Originally Posted by MWM
I like Conan, but his style is not one that's going to appeal to the masses. He had a nice niche following when he was on later, but now that he has to hold onto the mainstream, large audience, I think his style is too polarizing. I'd hate to see him leave late night altogether, but I admit that I think Seinfeld doing the Tonight Show could be really good.
Maybe, but they said this about both Letterman and Leno early on. Letterman was considered too irreverent, and Leno didn't seem to have the cache a year or two after Carson left. Both are still gainfully employed years later. Leno, IMO, turned into a major kiss-ass, and I find his current show unwatchable. Nonetheless, he won the mainstream of America despite being very different from his predecessor.
I think Seinfeld would be a horrible long term choice. First of all, even if he can be funny on a nightly basis (not easy to do - much harder then telling the same jokes every night as a standup guy), he'll probably be bored with the job in a year or two.
If NBC goes for the big name, they will regret it.