Thanks to Jimmy Fallon and Tara Lipinski, the Dude is still abiding. It just so happens the Dude now abides on ice.
The hope, at least to some, is that Fallon maintains his fresh and hilarious sensibilities and carries them over to the coveted time slot.
Fans of Conan O'Brien still carry some frustration, knowing the host of TBS's Conan could have found success on the long-running NBC late-night talk show.
Still, Fallon resonates with a younger crowd, finding new and captivating ways to infuse his show with immense measures of pop culture.
As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics loom days away, it seems appropriate to bring back a familiar face. In classic form, the spotlight featured a callback to The Big Lebowski.
However, instead of The Dude, we get The Big Lipinski.
As you recall, the 31-year-old Lipinski won the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, earning "the distinction as the youngest individual Gold Medalist ever in Winter Games history," via Lipinski's official website.
And now she seems to be spending her time pulling off stunning moves for late-night talk show hosts, all while enjoying what we presume is a haphazardly concocted White Russian.
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Really, the only thing better would have been Lipinski trying to explain how she isn't Lipinski and that you should call her The Duder or "El Duderino if you aren't into the whole brevity thing."
We now fully expect to see Brian Boitano take on the role of Jesus Quintana in a future episode.
If not, we can assume that every bit of what made Late Night with Jimmy Fallon great will spill over into his next venture.
Fortunately, that means we get to see a great deal more sports, pop culture and everything in between.
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