Watch: Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Opening Directed by Spike Lee
by Ethan Anderton
February 18, 2014
Last night and today, everyone is talking about the first episode of "The Tonight Show" with new host Jimmy Fallon. It's the second time Jay Leno has left behind the late night talk show, and we're hoping it's for good this time. So why are we talking about a TV show when we stay strictly on the side of the big screen? Well, last night's show was full of spectacle and surprises, and Jimmy Fallon informed the audience that since this is the first time "The Tonight Show" has been back in New York in over 40 years, they wanted to get a genuine New Yorker to shoot their opening titles. And it doesn't get much better than Spike Lee.
Here's the opening sequence featuring Jimmy Fallon in iconic New York locations (via The Verge):
Just for good measure, here's one of the awesome star-studded segments to kick off the show:
And here's the "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" with Will Smith as the first guest:
It's great to see Jimmy Fallon having so much fun taking on a job that was a dream of his as a young child, staying up late to watch Johnny Carson. The idea of taking on a show like this is nearly unfathomable, and we can't wait to see what kind of cool stuff he brings to New York and "The Tonight Show." You can be sure if they do any cool movie-related sketches or segments, that we'll be posting them right here, so stay tuned.