Saturday, January 16, 2010

Leno or Conan?

Been watching all the controversy about the late night show now that Leno has bombed in prime time. Who thought that one up anyway? In my opinion there was no question from the git-go that Leno's show would not be a five day a week hit in prime time. He might be able to pull it off once a week, but only the soap operas, daytime TV and news-type shows get away with every day broadcasting. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

So why did they do it? Money. Simple as that. It was cheaper to pay Leno his gazillion dollar salary than to create, write, cast, film and produce shows like CSI, Castle, Ghost Whisperer, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy... whatever the choice. Okay, I can see that it would be more cost effective, but without an audience that becomes a moot point.

So now is it right to oust Conan from his new spot just because all the powers that be screwed up? I think it really sucks. I may be partial because I have always liked Conan better than Jay. I understand that Conan isn't getting the ratings that Jay was, but lets think about this. A strong line up is always important for TV. The best shows earlier in the evening tend to create better ratings for the following shows. Once the TV is on, it often just stays on the same channel. So, with Jay's show bombing that means folks are changing the channel. At the end of the evening that is bad news for O'Brien because they aren't necessarily changing it back. Not all his fault. Blame it on Jay.

As for ousting him... isn't that like giving someone (Jay) a promotion, finding out they can't handle the new job, and then putting them back in their old job even though it's been filled (Conan)? Usually, the best that happens is that they are re-assigned to a like & kind of position until something opens up for them.

So who do you want to see in that spot? Is it right to give O'Brien the boot? Do you even stay up that late? Do you even care?

In case you are wondering... I am bored and just wanted to blog. =) That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!


  1. Another analogy comes to mind. Let's call this a train wreck. You just can't back up the train and have a "do over."

  2. Correct..NO do-overs! I really have never thought Leno was funny, and I like Conan. Hope they figure this out fairly, or that Conan ends up on another network.