Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon-style French Late Show ‘Le Late Avec Alain Chabat’ Launches Amid Fanfare & Mixed Response

A new French late show presented by a popular actor, director and writer alain chabat launched on France‘s TF1 This week amid much fanfare France’s latest attempt to crack the format.

Running from 10.55 pm Monday to Friday, le let avec alain chabat launched on Monday (21 November), with the host joking in his opening speech: “I almost did this show in 2018, but it was during the World Cup in Russia, so it was a bit poignant. But now, it He is in Qatar, so tout wa bien.

The show was commissioned by TF1’s Executive Vice President of Content Ara Aprikian to fill the late night slot, which began in the evening due to the timing of the Qatar World Cup soccer matches.

Chabat is no stranger to TV studio shows, first coming to fame in the late 1980s as co-producer of the popular Canal+ comedy sketch program les nullsto starring in popular comedies such as the 2002 hit, before focusing mainly on cinema Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra And Houba! on the trail of Marsupilami,

Internationally, Chabat is best known for his collaborations with director Quentin Dupieux on films such as the Cannes 2022 title. smoking causes coughBerlinale Selection unbelievable but true And realityand also appeared as Napoleon Bonaparte night at a museum 2,

He returned to the TV studio in 2018 for the reboot of his Canal+ show burger quiz, Featuring two teams named Ketchup and Mustard, co-writing the new version with son Max Chabat, one of the late show’s writers.

TF1 has been teasing the new show since early September, light-heartedly poking fun at King Charles’s viral ink pen malfunction at a signing ceremony, days after his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s death, which also featured Jamal Debouj and Lee was also there. Drucker.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Chabat told the French chat show ca vus: “We love Johnny Carson’s late show Jimmy Fallonpassing by Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and all others. We’re going to take the Late Show codes and try to have a fun hour with the guys.

True to their word, the show has the look and feel of an American original.

There is the large desk, a night-time skyline scene in the background (showing the Icelandic capital of Helsinki according to French media), a resident group called the Lettres, a host of star guests mainly from the world of French cinema, So far, more live music acts have played.

There are two major differences in that the show is pre-recorded – so current affairs don’t feed into gags and monologues, plus Chabat’s first show for the World Cup for the first time – and for now, it’s for a limited run. Scheduled out of 10 shows.

For Monday’s launch, Chabat was joined by the Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardinactor and director Jean-Pascal Zidy (just black), live sets by stand-up Tania Dutel and UK indie rock band Wet Legs.

Subsequent shows featured actors Debouze, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Monica Bellucci and Laurent Lafitte, and live music by French rapper Orelson and L.A. band Thumpasaurus.

Aside from the live music acts, no international names have yet graced the couch of the French-speaking show.

France has a long history of trying to create its own late-night talk shows, with people such as TV presenter Arthur and former Cannes Film Festival president and journalist Pierre Lescure taking up the challenge with limited success in the past.

For both the public and TV critics, the jury is out on whether Chabat has finally nailed it.

Weekly TV & Culture Magazine telerama suggested that Chabat has come as close as anyone has gotten to pulling it off, in an article titled “For once, it’s (almost) as good as the Americans”.

“A late show in France, it’s been 30 years that we’ve been trying to pull it off and nobody’s managed it, but like he did burger quiz Four years ago, Alain Chabat took everyone by surprise and hit where they weren’t expecting it,” it read

daily newspaper Freedom was less enthusiastic, saying that the first show lacked substance and power, and described it as “Ni froid, ni show”, ‘neither cold nor hot’, in a word play on the French word for hot, chaud. to be done.

The viewership numbers of the first three shows also present a mixed picture.

The first show running after the Wales–US World Cup match attracted 1.07 million viewers for TF1, a 10.2% audience share, slightly less than the same timeslot re-run of an episode on M6. Cocker N CuisineIn which a top chef rescues a failing restaurant.

Tuesday’s show, following the France–Australia match (which attracted 12.5m viewers in France), was watched by 1.56m viewers, for an audience share of 15.8%, but on Wednesday this dropped to 976,000 or 9.2% of viewers. Reached

With another seven shows, it remains to be seen whether France breaks the late-night talk show format.