It's hard to believe that seven months after Conan made the big trip out west to Burbank he'd find himself back in the job market again. The comical and occasionally absurd host of The Tonight Show was callously stripped of his life-long dream job by a group of General Electric/Comcast/NBC/Evil Empire thugs last week, like a midnight yard sale in a luxury hotel. Hats off to Mr. Conan O'Brien. With the Tonight Show left on the floor bleeding and facing certain death, Conan did what he needed to do to protect what he thought was more sacred than himself: preserve the sanctity of the program. Thankfully in doing so, he not only preserved what The Tonight Show is, but also prevented Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from being pushed back to 1:05 am. I mean at that point is there anyone left still watching television?
You can't blame it on Leno, it's not his fault his show tanked in the 10:00 slot. In fact you can argue that he wasn't hardly given the chance to prove his show either. You can't blame it on Conan, even though his ratings were poor at their best. You can't blame it on Letterman, although it's fun to blame things on DL, since he's the Big Sleezy. You can't blame it on Jimmy Fallon, because nobody is allowed to blame things on Jimmy. He's awesome.
You can, however, blame it on the man. Blame it on NBC for configuring such a garbage lineup of programming, and then once their mistakes were realized, chopping blindly at will to regain traction. Heads should roll on the top of 30 Rock for this junk. They bought the paint they wanted, painted the house the way they wanted it, promoted it and loved it. Then later, they decided they didn't like it, and blamed the paint store owner.
Tomorrow, Friday January 22, 2010 is Conan's last broadcast on NBC. I suppose the network wants to pull the plug as soon as possible so as to minimize the bashing they're getting from CO and Company. NBC is on the hook for $45 Million, which Conan will share with his 200 person staff. Probably a kick in the bucket for the GE Monster, but it's still nice to see in print.
The good news is that as early as September, Conan could be appearing on another network. I'm happy to say that I'll be tuning in!