Jimmy Fallon's first week: De Niro, Fey...and Donald Trump

Deniro_lNBC announced Jimmy Fallon‘s guests for his debut week, and it looks like a pretty good mix of big stars, people who are promoting stuff for NBC, and then some other…random people. Whattawegot:

Monday: Robert De Niro and Van Morrison
Consider the dad market cornered. De Niro is an A-List, class-act guest, but is that the same thing as being a big draw? It’s not at the box office — last year’s Righteous Kill barely cleared $40 million domestically. De Niro can be pretty, oh, let’s call it "low energy" on television (exhibit A), which might make the excitable Fallon seem even more fidgety, plus just about anyone is going to seem like a lightweight sitting next to Mr. Raging Bull. Hmmm.

Tuesday: Tina Fey, Jon Bon Jovi, and Santogold
I’m actually a little bit excited for a Fey/Fallon reunion. It’ll be like the old days! And at least Santogold is sort of current/newsy.

Wednesday: Cameron Diaz and Billy Crudup
So Crudup is promoting Watchmen. But what is Cameron Diaz doing on the show? Do other people find her interesting?

Thursday: Donald Trump, Serena Williams, and Ludacris
It’s an uphill battle for Donald Trump, trying to pimp the new season of Celebrity Apprentice in the wake of three of his casinos filing for bankruptcy. Oh, and also because everyone is super over The Apprentice. Serena Williams is usually a non-entity on television, but maybe Ludacris can keep things exciting?

Friday: Drew Barrymore and Mario Batali
Drew Barrymore is BFFs with Jimmy Fallon’s wife, her producing partner Nancy Juvonen, and she’s seriously one of my favorite talk-show guests because she’s so chatty and personable. Batals’ — as Gwyneth Paltrow calls him — recent buzz has been a little on the narsty side (that video contains some unpleasantly frank discussion of sex), but he’s a TV personality, which means he won’t need too much prodding from Fallon to keep the segment moving.

This seems like a tough opening-week line-up; Fallon won’t havemastered the hostly "just relax, I can steer this ship" skills thatmake even dud guests fun to watch on Letterman or The Daily Show.What say you about these guests, PopWatch Nation? Whose cheeks would you plant on Fallon’s couch in his first week? And what makes a good late-night guest, anyway?

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  • Anonymous

    Uh, just woke up. Who the Hell is Santigold?

  • goosedunk

    Les jappements du chien tourmente les voisins

  • ks

    Do not know who Santigold is but I love De Niro!

  • Raven_Moon

    I think Tina Fey & Drew Barrymore will be fun to watch and I’m interested in seeing Billy Crudup. I don’t really care for Donald Trump, though. I definitely won’t be watching that night.

  • Devin

    I believe it’s spelled “Santogold.”

  • mark in nyc

    sounds great, except for the Jimmy Fallon part

  • Joshua

    It’s Santigold now not Santogold. She had to change her name because someone obscure had it before.

  • Ceballos

    I love DeNiro as an actor and he’s a living legend, but he’s an AWFUL talk show guest. He IS low-energy and, like many actors, looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. I honestly can’t think of a worse choice for Fallon’s first night (except maybe for Joaquin Phoenix)

  • bootsycolumbia

    Ceballos, I’ll see your Joaquin Phoenix and raise you a Harrison Ford. Robert De Niro is Richard Simmons compared to Harrison Ford. As for what makes a good talk show guest, it always helps if the guest has a good anecdote or two, and some project to plug. I’d personally pick Vince Vaughn–I’ve seen him on several talk shows, and he’s always funny, friendly and talkative.

  • Mister Hate

    mark in nyc: You’re right on. They had better keep getting “A list” guests because Fallon is a “D list” actor/comedian [how it pains me to use his name and those words together] who is similar to Letterman in one way: he thinks he is funny. Blah.

  • fugu betty


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