Late Night Yawns, Not Yucks
December 5, 2007 1:46 PM
As the writer’s strike continues with no end in sight, which network executives are making the call on what reruns will appear each night? Largely it looks like a throw of the darts to me.
I’ve seen good programming strategies and really, really bad. In the plus column, NBC’s `Saturday Night Live’ programmed the Saturday after Thanksgiving brilliantly. It went deep into its treasure trove and stitched together themed segments from over the years, touching on the holidays and showing original cast members like Gilda Radner and Dan Akyrod. The humor withstood the test of time and the show was a riot.
But not so with Late Night’s Jay Leno. The other night I was watching a rerun from the ‘90’s when Bill Clinton was still in office and the government had shut down in November. There were references to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, even though the event is over and it’s now December. Out came the remote and I zapped him.
Leno’s commentary on the headlines of the times simply does not withstand the test of time. With Christmas coming up, given the duration of his time on TV, can’t the network suits fill the time more appropriately like SNL did? I recommend stitching together some of Leno’s holiday- related monologues, for starters.
So jump in with your programming strategies, Leno’s team is clueless.