Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It came to me tonight as I was trying to sleep. The answer is so obvious. First of all, NBC pays off Conan O'Brien and his staff, gives them a non-compete that runs into September 2010. Then, Comcast President Steve Burke offers Conan an 11:30 p.m. talk show to be simulcast on E! and Style, and distributed thru viral media sites such as Facebook/YouTube/Hulu/Fancast, and with greater control over the metrics and viewership patterns by offering each night's show on-demand through Comcast's vast cable systems. Then, when the NBC Universal acquisition by Comcast gets approval (hopefully) in early 2011, Burke and the Comcast team sack Jeff Zucker and Jay Leno, reinstate Conan on the Tonight Show, and a seamless transition/working out the bugs can occur under the new corporate patrons. To me, it's brillant. What say you?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
As someone who was religiously addicted to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and then defected to CBS and David Letterman when Jay Leno (who I used to like back in the day -- I have the ticket stubs to prove it) took over the time slot -- well, I've always believed that The Tonight Show died when Leno got the job...So I was happy that Conan O'Brien, who I do like, was elevated to that time slot earlier this year...And he's had some very funny shows that I have really enjoyed...The time when "Bruno" stopped by...All of William Shatner's appearances...The return of Andy Richter (buy the Andy Barker PI DVD, that was a show that didn't get its chance either)...And this clip, which is one of the best bits I've seen on a TV "talk show" in a long time. Save Conan! (DUGOUT NOTE: NBC & Hulu have removed all traces of Conan O'Brien's stint on the Tonight Show, so I'm unable to show the clip anymore. Trust me it was wonderful.)