Conan's mostly entertaining, but I'd never make time to watch his show or go out of my way to DVR and watch it.
I think, more than anything else, I'm sick of the format. Music, monologue, bit, guest, bit, guest, musical guest, credits. Wash, rinse, repeat. The celebrity guests are usually vapid, unfunny, and uninteresting and you can almost always get better bits on sketch comedy shows.
I have no doubt it'll be more of the same when Conan comes back.
24 Years and Counting...
Last edited by Spitball; 11-05-2010 at 08:55 PM.
Conan didn't make the decision to leave. That's twisting the reality. He said he would not agree to move time slots. It was NBC who then said they would not keep him since he wouldn't agree to switch. It may seem like semantics but it's not: Conan didn't quit, he just said he wouldn't change slots. NBC then negotiated his out.
He'll be fine. But that doesn't justify how unethical NBC was with the whole situation. I'm guessing if it were your career, you'd be pretty peeved about it. Can you put yourself in someone's shoes and think about what it would be like to wait 5 years for a specific position that was promised to you. You sign a contract being guaranteed that specific position, then after less than a year it's taken back from you? I cannot imagine you or anyone would be happy with that.
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It honestly sounds like your self-admitting dislike of Conan is clouding your judgment.
The employer, in this case, didn't make the decision based on expected returns. If that were the case, they would have just flat canned Conan. They made the decision because Leno was tanking so bad and didn't have anything else to do with him so they had to try and move Conan back. Conan got canned because he was the more expendable of the two.
Further, a good case could be made that Conan didn't get a chance to succeed. Not only was he not given a ton of time, but he was getting a crappy lead in from Leno's show. The lead in huge in television ratings.
The expected returns thing is a poor excuse. If this were about expected returns, NBC would have just fired Conan, given the Tonight Show to Jay Leno and wouldn't have given him the option of staying, albeit in a later time slot. The fact they didn't do that is because they weren't concerned by the ratings. That's just lip service to cover up what they knew (and you should know) was bad business to begin with.
Concerning ratings, Leno's Tonight Show ratings were bad for years until he booked Hugh Grant after Grant's "incident." And Leno's rating right now aren't much better than Conan's were, so if NBC did make this decision based on ratings, it looks like they were mistaken.
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The show was decent. Pretty much your standard late night, talk show format.
Conan's monologue had a few vignettes, some of his usual self-deprecating humor, a few timely jabs at NBC and that was pretty much the extent of it. All in all, a decent show, though it was something of a disappointment relative to the promotion levied for the premiere.
I loved the opening skit!
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