The groundhog isn't the only one with news today.
Next time you shoot a man with a paintball gun, Freckles, you better make sure they got paint on them.
While NBC's decision to move Jay Leno back to 11:35 PM and to try to make Conan accept a Leno-Fallon sandwich timeslot is aggravating for Conan fans and embarrassing for everyone involved (and may leave sad little Carson Daly unemployed), we're pretty psyched for it. If Conan ends up leaving NBC (and he really should) for Fox, as is being reported he likely will, that's great for Conan fans. And even if he stays, getting Leno out of primetime and freeing up all those timeslots is nothing but good news for a floundering NBC. Here's why.
It's finally Friday, and as usual the week has been full of ghastly people behaving terribly on reality shows, so let's do this thing: Five horrible nominees, one trash king crowned at the end. As always, feel free to play along in the comments.
Carson Daly still exists and is employed. Will wonders never cease?
While it has probably been at least nine years since I've watched TRL (or Total Request Live as it was called back in my day), I still feel a brief moment of sadness for the show that's going off the air (for now at least) after ten years. I blame Pete Wentz and that oddity that is FNMTV for its demise. If you can see the pretty people on that show talking to the inexplicably popular Wentz, why would you want to watch some random VJ talk to celebs? Especially when the videos on TRL have been pretty much cut down to nothing. They are demoted to a small corner of the screen, with lots of text-message commentary taking up the rest. I don't care if CuteJulia145 down in South Carolina thinks that Katy Perry is, like, the most talented artist ever, and how she'd totally kiss her if she had the chance. I'd actually like to see the video. I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.
Apparently everyone is out watching parades or looking for leprechauns, because today is a slow news day in TV land. Very. Very. Slow. When Sci Fi Channel's stupid name change is still what people are buzzing about, that's not good. Unless you live by the no news is good news philosophy, in which case, hey, shows you like didn't get cancelled today.
So there was the report that Carson Daly would be the first late-night talk-show host to return to work since the WGA strike. Which...I mean, when Jimmy Kimmel has more integrity than you do, maybe you need to hang it up and go open a cigar bar or something. But wait, there's more! Already knowing that he doesn't have enough material at his fingertips to wing it for however long his show is (half-hour? Hour? I don't watch it, and neither do you, if the forty-three posts in the show's thread are any indication), he's calling on his friends and loved ones to feed him material. It's almost worth tuning in to see what a horrible train wreck it's going to be. Also, dude? Eat a sandwich.