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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jimmy Fallon, Joking Bad

In writing yesterday about what's wrong with Arsenio Hall's new show, I mentioned that he has a long way to go to catch up to Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon in creating viral video. They are regularly producing material that Leno, Letterman, Ferguson, and Hall can't (and won't) do. The closest anyone comes to this kind of creativity in late night are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Here's proof of how high the bar has been set. Following Kimmel's fiery twerk fail ruse Monday night, Fallon fired right back last night with this extended "Breaking Bad" parody. In addition to the mandatory cameos, it's the attention to detail that makes the bit work so well...

Speaking of "Breaking Bad," AMC announced yesterday that it's going to do a spin-off series, about Saul Goodman, the sleazy lawyer played to perfection by Bob Odenkirk, but as a prequel (before he met Walter White and Jesse Pinkman). My advice: for that show to succeed, "Better Call Saul" must be as different from "Breaking Bad" as "Lou Grant" was from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."