Thursday, January 21, 2010
So a lot of people are yakking about this NBC / Conan / Leno imbroglio, and no matter which side of the issue you care about (for instance, Leno stinks and is only for the aged or sweetly retarded), it has been undeniably fascinating to watch Conan's show over the last couple weeks. I can't think of any instance where someone is about to be terminated and yet has such a public forum to vent before even being dismissed. Basically, they told the guy he was going to be done on a certain date, then left him with a plugged-in mic, a camera, and budget. Since then he has dedicated almost every moment to attacking the network that (for now) signs his paycheck. Almost every joke concerns NBC's ineptitude, the band plays nothing but the most expensive-to-license songs (Zeppelin, Stones, Springsteen), comedy bits are conceived and aired based solely on how expensive they can be (like last night's $1.5 million Bugati mouse prop) and even the guests gang up on the network. I'm enjoying it, to say the least.