It's always tough on the new guy. Leno struggled at first, especially after replacing Johnny Carson. IIRC, his interview with Hugh Grant was the turning point (where Grant apologized for getting arrested for lewd conduct with a prostitute in LA). I expect that Jimmy Fallon will struggle a bit at first because he's young--and he's not Jay Leno. The new guy always goes through this. A lot of the people who watch the Tonight Show are older, and they have grown accustomed to the same host for 20+ years. Conan found that out--but Conan was also too wacky for mainstream America. He had those goofy body gestures and inside jokes that didn't mean anything to anybody who hadn't watched his shows for years. Fallon has a much better chance at succeeding than Conan did, but it may come down to a sensational interview that impresses the nation, like what happened with Leno (and it was just luck that Grant was scheduled to appear on the Tonight Show the week after his arrest). Making people laugh and getting people to identify with you are the key points for making it. Fallon can be funny, but I'm not sure he is a great standup comedian. However, he is likeable so he stands a chance...
Fallon will be great! Both Johnny Carson was Jack Paar were great. IMO Jay Leno never had "IT". Yes he was good and appealed to a lot of people, but he just didn't have the natural with and humor to be truly funny. HE thought he was funny, which was apparent in his early years of stand-up. And I though that made him not funny as a comedian. His presentation and timing was just never honed like the greats.
Jimmy Fallon struggled as a single performer on SNL when he first started Weekend Update, but quickly came into his own. He is truly natually funny just like Jack Paar and Johnny Carson were. He's quick witted and doesn't look to the audience for a laugh with each joke. He's just down to earth, likable, and hilarious. He'll be better than Leno.
He's very talented, but a bit quirky as compared to his predecessors who were both more tailored to the mainstream and thus commanded broad appeal. Of course, Fallon will be coached and prodded to expand his appeal, and he's probably up to the task. Certainly more so than Toejam O'Brien.
I think it is similar to people who hate Leno because he is not Carson, many people feel That the first host they knew is the real one. That being said I think Fallon should be okay, even though Leno was great. I think this transition between hosts will be better.
I've never liked Jimmy Fallon as an actor; not that he's a bad actor. I just find a bad vibe from him. Whereas if he'll be a good host or not, only time will tell (and even then some will be for him and others against)
But I agree with one that said he preferred Craig Ferguson - and I most definitely agree link
No he sucks. It's going to tank. I know that they already tried Conan and it bombed but they should try again because he's the funniest talk show host out there. If not him then Jimmy Kimmel because he's at least a tiny bit funnier than Fallon. God Fallon sucks...
I do like Jimmy Fallon a little bit but I don't think he's particularly funny. If anything he always seems like he feels awkward and nervous... at least he's nice to look at, I guess? I think he'll make an alright host, I probably won't watch very much if at all, though.
No, I don't think Jimmy Fallon is funny or entertaining... I didn't when he was on SNL screwing up every skit either, haha!
I couldn't believe he got his own show to begin with, so the fact that he's taking over for Leno is even more unbelievable to me. If NBC is THAT stupid, so be it. Oh well. They got another bad SNLer to take his time slot... boring, haha!