MizMuze

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Boycott Leno and NBC’s Tonight Show March 1, 2010

Filed under: Comedy,TV — MizMuze @ 3:26 pm
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Don’t forget, Jay “the hack” Leno returns to NBC’s “Tonight Show” today.  Weird, didn’t he just get fired from that show?  And what kind of company would hire someone back that they fired, TWICE?!  Oh that would be NBC, the “NoBody Cares” here Network.  Normally when someone is fired from a job because a newer, brighter, funnier, and cooler replacement is found there is going to be some resentment.  But Mr. Nice Guy Leno is above resentment because he’s a victim, right?

Let’s see.  Five years ago, NBC told Leno that they were going to offer the “Tonight Show” gig to Conan O’Brien for fear (rightfully so) that O’Brien was going to look for greener and earlier time-slot pastures once his contract was up.  That gave Leno five more years to bore the socks off of anyone under that age of 80 or anyone with taste, brains, or ears.

For 17 years Mr. Leno painfully struggled through each interview while “entertaining” the masses with his stale, stolen, and regurgitated jokes.  That’s 16.5 years more than O’Brien was given to build an audience.  So when Leno pouted, NBC caved (once again out of fear of defection) and offered him a primetime show as a lead-in to O’Brien’s “Tonight Show.”

Well, when “The Jay Leno Show” ratings tanked, and affiliates were dissatisfied, NBC told Leno that his show would either be moved or cancelled.  Of course Leno wasn’t going to leave, he’d hang onto any crumb NBC was throwing at him.  Much like the creature in the horror movie, just when you think he’s dead and gone, Leno keeps coming back to terrorize you.

We’ve heard the rumors of Leno hiding in closets to eavesdrop during conference calls to see whether or not he was going to get the job as the “Tonight Show’ replacement after Jonny Carson, and how Carson refused to ever appear on “The Tonight Show” while Leno was the host—in fact, Carson’s last TV appearance was on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”  These are all signs of a really nice, upstanding guy.

Still think Leno is the every-man nice guy and not an opportunist?  Instead of bowing out gracefully, and be a man of his word by retiring like he said he was going to do five years ago, Leno began playing the victim, hinting that his and Conan’s poor ratings meant changes were coming.  What Leno knew, and had hoped for was exactly what happened—he would move back into the 11:35 time-slot with a shorter 30-minute show, and bump Conan to 12:05.  It was all so beautifully orchestrated; NBC would not have to pay-out Leno’s huge early termination contract, they would keep Conan on their network, and they would win back viewers of Leno’s “Tonight Show.”

But this was not to be.  Conan stood his ground and said he felt bumping the show to 12:05 and having three back-to-back talk shows would be destructive to the legacy of the “Tonight Show” and he therfore made the painful decision to leave NBC and the “Tonight Show” taking with him his fans, his crew, and his dignity.

So, now that Jay “the Chin” is back, right where he planned and plotted to be, might MizMuze suggest that you do something other than watch the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno?  One excellent suggestion is typing in ‘Song of the Day’ into the search field on MizMuze and giving your ears the aural pleasure it deserves from 11:35pm-12:35 am…well, at least until Coco returns…

 

Conan O’Brien Says Goodbye to NBC and the ‘Tonight Show’ January 23, 2010

Filed under: Comedy,TV — MizMuze @ 1:43 am
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Dear Internet,

“NBC is not alright.  In fact, it’s all wrong.”

Tonight was Conan O’Brien’s last night as the host of “The Tonight Show,” bringing to a close the two-week battle between Mr. O’Brien, Jay Leno, and NBC.  Tonight’s guests included Steve Carrell, Tom Hanks, Neil Young, and Will Farrell who closed the show with a “Freebird” jam-session.  Mr. O’Brien joined the band on guitar along with Beck, Ben Harper and Billy Gibbons, one of the “Z’s” from ZZ Top.

There were some funny retrospectives as well as a tearful goodbye speech, but in the end, Mr. O’Brien showed us all that he is the real “Mr. Nice Guy” and closed by saying:

“Between my time at ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the ‘Late Night’ show and my brief run here on ‘The Tonight Show,’ I’ve worked with NBC for over 20 years. … This company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we’ve done together and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible. …A lot of people have been asking me about my state of mind. I’ll be honest with you — walking away from ‘The Tonight Show’ is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world. I absolutely love doing it. …Despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ and for seven months I got to do it. I did it my way with people I love. I do not regret one second of anything that we’ve done here.”

Mr. O’Brien, please don’t think MizMuze is being cynical, but she promises to not watch the “Tonight Show” from here on out.

Click here to watch Conan’s goodbye speech:

 

Team Coco vs. Team Leno January 17, 2010

Filed under: Comedy,TV — MizMuze @ 2:22 pm
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So MizMuze and palz were all set to see Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter today at the SF Sketchfest tribute to Mr. O’Brien.  We knew that this was going to be a very funny yet sensitive tribute as it was confirmed on January 10th that Jay Leno would be returning to the 11:35 time slot with a half-hour show and bumping Conan to 12:05.  Rightfully unhappy, Conan issued the following statement:

“I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.”

In the battle of the late-night wars, this seems to be the ultimate fighting championship.  While Conan is set to make millions in his contract pay-off, it is still not certain where Conan’s show will be landing.  There seems to be a groundswell of support for Conan.  However, time will tell who the viewers side with once NBC hands back the reins to Leno–NBC is banking on Leno’s everyman audience to quickly forgive and forget.

Leno has proven to be a classless and unfunny guy.  All MizMuze has to say is, “GO TEAM COCO!”