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Columnist: Californians Should ‘Declare War’ on Jimmy Fallon

JoeMathewsZocaloPublicSquarePicLook out. In his latest column, Zócalo Public Square editor Joe Mathews (pictured) fast-jams the Jimmy Fallon news. Contrary to Jay Leno‘s repeated good wishes for his successor, including a conversation between the two during The Tonight Show‘s final west coast week, Mathews thinks Fallon may well be the state’s Congenial Enemy Number One. Here’s the first two paragraphs:

It’s dangerous for a people to declare one man their enemy and hunt him down. It’s unwise for a state to scapegoat one man for its problems.

Nevertheless, I think California should make an exception and declare war on Jimmy Fallon.

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Jay Leno Gives Jimmy Fallon a Couple of Great Pointers

When Howard Stern recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he warned that there needs to be a very different kind of opening monologue once the talk show host takes over The Tonight Show. Via The Hollywood Reporter, in a second interview to go along with this weekend’s 60 Minutes report, Jay Leno concurs.

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From Leno’s Q&A with Lacey Rose:

“The [11:30 p.m.] late-night shows that have failed are the ones where the monologue was weak – two, three minutes. We do 14 minutes every night, which is almost a sitcom. It’s a lot of jokes, but for a lot of people it’s how they get their news.”

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Jay Leno Explains Himself Via 60 Minutes

Late night TV industry watchers have applauded Jimmy Fallon for choosing, from the very beginning of his transition to The Tonight Show, to keep in regular, friendly contact with the man he is succeeding, Jay Leno. That politically astute methodology will ring even 20/20 wiser once the masses have had a chance this weekend to watch Leno’s 60 Minutes interview.

JayLeno60MinutesThe exiting host obviously waited until he was on his way out to give his first in-depth interview about the Conan O’Brien debacle. Still, it’s a coup for Steve Kroft and no doubt a piece that will generate renewed discussion of a very sorry 2009 NBC episode. From the CBS News release:

“I was blindsided… [NBC executives said] ‘You’re out…’ and I went ‘Okay.’” Leno says he never asked NBC why, but the news hurt him like a romantic break-up. “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?”

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Who Knew These New York Yankees Were Such Good Actors?

Certainly not Jimmy Fallon and certainly not us. But thanks to Wednesday’s great little Late Night drop-in, this pair of Yankees proved they can also when needed step up to be “Mr. August.”

During Fallon’s latest Audience Suggestion Box skit, Mark Teixeira (as Ivy’s mom, Meryl Streep) and CC Sabathia (as Ivy, Julianne Nicholson) donned wigs, confidently recited dialogue in front of some manufactured homestead backdrop and forever imprinted themselves into the August: Osage County catalog.

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Live, from Everywhere: It’s Lorne Michaels

TIMECover_SethMeyersIs it too early to consider Lorne Michaels for Time‘s 2014 “Person of the Year”? At the very least, he would seem to have New York’s “Person of the Winter” pretty much locked up.

Michaels is largely responsible for the ascension of Seth Meyers, on the cover of Time currently. And of course, he helped Jimmy Fallon wrangle The Tonight Show back to New York City for what will, if not ratings-wise, at least vibe-wise be a complete re-invigoration of the Burbank, CA talk staple.

And let’s not forget Sunday January 12, when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – stars of NBC sitcoms past and present – return to the Beverly Hilton to host another Golden Globes ceremony.

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Piers Morgan Live Booker Slides Over to Seth Meyers Talk Show

HaleighRaffTwitterPicPer a report by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Lesley Goldberg, the upcoming Seth Meyers NBC late night talk show has found its main celebrity booker. She is Haleigh Raff, most recently performing those same duties for Piers Morgan Live:

Raff will lead the booking team when the Saturday Night Live alum takes over Jimmy Fallon‘s Late Night starting February 24 on NBC.

It’s the latest, impressive chapter in a very impressive career. We highly recommend, in light of this news, Michael Kane‘s Q&A with Raff from a few years ago in the New York Post. At one point in the conversation, Cleveland native Raff makes reference to a category of ideal talk show guest that once again also applies to the host:

“All the SNL guys were amazing. They were such a team. When Sandler would come on, Chris Farley would come down to 6A and hang around the green room cracking everyone up. Conan would come by, and they’d just start riffing. At that point, I wasn’t even working.”

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Conan Faces Steep LinkedIn Battle

It’s been a few days now since Conan O’Brien set up a LinkedIn profile and declared his intention to topple Sir Richard Branson‘s status as the site’s most followed Influencer. So how is Coco doing?

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One More Reason to Love Justin Timberlake

He can do anything Jimmy Fallon devises; he dates/marries beautiful women; he’s an amazing live performer. And, according to TMZ, Justin Timberlake is also never too busy to take a moment to connect with a deserving fan.

The gossip site has a logo slapped across a pair of photos its roaming camera totter took yesterday while tailing JT on a post-VMAs media tour. Only there’s nothing scandalous about these pics:

JT was being rushed through an NYC building on his way into a live radio interview Tuesday, when he crossed paths with Tina DiLascio – who told Justin her daughter Giana is a “Make-a-Wish” kid who underwent brain surgery last year to fix a serious blockage in her pituitary gland.

Justin was so impressed – he stopped in his tracks and asked if he could meet Giana, who was waiting outside the building with her brother. We’re told JT waited patiently as Tina grabbed Giana…

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Variety Follows Renner with McRaney

Three weeks into PMC’s relaunch of Variety, two articles of note have involved actors from opposite ends of the film-TV spectrum.

For Issue No. 1 (April 2), Steve Challogan visited a massive $25 million residential property in Holmby Hills flip-renovated by Jeremy Renner and business partner Kristoffer Winters. Actually, make that just Winters. It’s only at the very end of the piece that readers are clearly told that “Renner, it should be noted, doesn’t have a financial stake in this property, but was present during the remodeling when he wasn’t busy shooting the latest Bourne movie.” Nevertheless, the piece is a great glimpse past the usually forbidding hedges of westside mega-manses.

In this week’s April 16 issue, TV critic Brian Lowry takes stock of the resurgent guest star careers of familiar faces like former Simon & Simon star Gerald McRaney:

McRaney describes himself as “sort of a gypsy at heart” who is having the time of his life flitting from playing a Warren Buffett-like billionaire to a drunken ex-cop to a seedy criminal. When asked about down time between roles, he says, “I consider anything after two weeks not to be a vacation, but unemployment.”

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Tom Brokaw on TIME 100 Influencer Steven Spielberg

Although this year’s print version of the TIME 100 features, for the first time, a total of five different domestic (Elon Musk, Jennifer Lawrence (pictured), Rand Paul, Jay Z, Malala Yousafzai) and two international covers (Li Na, Aamir Kahn), FishbowlLA’s favorite aspect of this must-read annual compilation remains the bylines.

This year for example, the ode to Justin Timberlake was composed by one Stevie Wonder; Timberlake returns the favor by praising Jimmy Fallon. And, for the bow-down to Steven Spielberg, the magazine enlisted Tom Brokaw:

However different their subjects, Spielberg’s productions have a common thematic DNA of humanity, so we are enlightened as well as entertained. His work on Lincoln alone was worthy of enduring acclaim, for it brought to life as no other film has this quintessential American President struggling with the greatest moral dilemma of our history.

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