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Why Former Jay Leno Fans Turned Their Back on 'The Tonight Show'

Posted by Armando Garcia on March 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM Comments comments (0)

By The Pop Chorus 




Jay Leno and The Tonight Show on NBC

Jay Leno has had a few weeks to settle back into his old 'Tonight Show' digs and the ratings show that he's already beaten David Letterman in overall viewership and the prized 18-34 demo. But we wondered whether any old fans decided not to go along for the ride. Were there any former Leno fans who were so turned off by January's late night drama that they suddenly found Jay hard to take. We asked readers to join our Pop Chorus. Here are two of their stories.


 

A Late-Night Letdown by Richard Todd Aguayo


 

Jay Leno made a career for himself as a safe, make-no-waves, blue-collar comedian and as such, he tickled the funny bone of most of America for over sixteen years as 'The Tonight Show' host. But there's one thing Americans, especially in Jay's demographic, demand: courage and honor.

 

It was bad enough that NBC seemed to cave in to their affiliates by pulling the plug on Conan after only eight months, but what made matters worse was that Jay was seen as an accessory for going along with the whole thing.

 

What would have happened had Jay done the honorable thing, i.e. standing up for a fellow comedian, and refusing to return to 'The Tonight Show' if NBC pulled Conan off the air? NBC would have been forced to show some courage and keep Conan on the air just as it did with Jay when he started, until the ratings improved. However, NBC had no such courage, because Jay had no such honor.

 

It's not like Jay Leno needed the money -- the man has more cars than most people have socks. With all of that drama, I was still ready to give this re-engagement a chance. >>>

Give Jay His Walking Papers by Dominique Lewis

 

As a teenager, there was something I did not like about Jay Leno, but I could never put my finger on it. Maybe it was his chin; I don't know. But in my twenties, I had a baby, and as I stayed up most nights trying to rock him to sleep, I was forced to watch 'The Tonight Show' and, surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Soon, I was trying to watch 'Tonight' as much as possible. I liked Jay Leno's monologues and I absolutely loved 'Jaywalking.' When I learned that NBC executives were planning to give Conan O'Brien the show, I thought it was a bad idea because both of their shows were doing extremely well. Why make such a drastic change? Why fix what isn't broken?

 

I accepted the new change. I figured I would be able to stay up and watch both Jay and Conan. But when they aired in their new time slots, I thought they were terrible compared to the shows I was used to. Once Letterman was the new late night leader, I knew NBC executives were going to try to bring Jay Leno back to 11:35. It didn't make a difference to me, because I wanted the shows to be exactly like they were. I should have known Conan would not go for such a cruel demotion. >>>

 

I fired up the TV and prepared to be wowed. I felt comforted because I knew there were others just like me who were watching to see how this whole thing would turn out. The show began and I sat there waiting, although I'm not sure what I was waiting for. Something spectacular? Groundbreaking? I knew there would be some skit to introduce the show. Sure enough, a "no place like home" ode to 'The Wizard of Oz' welcomed Jay and his crew back to late-night, and that's when my heart began to sour.

 

Home? That's what Jay called it. Home. He even said it in his monologue, "It's great to be back home." As if 'The Tonight Show' was "his." Perhaps if he had said, "It's great to be back" or something to that effect. But he acted as though the last eight months were just a detour to an inevitable return. No mention of Conan. No nod for the courage and honor Conan displayed in maintaining the integrity of the 'Tonight' franchise when he refused to take a later time slot. Jay plowed through his first show back as if returning from a vacation in which a guest host filled in. In fact, if that were the case, Jay probably would have thanked that guest host, or at least mentioned them. But no, it was business as usual: all for Jay and Jay for Jay.

 

Conan lost 'The Tonight Show,' but he hasn't lost late-night. He's probably mustering his forces, preparing for a return on a rival network in the fall. This is when the late night war will really be fought. Yet, I fear as this war continues, I may be in for another late-night letdown. Some wars are just and some are necessary, but none are good for making people laugh.




 

 

Give Jay His Walking Papers by Dominique Lewis



 

As a teenager, there was something I did not like about Jay Leno, but I could never put my finger on it. Maybe it was his chin; I don't know. But in my twenties, I had a baby, and as I stayed up most nights trying to rock him to sleep, I was forced to watch 'The Tonight Show' and, surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Soon, I was trying to watch 'Tonight' as much as possible. I liked Jay Leno's monologues and I absolutely loved 'Jaywalking.' When I learned that NBC executives were planning to give Conan O'Brien the show, I thought it was a bad idea because both of their shows were doing extremely well. Why make such a drastic change? Why fix what isn't broken?

 

I accepted the new change. I figured I would be able to stay up and watch both Jay and Conan. But when they aired in their new time slots, I thought they were terrible compared to the shows I was used to. Once Letterman was the new late night leader, I knew NBC executives were going to try to bring Jay Leno back to 11:35. It didn't make a difference to me, because I wanted the shows to be exactly like they were. I should have known Conan would not go for such a cruel demotion. >>>

 

I fired up the TV and prepared to be wowed. I felt comforted because I knew there were others just like me who were watching to see how this whole thing would turn out. The show began and I sat there waiting, although I'm not sure what I was waiting for. Something spectacular? Groundbreaking? I knew there would be some skit to introduce the show. Sure enough, a "no place like home" ode to 'The Wizard of Oz' welcomed Jay and his crew back to late-night, and that's when my heart began to sour.

 

Home? That's what Jay called it. Home. He even said it in his monologue, "It's great to be back home." As if 'The Tonight Show' was "his." Perhaps if he had said, "It's great to be back" or something to that effect. But he acted as though the last eight months were just a detour to an inevitable return. No mention of Conan. No nod for the courage and honor Conan displayed in maintaining the integrity of the 'Tonight' franchise when he refused to take a later time slot. Jay plowed through his first show back as if returning from a vacation in which a guest host filled in. In fact, if that were the case, Jay probably would have thanked that guest host, or at least mentioned them. But no, it was business as usual: all for Jay and Jay for Jay.

 

Conan lost 'The Tonight Show,' but he hasn't lost late-night. He's probably mustering his forces, preparing for a return on a rival network in the fall. This is when the late night war will really be fought. Yet, I fear as this war continues, I may be in for another late-night letdown. Some wars are just and some are necessary, but none are good for making people laugh.I visited my mother-in-law, and she was sitting on her couch watching Oprah. Oprah's guest was Jay Leno, so I sat down and watched the interview.

 

This particular interview made me disgusted with him. He was such a liar; he made it seem like he was the puppet and the NBC executives were pulling the strings. He said okay to every idea that involved keeping him on television. He told the truth about wondering why he was being asked to step down after having the number one show for twenty years. However, he lied about agreeing with the executives' plan only because he was still under a contract. He could not admit that he did not want anyone else to host 'The Tonight Show.' He has made millions of dollars, and he could have stepped down from television altogether. Other people deserve the chance to shine.

 

I once thought Jay Leno was very funny and down-to-earth. Now it is obvious -- Jay Leno is a selfish man who only has two obsessions: his cars and 'The Tonight Show.' It's a show he wants to hog until the day he dies. Therefore, I will not be watching the new and "improved" version.




Bee Gees Heading to Fallon's Late Show

Posted by Armando Garcia on March 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Jimmy Fallon is going to have some hilarious explaining to do.

 

Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees — who Fallon and Justin Timberlake notoriously impersonated on Saturday Night Live — will guest on Fallon's Late Night on Tuesday, March 16. This will be their first appearance on the show.

 

Betty White hosting Saturday Night Live on May 8

 

The Bee Gees are one of the most successful bands in pop history. They've won seven Grammys, several Lifetime Achievement awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.




http://www.tvguide.com/News/Bee-Gees-Heading-1016280.aspx?rss=breakingnews


Avatar the X

Posted by Viviana Gonzalez on February 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (1)

Someone over at Hustler Video had the idea to turn the popular 2009 film, Avatar, into a pornographic film. Here is my opinion of the idea.

It is clever, hilarious, and stupid some might say. I say it could be the next best thing since the Pamela Anderson tape back in 1998.

Why? Simply because they are [Hustler] taking an idea of pop culture, and creating it into something dirty, which has the capability of selling lots of money.

The art of parody has been around for centuries. The definition of parody according to the Wikipedia page of it states, “A parody ,in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of humorous imitation. "

The title lacks, ahem, creativity as well.

The XXX version of Avatar will be called This Ain't Avatar XXX,obviously, and it's just one of a few forthcoming porn parodies from Hustler. The people of Hustler also plan to "produce" This Ain't Curb Your Enthusiasm XXX, This Ain't Glee XXX, and This Ain't CSI XXX: Chatsworth.

What's next? This Ain't Nintendo XXX? Laughs.

Rumor has it that the film will be in 3D. Avatar Boy, this ain’t a joke.


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