I tuned in last night, along with more than 10 million other people, to check out Leno’s new late-night talk show that doesn’t air late-night. It feels different to have that program format airing before the 11 o’clock news and I wanted to see how it would translate. I’m lying — I wanted to see what Kanye had to say. And, you know, I had a tough day yesterday. I not only had to compliment Beyonce, I had to write about Oprah twice and watch her show yesterday. I was really looking forward to just chilling out and escaping the stress of my day. I never expected that Oprah’s huge cranium would be looming before me in a matter of moments, but it was. I can’t escape that bitch.
Here’s the thing: I was never a Leno follower, but his “new” show looks and feels almost exactly like his old show. Jokes? Still not funny. Set? Circa 1989. Desk? Gone. Headlines? At the end of the show. Don’t believe me? You can watch the entire episode above. Adrienne Curry Tweeted that she thought the Obama interview skit was “brilliant”. Brilliant!
Basically, Leno just wasn’t ready to give up his show so they moved it to 10 o’clock, shuffled some furniture around, and called it “new”. It makes me wonder — how pissed do you think Conan is? He waited all those years for Leno to vacate the 11:30 spot as was the agreement, and now he’s still standing in the shadow of Jay Leno’s chin.
The success or failure of this show can never be determined on a premiere night. People are curious, so they’ll watch for now. The success of Leno won’t be known until the honeymoon is over.