Late night TV icon Jay Leno and comedy actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus were inducted into the TV Hall of Fame at an intimate Hollywood ceremony on Tuesday (11Mar14). Network executives, studio bosses and Hollywood stars filled the audience at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel for the 23rd Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame ceremony.
Seinfeld star Louis-Dreyfus, who is the only actress to win Emmy awards for three separate shows, was presented with her honour by Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, and said in her acceptance speech, "My high school physics teacher always said: 'Have fun at all costs'."
Leno, who was replaced in his long-standing role as host of The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon last month (Feb14), joked as he accepted his award, "Ahhh, a Hall of Fame ceremony that doesn't involve a drug test."
Fox Broadcasting Company supremo Rupert Murdoch, ABC network executive Brandon Stoddard, writer-producer David E. Kelley, and audio-engineer Ray Dolby, who was honoured posthumously, were also inducted at the ceremony for their contributions in the field of television.
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If you took a picture of you and your friends at the top of New York City's Rockefeller Center, there might be a good chance that two celebrity hooligans ruined your view of the world's most famous skyline. That's because The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and Mad Men's Jon Hamm set up a camera at the top of the Rock just for the sole purpose of photobombing eager tourists.
It started off plainly enough with Hamm walking casually behind some tourists before Fallon joined in the tomfoolery. But the madness quickly escalated, beginning with a chest bump and followed up with Don Draper giving the late night host a piggy back ride. Then things really got zany with the two of them renacting the memorable "spaghetti kiss" scene from Lady and the Tramp with a hoagie (I thought they called them subs in New York...) and then popping up like a pair of whac-a-moles from a fake parapet.
Most people would absolutely hate having their photos ruined by a couple of jerks. But I have a feeling these folks walked away pretty happy with the pics they took.
It makes sense that Jimmy Fallon, king of all things viral, would have an awesome Instagram account. He posts a lot of selfies with the amazing guests on his show, from Nina Dobrev to Harrison Ford. There are also a lot of goofy pictures, but we detect some vanity shots in the mix. Here are our favorites from his Instagram.
GALLERY: Our Favorite Jimmy Fallon Selfies
It isn't every comedian that can get away with doing an entire interview on The Tonight Show doing an imitation of someone else. Yet, when Kristen Wiig did exactly that — taking a seat next to buddy Jimmy Fallon dressed like One Direction's Harry Styles during his first week as host — it was completely charming. The same goes for when Wiig pops in on her old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds, as when she showed up in a cold open this season reprising her highly inappropriate, small-handed Dooneese character during a parody of NBC's The Sound of Music.
Quite simply, the Bridesmaids star makes every TV show that she comes in contact with better just by her presence, so why should that be limited to just late night? There are plenty of primetime offerings that could use some of Wiig's charm.
Parks and RecreationFellow SNL alum Amy Poehler's show has a strong history of funny guest stars (Louis CK, Parker Posey, Megan Mullally) so the writers would know what to do with Wiig. With Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones having departed, there's also plenty of available screen time. Even if it's just for a single episode, the show could use the boost. We've already met two of Nick Offerman's ex-wives both named Tammy (same as his domineering mother). What could it hurt to have a just as crazy Tammy III?
Downtown AbbeyWiig was just in Will Ferrell's period piece parody miniseries The Spoils of Babylon on IFC, so she should be good with the costumes. Elizabeth McGovern's Cora Crawley is from the States… she has to have a cousin someplace, right? Wiig is just the person to turn up as an ugly American full of dating advice and some "just get over it already" tips for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).
The Vampire DiariesWe get it… hot vampires. After five seasons of watching pretty people fall in and out of love, biting each other's necks just isn't enough anymore. Let's say that Paul Wesley's Salvatore has an undead aunt that wants to pal around with Nina Dobrev's Elena… or Katherine or Amara or whatever other doppelgangers she has. Wiig seems perfectly capable of turning from funny to scary in a heartbeat… or, you know, whatever vampires have.
Game of ThronesWiig's pal Ferrell had a spoof on his Funny or Die website that turned GoT into a reality show. The producers of HBO's smash probably wouldn't want to go full-on comedy, but we could see Wiig doing a guest turn as a woman that befriends Peter Dinklage's Tyrion, only to be killed in some horribly graphic way just as he's starting to feel a little bit better about life.
The BlacklistNBC has a hit in the freshman James Spader thriller, but the struggling Peacock network can't afford to take any chances. It's always far better to keep the audience entertained while they're still watching a show than to have to lure them back later after they're already watching whatever's on CBS at the time. The show hasn't done much in the way of name guest stars so far, but Isabella Rossellini did make an appearance so it's not like they're completely averse to it. Maybe the next name on Spader's list could be a woman who controls foreign leaders from behind the scenes using her looks and charm… and maybe, just maybe, she has really, really tiny hands.
Seth Meyers officially threw his hat in the late night ring this week as the new host of NBC's Late Night. See the highlights of his first week on the job and remember to check back here at Hollywood.com every weekend for your weekly late night talk show highlights.
"Fake or Florida"Seth Meyer's breakout bit of the week was an odd little game show about that kooky place in the USA that calls itself The Sunshine State.
Rudd Battles FallonPaul Rudd absolutely shamed Jimmy Fallon into submission with a this one-sided lip sync battle.
Late Night TakeoverTwo of the greatest thespians of our time, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, try their hand at hosting a late night talk show.
EscandaloThe folks over at Jimmy Kimmel Live! put together a hilarious Latino-flavored parody of ABC's Scandal.
Take That, ArizonaThis hilarious sketch from Conan O'Brien takes a jab at the Grand Canyon State for its anti-gay laws.
Acrobatic ArcheryThis "Stupid Human Trick" really missed the mark on Late Show with David Letterman – she really should've aimed for Letterman's crotch.
Show Me the Digital MoneyJon Stewart lampoons banks such as Credit Suisse for its role in financial marketplace fraud.
A Decade of LoveAdam Sandler and Drew Barrymore profess their on-screen love that has lasted 10 years on The Tonight Show.
Military Over-SpendingWhen Stephen Colbert found out that America is spending billions of dollars on useless military equipment, the fake political pundit doubled down on more spending!
Suit of the LoomJimmy Kimmel debuted his brand new suit, made completely from authentically loomed rubber band braids.
Waste Paper BasketballJimmy Fallon and Miami Heat's LeBron James rapped about their favorite office distraction.
"I'm going to shake things up and start with a monologue." That's how Seth Meyers kicked off his first episode of Late Night, effectively setting the tone of the new incarnation of the NBC staple. Meyers' Late Night stuck as closely to the traditional talk show model as possible, feeling entirely "familiar" as it moved from joke to joke through his new segments and interviews. At times, Late Night felt like an extended "Weekend Update" segment, although the familiarity of that format might have provided Meyers with a much-needed sense of comfort. Almost all of his current events-themed jokes landed, and overall, he appeared to be pretty relaxed for someone attempting to launch a brand new talk show. Despite, however, the episode being tightly paced and funny, some have taken issue with the fact that Meyers didn't really do anything different with his hour. Thus far, it appears that the main critique of Late Night with Seth Meyers has been the fact that it doesn't seem to break any new ground. But does it really need to?
As far as the late night talk show format is concerned, Meyers was practically tailor-made for the job. His tenure on "Weekend Update" has given him the ability to deliver practically any joke he's handed, which means his monologue will be reliably well-crafted and funny. It also means that when a joke doesn't land — like with one of his monologue bits about a congressman disguising himself as a UPS driver — he takes it in stride, moving quickly along to the next punchline. Meyers is also an excellent straight man, a talent he honed on SNL, which not only allows him to play off the goofier sensibilities of his bandleader, Fred Armisen, but will also likely come in handy during his interviews. Simply put, Meyers' first episode played to his strengths, which meant that the first episode felt like it might as well have been his 80th.
In the run up to Meyers' and Jimmy Fallon's premieres, there has been a lot of discussion about the late night talk show landscape, with so many new shows vying for attention. Each show has a different tone, a different premise, which allows it to stand out from the all of the other talk shows currently crowding the field. Fallon is up-beat and goofy, Conan O'Brien is cynical and weird, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are political satirists, Chris Hardwick is aiming straight for the social media-obsessed, millennial audience. Compared to all of those other hosts, Meyers has no schtick, no vivid niche that he can tap into in order to earn himself a target audience. The risk here is that he will end up lost in the shuffle, no matter how amusing his interviews are or how funny his original segments may be. Without breaking any new ground, Meyers might be unable to distinguish himself from the pack, and the viewers that caught his premiere episode might get bored and move on to a new show.
On the other hand, perhaps staying traditional is exactly what Meyers needs to do. Despite being the first time he's hosted his own program, Monday's Late Night was stronger, funnier, and overall more impressive than Fallon's first week at The Tonight Show has been. Where most shows struggle in the first few weeks to find their tone and their audience, Meyers hit the ground running, delivering a solid episode on his first try. Of course, this doesn't mean that the new Late Night won't have any issues in its first few weeks or even months, but where it took The Tonight Show or @midnight some time to figure out how to play to the host's strengths, Meyers found his sweet spot almost immediately, simply by sticking to what he knew.
Perhaps, with all of the new, innovative shows that now take up the hours between 11 PM and 1 AM, the thing that will allow Meyers to stand out the most is by adhering to the standard format. It's likely that as he becomes more comfortable at his new desk, he'll be more willing to experiment with new segments and sketches. His rapport with Armisen and goofy bits like "Costas Vision," in which the audience gets to see the Olympics as Bob Costas did through his eye infection, proves that he's willing to drop some of the formality in favor getting a little weird on the show. Since he's already promised that both Armisen and the show's writers will eventually turn up as different characters, it seems as if Meyers has some potentially ground-breaking things planned. He has a good amount of time in order to try new things and see what works best for the show, but right now it seems that what's working best is just sticking to what he — and we — are already familiar with.
Meyers has always said that he's much better at setting up another character than he is at taking on the role himself, and so it seems that is exactly what he plans to do with Late Night. In a way, it seems as if this might be Meyers in his purest form: the sarcastic straight man, willing to be a little goofy, but mostly trying to make everyone around him look better, and it seems to be working for Meyers, as his first episode is one of the stronger late night premieres to hit television screens. So maybe Meyers is a little too traditional, a little too expected. But as long as the jokes continue to be funny, we might as well just enjoy them.
The much-hyped late shift finally happened this week when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debuted on Monday night. The people have spoken and the verdict was Jimmy Fallon's first week was a resounding succcess. Catch the highlights of Fallon's first week as host of The Tonight Show, as well as a few memorable moments from the rest of the late night shows down below.
Dough Stacks McGeePayday, as well as a walking caravan of celebrities, arrived a little early on Fallon's debut night. Thanks to an alleged bet made to "a buddy," Fallon made over $1,000 in just a few minutes. Oh, the perks of hosting The Tonight Show.
On Origin of Hip-HopWatch Will Smith and Fallon go through all the hip-hop dances throughout the years – and realize why the "cabbage patch" and "stanky leg" have gone the way of the dinosaur.
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The First Lady of the "Ew!"-S-AFirst Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to the teenage show "Ew!" And although this is stating the obvious, Will Ferrell makes one ugly woman.
Anchor's DelightOnce again, Fallon spliced together clips of NBC newsman Brian Williams to sound like he's rapping and it's the best one yet.
The Luger Who Cried WolfJimmy Kimmel fooled everyone again, with a little bit of help from American luger Kate Hansen.
Go FigureWatching Will Ferrell skip and prance as a figure skater in black tights is something nobody can unsee. But it's still better than him dressed in drag.
The Hug CamBy slowing down sports footage, Jimmy Kimmel proves that most sports are just excuses for men to hug other men.
Rapping Up the WeekFallon saved Friday night for his unofficial guest host, Justin Timberlake, and they taught everyone a valuable history lesson on rap.
Justin Timberlake made a TV apology to fans in Buffalo, New York on Friday night (21Feb14) after a 24-hour flu forced him to reschedule his Saturday night (22Feb14) gig in the city to the summer (14). The singer postponed his Wednesday night (19Feb14) gig in New York City at the last minute after falling sick, but he bounced back to play the show on Friday night and had hoped his tour could continue as scheduled.
However, Timberlake had to scrap his Buffalo gig on Saturday because of touring logistics, and due to the end of the Winter Olympics in Russia he can't perform there on Sunday.
Appearing on Jimmy Fallon's late-night show on Friday, the pop star explained, "Wednesday night, we had to move to tonight. It is hard; it knocks the whole schedule off, so tomorrow night I'm supposed to be in Buffalo but we had to try to move that show too because the routing of the tour, it's just impossible to break down the stage (and) get the stage up (in time).
"I thought everyone who played hockey was still in Sochi, but apparently they come back pretty soon and the Buffalo Sabres... we have to deal with so many schedules... and so I had to move the show, like, all the way to the summer. I feel really bad."
Fallon then offered the singer the chance to make an apology to fans in Buffalo and Timberlake turned to the camera and said: "Hi Buffalo, I'm Justin Timberlake, and I want to say I'm sorry, I'm sorry for postponing my concert this Saturday. I know what you're thinking: 'Justin, I don't want an apology, I want a concert'. Trust me, I hear you Buffalo, but there's no reason to raise your voice; we've got a good thing going and I don't wanna mess that up.
"So I'll tell you what I'm gonna do - I'm coming back July 9th and you better be ready because we're gonna party, we're gonna party hard, that's a guarantee.
"And, if for some reason you're not satisfied, Jimmy Fallon will come to your house and give you a full-body massage... so I'll see you this summer, Buffalo."
Timberlake's tour will be back on schedule when he hits Washington, D.C. on Monday (24Feb14).
Actor Bradley Cooper gifted U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon with a wood sculpture of New York's Chrysler Building, which he carved himself, during an appearance on the U.S. comic's late-night show on Wednesday (19Feb14). Fallon's new Tonight Show stage set features a replica of the Big Apple skyline.
Actress Kristen Wiig channelled One Direction frontman Harry Styles on U.S. late night show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (18Feb14), when she performed his song What Makes You Beautiful while dressed like the pop star for an hilarious interview.