Another Jimmy Fallon musical impersonation leads our Top 5 this week as Jimmy found a way to spoof the current mania over Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
And, it was also Week Two of ABC’s new “Celebrity Wife Swap” and if you thought Week One was crazy with Gary Busey and minister Ted Haggard trading spaces and spouses, then wait’ll you see Flavor Flav and Dee Snider on this week’s show. Please read on:
1) Only Jimmy Fallon would think of this: Fallon must lie awake nights trying to think up scenarios from which he can produce another one of his impersonations of another iconic music star.
This week, he came up with a way to do David Bowie — combine him with the celebrated Broncos QB, whose team takes on the New England Patriots in the AFC playoffs this Saturday (Jan. 14, 8/7c on CBS). The character Fallon created: “Tebowie,” who was introduced to the world on Thursday’s edition of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC.
2) Battle of the Reality Show All-Stars: With some of TV’s most notorious reality shows under his belt, Flavor Flav (“The Surreal Life,” “Strange Love,” “Flavor of Love”) belongs in the Reality TV Hall of Fame (an institution as yet unestablished, but it should be!).
And Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is also making a name for himself on reality TV (he had his own short-lived show with his family, “Growing Up Twisted,” and will soon be seen on “The Celebrity Apprentice”). So when the two swapped households this week, it was World War III in at least one of them — Flav’s house, where Dee’s wife, Suzette, encountered so much stress that she moved into a hotel.
And if you liked that scene, we have a few other clips from the show, plus the entire show if you’re interested in watching more.
3) Buddy Hackett lives again: Here’s a newly recurring bit we’re liking a lot on “Late Show with David Letterman” in which Tom Hanks delivers a joke in the manner of the late, great, blustery (and often extremely profane) comedian Buddy Hackett. One big reason why we like this bit: It is amazing to us that Letterman has created this bit for the simple reason that Hackett, who was much beloved but died back in 2003, is not exactly the kind of showbiz personality who’s top of mind among the younger demos TV networks crave. But on the other hand, the Letterman show got one of our most beloved actors to do this bit, for which we are very grateful. We’ve caught two of these jokes lately, one of which was seen this past week.
4) More than 13 million Americans can’t be wrong: Or can they? Despite our respect for the comic talents of Rob Schneider (see our “evidence” for this here) even we were blown away by the overnight numbers for the debut of his new CBS sitcom “Rob” Thursday night at 8:30/7:30c — 13.483 million. That’s due, at least in part, to CBS’s dominance generally on Thursday nights, and also the strength of “Rob’s” lead-in, the megahit “Big Bang Theory,” which drew 15.933 million viewers, according to the overnights. The big test for “Rob”: Will the viewers who sampled it in Week One return in Week Two? Whatever happens, the “Rob” debut was auspicious enough to land the show in our Top 5 for the week.
5) Oprah’s answered prayer: Another show that made news this week after surprising us in the ratings was the second episode of Oprah Winfrey’s new OWN series “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” in which she devotes the full hour to visiting with and interviewing a high-profile celebrity. Her show last Sunday with TV preacher Joel Osteen drew 1.6 million viewers — a record for OWN and a 45 percent improvement over the show a week earlier that featured Steven Tyler, who, for most of us, is a much more famous figure, or so it would seem. This Sunday on “Next Chapter” (9/8c on OWN): New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.