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NBC Jumps The Shark: 5 Nights Of Prime Time Leno

On the heels of a Hollywood Reporter story about NBC cutting back on their prime time hours or possibly even cutting entire days of original programming come an entry for the “are you fucking kidding me?” department, NBC is, according to the New York Times, give Jay Leno the 10pm slot, Monday through Friday for “a show similar to the one he has done on NBC’s “Tonight Show” show since 1993.”
Really? Seriously? Leno for an hour from 10-11pm, then Conan from 11:35pm-12:35am and Jimmy Fallon from 12:35-1:35am? Do the folks at NBC really think the way to adjust to changing viewing habits and the challenge posed by increased offerings on cable TV is to give us more Jay Leno?
Let me give you a little news, Mr. Zucker. He’s. Not. Funny. Never has been. There’s an entire generation of people who don’t like Jay. We don’t think he’s funny. And he’s even less funny when he’s on against Without a Trace, Leverage and the CSI franchise. Or even that dead guy with the afro who paints pictures of trees.
Who knows, maybe this is one big plot byy NBC to make sure folks over 50 go to sleep even earlier. All I’m saying is, your first week of guests better be: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, cute animals, Kevin Spacey, Beyoncé, Kanye, big animals, Will Smith, Brad Pitt again, Matt Damon, more cute animals, the Rolling Stones, a Smith’s reunion, a steel cage match between Valimir Putin and a tiger, more cute animals, giant lizards, Jimmy Hoffa’s killer and maybe a boxing match between Danny Bonaduce and Geraldo Rivera.
Good luck, guys…..

Breaking News: Tim Russert, 58, Dead

NBC News’ Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert died of an apparent heart attack this afternoon after collapsing at work in Washington DC. This is for sure a great loss, as Russert was a straightforward and well-respected journalist and the longest-serving host of NBC’s Meet the Press, itself the longest-running US television program in history, having been on the air since November 6th, 1947.
Russert was a consummate newsman (and attorney) and his voice will be greatly missed during this most critical of election years. NBC anchors Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams are telling some great stories about Russert on MSNBC right now.
One of the great ones came from Williams who mentioned that facade of the Newseum in Washington D.C. is inscribed with the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Whose idea was that? Tim Russert.
In this time of a flaccid White House press corps and dwindling ethics and excellence in news, Tim Russert will be sorely missed.
Links about the story at Mahalo.
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Fuck You, Nissan!

I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure Joe Strummer is turning in his grave. He’s pissed and he’s pissed at Nissan. You see, I finally got around to watching the “Heroes” season premiere last night and it was the Nissan show, complete with the fantastic Clash cover of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop.” Don’t get me wrong. I’ve recently made my peace with the odd product placement. (What a coincidence, Claire got a Nissan Rogue for her birthday!) They help expensive TV series defray the cost of production, thus possibly helping to keep quality programming with marginal ratings on the air. But Joe Strummer and The Clash being used to hawk an automobile? Unless the rights money went to charity, this is just wrong. The only thing worse than a sellout is a posthumous one where the artist has no say in the matter.
So…Fuck You, Nissan!
Ask Roger Catlin. he agrees with me. As does James Poniewozick in his review of the “Heroes” episode, and he phrases it brilliantly, to wit: “The Nissan Rogue commercial with the Clash version of Pressure Drop? Killed a teensy bit of my soul.”
But my favorite has to be Dead Spot on the Web who in his post entitled “Well Done, Nissan” writes:
“In less than an hour, you managed to make sure that I will never, ever buy one of your cars for as long as I live. That’s like some kind of land speed record, but for assholes.”

Leaking TV Redux

Well, it turns out that the Bionic Woman pilot that’s floating around out there may just be the wrong one, in that sections of it have been re-cast or re-shot or both. Even if this turns out to be true, I loved what I saw and assuming they don’t all of a sudden turn her into a 12 year-old girl or a 78 year-old grandmother, I am reasonably confident that NBC has another hit on their hands!
More on what I thought of some other pilots in the coming days.