TV Junkie: Jimmy Fallon at PaleyFest2011
Last Friday night we got to speak with Jimmy Fallon and Chris Hardwick at PaleyFest2011's tribute to "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" which has recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary and 400th show. We recently wrote about our experience as an audience member on the show and it was a pleasure to speak with Jimmy Fallon (Twitter: @JimmyFallon) directly about his show. Although Fallon took last week "off" a lot of planning for upcoming shows was done, including tonight's boxing lesson with Holt McCallany of FX's "Lights Out" and the reunion of The Cars later this week.
It was also great to catch up with Chris Hardwick, whom we've interviewed in the past, who was playing emcee/moderator/"interrogator" at the PaleyFest event. Hardwick's "Web Soup" will be returning to G4 on March 30th (8pm) and he is also embarking on a comedy tour later this month as well - find dates on Hardwick's website and/or follow him on Twitter at @Nerdist.
Hardwick did a superb job moderating the evening where the audience gained a lot of insight on Jimmy Fallon's path to host of "Late Night" as well as how the show gets put together. It's a daunting task to get 5 hours of TV up almost every week of the year - compare that to your favorite sitcom, which has about the same amount of staff at "Late Night," and only has to put up 1/2 a week for less than 1/3 of the year.
For more info on the remaining PaleyFest2011 schedule and tickets, go to the Paley Center for Media's website.
Please note that we've returned to listing the TV shows of note for the evening below the TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan as we're done with nightly coverage of PaleyFest. Thanks for your patience and please let us know what more we can do to cover TV for you.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Gear," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (Jane Lynch; TV host Chris Matthews; Avril Lavigne performs), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (TV-show host Tyra Banks; actor Holt McCallany; The Chieftains perform).