding insult to injury, to the extent that unlike his late-night rivals, he has fastidiously sought to continue making a light, funny show, and in the process, seen his claim to ratings supremacy dramatically diminished," says Lowry. He adds of Fallon: "From the beginning, the host has resided squarely in a zone of neutrality and providing a safe venue for his guests -- one where they feel able to participate in silly games and playful stunts that portray their lighter side. The way he dealt with Trump -- or for that matter, other politicians who have come on Tonight during his tenure -- was no different...Despite the legacy to which Fallon aspires, times have changed. And even being one of 'the good people' offers no immunity from the pressure to take a stand."
- UPDATE: Fallon zings Trump in his Tonight Show monologue: "When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was gonna tweet back immediately, but I thought, 'I have more important things to do.' Then I thought, 'Wait – shouldn’t HE have more important things to do?'" Also, Fallon denies calling Trump after his Tonight Show appearance: "I don't know what he's talking about," he said, adding that the president hasn't helped his ratings.
- Trump ripped Fallon and other late-night hosts at a Monday night rally in South Carolina, calling Jimmy Kimmel a "lowlife" and Stephen Colbert "terrible": “He looks like a lost soul,” Trump said of Fallon. “But you know what he’s a nice guy. I agreed to do his show, and because I guess I was running at the time, he got tremendous ratings on that show. Killed everybody, right? He should be thankful. He shouldn’t be upset and angry ... A year and a half, two years later, he is now apologizing because he humanized me. And he really hurt himself.”
- If viewers truly wanted a late-night show that avoided Trump talk, Fallon would be killing it in the ratings right now
- From the Parkland shooting to transgender rights to DACA, Fallon's Tonight Show has been tackling hot-button issues in Trump political climate
- Fallon has had no choice but to let politics into his life and, subsequently, his show
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:21AM EDT
After Trump slams "whimpering" Jimmy Fallon to "be a man," Fallon responds by donating to help separated immigrant families
Fallon's response to the president was a "rare slap back" for The Tonight Show host who avoids being political, as Deadline put it. Fallon made headlines last week for saying in a Hollywood Reporter podcast he regretted the Donald Trump hair tangling controversy during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump responded on Sunday night, tweeting: "@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous 'hair show' with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have 'humanized' me-he is taking heat. He called & said 'monster ratings.' Be a man Jimmy!" Three hours later, Fallon tweeted in response: "In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name." RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, is the fund that TV shows have been donating to help refugee families whose kids were taken from them at the border.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
Jimmy Fallon launches The Tonight Show's first book club
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Fallon announced five books in consideration to kick off his "summer of reading." The new book club will be called "Tonight Show Summer Reads."