Saturday, January 23, 2010

Conan and the late night drama

Despite the fact that I was never a huge Conan O'Brien fan, I bought into the hype surrounding the late night talk shows and tuned in this week.

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not an avid Tonight Show watcher. I mostly watch only if I happen to catch it, and while I only slightly prefer Leno to Letterman, I can watch either depending on the guest or whatever channel the TV happened to land on.

With that being said, when Jay Leno left The Tonight Show I watched because it seemed to be a big moment in late night TV history. I wasn't crazy about the idea of Conan O'Brien taking over. I never really understood what people found so funny about him, but when he took over The Tonight Show I couldn't help but watch.

What I saw shocked me- I actually liked him.

Just not enough to watch all the time, which I'm guessing is how a lot of people felt given the current situation.

The show was different in a way I couldn't quite put my finger on. Not in a bad way, just different. And as it should be. Each host should have the right to make the show their own. I don't think that anyone gave Conan the time to do that, which is sad because I think as this whole thing was ending he was just starting to get in a groove.

While I can't say that I will follow Conan to wherever he goes next, I do respect him for taking the high road and standing up for what he believes in. And as for late night, I am not sure how I feel about Leno taking his old show back. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate people that retire, and then come back over and over again.(Yes, I mean Michael Jordan and Brett Favre) But I don't think this was all Leno's fault, so why punish him?

And for what it's worth Jimmy Fallon is my new favorite host any-who.

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