Sunday, April 21, 2024

Super Bowl Wants Justin Timberlake for Half Time Show, With Maybe Jimmy Fallon in the Act Since It’s All on NBC


I told you back on August 26th that the NFL wanted Justin Timberlake and Jay Z for the Super Bowl halftime show.

Since then, Jay Z seems to have declined the chance to perform. There’s the whole Colin Kaepernick situation, which won’t be better by Super Bowl time in February. Plus much of Jay Z’s set would have to be bleeped.

But Timberlake is the perfect choice for the NFL even though many years ago he and Janet Jackson had some trouble on the show. Well, everyone is older and wiser and there’s no use beating a dead horse. JT is too good an entertainer not to have him back (ditto Janet). The whole stadium will be dancing to “Can’t Stop the Music” and advertisers will groove on that good feeling.

Anyway, let’s hope they make the deal. Maybe Jay Z will turn up as a guest performer. No doubt Jimmy Fallon will, and the NBC tie-ins are too good to pass up. Jimmy needs a little ratings help right now, Justin will be releasing new music. It’s all kumbaya.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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