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The Jay Leno Show: Steve Carell/Vince Gill & Emmylou Harris

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 1st 2009 12:42AM
Steve CarellWe've seen comments the past few days regarding the fact that we're reviewing this show daily so I thought I should go ahead and address this at the top. We're continually evaluating our coverage of this show, but for the rest of this week at least, these will be daily reviews. Regardless of how we or you feel about it, the very existence of The Jay Leno Show is a groundbreaking chapter in television history.

As such, we'd be remiss to not acknowledge it and cover it upon its premiere. It is a primetime major network show that has completely shaken up the television landscape this season, after all. As for how we'll continue covering it, we have considered weekly roundups or even sporadic reports. And we do listen to you, our readers, as to what you want to read.

Tonight, Jay brought us Steve Carell, "Celebrity Pets," and the "Jackass of the Month." If you think about that last one, I'm sure you can figure out who it was.

"Great White Moments in Black History" are pretty funny. I think that's because they're short. Tonight they honored the white president of VH1 canceling Flavor of Love, which was a great day for not only African-Americans but for all the people of the world. The show wrapped with "Celebrity Pets," where they find animals that look like famous people. It wasn't particularly funny, because I think we've seen all this before.

Adam Carolla offered up the comedy video segment this time. It was an idea he'd pitched to Leno before the show was on the air called "Jackass of the Month." These were basically Internet videos featuring at least two participants, one of whom is a jackass. The idea is for Jay to pick whine one.

Once he picks the obvious jackass, Carolla goes on and on about how and why Leno is wrong and how someone else is the true jackass. While it was clearly all set up, as you'd expect, there were still some funny moments. Particularly in that Carolla was just bagging on Jay the whole time. And the winner wasn't any of the four videos. But that's fair, because it was Kanye West at the VMAs.

As I expected, Carell was a very good interview. Leno just kind of sat back and let him do his thing, and we wound up with several funny stories about his daughter, marriage, honey whipped cream raisin sandwiches, and scaring the bejeezus out of his father ... just for fun. I do wonder why Carell didn't have to "earn" his clip.

Leno in primetime is nice for these moments. People who don't stay up for those late nights shows probably don't get to see their favorite celebrities outside of their television characters, so it's a good opportunity. Of course, in order to tune in you have to skip some of those television characters. But I guess that's okay because they're on ABC and CBS and they don't want to let their stars on Leno anyway.


I enjoy all types of music, but I won't admit to being hip on country music enough that I even recognized this song. I thought Harris was a little weak in voice, but for the most part it was a solid if unremarkable performance. Are they promoting anything, or just there for kicks? If they are promoting something then they should have been able to promote it for real on the show.

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*criticism about your blog entry and what I could do better even though I'm going to continue reading your blog even though I apparently don't get anything out of it because I could do reviews so much better but I don't so I'll continue commenting here on yours*

October 01 2009 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rocco Russo

so happy this is failing

suck it NBC

October 01 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show and Jay Leno is not funny.

October 01 2009 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the criticism of reviewing the show isn't arguing that it's a novel concept. It's just that the show is so utterly bad that anything positive being said is mindblowing.

October 01 2009 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

show that has completely shaken up the television landscape this season

Then why is the show dead last in the ratings?

October 01 2009 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK, it's a groundbreaking "concept", but still...it's a talk show. The reviews haven't really had much to say when you boil it all down except things like "OK this didn't work again" or "I liked this guest" - with other shows, there's a lot more to talk about; character development, plot, other things surrounding the show. Again, does a talk show really necessitate a review every time? And from the comments, it doesn't really seem like these reviews generate much discussion except for the discussion about not reviewing the show...I see people asking their co-workers and friends, "Did you see Glee last night? OMG..." I don't really think anyone's saying "OMG Jay did the green car thing AGAIN!!!"

Again, not trying to be negative, but it's the fall season - there's tons of new shows - instead of reviewing Jay Leno every night and saying the same things over and over about the same things he does over and over, this should be the time of year when a blog about TV should be having TOO MUCH stuff to review instead of a few bland observations about a talk show. Maybe a weekly wrap-up about the week on Jay?

October 01 2009 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
s thompson

If you don't follow country music, I see no reason at all to criticize one of the finest female singers in the history of country music. That's a little bit of overkill.

October 01 2009 at 7:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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