The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon filmed from its NBC studio
Late night television took one step closer to getting back to normal on Monday night. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon returned to its home at the Rockerfeller Center in a sign of better things to come for New York City.
Jimmy Fallon moved production of The Tonight Show to his house back in March when New York City went into lockdown and quarantining practices were adopted across the country. It took some adjusting but Fallon found a grove with “The Tonight Show at Home Edition” thanks to help from his daughters and his wife Nancy.
New York City, once the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., has adjusted as well. Social distancing and wearing masks helped reduce the spread of COVID-19 and drastically swing things in the other direction. The city recently had its first day since March without reporting a death from COVID-19.
Things trending in the right direction means that more of New York City can reopen. For Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, this meant finally getting back to the late night show’s studio at 30 Rock. It is a major milestone in the road back to normal and The Tonight Show celebrated accordingly on Monday night.
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The Tonight Show‘s return to 30 Rock comes a week after Conan O’Brien brought his late night show back to a stage. Conan is currently broadcasting from the Largo theater in Los Angeles, a move that not only brings some normalcy to late night but also supports a venue that had been struggling during the lockdown.
Like O’Brien, Fallon can do some good with his move. While fans have loved seeing how the Fallon family lives and the at home shows have provided a different kind of comedy, there is nothing like seeing The Tonight Show from its studio. Fallon acknowledged that during Monday night’s show and stated his hope that the return to 30 Rock would provide some level of comfort to audiences at home.
Seeing Fallon and The Roots in the studio is a sign that things are moving in the right direction for New York City. The show is taking things slowly and safely, just like the city. NBC has set a solid example of how a return to work is possible given the right health and safety protocols are put into place.
New York City or the rest of the country doesn’t need The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to show it how we can get back to normal. Instead, the show is proving that we can get back to normal. And along the way, Fallon will make sure to keep audiences laughing and smiling as he has always done.
We’ll have to wait to see if other late night shows in New York City like Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert can return to a studio. Stay tuned.