TV Junkie: The NBC/Leno/Conan 'Brokeback Mountain' Love Triangle; NBC Winter Oly Effups; Bourdain is Back!
We've been writing about the shitstorm that is now late night television at NBC for over a year now and it give us little pleasure to say "I told you so". We pointed out NBC's lack of commitment to Conan by still keeping Leno as a "safety" at 10pm, a move that has cost the network millions of dollars and viewers. The proposed schedule of 1/2 hr of Leno followed by Conan's "Tomorrow Show", then Jimmy Fallon at 1am is ridiculous. What is this power that Leno has over NBC?It's like some kind of mutant version of Brokeback Mountain with NBC as Jack Twist telling Leno, "You are too much for me Jay, you sonofawhoreson bitch! I wish I knew how to quit you" but the only person getting it in the can as a result is Conan, oh, and the public. As we've been telling friends, the silver lining on these clouds is that NBC is already greenlighting pilots to fill the 10pm slot. There's always the possibility that some good programming will result.
Would we watch Conan on FOX? Heck yeah but for all the folks on Twitter who are vowing to "boycott" NBC if Conan gets pushed to 12:05am or jets to another network are out of their gourds as NBC Comedy Thursday is the only thing to watch that night of the week, honestly.