Late Night Talk Show Wars - The Intrepid

Friday, January 15, 2010

Late Night Talk Show Wars

Jimmy Kimmel rips into Jay Leno on Leno's 10 at 10 segment.

With the exceptions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, I've never really cared for late night talk shows. I've seen the occasional clips of Leno, Conan, and Letterman before, but until this week, I don't think I've ever gone out of my way to actually watch them. Ah, conflict between television personalities; it's almost like watching some kind of reality show.

I think Conan's the best of the bunch, though Leno, as bad as he usually is, has actually managed to lob a few funny zingers back at Conan. Letterman however, as much as he tries, continues to be bland and annoying.

Once Leno goes back to 11:35 p.m. and Conan moves on—which I'm sure he will—this whole thing will die down. But now that the networks have seen how much viewership conflict can generate, I'm sure they're going to start manufacturing a lot more of it.

3 comments:

black magic woman said...

Leno has funny zingers? I cannot believe you thought Leno to be funnier than Letterman in all of this. Letterman has let out all of his pent-up rage from the 1992 debacle and he has been funny trashing NBC and doing the Leno voice.

Stephen M. said...

Pent-up rage does not equal funny. From what I've seen, Letterman's jokes have been tired and predictable.

black magic woman said...

I'll take pent up rage and pointed humorous comments to whiny comments by Leno about how NBC did him wrong.

Leno is not looking good at all in this situation.