Jimmy Fallon has won the title of the new “It Kid”, in the world of late night entertainment. So much so, the NBC network seems to think the success of his show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, allows the network to set the rules for all late night shows. Rumors suggest that the powers that be from NBC are spreading the word that if a celebrity wants to be on the hit late night show then they best not appear on the competition’s show. The hard bargaining tactics may come from the successful ratings the show is bringing in, or it could be from the tough competition The Jimmy Kimmel Show has been giving them as of late.
Although, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon came out of the gate as the frontrunner compared to the other late night shows, Kimmel seems to be making a comeback after the honeymoon week of Fallon’s new show. Week two was Jimmy Kimmel’s moment of glory with his ninth annual post Oscar show. The star-studded event included; Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Liam and Chris Hemsworth, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi, and more. The episode brought in over 7 million viewers and did better than both the last Tonight Show airing with Jay Leno and the first Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Kimmel continued his successful streak by having the infamous Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford on his show the day after his post Oscar show.
Kimmel’s success may stem from his recent stream of A-list guests, but Fallon’s success seems to be based a loyal set of celebrities such as; Tina Fey, Justin Timberlake, and Kristin Wiig. He also has a unique charm and ability to tap into what the new generation of late night viewers finds entertaining. He has a knack for getting some of the biggest names to participate in ridiculous skits. In his most recent skit called, Lip Flip, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey switch lips, through the magic of television. They serenade each other with a hysterical rendition of Lionel Riche’s, Endless Love. Fallon can also convince guests into playing what most would consider party games. His most recent was a drinking game called Flip Cup with Annette Bening. What do they win? Maybe the opportunity to appear again on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, if they play by the rules, of course.
As for now, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, is at the front of the pack, and if NBC has anything to do with it. The network plans to keep him there by apparently setting the rules for the late night television show. Regardless of whether the demands are true or not, both Kimmel and Fallon bring excellent entertainment in their own unique way which draws in millions of viewers every night. Laughter and entertainment should be boundless and with the numbers that each show brings in they are proving there is enough room for both to entertain the masses.
By Christina Thompson