Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.
After a slow start (who can forget that dreadful premiere-night interview with Robert De Niro), Jimmy Fallon’s late-night NBC show has grown by leaps and bounds in its 28 months on the air. Once just a sideshow in the big Conan-Leno controversy, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon has emerged as one the hottest late-night programs, a status validated today by Emmy nominations for best variety, music or comedy series and for writing for VMC series, the show’s first major Emmy recognition. But for a while, Fallon this morning feared another snub when he woke up at the crack of dawn to no congratulatory phone calls or emails. Turned out he was just too early as he got up at 7:40 AM ET, an hour before the Emmy nominations announcement. “I screwed up the time really badly,” Fallon admitted happily this morning in an exclusive interview with Deadline, having later discovered that he’d earned three noms, for best VMC series and writing as well as for Interactive Media. “I’d had this whole thing worked out in my head about how to keep up morale among the staff. Then I get a call from my wife. And she’s screaming and crying with joy. That’s when I knew I’d have my work cut out trying to make the writing staff depressed again.” (more…)