That’s My Jam On NBC, Where Jimmy Fallon And Celebrity Friends Play Music-Related Games

Jimmy Fallon’s signature as late-night host (he did 12 years between his two shows!) is where he draws guests to the game. Of course, they’re hilarious, but it also shows off the least guarded guests. That’s why his games have spawned such a good spin-off series, like Lip Sync Battle, so why not group some of his most popular music-based games into a show of its own?

Opening scene: Jimmy Fallon in front of “Jam Band” will provide live music for That’s my jam. For some reason, there’s a stuffed polar bear standing behind the band.

Gist: In That’s my jam, Fallon hosts a game night where four celebrities, divided into two teams of two, compete in music-related games that have become popular on the Internet. Tonight’s show.

In the sneak preview episode (the series begins in the regular Monday time slot on January 3), the famous contestants are coaches on Voice – Blake Shelton and Ariana Grande on one team, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend on the other. On the grand stage, 4 super coaches compete for charity and the final prize: Booming Silver Trophy printed with the show’s name.

The games they play: “Perfect Mashup,” in which the lyrics of one song are paired with the melody of another and the first person to ring the song with the mixed title of the two songs wins points; “Vinyl Countdown”, in which a group member receives the name of a band and they have to ask the other to guess the band without using their own name; “Air Guitar”, in which Jimmy blows air into the bewildered faces of the teams that get the quiz question wrong, or the other team if the question is answered correctly; “Wheel of Impossible Karaoke,” where contestants spin a wheel to give them various live karaoke challenges; and “Slay It, Don’t Spray It,” in which “Doom Box” will spray water on one of the teams if they are unable to complete the missing lyrics of the selected songs.

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What shows will it remind you of? Game Ellen’s Game crush with Fallon Tonight’s program music game. There are also some elements of Family fighting game mix in.

Our Take: We are all fans of Fallon’s games on Late night and Tonight’s show before 2016 (when he messed up Donald Trump’s hair and everyone turned to look at Stephen Colbert), mainly because it showed celebrities in comfort mode, where their defenses drop and their competitive nature revealed. So that’s why a show full of celebrities making these games would work. It works for Lip Sync Battle, ran for five seasons.

Of course, it depends on the celebrities involved; Fallon and company were smart to have Voice coach in the first episode, and it wasn’t just because the singing competition aired earlier that night. The trainers have amazing chemistry with each other after months (years, in the case of everyone but Grande) working together, and they all competed on their programs to start . So, seeing Shelton amusing for the show, Clarkson gets heavily involved in every game, and Grande apologizes for being too young for some really fun trivia or songs to watch.

It also helps the games rely on the fact that all four contestants have great vocals (yes, even Blake, if you like country). In Wheel of Impossible Karaoke, Clarkson and Grande are trading verses from various songs by pop divas. You know they can both handle it – Kelly does “Kellyoke” on her talk show, for God’s sake – and they both knock it out of the park.

Therefore That’s my jam is a show with fewer games than just a variety show with some games in between. If you see it that way, the idea that no “civilian” contestant can actually have real-life money doesn’t matter to you anymore. But if any of the teams have flaws — something Fallon and his producers are usually good at suspending — that will drag a particular episode down.

Farewell shot: Blake “naturally” pushed Jimmy into the “doom box” so he could learn from being sprayed in the face.

Sleeper Star: Who voiced the “doom box” is funny. Let’s hope it’s Questlove or someone like that.

Most Pilot-y routes: Fallon does not tell us which charities or charities are playing for celebrities or what those charities receive (we assume that charities receive money regardless of outcome). how).

Our call: INSTRUCTIONS IT. While Fallon himself can reduce his “candy shop kid” excitement by half a notch, That’s my jam is a fun game that shows his famous friends the least protected. And the music is pretty good too.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding: he’s a TV junkie. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon,,, Fast Company and others.

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