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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jay Leno in prime time and Fallon at late night, give me a break

I've always liked Letterman better than Leno.
It's not that I don't find Leno funny.
I guess I just associate him too much with those Doritos commercials from the late 80s and early 90s.
But Letterman, when he was at the top of his game doing late night at NBC, the guy was hilarious.
I was among the fans championing him to get Carson's spot when he retired.
Alas, it went to Leno.
But that is all old news.
The new news is that NBC is going to cut back on their costs by throwing Leno at 10 p.m., giving his show to Conan O'Brien and then, of all people, Jimmy Fallon takes on the late shift.
FALLON?!! What, was Father Guido Sarducci busy?
Fallon has some big shoes to fill, and it's my guess his turn at late night will last about the same as Chevy Chase's rotten talk show.
But what does this all mean for NBC?
It means they won't have to pay for prime time dramas, which are a bit more costly when compared to a talk show.
It's an interesting idea, just not one I would bank on.
I don't follow who is the king of late night ratings, but I'm sure Conan is more than able to handle himself against Letterman.
I'm just not convinced Fallon is the right candidate to take the helm of a show that has been great for so long.
Other than the cost, probably a big reason for the move is the utter lack of good prime time television on NBC's part.
I'm probably in the minority of people who think "Heroes" is still good.
But then take a look at some of its other newest editions: An awful remake of "Knight Rider," and a terrible variety show starring Rosie O'Donnell?
I'd rather watch a PBS documentary on the manufacturing of marbles.
These are just two stink bombs the peacock trucked out like they had just reinvented the wheel.
I guess "Law and Order: Keweenaw County Sheriff," can't be too far behind.
I'll still watch Letterman after the nightly news when Leno takes his new spot in prime time.
And I'm sure I'll flip to Conan on the commercials.
But it looks like I'll be going to bed right afterward, like many other people.


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