TV Junkie: Jimmy Fallon Premieres in 'Late Night'; 'Saving Grace' Winter Premiere
Jimmy Fallon from NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" - AP Photo by Diane Bondareff
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
8:00pm 24 FOX - Day 7: 7:00PM - 8:00PM 2 Hour Special. Jack's resolution to uncover conspirators inside the government has grave consequences.
8:00pm Top Gear BBC America - Jeremy, Richard and James attempt to drive from Switzerland to the North Western coast of England on one tank of fuel; the Stig sets a lap time in the Bugatti Veyron.
8:00pm The Bachelor ABC - Season Finale. Dude, this is like 3 hours long.
8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck breaks up with Sarah, but his jealousy takes over when Sarah tries to seduce a handsome agent
8:30pm How I Met Your Mother CBS - The gang thinks that Barney must have a secret girlfriend after noticing his bizarre behavior.
8:30pm It Happened One Night TCM - (1934) A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon's (Walter Connolly) runaway daughter (Claudette Colbert).
9:00pm Trust Me TNT - New Time Slot
9:00pm Heroes NBC - Matt and Peter, acting on a tip from Rebel, race to Building 26 to rescue Daphne
9:30pm Rules of Engagement CBS - Season Premiere
10:00pm Saving Grace TNT - Winter Premiere
10:30pm College Life MTV - Series Premiere
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Journalist Katie Couric; U2 performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Evangeline Lilly; TV personality Jason Mesnick; the New Kids on the Block perform.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Robert De Niro; singer Justin Timberlake; Van Morrison performs.