Seth Meyers debuted as the newest Late Night host last night, and critics seem to agree: He did a fine job. There was no huge "wow" moment, but neither did he embarrass himself, and the franchise appears to be in capable hands. Some of the things reviewers are talking about:
- It was very low-key. Meyers had, arguably, the least stressful launch of anyone who's ever taken over a late night show, as Tim Goodman points out in the Hollywood Reporter. And he kept things very down-tempo, with none of the razzle-dazzle that marked Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show debut, writes Meredith Blake in the Los Angeles Times. Most agree Meyers' transition into the slot was smooth.
- It had an old-fashioned feeling. None of the jokes or comedy bits were very original, writes Brian Lowry in Variety. But there was also a throwback tone that some reviewers appreciated: Meyers "constantly held up pictures—real pictures, printed out," writes Darren Franich for Entertainment Weekly. "I don’t think he said the words 'Twitter' or 'Facebook' once in the whole hour."