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Caryn James

'Late Night with Seth Meyers,' My New Favorite Show

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  • February 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Late Night with Seth Meyers was the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and Meyers is an ideal host, with a sharply satirical wit yet plenty of personal warmth.

Will Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Be Derailed by His "I Hate Woody" Fame?

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  • February 24, 2014 3:29 PM
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Ronan Farrow began his new MSNBC show today by saying, "I grew up watching the greats of TV news," then delivered his wry list of "Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert." He wasn't really kidding, because Ronan Farrow Daily is all about trying to channel his generation. At a glance the show wasn't rocky; it was flat and safe, which might be worse.

Will Ferrell Skates to 'Downton Abbey' Theme (Video)

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  • February 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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Who needs the real Olympics when you have Will Ferrell? Here he is from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, doing a figure-skating routine that might have been, choreographed to the theme from Downton Abbey.

Jimmy Fallon's Beta 'Tonight Show' (Review & Video)

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  • February 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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If you want a sense of what Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will be, look at his guest list. The first episodes feel like a soft launch.

Fallon, Timberlake, McCartney and Madonna on Christmas SNL (Video)

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  • December 22, 2013 10:21 AM
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Jimmy Fallon hosted one of the best Saturday Night Live episodes of the season last night, with Justin Timberlake as virtual co-host, and an extravagant list of guests including Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Watch Joaquin Phoenix Break Up with Jimmy Fallon

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  • December 12, 2013 10:02 AM
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How good an actor is Joaquin Phoenix? He plays a touchingly heart-broken, love-lorn ordinary guy in Spike Jonze' Her, yet we all suspect his real personality is closer to the bizarro performance art he displays on talk shows and the sort-of doc I'm Still Here. His conversation with Jimmy Fallon last night had a little bit of each.

The New Heisenberg: Jimmy Fallon Does 'Joking Bad' (Video)

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  • September 12, 2013 1:29 AM
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Now down to its final episodes, Breaking Bad gets darker, wilder, more go-for-broke. The lighter side? That would be Joking Bad, the latest pop-cult parody from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno's Duet 'Tonight,' About 'Tonight' (UPDATED)

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  • April 2, 2013 1:59 AM
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Here, ironically enough, is the ultimate proof that Jimmy Fallon should take over for Jay Leno: a congenial duet between the two men commiserating about the media flap and speculation that Fallon will replace Leno in 2014, singing "Tonight" from West Side Story rewritten to suit their story. It's a bit of satiric and public relations genius, acknowledging and trying to defuse the rumors at the same time. (UPDATE: Two days after this video appeared, NBC announced that Fallon would take over Tonight in February; everyone obviously knew this was coming and decided to spin the transition right this time.)

Justin Timberlake's All-Star, All-Good SNL (Video)

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  • March 10, 2013 12:13 PM
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Justin Timberlake was totally aware of the high expectations for his hosting gig on SNL - "Thank you, Internet," he said during the monologue - but there was no need to worry. He was so on, he even gave just the right sly, I-know-it's-hokey reading to the line "Five Timers Club" when announcing his membership as a five-time host.

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Downton Sixbey’: Lady Hedith’s Answer

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  • February 7, 2013 9:07 AM
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Last night in Part 2 of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Downton Abbey’ parody, ‘Downton Sixbey,’  Lady Hedith – the incomparable and lovely Fred Armisen --  repsonded to a declaration of love and a marriage proposal from Downton’s heir, Lord Questlove. Their parents, including Fallon as the Earl of Downton Sixbey and Whoopi Goldberg as Lady Whoopi  had something to say about that.

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