THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING A LOT OF DUDES: Look, we're long past dismissing Jimmy Fallon as a "dime-store mimbo," and there was a lot of charming material during his Tonight Show hosting debut last night (and man,did the Top of the Rock look great at sunset), but ... (1) it was a pretty complete sausage-fest, with women serving only as cameos during the "$100 bet" bit -- I don't even think there were any jokes about female athletes during the Olympic superlatives; and (2) yes, okay, first show and all, but it was still a bit too much on the tell-not-show on how Fallon wants himself and his show to be seen as being a warm and unthreatening place. Trust your own charisma, trust that what you've already built is going to be welcoming of and enjoyed by a broader audience.
Still: if anyone can save this format, and restore The Tonight Show as the late night comedy-variety show where everyone feels comfortable (both guests and viewers), it's probably Fallon, and I hope his reign is long and enjoyable.
added: James Poniewozik disagrees with me on the second point:
At first blush, it seemed incredibly obvious. It may just have been incredibly brilliant.
Consider the situation a new host like Fallon walks into. He’s starting a show in a time slot where millions of fans just saw a popular show, their show, a show that ran for two decades and put them to bed at night, get cancelled. (“The Tonight Show” didn’t get cancelled, sure. But “Jay Leno” did.) He has a job akin to a politician accepting his party’s nomination after a hard primary fight, or the new leader of a small conquered nation, or the CEO of a company that was just acquired. Leno said he was OK with leaving Tonight, but that doesn’t mean his fans were OK with it. Fallon’s job–well, one of many–was to make them OK with him.
So each introduction Fallon made was a chance to frame the story, from the beginning, in a way that could make these longtime Tonight viewers–many of them older–comfortable with him, even while he hopefully brought in new ones. Leno was the host for Middle America, the jovial guy who liked cars–just like America likes cars!–the guy who made fun of politicians from all parties. Now a new, young guy was bumping him out and moving the show to New York City....