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NBC Apologizes to Michele Bachmann for 'Late Night' Walk On Music

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 6:00AM
Jimmy Fallon apologized to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Tuesday night for the fact that his 'Late Night' house band The Roots played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called 'Lyin' Ass B*tch' as she was introduced on the show.

Bachmann accepted his apology but demanded one from NBC as well. Doing the rounds of TV and radio talk shows Wednesday Bachmann alleged that NBC's failure to act in the matter demonstrated that she was a victim "of bias from the Hollywood Entertainment elite."

Now the AP reports that the GOP Presidential candidate has received an apology from NBC. According to Bachmann's spokeswoman Alice Stewart, the network's vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, wrote to her offering his most sincere apologies.

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Brian Williams Slow Jams the News with Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 30th 2010 8:00AM
Brian Williams Slow Jams News on 'Late Night'Can health care reform be sexy? Jimmy Fallon and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams gave it their best shot on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

With a lounge beat and smooth backup vocals from house band The Roots, Jimmy and Brian "slow jammed the news" and cracked a couple jokes along the way. Snap your fingers and sway to the beat.

Watch the video after the jump.

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NBC Cafeteria Celebrates Black History Month in a Strange Way

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:36AM
NBC menu snapped by Questlove
The other day Questlove, drummer of The Roots, was taking a break from the grueling day of being the house band at 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' He goes to the commissary at NBC's 30 Rock headquarters and notices that they have a special menu that celebrates Black History Month.

Great, right? Well, judging by the menu above, it wasn't all that great. Questlove snapped that picture and posted it to Twitter with the caption, "Hmm HR?"

What's funny is that how, in this ultra-connected society, this has become a real story, and not just a strange, not-meant-to-be-offensive-but-is-anyway occurrence. According to Mediaite, not only did the NBC corporate folks respond with a tweet (under a little-used @NBCU account) that the sign was taken down, but NBC's own African-American issues web site The Grio interviewed the cook who made up the menu. That interview is after the jump.

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The Roots Release EP of Music From 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

by Meg Prossnitz, posted Dec 21st 2009 2:45PM
The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy FallonYou could call 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' the first fully interactive late-night television program. Since its inception in the form of webisodes asking viewers to pick out the show's logo, the show has practically broken the fourth wall with the number of behind-the-scenes peeks it offers.

House band The Roots is largely to thank for that. During the changing of the guard -- er, host -- Max Weinberg advised drummer/bandleader Questlove (Ahmir Thompson) that his band had worked with five songs during its first two weeks of the show with Conan O'Brien. Now, nine months into its new day job, The Roots has recorded 1,000 of its bite-size "sandwiches" (so called because they're played before and after segments on the show). To celebrate, the band has released an EP of the tunes, which are often influenced by the guests themselves.

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Jimmy Fallon takes on Vulcan gangsta rap

by Brad Trechak, posted May 21st 2009 7:01PM
Admittedly, I haven't been watching Jimmy Fallon's new late night talk show. I found this video segment from the show online and couldn't resist sharing. Fallon seems to be giving out a hipster geek vibe with his character of TuSpock (a combination of Tupac Shakur and Mr. Spock from Star Trek). That sort of humor is usually reserved for Mr. Fallon's alma mater of Saturday Night Live.

The make-up was excellent. Fallon even has the same look and body type as the original Spock (and wouldn't that have been a surprise piece of casting for the recent movie). The appearance of the rapper Tariq from the group The Roots as Captain Kirk was a nice touch.

Hopefully this sort of intelligent, subversive humor will be the rule for Fallon and not the exception. If he keeps up with sketches like this one, I may have to catch his show sometime (at least on Hulu).

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So how was Fallon's first week?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2009 11:02AM
JImmy FallonSo it's been a week since our boy took to the airwaves and he has survived. He went a whole week without being canceled. Way to go, Jimmy! You've cost half of our commenters their share of the dough in their "When will Jimmy Fallon go down in flames?" pools. Now where will they find the money to stock up on Cheetos and duct tape for their slowly dying bean bag chairs?

So how did Jimmy do? The answer, as I've learned in my brief stint here at TV Squad Land, is totally subjective. Some people are going to like Jimmy and some won't and each will find their own reason to support their feelings.

So instead of giving a definitive "yes" or "no," here's a list of five good things and five bad things from the first block of shows.

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The Roots are ready to rock, rap, jazz and even disco the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2009 9:20AM

The Roots are taking their new gig as the official house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon very seriously, even if their initial chances of scoring such a gig seemed like nothing more than a joke by a couple of the show's overworked staffers.

"We were the musical supervisors for [Chappelle's Show] season two and three ... and Dave's partner Neal Brennan was brought over as a consultant, and he sort of jokingly recommended The Roots as a house band," said Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson in a conference call last Tuesday with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter. "I guess the joke was sort of like, you know, I dare you to ask them, even though they're too busy to take it."

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Jimmy Fallon's first taste of Late Night tastes like feet - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 10th 2008 8:28AM
A lot of comedy geeks called "shenanigans" on NBC when they announced Jimmy Fallon would get Conan O'Brien's Late Night slot when he moves to Los Angeles next year. I wasn't a big fan of the Fallon when he was on SNL and his movie career lacked a certain something (like entertainment value), but late night comedy is a different monster. Even O'Brien had problems establishing himself and I was willing to give Fallon the benefit of the doubt.

Then NBC announced that Jay Leno would get his own primetime spot when he leaves The Tonight Show, an announcement that couldn't have shocked me more if NBC delivered it with a 20-watt tazer.

Then I watched the first episode of Jimmy Fallon's web premiere and I understood why.

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The Roots will be Jimmy Fallon's band. Wait, what? - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 16th 2008 3:42AM
The Roots
The first wave of shock hit when it was announced that Conan O'Brien would be switching coasts to take Jay Leno's seat. I didn't mind that so much, as I've never been a fan of Leno and am rather glad to see him go. The second bit of news about Jimmy Fallon taking O'Brien's spot consisted of more mixed feelings. I was a big fan of Fallon back in the day, but I was, like, a teenager then.

Times have changed, I've grown up, Fallon's made a lot of crappy movies, and guys playing with their hair when they're nervous isn't so endearing anymore. That last one was a lie, but regardless, I'm unsure of how to feel about Fallon's new job. Now here comes the news that The Roots will be Fallon's band on the show. Now, I must borrow from ?uestlove's name for my "What??!"

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The Colbert Report in Philadelphia: Annie's adventure - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 17th 2008 1:26PM
Colbert Report ticket
Back on the night that Stephen Colbert announced that he'd be hitting Philadelphia, taking the show on the road for the first time, I had decided to go to bed early and just catch the rerun in the morning. My friend called me just as I began to doze off and immediately told me that she had gotten tickets for us to see Colbert in Philadelphia. I had no idea what the hell she was talking about, so when I hung up, I just shrugged it off as a late-night half-dream. The next morning, I watched the episode and it finally made sense: We were about to go on another Colbert Report adventure.

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