So the Late Night TV madness is nearly over. Conan O’Brien has signed a deal to leave NBC and has two episodes of the Tonight Show left.
I can imagine the last few weeks haven’t been good for Conan, but as a viewer, he’s done of his most entertaining and funniest material since taking over the Tonight Show.
During the ’07-’08 writers’ strike, Conan was very funny, as he could do pretty much whatever he wanted. It’s a similar situation now–he’s not being restrained by the whims of focus groups, and has gone back to doing some of the little things that he cut out of his act since moving to 11:30, like the String Dance and allowing Andy to sit on the couch. They may be little things, but it felt like he stopped doing them to make the network happy. Well, now, he’s being himself. I hope he takes this approach wherever he ends up on September 1 (and I hope he takes Andy, Max and everyone else with him).
Meanwhile, with the exception of three shows, I refuse to watch anything on NBC, which is a big step for me, as they were my first employer back when I wanted to work in television. But with their jettisoning of Conan to move the talentless Jay Leno back to 11:30, they’ve lost my support.
Actually, with Lost ending and a baby on the way, I’m going to have to re-evaluate how much television I watch anyway. Good thing I have a lot of quality shows like Sledge Hammer!, the Greatest American Hero and Seinfeld on Lost.
And in September, I’ll be sure to DVR Conan. Wherever he ends up.