NBC Wants Jay Leno To Stay
NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt doesn’t know the definition of insanity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that he hopes Jay Leno stays with NBC, after his run at The Tonight Show is over and Jimmy Fallon takes over as host. Clearly, the Peacock Network is conveniently ignoring the lessons it should have learned from situations with Conan O’Brien and, his Late Night predecessor, David Letterman. The golden rule at NBC should be: “Until Jay Leno no longer works here, don’t give The Tonight Show to the host of Late Night.”
Instead of giving Leno a primetime talk show, NBC wants him to stay on as a “comedian emeritus.” Basically, NBC wants to give Leno the Bob Hope plan, which was something like one to four specials primetime every year for 50 years. There is no way that will work. People loved Bob Hope. Few people love Jay Leno. No one is going to sit by their television anxiously waiting for “The Jay Leno Christmas Special” to start. Limiting Leno’s TV appearances will only make Conan and Letterman fans happy that they no longer have to see Leno’s face every time they channel surf.
If NBC decides to do something that makes sense, the networks should give Leno a car show that airs Saturday nights at 8pm. It could be like Top Gear, only without all the fun British swear words. The other option NBC has is to treat Jay Leno like Howard Beale from Network. He can have the show until he dies, but they might have to hire a hit man to kill him.
Posted on July 28, 2013, in Comedy, Late Night, NBC, Network Television and tagged bob greenblatt, bob hope, conan o'brien, david letterman, jimmy fallon, late night, nbc news, the hollywood reporter, the tonight show. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.