Conan, Leno and Late Night

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post TV critic, talks about the dust up at NBC and how it will change the television landscape.

Play NBC Exec! If you were running the network, what one move would you make to solve the late-nite fiasco? Comment below!


Lisa de Moraes

Comments [11]

austin gil from hudson county nj

it seems to me to quite convenient of conan to play the indignant card[whether justified or not]. his ratings were not that good. what better time to bow out and save face,without risking the humiliation of completely bombing out or gradually rotting away through the attrition of mediocre ratings. this way he can play victim and get his million[s] dollar severance cake,and,eat it too!

Jan. 16 2010 06:56 PM
Jean Thomson from Chatham NJ

This Conan/Leno debate is a microcosm of demographics -- and representative of an inter-generational workplace dynamic that's on the rise across all industries.

Leno is a baby-boomer who is able -- and should be willing -- to retire. Conan is on the edge of baby-boomer/gen X, and ready to take charge.

Just like Conan, late baby-boomers and gen X'ers are being asked to compromise and stand behind their baby-boomer breathren who have no intentions of leaving the workforce (for reasons related to ego, power and/or finances). Of course, by the time the baby-boomers actually get around to leaving, the gen Y population cohort will be clambering to take charge.

Poor Conan...and many others born between 1960 and 1964.

Jan. 15 2010 10:55 AM
Bill Meis from Greenwich Village

If the manager of a baseball team realizes his current lineup isn't working out, he may need to shift a batter from, say, cleanup to the fifth spot in order to do what's best for the entire team and organization. In the end that batter pretty much needs to shut his mouth and do what he's told and cash his weekly check of about 50 grand or so.

These two multi-millionaire hosts need to stop whining about time slots, do what their bosses say, and do their job. Regardless of time slot, these guys are fortunate enough to be able to tape a comedy show every day at 5pm (or whatever it is) and make millions doing it.

Jan. 15 2010 10:50 AM
hjs from 11211

i would have put a classic variety show on at 10

Jan. 15 2010 10:48 AM
Stephen from Scarsdale

If I were Marc Zucker, I'd say, look, I'm a terrible tv executive and set both of you guys up to fail, and now that you two are headlining newspapers, and no one is funny. Jay proved to be the most unfunny person on tv. I'd say, let Conan have the tonight show, and tell Jay, not to be the inconsideragte f@t@$$ that he is acting like. NBC SHOULD OUST MARK ZUCKER.

Jan. 15 2010 10:43 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

if i were head of nbc the first thing i'd do is get jimmy fallon off the air as soon as possible. it's so awkward to watch him on tv.....i can't change the channel fast enough.

Jan. 15 2010 10:42 AM
Caroline from Manhattan

NBC should have gotten rid of Leno. He's not edgy enough for Fox so they wont bite and I doubt ABC will go after him, b/c of Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel. I bet Fox will pay big money for Conan. NBC has damaged the franchise now and the ratings will tank. I love Conan and will now watch Letterman. I will boycott The Tonight Show.

Team Coco!!

P.S. Demographics: Female, age 35

Jan. 15 2010 10:42 AM
Michael Z from Manhattan

If I were running the network, I would give Leno an apology for moving him to 10 PM and a bonus to purchase another antique auto to add to his collection. Leno was fine where he was.

Jan. 15 2010 10:40 AM
db from nyc

Does anyone really care about this celebrity/corporate media gossip???

Jan. 15 2010 10:40 AM
m phil from nyc

Leno is pathetic, OLD, passe and needs to be sent AWAY...
even mr. johnny carson admitted that he regretted his choice of leno for the tonight show and made every effort to rebuild his friendship with dave letterman whom he had passed over..

Jan. 15 2010 10:39 AM
Terry Milner from New York, NY

Fire both of them and put Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in their places. Neither of these guys are particularly brilliant comedians. Jay Leno is a pale ghost of Johnny Carson, Conan is a surrealist's portrait of Letterman. And as a writer and actor I am THRILLED that news of scripted television's demise was exaggerated.

Jan. 15 2010 10:39 AM

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