Over the weekend, Jimmy Fallon returned to his old stomping grounds to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time, and he may just earn an Emmy for his troubles. The “Late Night” host and former emcee of the Emmy Awards brought back a slew of old “SNL” co-stars to help with his hosting gig (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan), and the surprises definitely paid off in a big way according to Gold Derby’s forum posters.
In the three years since “SNL” hosts were allowed to enter the Comedy Guest Actor/Actress races, the long-running sketch show has found great success at the Emmys. Justin Timberlake (who sadly was a no-show for Fallon’s episode) won two trophies, first in 2009 and then in 2011, the latter of which he beat out fellow nominated host Zach Galifianakis. On the female side, Tina Fey won in 2009 and was nominated in 2010 and 2011, while Betty White struck gold in 2010.
White’s Emmy-winning submission was very similar to Fallon’s in that a bunch of former “SNL” cast members joined her on-stage in surprise cameos. Could the same format help Fallon win his first performance Emmy? The much-heralded 2010 Emmys host already has a statue on his mantle, however it is for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for his talk show’s website. He also received a bid for Outstanding Variety Writing for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” this year, but that went to the scribes of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
The most buzzed-about moment from Fallon’s outing came during the “Weekend Update” news segment, when the four most recent anchors — Fallon, Fey, Poehler and Seth Meyers — came together for the first time in a hilarious “Joke Off.” Just minutes prior, Jude Law joined Andy Samberg at the “Update” desk to promote his new “Sherlock Holmes” movie. Michael Buble was the holiday musical guest.
Our forum posters are enjoying near unanimous praise of Fallon’s hosting achievement. Here’s a snippet of what they’re saying:
Atypical: “AHHHHHHHHH! Head spinning! If Zach Galifianakis can be nominated for his hosting gig (and the most notable aspect of his appearance was his “Annie” monologue), then I think Jimmy Fallon has a good to great chance of breaking in the field too.”
T. Beau Tessler: “Congratulations, Jimmy Fallon, on your first Emmy win in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. This is an iconic moment in television.”
Boomer: “This show has been awesome tonight! Almost every second of it (minus the Armisen filmed one-man show). The best episode this year by far. Jimmy Fallon (if nominated – which isn’t easy) could win the Emmy.”
GoMe91: “This was the best episode this season. Wowza. Jimmy Fallon deserves an Emmy nomination. He and…Melissa McCarthy maybe?”