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Is NBC making right decision for Jay Leno?

NBC finally confirmed it is going to scuttle Jay Leno's 10 o'clock comedy program and shift the host back to late night after NBC TV stations threatened to drop the prime-time weeknight series, the network's entertainment chief said Sunday.

"The Jay Leno Show" will be pulled from prime time when the network starts its coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., on Feb. 12. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 11, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The current American psychology is immediate gratification. For some reason the morons at NBC thought that Conan would be the way to finally kill off Letterman at 11:30, because Leno had only maintained a healthy back and forth battle. So they spent huge dollars in building a new theatre for Conan, and moving him to the West Coast- which if Letterman was the target, would you not at least want to be in the neighborhood? Then they decide that Leno's show has to have pacing set to Flight of the Bumble Bee, with less interview and more stupid blather. Conan still talks over his guests making himself the perennial center of attention- Jimmy Fallon does this too but he's a bit sweeter about it. Have any of these people gone into the archives and actually watched Johnny and Jack Paar? These giants filled their time in an easy, non-hurried way in which you did not feel a guest was there solely for a plug, even when they were, but that they were there for a visit. I am sorry, making Denzel Washington "earn" his plug, is just stupid.
And now you want the to do this in half an hour? Why not just do 30 minutes of monologue and forget the guests- because they will only have about 18 minutes of real air time when the commercials are in. Dave still runs a show that is for entertainment, easy interaction with guests and the audience. NBC has taken the most winning formula on TV and found a way to destroy it- but that seems business as usual for many companies today. Some will learn from it. Will NBC?

Posted by: poppysue85 | January 11, 2010 10:07 AM

poppysue wrote>>>Why not just do 30 minutes of monologue and forget the guests-

Excellent idea!
Or NBC could move Leno BACK to 11:30 and a full HOUR - and Silly Conan could.....join a traveling circus.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 11, 2010 10:19 AM

Jay Leno should contract for periodic standup slots on the Tonight Show. Let Conan continue to innovate and build an audience. Otherwise, the networks should try to find the next Johnny Carson, who was the king of late night.

Posted by: mcgreen1 | January 11, 2010 10:54 AM

People are used to watching late night talk shows before bed, so moving Jay up to prime time, when folks like their "stories," required a complete shift in people's viewing habits. Americans don't make complete shifts in their habits.

Posted by: fmjk | January 11, 2010 11:53 AM

Why doesn't the West Coast adopt the Midwest schedule? It's a lot more user friendly for people who have to rise early to go to work. In the Midwest schedule, primetime starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 10.

Posted by: davemarks | January 11, 2010 12:08 PM

I have been a fan of Jay Leno for 17+ years and will continue to be a fan. I tried several times to watch O'Brien when he followed Leno and could never get past his idiocy. I tried again when he moved to Jay's spot, hoping that he had matured at least a little. Unfortunately, he is still an idiot. Since 'Birds of a feather...' it is now obvious that NBC exectives are idiots too.

Posted by: jhutchison2 | January 11, 2010 12:26 PM

I have a good idea. How about Jay Leno being funny or even amusing. Maybe that time slot would have worked.

Posted by: MarjorieTLee | January 11, 2010 12:35 PM

Try flip flopping Jay and Conan, so Conan does the 10P - 11P spot, and Jay goes back to the 11:30P - 1A spot.

Posted by: MylesSchulberg | January 11, 2010 12:48 PM

If Jay moves to Fox, we move to FOX.

Conan is under Rahm's brothers thumb and cannot mock Obama, the way the public actually does.
When comedy is out of touch with the majority, they have to accept that.

Jay is Great, and Carson knew it.

Johnny Carson picked Jay Leno, not O'Brien.

Posted by: dottydo | January 11, 2010 1:08 PM about those of us who can't stand Leno, can't stand O'Brien, and can't stand Fallon? Not funny, not interesting, not worth watching.........any of them!

Posted by: butterfly21 | January 11, 2010 1:13 PM

Johnny Carson did not pick Jay Leno; NBC picked Jay Leno.

Johnny Carson picked David Letterman.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | January 11, 2010 1:28 PM

The post should move this poll to a separate evening edition for 10 weeks.

Posted by: MBReader33 | January 11, 2010 1:42 PM

Wonder why the suits don't think outside the box a bit. Why not: bring Leno back to the 11:30 slot for a half-hour show including a shortened monologue, if any, and one guest for an in-depth interview. Then put Conan on at 12 or 12:05. Remainder of NBC programming continues as usual. (Personally, I'm a Letterman/Ferguson gal, so I don't really care. They'd have to raise Carson from the dead to get me to go back to the Tonight Show.)

Posted by: bucinka8 | January 12, 2010 8:17 AM

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