Late night shows find new audiences at home



With the recent Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses, events and sports have closed. Due to the closure many have lost employers, money, and their business. However, some employees are still going to work, just in a slight different fashion: Late night television such as “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” have been broadcasting from home.

Although they have given up fancy studios with in-person audiences, these shows have managed to flourish in quarantine. I’d even say that they might be even more enjoyable now. There’s a human element to seeing them outside of the studio lights and suits that creates a new type of viewer experience.

I’ve seen some people complaining on social media that the way these shows are hosted now, with Zoom calls and grainy imagery, they are too boring to watch every night. Many miss the unique spin to these shows in featuring celebrities, athletes, musical artists, comedians and even wildlife experts. While some are still including these types of interviews, they aren’t as interactive as they were in the studio.

It’s a shame for people to give up on these shows now. They usually produce great content for their viewers and can definitely provide some comfort during these uncertain times.