NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” premiered recently in a fairly ho-hum transfer of power from Jimmy Fallon to Meyers, another “Saturday Night Live” alumnus.
“If everyone could stick around, I’d love to do five hours of notes,” Meyers joked as his first episode signed off. Well, here are some notes, thoughts and instant criticisms:
It seemed like a long wait just to get Poehler to come out and gab for a few minutes. In the 1980s, “Late Night” thrived on David Letterman’s weirdness and devil-may-care approach to being on television, which hit a sweet spot with college students in a pre-Internet era. That approach evolved and thrived under Conan O’Brien’s stewardship, and it morphed into a playful and inventive spree under Jimmy Fallon.
“Late Night With Seth Meyers” will need several weeks before it lands on its own brand of strangeness and attitude, if viewers will wait around that long. On its first night, the show was far too bland and, more disappointingly, seemed built from spare parts.