TV Junkie: Jimmy Fallon Premieres in 'Late Night'; 'Saving Grace' Winter Premiere
Tonight marks a big debut in late night TV with the start of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". While we were concerned with the departure of Conan O'Brien from "Late Night", we think he can be very successful in the earlier slot. Jimmy Fallon, at 34 years-old, will be bringing some youth to the time slot, although both Carson Daly and Conan O'Brien were younger when they started their stints on late night television.Fallon's backing band are Philadelphia's The Roots who promise to be as dead on and tight as they ever were. While there is no question that Fallon has the support of Lorne Michaels in this endeavor, the sharpest difference between O'Brien and Fallon is that O'Brien had a writing background before he became host, while Fallon has been a standup comedian and comedic actor, a difference that we may or may not see play out in the 12:35am time slot on ABC.
Also premiering tonight, is the winter 1/2 of TNT's "Saving Grace" - the first 3 episodes are quite good, and you can learn more in today's interview with the series' supporting actor, Kenny Johnson. Otherwise, this is a big night for TV, with quite a few premieres and a couple finales.
The TV Junkie Plan: "24", "Saving Grace", Letterman, Fallon