This Week In TV: NBC Imploded. Again
I had no idea Houston could get this cold, I'm tired of reruns, and I still think your Batman voice sounds like Cookie Monster. This was the week in TV Land:
• So, NBC imploded. Again. As last week drew to a close, rumors started spreading that NBC was going to reorganize its late-night schedule only a few months after giving late-night king and generally unfunny comedian Jay Leno a nightly talk show at 10 p.m. ET. The latest word -- spelled out by NBC Universal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour -- is that the network is looking at bumping Jay back to 11:35 and giving him half an hour, then following that with Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show at 12:05 and Jimmy Fallon's Late Night after that. (For the one of you who cares: Carson Daly would go away, likely.) Whatever happens, though, Leno's definitely out of primetime. Conan and Jay both aired their displeasure in their monologues, and Jay was uncharacteristically sharp-tongued in mocking NBC and joking about how he's used to them canceling him. It's still a fluid situation whether who will stay or leave, and one that came about largely because Jay's show was tanking and providing a bad lead-in to the local news, which made NBC affiliates riot. And NBC deserves every ounce of pain they've brought on themselves. Leno is catnip for baby boomers, the perfect Burbank-tourist mentality, and has been winning with Tonight Show forever. And Conan always played better to college kids and literate Gen X and Yers. They never should have changed anything.
• Seriously, lest you feel any pity for NBC, they just greenlighted a pilot remake of The Rockford Files. And Friday Night Lights isn't returning until the summer. Suck.
• This is movie news about TV, so I'm going with it: The first trailer for this summer's The A-Team is out. Yes, the show you loved when you were 9 is being turned into a movie 25 years later, starring Liam Neeson as Hannibal because they threw a dart at a board and that's where it landed. Take a gander. Between this, G.I. Joe, and the Transformers flicks, it's like Hollywood isn't even coming up with new bad ideas, just raiding those from three decades ago.
• Lost almost got bumped for the State of the Union, but the White House opted not to have the president's speech on Feb. 2. As a thank-you, producer Carlton Cuse tweeted that he'd be willing to answer any questions Obama has about the show's mysteries. There is no doubt that if I were commander-in-chief, I would make calling him my top priority.
• So, Chuck is back. Anybody watching? I never hated the show, but I never really got into it. How's it doing?
• Also, about that upcoming apocalypse: It'll be in 3-D. LG Electronics announced the other day that its first 3-D-capable TV will hit U.S. markets in May. Meanwhile, ESPN wants to introduce a 3-D network this summer, and Discovery is partnering with Sony and Imax (because why not) to launch a 3-D channel in 2011. Just ... why, dudes? Does 3-D really override bad programming? Looking forward to this week, most network shows return from their winter breaks, which means NBC gets to air their Thursday comedy block, the only thing they've got. Tonight (Monday) is also the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother, complete with a musical number! There's also American Idol Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox, which I'll be blogging about this season (you're welcome). And Thursday is the premiere of FX's animated Archer, starring H. Jon Benjamin, whom you love from Home Movies and Dr. Katz. I'll leave you, though, with the latest everything-you-need-to-know vid about Lost, which is just a few short weeks away:
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