Originally Posted by redsfandan
I hadn't heard that NBC was down on Conan. But I wouldn't mind if this happens:
NBC cans Conan.
Dave moves to 10:00 slot.
CBS picks up Conan for 11:30 slot.
CBS ends up with Dave, Conan, and Craig and I don't have to mess with the remote.
I guess -- but you'd have the same problem on CBS that you have on NBC: you're getting the same show once at 10:00 and again at 11:30.
The problem isn't Leno or Conan -- the problem is that both shows have the exact same format. Monologue, skit, celebrity interview, skit / second guest, credits. Even if both shows are well done, the viewer is going to get tired of watching the same thing twice in one night.
If Leno was doing more of a variety show, it might work -- but his format is essentially unchanged from his Tonight Show days. Either he has to change or Conan has to change because there isn't room for two of them on the same network, plus Dave and the late-nighter (Fallon & Ferguson). It's too much.