Well, one show in, I liked it.
He definitely started off with a whole different energy than Leno, which I appreciate. It seems like he’s looking for something less over-produced, turning every laugh into the audience clapping and the band punching up, and so forth. He just let the jokes work or not.
It’s cooler, low key. Really a very conscious look and feel of the 60’s Tonight Show (I’m too young to have seen it, but the curtain was simple, elegant, early Carson. Fallon’s suit would look at home in 1963. The model of New York behind his desk doesn’t try to look photo-realistic or 21st century).
I’d really like a Tonight Show that feels like the mood after the party. It’s late, it’s a bit quiet, and something organically funny and/or substantive can grow there.