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NBC Now Screening The Roots' Music Choices for 'Late Night'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 9th 2011 11:10AM
The Roots NBCFallout from 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon''s Michele Bachmann intro music controversy continues.

According to EW, The Roots, the in-house band on 'Late Night,' must now get their song choices approved by NBC. The band's frontman Questlove said he understands the need for the new process.

"It's still a comedy show, so they promise not to step on my toes or that type of thing, but they definitely want to know the title of the song, the subject matter of the song, can it be seen as an insult?" he said.

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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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Steven Tyler, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Sing Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 19th 2011 8:00AM
Steven Tyler Sings 'Walk This Way' on 'Late Night'Steven Tyler has been making the late-night talk show circuit in anticipation of his debut as a judge on the 10th season of 'American Idol' (premiering Jan. 19).

Never one to shy away from the chance to sing, Jimmy Fallon took Tyler's visit to 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) as an opportunity to perform with the Aerosmith frontman. Tyler started 'Walk This Way' on drums, then The Roots joined in.

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Perform Hip-Hop Medley on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 30th 2010 3:30PM
While The Roots play backup, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon school the audience on the history of hip-hop by performing a medley of seminal hits from the genre on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

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Amy Poehler Serenades Rashida Jones, Jimmy Fallon Serenades ... Questlove? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 6:19AM
Amy Poehler Serenades Rashida Jones; Jimmy Fallon Serenades ... Questlove?On 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), comedienne Amy Poehler expressed her "love" for Rashida Jones, her 'Parks and Recreation' co-star. But then, Amy's enthusiasm turned out to be kind of ... infectious. And not in a good way. More like infectious in a creepy way.

After Poehler declared her love for Rashida, host Jimmy Fallon became overtaken by the spirit of romance. Who did he express his undying passion for? Questlove, the 39-year-old male drummer for The Roots, Jimmy's house band. "I love ... Questlove," he said, in a slightly too intense tone of voice.

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Giovanni Ribisi Rights Newspaper's Wrong by Playing with The Roots (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 4th 2010 6:00AM
Giovanni Ribisi Plays Guitar with The Roots on 'Late Night'On 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Jimmy Fallon unveiled a picture from 'The Washington Post' website of The Roots performing on Earth Day. So far, so good. But the caption misidentified Roots bassist Owen Biddle as Giovanni Ribisi.

Yeah, from that distance, he could pass as Ribisi's doppelganger. Still, an error is an error. (Plus, the actor already has a twin, though they are far from identical.)

No matter: Ribisi just happens to play the guitar. So to "make the fact work," Fallon suggested the 'Middle Men' star perform with the band. Biddle, dressed exactly like Ribisi, played beside him. And ya know what? Ribisi was actually pretty good.

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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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Tomorrow night's Christmas tree lighting on NBC could be more interesting than usual

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 6:02PM
NBC logoI'm not quite sure what to make of this web site. It's called nbcstolechristmas.com and it has a How The Grinch Stole Christmas-ish rhyme that seems to imply that tomorrow night's live Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree lighting show on NBC might not go off the way the network wants it to.

If I'm reading the rhyme correctly, NBC is refusing to negotiate with employees over some dispute, and unless they agree to negotiate, "the crew may just might, do something that would be NBC's blight" and that "they'll be forced from 30 Rock." That's rather vague (and ominous). Could it mean the lights won't work? Dozens of NBC employees streaking live on national TV?

The poem also mentions hosts Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi and suggests that music guests Shakira and The Roots might not be able to play. Hmmmm...well, it's one way to get people to watch the show, that's for sure.

(Update: The Live Feed has the story.)

[via Damian Holbrook]

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This is my favorite regular segment on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 2:26PM
I mentioned the other day the regular segments that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has, from "Slow-Jamming The News" to "Real Housewives of Late Night." But this is my favorite regular bit he does, Thank You Notes, where he catches up on thank you notes that he's been meaning to write. It's clever (though it still reminds me of something Craig Kilborn used to do).

[Watch clips and episodes of Late Night and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Are you watching 7th Floor West?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 29th 2009 12:27PM
Every time I hear the name of Jimmy Fallon's "late night show soap opera" 7th Floor West, I think of Central Park West, the short-lived 90s soap from Darren Star that aired on CBS. I really liked that show, even if everyone else didn't. But this soap follows the adventures of Fallon and his staff their NBC studio. Here's the first episode, and you can watch the others (episode 7 debuts on July 13) at the 7th Floor West site.

Fallon is doing some clever regular bits on his show. Except "Lick it for Ten."

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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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So how was Jimmy Fallon on his first Late Night?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2009 12:46PM

It's almost unfair to review the first episode of a new talk show. After all, the show will be different every night, with different guests, different sketches, different musical guests. So to sit here and talk about what was good and bad about the first episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon would be unfair and silly. But let's do it anyway!

There's one thing I loved right away, and it had nothing to do with the host, his guests, the band, the sketches, or the audience. Can you guess what it was? The pic above is a clue.

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