Daily Commentary – Wednesday, January 13th, 2009 – The Late Shift, NBC’s Folly with Leno, O’Brien and The Tonight Show

  • More intrigue on the late night comedy battlefield heats ups between Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and an incompetent NBC Peacock network. They managed to take two successful late night comedy shows with Leno & O’Brien and upset every one and destroy the ratings.

What has become of the NBC network? The once proud Peacock, now manages to screw up their comedy programming. Their actions becoming folly for late night comedy foe David Lettermen.

NBC’s answer to their mess was to change Leno’s show from 10pm to 11:30, one half hour before O’Brien and pushing “The Tonight Show” to 12. However, Conan O’Brien says not so fast to the Peacock …

A representative for Mr. O’Brien said Tuesday that the issue came to a head for the host on Monday and that he had “sat up all night drafting the statement.” NBC, whose “Tonight Show” has been broadcast at 11:35 p.m. for decades, declined to comment. Mr. O’Brien was scheduled to do “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Mr. O’Brien said, “I sincerely believe that delaying the ‘Tonight Show’ into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. ‘The Tonight Show’ at 12:05 simply isn’t the ‘Tonight Show.’”

Taylor Marsh summarizes Conan’s statement … “You can screw me, but I’m not going to be party to you screwing The Tonight Show.”

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    One Response to “Daily Commentary – Wednesday, January 13th, 2009 – The Late Shift, NBC’s Folly with Leno, O’Brien and The Tonight Show”

    1. 11B40 on January 13th, 2010 5:54 pm


      I agree that NBC made a bad move when it shifted Jay Leno’s show to prime time. What’s entertaining at 11:30pm when what’s left of working America is heading for the pillows, is not what entertaining at 10:00pm when there’s still some gas left in the tank.

      However, Conan O’Brien’s pitch is a bit holier-than-thou for my taste. Realistically, how many Americans actually watched these shows out of a population of over 330 million? I would respect him more if he just came out and said, “I have a contract with NBC and I expect them to live up to its provisions.” Mr. O’Brien certainly can’t be mistaken as any kind of a team player in my eyes. The truth is that no one really knows how NBC’s new proposal will work out, just like they didn’t know how the current situation would work out.

      And what about Carson Dailey, for Christ’s sake?

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