Friday, May 29, 2009

A new entry

Wow.....what a concept.

Most of my activity online has been on my Facebook page. Facebook has been great for me because I have found many friends and acquaintences I had lost touch with over the years. So it's been mainly there that you will find me. If I ever have any coherent thoughts again, I will post them here.

Tonight marks the end of the line for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Seventeen years and one week after taking over for Johnny Carson, Leno steps aside for Conan O'Brien. My personal feeling is that had Carson been making the choice 17 years ago, David Letterman would have been his successor. Carson was pushed out by NBC, and the network chose Leno. Mainly because Letterman's late night show was turning a profit. The fact that Letterman continued on "Late Night" for 13 months after Leno got 'Tonight' speaks to his sense of loyalty. Finally, he could take it no more.

Just as the show changed when Leno took over, it will change again beginning Monday night when Conan becomes host. He has two things going for him right away: his band, the Max Weinberg 7, is making the move with him, and Andy Richter, his sidekick on Late Night for 7 years, is the new announcer.

As I did on Mr. Carson's last night, I will watch Leno's final show. I prefer Letterman, but for historical purposes I want to see how Leno goes out.

Until next time, keep your stick on the ice.


jel said...

hey Bob,

glad to see ya still kicking :)

IMHO after Carson the show ended for me!

hi to your better half,
take care

Bob said...

Thanks for stopping by. And you're right about the show. To me, Letterman is Carson's true successor.

Take care and God bless you and yours.


Anonymous said...

Sorry to buck the trend on this but I enjoyed Leno a lot more than Letterman. Ok now the confession,I don't watch a lot of late night tv but the one time I watched Letterman was when Blagovich was on there making an a.. on there. Carson was the man and noone will never really replace him. But then again you look at the quality of shows on now compared to back then.