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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Conan Vs. Jay: Again?

Have you been glued to the coverage of the NBC Jay Leno vs. Conan O’Brien situation? This is important stuff, folks, therefore I must pipe in with an opinion. The important thing you need to know is that above all, David Letterman is no longer watchable.

We watch KENS-5 10PM newscast, then immediately switch the tube over to NBC so we can watch Conan. When Jay Leno first went off the air, we were mostly bummed because we just weren’t sure if Conan would be for us. Sure, we had watched his monologue via the DVR from time to time, but it wasn't a fixture each night. But starting with his first show in the new slot, it took no time at all to adapt.

When Leno showed up again for his prime-time show, we gave it a shot. Aside from his monologue and when he does Headlines, the show is simply unwatchable. The interaction between Leno and bandleader Kevin Eubanks is mostly lame. Conan on the other hand routinely ad-libs with announcer and Ed McMahon-like sidekick Andy Richter as well as incorporating band members Max Weinberg and LaBamba in skits. What you see is personality, humor and etertainment.

For some reason however, I guess Conan has not caught on with the right demographic. They say that, even though Leno had easily beat Letterman in the same time slot for years,Conan just isn't getting it done. Who are they asking? I do like the fact that both Leno and O'Brien are quick to joke about it. You get the sense that this is not about the two of them personally, but that they both recognize their network sucks.

It now looks as though NBC is planning to take the watchable portion of the Leno show, put it on for half an hour after the news, then play the full hour of Conan. I suppose. I guess we’ll have to go back to DVR’ing Conan’s monologue for next day viewing. Either way, in spite of the fact that I had been a huge fan of David Letterman for years, he just doesn’t fit into the rotation for me anymore.



i'd rather have my teeth pulled then watch leno or conan...I like both the jimmy's and craig, but my all time hands down fav is letterman...

Dave said...

Interesting. We do like the Jimmy's and Craig Ferguson is absolutely hilarious. I know he isn't for everyone, but we like him.

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