Wednesday, January 13, 2010

People of Earth: It's Just Television

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM

NBC network executives, journalists and bloggers are behaving as though the White House has a giant spaceship full of evil aliens hovering over it. While in the eyes of NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin, funnyman Conan O'Brien and destined-to-be-a-sidekick-forever Andy Richter, it may seem like the end of the world, it's not. The shifts in NBC's late-night talk show lineup are not even one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

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When Jay Leno's leap into "prime time" (10 p.m. is considered prime time?) with The Jay Leno Show ended with him flat on his face, the powers that be at NBC canceled it. They then announced they would move Leno back to the head of the late-night lineup to run before The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (he's been the host for less than a year), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and It's Way Past Your Bedtime; Don't You Have to Work in the Morning? with Carson Daly.

In an open letter addressed to People of the Earth, O'Brien announced that pushing The Tonight Show to a 12:05 a.m. start time, would lead to "the destruction of the show."

It's a tough scenario for O'Brien and the people who work on his show to consider, but being on television a half-hour later is not the end of the world. You know what is earth shattering? An earthquake. Like the one in Haiti yesterday.

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