This week, it’s movies and television talk, part two, as we delve into late-night switch-ups, a beloved movie critic, and the return of a fan favorite show.
Tonight Show Switch-up
Rumors started swirling earlier this week that Jimmy Fallon would be replacing Jay Leno and take over "The Tonight Show" gig on NBC. The two released a cheeky video that didn’t really confirm nor deny the rumors (at left), but NBC confirmed on Wednesday that yes, Jay Leno would be stepping down from his late-night hosting gig to make room for Jimmy Fallon. "The Tonight Show" will also be moving back to NYC to its old home at 30 Rock. Jimmy Fallon said, " I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow." (Get it? Because his current show starts after midnight?) Hopefully this sticks, because I love Jimmy — but I also know we’ve totally heard this before when Conan O’Brien took over Leno’s show and then had the hosting gig taken away. So I guess we’ll see!
R.I.P. Roger Ebert
Yesterday legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away at 70 years old. Ebert fans everywhere mourned the passing of one of the greats, but did so in the best way: by celebrating all he’d done. The Daily Beast rounded up his 10 best reviews, and also 10 of his best zingers. One of my favorite zingers is easily about "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Ebert wrote, "If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination." He definitely had a way with words. Ebert concluded his final blog post for the Chicago Sun-Times with, "So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."
Arrested Development Premiere
"Arrested Development" fans are going nuts because the new season was given a premiere date on Netflix. Yay! Season four will officially debut Sunday, May 26, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific. Which means unless I decide to stay up till 3 a.m. over on the East Coast in order to watch it, I’ll be enjoying it Monday evening instead. The return of the show, along with the "Veronica Mars" movie, could impact how future shows and movies are made, especially when the demand for a return and/or sequel is so strong. Personally, I can’t wait for the show to come back because I can never, ever get enough Lucille Bluth in my life.
What were you talking about this week?