Yet, honestly, this Jay Leno story has made me step out of the comfy confines of my technologically enhanced home and reach out to the executives at NBC who have, apparently, lost touch with reality, especially when it comes to what works on late night television.
What in earth are they thinking? Replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon? Where is the logic in this?
Presently, Mr. Leno is crushing the competition, which includes Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman.
Also, the Tonight Show is the only show on NBC that is standing at Number One in the ratings and, over the years, has been NBC’s saviour in the midst of the chaos that now reigns on that network.
I knew something was clearly amiss when, at the start of one of his comedy skits, Jay Leno snuck in a little plug for Fox’s, The Following. To no one in particular, I said: “Why is Jay plugging The Following? Shouldn’t he be touting the plummeting NBC series Smash? Something is up! He couldn’t be planning a move to Fox, can he”?
Well, yes, apparently he can! A couple of days later, the story broke that the Fox executives are indeed wooing him to their team. Well, get your affairs in order because this must mean the world is ending. At least the TV world as we know it!
Jay Leno has taken a lot of heat from the critics and the viewing audience and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why. He is extremely adept at interviewing guests from all walks of life, entertainers, actors, politicians, political activists.
Can any of these younger, supposedly hipper talk show hosts bring any depth to the late night talk scene? Yes, their comedy routines may be entertaining and all, but how adept would they be at interviewing President Obama, Michael Moore, Bill O’Reilly, etc.?
Jay Leno has a special knack, a finesse, for mixing serious talk with humor, something that these younger comedians have yet to master. It’s called experience and working extremely hard at your craft, researching, reading, doing your homework.
NBC – wake up and nourish your brain cells already! There is more to life besides slapstick comedy, reality shows and mindless drivel.
And, oh, by the way, if you had programmed Smash at 9:00 P.M. instead of 10:00 P.M., this show’s ratings would not have suffered. Who watches musical theatre and drama at 10:00 at night? No one, that’s who. I DVR the show and watch it the next day. This is my time to either unwind or go to sleep. It is a superb show but, through poor programming decisions, you – and you alone – placed all the nails in its coffin.
In short, a mentality metamorphosis needs to take place at NBC. The key to future success lies in strong programming choices and stellar script writing. You know, similar to your Seinfeld/Frasier/Cheers/Golden Girls days?
And, leave well enough alone. Jay Leno is your ace in the hole and you cannot afford to alienate him. Let it be. Start working on the rest of your line-up – the last thing you need to worry about is The Tonight Show With Jay Leno! Unless you are on a path to self-destruction, it is time to turn your efforts in the right direction and assess the problems you are encountering in Prime Time, not Late Time.
You’re welcome! Ha!