And we’re back! After a couple of weeks on hiatus, most of the late-night chat shows were back in business on Monday. More importantly, at least one of them was starting to get back to normal, albeit in a drastically limited way.
That would be The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which returned to its 30 Rock studio with a scaled-back show featuring empty bleachers and a limited band and crew. That comeback did not extend to musical guests Little Big Town, however; the country-pop foursome served up their party anthem Wine, Beer, Whiskey from the split-screened, headphoned isolation that has sadly become the norm. Thankfully, other artists were a little more innovative in their approach, even as the shows hosting them remained in house-bound seclusion. Maryland hip-hopper IDK, whose acronym reportedly stands for Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge, hit the soundstage with his band to perform his intriguing and tense No Cable for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. But the performance of the night has to be Margo Price’s poolside rendition of Letting Me Down for Jimmy Kimmel (well, technically, guest host Iliza Shlesinger) Live. If that doesn’t make you want to fix up your backyard, nothing fill. One final note: Should you care, The Late Show was posting performance clips online even while it was off the air. I tossed a few of the better ones in below so you can get up to speed.