Foremost, Fallon seems extremely uncomfortable behind the desk. His interview with Tina Fey was less an interview than like watching two high school buddies reminisce. I’m sure the stories were great, but as we weren’t a part of them, they really don’t mean much to the viewing audience. Moreover, why have Fey stick around for the entire show if she’s going to sit there like a lox, instead of bringing her into the conversation? At this point, Fallon needs all the help he can get.
Fallon’s monologue was a brisk four minutes and, again, mostly fell flat — including a misguided joke about the U.S.’ plans to withdraw from Iraq. Certain topics require a bit more finesse, but so far the writing is blunt and obvious.
Expect viewers to continue sampling the show for awhile (the premiere ratings were strong, not surprisingly, on Monday night), but if Fallon doesn’t start to settle in relatively soon, I suspect the folks at NBC will begin doing some sweating of their own.