Have you heard the news that is the late night talk show debacle on NBC? Poor Conan O’Brien finally got to take over the Tonight Show, but Jay Leno never actually went away. Instead, they gave him the 10 PM time slot every night of the week for what they are now saying was “always an experiment” (nice cover) and take away five hours of scripted programming from their schedule. By all accounts, the experiment has been failing miserably and the network affiliates are getting pissed because they’re losing viewers for their 11 PM news (folks are watching other stuff at 10, and apparently not changing the channel back to NBC).
NBC’s solution? Put Leno back on at 11:30 and move Conan to 12. Oh, and Jimmy Fallon gets screwed in all of this too because his show is getting pushed back later as well. They seem to be ignoring the larger problem here, which is that people aren’t interested in watching Jay Leno anymore, probably because he isn’t very funny. So why are they rearranging the schedule and pissing off Conan just to keep Jay? It doesn’t make sense. I’m very curious to see what Conan ends up doing with all of this. Personally, I think he should be outraged. He waited forever to take over the Tonight Show and finally had his chance….for half a season and now they’re trying to take it away. Don’t take it lying down, Conan!! You’ve worked too hard and are too talented for them to pull a stunt like this on you.