Some viewers may have noticed something different about NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” and Variety reports that the people behind the show got the idea from Netflix.
“The NBC late-night show quietly dropped its opening credits a few months ago, squeezing the cold open down to a quick intro from announcer Steve Higgins, a few ‘hey-hey-hey-hey’ bars from The Roots, and then straight into Fallon’s monologue,” Variety reports, adding: “The decision to drop the opener is the most notable change made so far on ‘The Tonight Show’ since former ‘Today’ executive producer Jim Bell took over as showrunner in October.”
The tweak is presumably part of an effort to hang onto viewers following the local news, but the show’s host shed some additional light on the decision.
“Fallon told Variety that the idea for excising the opener was inspired by Netflix’s ‘skip intro’ feature, which allows viewers to bypass a series episode’s opening credits and get straight into the action,” the publication reports.
The story notes that the show’s original opening sequence, which was directed by Spike Lee and featured Fallon along with various New York landmarks, had been a part of the show since it launched with Fallon in 2014.
Variety quotes Fallon saying: “You don’t have [the ‘skip intro’ button] on network TV. So you’re forced to watch this, every night. And you go, ‘I get it, Jimmy Fallon’s going to walk out. We get it, you’re in New York City and you’re ordering a hot dog.’”