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Team COCO or team Leno?

Asked by Dr_C (14294points) January 12th, 2010

After the way NBC has screwed over Conan O’Brien and effectively taken another step at crappy ratings, what’s your opinion on what’s happening to the NBC late night schedule? Would you like to see Conan Stay and have Leno take a hike? or would you like Conan to take a later slot (screwing Fallon)? Which would you rather have stay? Leno or Conan?

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IBERnineD's avatar

TEAM COCO all the way!!

avvooooooo's avatar

I think they never should have given Leno the 10 o’clock hour to begin with. That is what torpedoed Conan. I think they should find something for Conan and send it back to what it used to be. Leno on the Tonight Show for as long as he wants to work or on the network not at all.

Conan, thus far, has seemed to be very classy when dealing with this crap. Has improved my opinion of him quite a lot.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Leno’s a No-No. I’m on team COCO.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Team Coco is a go-go.

buckyboy28's avatar

Conan is awesome. The problem is that his humor is not mainstream. I don’t know why he moved to 11:35. Most people don’t “get” him. He should have kept the old slot and been happy with it. Now he is going to have no show.

Later time slot w/ devoted viewers > Earlier time slot where people hate you

Dr_C's avatar

Well it seems he might be moving to Fox… any thoughts?

Sarcasm's avatar

Team coco, mos’ def.
Never liked Leno, regardless of his timeslot.

As far as him moving to Fox, I’d rather him find a good channel, but a bad channel is better than no channel.

phoenyx's avatar

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over “The Tonight Show” in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my “Tonight Show” in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move “The Tonight Show” to 12:05 to accommodate “The Jay Leno Show” at 11:35. For 60 years “The Tonight Show” has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. “The Tonight Show” at 12:05 simply isn’t “The Tonight Show.” Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the “Late Night” show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: 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. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with “The Tonight Show,” I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.




AstroChuck's avatar

Conan = Class
Leno = Ass

Anonymous523's avatar

Conan all the way! But his style of humour doesn’t really fit the tonight show time slot.

augustlan's avatar

This is what they get for screwing over Letterman in the first place. hmpf.

andrew's avatar

Team Coco. Obviously.

Allie's avatar

LOCO for COCO!!!!

@phoenyx: I didn’t like reading that either.

markyy's avatar

Let’s be honest, Conan was much better in his old timeslot where he didn’t have to tone down his jokes//personality. If I wasn’t such a fan of the Late night with Jimmy Fallon, I would be happy about this news, because it would mean Coco gets his old timeslot back and start being funny again. Not that he’s not funny anymore, you can just feel he’s being restricted//held back.

I’m one of those people that has to download the show a day later, so personally I could care less about what time it is broadcasted, but Coco did not deserve to be treated like this.

markyy's avatar

Leno is only SO-SO, but we all love us some COCO! Isn’t Oprah quitting her show? Maybe Conan could take over!

filmfann's avatar

Actually, I would be team Letterman.
And, in truth, I go to bed long before any of these guys are on TV.
Leno retired. He left. The show and time slot belong to O’Brian.

gemiwing's avatar

Team Puppet (Ferguson) here.

I’m not a fan of either Coco or Leno. They just don’t do it for me.

dphhaas's avatar

Conan is awesome, but I agree with the general census that he was better at the later time. However, the few times I’ve been up to see Jimmy Fallon, he has been hilarious so I would be sad to see him go.

J0E's avatar

Team Coco/Fallon!

Strauss's avatar

I think Sarah Palin should get the Late Night spot!~

SheWasAll_'s avatar

COCO. obviously. I never found Leno funny, but I agree that Conan was better with the later timeslot. NBC and their Leno nonsense is ruining everything. First they cancel my favorite new drama, Southland, before it even aired for a new season and now my favorite late night host is getting dicked around.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@SheWasAll_ Southland is on TNT now.

Anonymous523's avatar

@markyy I didn’t know people liked Fallon on the Late Show. You might be the first person I’ve heard say that.

J0E's avatar

I love Late Night too, probably more than The Late Show even.

Sampson's avatar

I’ve been watching Conan for far too long to not be on his side with this issue.

And he is in the right, which trumps all.

toddlouderback's avatar

Carson would be turning over in his grave so they think that five years is enough to respect a legend and now it is time to stir things up. I liked Letterman but I would have liked to see him get the Tonight Show so Conan wouldn’t be screwed this way. I know and respect the decision to not want to screw Fallon over but hey somebody is gonna get screwed and it looks like Carson Daily is just blowing in the wind and Fallon appeals to a younger audience than me, like my daughter and she is 12 and my girlfriend who is 23. I’m not clear on if Leno retired or was asked to leave but even thought I don’t agree with moving the Tonight Show that has been there for sixty years it just moved them all an hour so Fallon would be later but not gone. I would like to see Conan with the freedom he had in Late Night cause you can tell he is dampered with the Tonight Show to be someone he is not so if it came with more freedom to do what he used to do then I am all for it. Conan, I love ya man and I don’t want to see you go anywhere and want you to be you and just to let NBC know, if Conan goes I go and I will take as many people with me when I do I will ban and never watch your network again and you can take that to the bank. Go Go Team CoCo!!!

PacificToast's avatar

Jimmy Fallon all the way!

reijinni's avatar

I’m cuku for CoCo.

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