Fallon Will Make ‘Tonight’ New by Honoring Old

Calling Jimmy Fallon “less cranky than Letterman, more hip than Leno…nicer than Kimmel, funnier than Conan, and more musical than them all,” Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow believes the new host of “The Tonight Show” will breathe fresh air into the long-running show by paying homage to much of its past.

Ostrow looks at the road that led to Fallon’s latest gig, his influences, and his plans to appeal to millennials in part with classic ‘Tonight Show” fare like stunt sketches, prank phone calls, and other silliness.  Read Ostrow’s full article here.

Hurricane Relief Telethon Airs Tonight

NBCU announced yesterday that its networks – NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA – will join forces to air “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,”  a one-hour live telethon tonight.  Proceeds will aid American Red Cross efforts to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy. HBO and The Weather Channel also have signed on to broadcast the telethon. 

Matt Lauer will host the show, which begins at 7 p.m. CT.  Scheduled performers include Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting.  Also scheduled to appear are Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Al Roker, Jon Stewart and Brian Williams.

Donations can be made on the Red Cross website or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS.  To make a $10 donation, text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

CNBC, USA and The Weather Channel are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.