In that regard, he's probably right. TBS offered Conan ownership of the show, a whole lot of money and more creative freedom than he could ever wish for compared to what he would get from any of the networks.
Simmons is also correct in that Conan's 11 P.M. show on a cable channel will put him more in competition with 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' and 'The Colbert Report' than either Letterman or Leno. That's ironic when you consider the sketch the three of them put together during the writer's strike.
While Simmons is correct about all this, we don't appreciate being called "the egghead crowd." Give us some dignity, man. We don't call you "the dumb jock crowd." It would be a cliché.
That much time in coach turns your brain into pudding - you need a crutch to get you through it. I've turned into a podcast junkie. At any given time of the day or night, I'm probably flying over you, listening to some guy in his basement rant about the whether the "Blackest Night" event is good or bad for the DC universe.
I'm like an awkward, misshapen George Clooney from 'Up in the Air.' Except instead of hot sex with Vera Farmiga, I'm snuggling with Leo Laporte.
After all this podcast listening (not to mention the success of the 'Ricky Gervais Show'), it occurred to me that a few of my favorites would make excellent TV shows.
The network ran a countdown clock for the premiere of 'V' during last night's episode and viewers took to the Twitter to voice their displeasure with it.
Here's some of my favorites...
'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof said on his Twitter page that he saw the clock quipping, ":34 minutes until I cry myself to sleep."
I'm not sure what sources Simmons has at The Tonight Show, but he does know people over at Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I'm sure this type of news is going through all of the late night talk show staffs like a lightning bolt. Simmons says that Conan is trying to line up some big guest stars for the final week.
Oh, in case all of this is foreign to you, The Jay Leno Show has been canceled and NBC wants him back at 11:35. Didja hear?
Update: NBC says that no one has said anything about the show shutting down next week. They're not selling tickets for the following week, but I'm not sure if that's because it's his last week or if it was going to be a repeat week anyway.
Update #2: The Tonight Show blog is asking viewers to vote for their favorite moments on the show.
Heck, I haven't even written about last night's AMC cocktail party and the comic stylings of Jon Hamm yet. That'll come when I get a chance. The latest info and quips will always be on our Twitter feed if you're curious.
For now, though, some highlights of the day:
With that in mind, I've decided to turn this week's column over to you guys, a collection of commenters that I think I can say without hyperbole is the greatest collection of commenters in the history of the known universe. I've put together nine questions about TV that I'd love for you to answer. Don't feel like you have to answer them all: choose which ones are most interesting to you and then have at it.
I'm anxious to hear your opinions, so let's get to it...
While I believe that ESPN has real interest in a late night sports show -- maybe a talk format about sports and entertainment -- I have real questions about the validity of the names floated in this report, especially with regard to Whitlock.
Jason was once a regular fill-in on Pardon The Interruption. He is very smart and funny and opinionated. Apparently he was too opinionated for some at the Disney-owned network. When he refused to pull his punches in his criticism, he was dropped by ESPN. Are we to think that now ESPN has asked him to not only come back, but possibly host a show for them?
I'm not going to argue with Mr. Klosterman. I admire him so much that for a short while, I thought he was my own Tyler Durden (all the ways I wish I could be -- that's Chuck). If we are, however, to take Klosterman's argument as truth -- that Puck and Pedro realizing the cameras were on them was the TV equivalent of Skynet becoming self-aware and destroying humanity -- we must then look to the second season of the show as the moment when Miles Dyson started working for Cyberdyne. That is, the seeds for television's unraveling were sown not during the third season of The Real World, but during the second. As 2008 is the 15th anniversary of The Real World: Los Angeles, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at how it managed to ruin everything...
So, off with the noose and on with the list...
I have to admit, ESPN.com writer Bill Simmons is right. The "N" that comes before programs on HBO is a good thing in general, but they should really be more descriptive. I mean, what kind of nudity is it? As Simmons says:
"...the N could mean anything - two dudes naked in a shower, a 53 year-old woman getting embalmed, even Kathy Bates going topless in About Schmidt."
He wants to replace the N with other letters, depending on the nudity situation. SN for Standard Nudity, SSC for Strong Sexual Content, UDN for Unexpected, Delightful Nudity...and more.
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