The talk today is all about Leno. It’s no secret Jay Leno’s new show on NBC was a cost saver for the Peacock. No one expected much, the net was filling time cheaper than it could with a whole cast of actors and writers and producers. Problem is, the network did it with complete disregard for its affiliates (see earlier posts, the networks don’t CARE about affiliates any more) … Leno’s dismal average of 5ish million viewers was killing NBC affiliates with local news shows after, because the audience just wasn’t there for them.
So NBC is painted into a corner. Stuck with decidedly unfunny and uneasy Conan O’Brien in Leno’s old slot, angry affiliates, and Leno suffering in an awful new format (let’s face it, his new show stinks).
Shakeup time. TMZ.com is reporting the network told O’Brien to let Leno take the helm in his old slot or take a walk. And NBC is stuck suddenly having to fill five new hours of prime time programing each week. No doubt they’ve got a super high-quality show just waiting to flll the void (riiiigghhhhttt). Comcast’s pendng corporate takeover of NBC might work out as well as that whole AOL thing went for Time Warner. Buyer beware.
My take? Who cares. Modern viewers are drifting away from the old “little song, little dance, little seltzer in your pants” variety show. I’d rather watch TMZ or even Nightline nowadays than that creepy old dude David Letterman or a twitchy Conan. Say … I have been meaning to watch that show I recorded on the DVR earlier this week.
Get the picture? These are dinosaurs fighting for the last square inch of primoridial swamp. And frankly, I’ve moved on. Let this little drama play out, I want to see what Balloon Boy is up to ….
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