It’s never too early for late-night.
Jimmy Fallon overjoyed potential NBC advertisers Monday morning, opening the network’s upfront with a great “Hamilton”-inspired performance. Singing and rapping in perfect costume for the Broadway smash, some of the “Tonight Show’s” top in-character lines included:
“Silence! I have a message from the king — Mr. Steve Burke!” (Burke is the CEO of NBCUniversal, and an executive vice president at parent company Comcast.)
“At least we’re not rebooting ‘Heroes’ or renewing ‘The Slap!'” (“Heroes: Reborn” was one-and-done; “The Slap” never made an impact in TV ratings.)
“Welcome back to Upfronts week/See the networks lying through their teeth.” (Yep. A lotta that.)
And, of course: “At least we’re the network that can say we fired Donald Trump!” (True! Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new host of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”)
They all sounded better with the rhyming setups, naturally.
NBC’s upfront wrapped up at 1 p.m. ET from New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Fox’s will take place this afternoon from the Beacon Theatre.