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NBC reportedly ready to retire Jay Leno

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by fluffybear, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Mar 12, 2013 #61 of 193
    Delroy E Walleye

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    Yup. After incessantly making fun of the guy for years, he’s suddenly (and pathetically) trying to suck up to him, now?

    That and he’s just not funny anymore. Even just a few years back you could count on getting at least a laugh or two. I could even respect him somewhat for not sucking up to celebrities (unlike Jay) while they come on to plug their “wares,” especially when played for comic effect. Isn’t the main reason people watch these late-time shows is to get a laugh? One thing I would say about the guy is that he can be generous toward comics (both veterans promoting something, and newer ones making 1st and 2nd network appearances).

    It’s just unfortunate that he seems to be unable to keep from making an a** of himself when it comes to political issues. By far Dave’s not the only one, but lately seems the worst.

    I was already “on the fence” but last night just pushed (and put) me off.
     
  2. Mar 12, 2013 #62 of 193
    James Long

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    That is where I like Jon Stewart ... Jon pushes the politics aside when it comes to getting a laugh. The Daily Show is about getting laughs - and although politics enters in he'll go after anyone for the laugh.

    On the large drink issue Jon has had a field day. Jon and his writers love irony.

    Most of the late night people are in the same rut formula ... and while Jon's show has it's own rut there is a uniqueness to it. And while guests come on his show to push their latest product/project Jon often turns the interview into anything but a plug.
     
  3. Mar 12, 2013 #63 of 193
    phrelin

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    Interesting. For years now, I've recorded both Leno and Letterman and watched only the few interviews I wanted to see. Bloomberg was not one we wanted to see.

    On the other hand, if he were on Stewart's show I'd watch it.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2013 #64 of 193
    James Long

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    If Bloomberg were on Stewart's show the first thing Jon would do is pull out a 32 oz drink ... or two. (He pulled one out on NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on the February 15th show.)
     
  5. Mar 12, 2013 #65 of 193
    Lord Vader

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    I doubt he'd go on Stewart's show, because Jon would rip into him. With Letterman, the mayor is among friends.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2013 #66 of 193
    dpeters11

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    Lord Vader

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    Maybe it's just me, but I don't find Fallon that funny at all. In fact, of all the current night show hosts, I think he's the least funniest.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2013 #68 of 193
    SamC

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    armophob

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    as a kid I liked Johnny
    As a teenager I liked Letterman
    As an Adult I enjoy Stewart/Colbert and tolerate Letterman and Ferguson
    But I have never found any fondness for Leno or the others.
    I have never made it through an entire Leno show.
     
  10. Mar 21, 2013 #70 of 193
    Chris Blount

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    For me, Jimmy Fallon is out of his league as a talk show host. He was funny on Saturday Night Live but his talk show host skills have a lot to be desired. When I watch his show, I cringe. Unfunny to say the least. I don't think he is even close to be the "best of the lot". If he takes over the tonight show, it will tank.

    I would rather have Craig Furguson. He's a bit silly but at least shows a commanding presence on the stage. Fallon is weak and needs to crawl back into his SNL hole.
     
  11. Mar 21, 2013 #71 of 193
    Laxguy

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    You're not supposed to! The opening monologue is well written, well delivered, and yes, a few tank, but mostly a bunch of real laughs.

    I liked Jack, Johnny, and Letterman on Late Night. Can't stand him today.

    Fallon is likeable, and his takes on singers is great, but not much else. Ferguson is maybe too goofy for the staid Tonight Show.
     
  12. Mar 21, 2013 #72 of 193
    RunnerFL

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    I'd rather watch paint dry than Leno.
     
  13. Mar 21, 2013 #73 of 193
    Nick

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    Ouch! That is pretty harsh, Chris.

    I am not a big fan of any of the late night shows*, but of the lot, Fallon is, by far, the most talented. He is a very funny guy who demonstrates a balance of physical comedy, shtick and cerebral reparté. Given time to mature, I think Jimmy easily has the potential to develop into a late night host approaching Carson's caliber.

    *I usually rely on the monotone narrations of an H2, ID or PBS to put me to sleep. Now, especially for member Rich: all of my BR displays have built-in sleep timers. I can't imagine leaving a 55" plasma on all night.
     
  14. Mar 21, 2013 #74 of 193
    SayWhat?

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    I don't want to watch Leno dry either.
     
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    Lord Vader

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    I DO miss the Church Lady, though. I sure wish he'd "resurrect" it.
     
  17. Apr 3, 2013 #77 of 193
    Chris Blount

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    Well, after today's news I will never watch the Tonight Show again. Still think Fallon is not a good pick.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2013 #78 of 193
    Lord Vader

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    I don't like him either. In fact, I find him boring and rather unfunny.
     
  19. Apr 3, 2013 #79 of 193
    hdtvfan0001

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    Well now that it's a done deal....folks will just have to adjust (deal with it) accordingly.

    Some folks will like the change, others won't.

    Based on the changing demographics in the TV audiences...I suspect Mr. Fallon will do just fine. I'm not personally a big fan of his, but understand and acknowledge he has a solid (and growing) audience.

    We'll just have to wait and see how things all turn out next Spring after the Olympics hoopla/hype that they'll predictably have for this change in Tonight Show hosting.
     
  20. Apr 3, 2013 #80 of 193
    tsmacro

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    If NBC was smart they'd bring back Jay's 10 pm show. As much as they b!tched about it's poor ratings as a lead in for the local news as far as I can tell it got better ratings than just about anything they've got on most nights at 10 now and I'm sure it's cheaper to produce!
     

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