Absolutely Fabulous will be making a comeback this summer with new episodes. Where else can you find women that make "Mommie Dearest look like Winnie-the-Bloody-Pooh"?
Excited to read the news today? Let's just say your feelings are Justified.
In what's shaping up to be the biggest talk-show shake-up since David Letterman left NBC, Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon is taking over Late Night from Conan O'Brien, as Conan goes to The Tonight Show and Leno goes to prime time. The movie star's first night is Monday, March 2, with guests Robert De Niro and Van Morrison, and he's filled out the week with old friends like Drew Barrymore and Tina Fey. TWoP sat in on a conference call with Fallon as he opened up about the show's interactivity, his acclaimed house band The Roots and why Shirtless Joe Jackson and Awkward Silence Bear are going to be the next big characters of Late Night.
Up until last night, I was kind of ambivalent about Jimmy Fallon's quest to reunite the (fellow NBC property) Saved By the Bell cast. I loved the show when I was little like everybody did, but considering that most of the cast is either currently on television (Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar), or has been in recent memory (Elizabeth Berkley hosted that piece of crap Step It Up and Dance last year, and Screech was on Celebrity Fit Club), or was at least on the internet in some scandalous capacity (Screech in a sex tape, Mr. Belding as a frequent drunk, sweaty mess), it didn't seem all that necessary. Aside from Lisa Turtle, it's not like I was missing them. Nostalgia is a nice thing, but I don't need to see these people standing around together on the Late Night stage with The Roots playing their theme song to satisfy that. That's what re-runs are for!
Ahhh, April -- it comes in like a prank-loving lion and goes out... I don't know, a little warmer maybe, and without the pranks. And it rains a lot. Anyway, celebrate the first full month of spring by going outside to roll around in a field full of crocuses and dandelions! And if you have debilitating allergies or, like us at TWoP, work nowhere near such a field, celebrate by reading these TV newsbites! And give your brain a break from thinking about the ER finale tonight.
Woohoo, it's Friday! And it's finally time to ask the question that's been on everyone's minds (okay, maybe not everyone's, but still!) all month: who watches the Watchmen? The answer: not you, if you're reading this. So kill a couple minutes with these TV newsbites before heading off into the night to check out Billy Crudup's giant, blue naked body, or get drunk, or whatever else you may have planned for the weekend. Here at TWoP, we don't judge.
So Jimmy Fallon finally took over the Late Night hosting duties last night, and I'm sure today is going to be full of complaints about how boring and non-hilarious it was. Which it was. It was both those things. But while Jimmy may not be the genius Conan or Letterman are, I actually think the show has the potential to be a lot funnier once there are fewer eyes on it in the coming weeks and months. The problem with last night wasn't at all that Jimmy had bad ideas that failed; it was that he played it way too safe, and safe, on a comedy show, is usually pretty boring and uninspired. I have tremendous faith in head writer A.D. Miles and Jimmy's ability to improve as a performer though (he was so much more composed last night than I'd ever seen him), so for now, I'm just kind of counting last night's premiere as a practice round. Here's the best and the worst from the show.