TV News – 01/12/09

Tuesday and it’s a fairly decent day for news, so let’s jump to it!

The top news story of today has to be the Conan O’Brien stepping down after having his show pushed to 12:05am to make room for The Jay Leno Show to be put back to 11:35pm. Conan released the following statment:

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.

Yours,
Conan

Well said, and although I am sorry to see him go I don’t think he should have to lose his time slot just because Leno did not pull in the ratings needed for the 10 pm time slot. This whole mess was caused by the NBC executives and their bad decision making as far as putting Leno in that time slot to begin with. With all this going on rest assured that The Tonight Show will air a new episode tonight as planned with Zachary Levi from Chuck as a guest. I’ll be watching will you? Source

More after the jump

Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) is going to be heading over to Castle for two episodes. She’ll be playing Federal Agent Jordan Shaw, and the first episode will air on March 21st following Desperate Housewives, with the second episode airing on March 22nd in the regular timeslot. I think it’ll be neat to see Nathan Fillion and Delany reunited since his days of playing her husband on Housewives. Source

ABC head Stephen McPherson has announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle have all been renewed for another season. That is fantastic news, as Modern Family is now one of my favorite shows! Source

Ausiello is hooking us up with some great interviews with the cast of Glee. He talks with Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Mark Salling (Puck), and a few more. Check it out, there aren’t really any spoilers because I swear this cast is worried what creator Ryan Murphy will do if they leak something to us. Whatever the case watch the videos HERE and enjoy!

That’s all I have for today, but I’ll be back later this week with some great interviews and of course more news like always 😀

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2 Responses to TV News – 01/12/09

  1. Jenny says:

    Man, gotta give props to Conan. He’s a cool guy and I really enjoy watching him. I hope it works out the way he and his staff want it to, but I wish him the best of luck, however it plays out.

  2. Megan says:

    I really like Conan, and I wish him luck as well. I just don’t think it’s fair. Jay Leno should just RETIRE! But again that’s just my opinion 😉