Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Coco on a roll

Anyone remember the late night wars? Dave wanted the Tonight Show. Jay Leno didn't really do anything but make appearances on late night TV shows. But then NBC screwed the pooch. Now it looks like history is going to repeat itself.

Conan was given the chance to take over for Jay in 2009 (offer extended like 5 years ago). But in our current culture of now right now right now right now! he didn't have a chance. Jay used to lose to Dave until Hugh Grant (in case you're wondering, he was a british dude who was in terrible movies in the 90's) apologized for picking up a prostitute. I think he was cruising around with Axel Foley who also loves prostitutes. But anyways, they offered it to him to make sure they didn't make the same mistakes. Nice try 4th network. Remember when you had Cheers, Seinfeld and Friends. Greener pastures.

But it has made for interesting TV. So maybe it is a self fulfilling prophecy. Conan will get great ratings because people are talking about him. And then they won't want to take him off the air. Or for the first time in history, maybe we'll have 4 late night talk shows in direct competition (yeah, we know you exist Jimmy).

Regardless, its an interesting time. Just like it was 16 years ago.


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