No real big news stories today. Oh, what's that? You heard that nominations for some fancy (but not soul-suckingly pretentious! Looking at you, Oscars) awards show were announced this morning? And that they actually kind of, dare we say it -- made sense? Well aren't you on top of things. Here's our take on it. On to other must-knows of the day, including an imminent farewell to Mr. Jack Donaghy, a permanent place in TV Land (and our receptive hearts) for Betty White, and a questionable but lucrative stint in rehab for notorious kidnappee Jeremy London.
My bubbe always told me, "Every time the TV gods close a door, they open a window." Keep this sentiment in your heart and maybe one day, with enough prayer, Conan will go back to writing for The Simpsons.
Charlie Sheen needs to get it together. Seriously.
A surprising amount of changes have occurred overnight. TV news, you old dog!
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.
You will not believe how much TV news there is today! Think of this as your reward for missing all of your Wednesday shows so that you could watch the State of the Union.
So the big hubub in the TV biz yesterday and today has been surrounding the fate of Jay Leno's 10 PM program and Conan's Tonight Show and whether or not Jay might move back to 11:35 PM, pushing Conan to 12:05 AM. Pardon us while we try stifle a yawn. Regardless of who goes where, both men will likely still be on television somewhere earning millions of dollars while we're either watching something else on our DVRs or getting ready for bed. We'd much rather see the networks make these other big scheduling changes this season:
It was refreshing last Friday when Conan addressed the late night disaster he was embroiled in on his (for now) show with some pointed barbs at NBC. Then on Tuesday, he issued a strongly worded and heartfelt letter to the citizens of Earth about the harm he felt the network was doing to the franchise he loves, and to him personally, and it only strengthened his cause. But is it just me, or has he kind of been acting like a bitch since then?
Conan takes over the Tonight Show on Monday (with an unofficial torch-passing ceremony on tonight's episode), and everyone's very nervous about how it will go, if too much Jay Leno will ruin everything, and if and how much Conesy will have to dumb down his material to satisfy the earlier crowd. Everyone, that is, except Conan himself, who recently participated in a media call to pretty much calm everyone down. And to talk about Murder, She Wrote. You'll see.
In today's roundup: A Ron Silver memorial, The Tonight Show is an inappropriate place for important people who have better things to do, Sons of Anarchy hires the perfect new guest star, the Sci Fi Channel has lost its damn mind, Top Model hopefuls are a violent people, and Chevy Chase does what Chevy Chase does.