Jimmy Fallon: Showbiz Tunes In For ‘Tonight Show’ Debut

Hard to believe the TV landscape has changed so much in just four and a half years since “The Tonight Show” went through its last (brief) host transition.

But the environment that Jimmy Fallon is diving into starting tonight is even more intense and more immediate — thanks to the bullhorn of social media — than what Conan O’Brien faced in his June 2009 premiere.

Scrolling through Twitter and Facebook, there’s an undeniable sense that bizzers are rooting for Fallon to succeed. “The Tonight Show” is more than a latenight television show — it’s an American institution, and Americans — even those who work in Hollywood — want their institutions to be healthy.

Here’s a sampling of the reaction to Fallon’s “Tonight Show” debut:

And just to underscore Fallon’s regular-guy image:

More TV

  • Harvey Weinstein

    BBC Orders 'Definitive' Documentary on Harvey Weinstein From Oscar-Winning Producer

    Hard to believe the TV landscape has changed so much in just four and a half years since “The Tonight Show” went through its last (brief) host transition. But the environment that Jimmy Fallon is diving into starting tonight is even more intense and more immediate — thanks to the bullhorn of social media — […]

  • A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!: L-R: Cast

    TV Review: 'A Christmas Story Live' on Fox

    Hard to believe the TV landscape has changed so much in just four and a half years since “The Tonight Show” went through its last (brief) host transition. But the environment that Jimmy Fallon is diving into starting tonight is even more intense and more immediate — thanks to the bullhorn of social media — […]

  • netflix-the-little-prince

    Mediawan Closes In on Acquisition of Dimitri Rassam's ON Kids & Family

    Hard to believe the TV landscape has changed so much in just four and a half years since “The Tonight Show” went through its last (brief) host transition. But the environment that Jimmy Fallon is diving into starting tonight is even more intense and more immediate — thanks to the bullhorn of social media — […]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1734

    'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Declares 'The War on Christmas Is Over' (Watch)

    Hard to believe the TV landscape has changed so much in just four and a half years since “The Tonight Show” went through its last (brief) host transition. But the environment that Jimmy Fallon is diving into starting tonight is even more intense and more immediate — thanks to the bullhorn of social media — […]

  • HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Stepping

    HBO Documentary President Sheila Nevins Stepping Down

    Hard to believe the TV landscape has changed so much in just four and a half years since “The Tonight Show” went through its last (brief) host transition. But the environment that Jimmy Fallon is diving into starting tonight is even more intense and more immediate — thanks to the bullhorn of social media — […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content