Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quote of the Day


"Mr. Leno sounds less like a fuzzy fellow worthy of Middle America and more like a dangerous beast from Middle-Earth—not unlike, say, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale, Gollum is a once noble animal who (like Leno is his early days as a stand-up comic) was beloved by his peers. But then Gollum takes possession of an incredibly powerful ring, which not only extends his life but also gradually saps him of his humanity. Alone with no family or friends, continued possession of the ring becomes Gollum’s only purpose in life. Gradually, his proto-self 'Smeagol' disappears and is replaced by a nasty, treacherous personality, which leaves him two-faced to the world. In 'Slinker' mode, he comes across as servile, toothless and eager to please. But as 'Stinker,' he lurks quietly in the shadows, hiding in the closet, ready to bite off the finger of anyone who tries to get between him and his 'precious.'"

-- Felix Gillette in the New York Observer

Case in point: While it's true that there's been a near-constant barrage of mortar fire exchanged between Conan, Leno, NBC and the guy who's taking a substantial amount of pleasure in watching all of this -- David Letterman -- Leno's always tried to have it both ways. He's wanted to keep his squeaky clean, nice-guy image while secretly working behind the scenes to put himself back in place on The Tonight Show, what's ostensibly been Conan's gig, and getting off his fair share of below-the-belt shots at those he feels are wronging him. It came to a head last night when Leno, who's already almost universally disliked by his peers and whose public image may in fact be permanently tarnished, made a crack about Letterman's wife.

Meanwhile, Conan and NBC have reached a $45-million dollar deal for Conan to leave The Tonight Show. His final show will be tomorrow, but ramping up to that he's been doing a whole lot of hilariously corrosive bits aimed right at NBC. The latest, last night, involved hitting the network where it's been proven to hurt most -- spending a hell of a lot of NBC's money, supposedly $1.5-million, on just one sketch.

13 comments:

gina said...

Just when I think I can't love Conan more, he gives part of his severance to his staff and does this bit. *swoon*

NBC: suck it you geri-pandering fuckers.

Chez said...

Yeah, he paid out 12-mil to them.

Anonymous said...

Conan wherever he goes is going to have a huge following while Leno flops. I would be interested to know, however, how have Conan's ratings been doing since this whole NBC meltdown started? I bet they have been going through the roof.

Alanna said...

I believe I read his ratings were up 50% since this whole fiasco began.

Chez said...

Conan's ratings have been great, needless to say. A lot of people pointed this out as a possible conspiracy, but I'd be willing to bet it's true that if they'd kept Conan on the air this could've been the turning point for his show.

Regardless, yes, one of the arguments I've been making since the beginning is that Leno is now damaged goods. The reputation -- the brand -- he once sold so well as been tarnished, which means that the Leno NBC's now getting isn't the same Leno who did so well for so long. True, we have short memories, but Leno really doesn't have the time left in his career as a whole to rebuild the audience's magnanimity toward him -- especially not considering that Conan will eventually be going against him and viewers' habits on the whole have changed drastically since he first took over in '92.

Also, I'm curious whether certain artists, comedians, actors etc. will boycott Leno, at least for a while.

CNNfan said...

I don't know... To be honest, James Cameron on Leno last night was entertaining, and interesting with some behind the scene looks at the making of Avatar. The actors in Avatar had portable cameras outfitted to their heads. It was amazing to see side by side before and after videos of Zoe Saldana. The special effects are basically digital makeup on the actor. Overall Leno was pretty funny with his other guests too, and that's the truth.

Hecubus said...

thats awesome....and it reminds me of the kids in the hall sketch "screw you taxpayer"...

brilliant!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWEnqC1uPu0

em said...

"Also, I'm curious whether certain artists, comedians, actors etc. will boycott Leno, at least for a while."

I'm curious about that too, and the little bit of optimism I have left in my black heart hopes so as well.

"Overall Leno was pretty funny with his other guests too, and that's the truth."

I don't think I'll ever know if Leno can be funny, since now the mere sound of his cackling, irritating voice makes me run for the remote. When I have seen Leno's show, he tends to rely on flirting (and not in a cute, funny way) with the hot female guests, and trying to get his guests to divulge gossip by being all, "Ooh, you're on the cover of this tabloid magazine! So did you fuck your co-star?". Again, just something I've observed...totally not colored by my opinion of him now, since I never liked him anyway...

Bill White said...

Sorry Chez, Conan failed and needed to be fired. Even though Leno's a Godless hack, he made money for that network which has a couple of patriots in there. For the most part, NBC has become a far left organization dedicated to promoting the Obama Agenda. When I was a kid, I liked that peacock--now I want to throw my cherry pie at it. Bill O'Reilly is right when he says that NBC is committed to making Christmas illegal, throwing God and Sweet Baby Jesus out of everything and making sure that lesbians teach America's daughters how to perform tune-ups on their Harleys. To Hell with NBC which went way downhill after they had far lefty Keith Olbermann behead Bob Hope with a rusty knife - just like those jihadists did in Iraq-where the real war is these days(I know it went down like that, believe me).

Anonymous said...

Can someone who's more knowledgeable about the entertainment industry explain why NBC wouldn't do anything to stop the expensive sketches. Esp ones with expensive music rights?

It's hilarious, I just don't see why at this point they don't shut it all down. Is it the pure ratings/money they're getting right now?

Ethnic Redneck said...

The fact that a show that's about to be canceled could even get to spend 1.5 million without management saying no is a sign that NBC management is about as useful as a limbless torso.

Broken Arrow said...

"Also, I'm curious whether certain artists, comedians, actors etc. will boycott Leno, at least for a while."

I would love to see this happen, but I doubt it will occur. If the studio which is producing their newest flick or the label which is producing their newest album says "March," they'll show up and fellate Leno like he's got the cure.

Colonel Yelgen P. Masters said...

i love how you were spot on months ago when this first took shape, especially given your tv background it has been quite enjoyable to read your comments

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