Agree to the letter

Posted by · 1:12 am · March 2nd, 2010

Although it’s important not to place too much weight or emphasis on a single television show, it was fairly shocking to see that Jay put so little effort in tonight into winning America back. Outside of a few potshots at NBC, he never took the time to address any of the issues that have been making headlines since early January. Nor did he do the classy thing and thank Conan O’Brien for his (admittedly brief and largely forgettable) contributions to the institution that is the Tonight Show. Nor did he make a spirited appeal to his audience, promising that he still has a passion for comedy and for the program and will work tirelessly to return the show to its past glories. Instead, he totally phoned it in this evening on every conceivable level, leaving media critics and audiences alike to wonder whether or not Leno has anything even resembling a competitive spirit left, or if the trials and tribulations of the last year have simply caused permanent and irreparable damage to his spirit and psyche.

From Mark Graham’s postmortem at Vulture.

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  • 1 3-02-2010 at 6:02 am

    JJ said...

    I was always ‘ok’ with Leno.

    But after all this hoopla, and the fact that I’ve always loved Conan, and then after last night, I must say, I actually think Leno is a big power-hungry d*$che.

  • 2 3-02-2010 at 7:13 am

    stylewriter said...

    “Instead, he totally phoned it in this evening on every conceivable level”

    In other words he picked right up where he left off.

  • 3 3-02-2010 at 9:06 am

    Sally said...

    What would you like him to say — i don’t think that he can really address anything. Give the guy a break and it seems like bloggers and all the anti-leno as of now — followed him to late night, making him number 1.

  • 4 3-02-2010 at 10:44 am

    Josh said...

    I would agree….except, as stylewriter points out, this is exactly what Jay Leno has been doing for a very long time (I’d say that has extended to his entire run of the Tonight Show back to the 1990s). Why is anyone surprised that Jay Leno, a middlebrow and largely unfunny and safe comedian, did exactly what he always does last night?

  • 5 3-02-2010 at 12:45 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Those saying Leno picked up where he left off are taking the easy way out of this. Yes, Leno has always had a lack-luster, safe approach (which is what has made him so popular). But last night’s show was particularly lifeless and didn’t even have the minimal energy he’s sported in the past.

    And Sally, your last statement is really pointless. Yes, we “followed” him to late night because it’s an event worth taking note of. We write about the entertainment industry. But I won’t be going back for seconds.

  • 6 3-02-2010 at 8:28 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I’m absolutely done with Leno and his ugly, self-entitled attitude, but what the hell is up with the swipe at Conan in this article? Totally wrong on every level.

  • 7 3-02-2010 at 8:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It was a brief stint. Fact. Was it forgettable? Debatable. It obviously didn’t do much ratings-wise, so you can certainly skew it as a fact. And the truth is, whether Conan-ites want to admit it or not, the time slot just wasn’t his bag. He couldn’t be his usual irreverent self, and the watered down version of that is, indeed, forgettable.

  • 8 3-02-2010 at 8:51 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I actually don’t agree with that. I saw very little change when he moved, in fact I think he might have even become stronger. It was pretty much just the Late Show an hour earlier – same humor, same goofiness, same Conan.

  • 9 3-02-2010 at 8:53 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    You saw some other show, then. I thought it was watered down.