Fallon Watch, Night 4: Evolving, Not Improving

Rorschach’s Journal: This will be last entry on first week of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Bottom line: Show evolving, but not improving.

Monologue on Thursday down to three minutes. Jokes big, broad, too Leno-like. Interviews still weak — “conversational” doesn’t have to be same as “incomprehensible.” Hrrm.

Recurring bit with electing “president of the audience” had potential, goes nowhere. Donald Trump interview painful. Tennis star Serena Williams brightens up show. Plays beer pong with Fallon. Good idea. But writing remains disappointing overall.

Fallon must be given time. People still sampling the show. Fans defending him — weak-minded, undemanding fools. Kids these days. Different sensibilities.

Will try watching later, give host chance to settle in. But longterm outlook not good. Hurry up, Conan. World will miss you these next few months.

Meanwhile, latenight TV viewing has made critic cranky. Life not always easy being a “watch man,” as in man who watches stuff. Ha ha. Funny joke. Also amused by reading “Watchmen” reviews. Reaction all over the place. “Too faithful” main criticism, probably true, but given unwieldy nature of source material seemed like best strategy.

But that’s for another day. Must rest now, 10-hour PBS adaptation of “Little Dorrit” to watch. From Fallon to Dickens. Hrrm.

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  1. Odaecom says:

    “Must rest now, 10-hour PBS adaptation of “Little Dorrit” to watch.”
    Brian, living the life…Doh!

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