I’m An Equal Opportunity Stupid-Basher

Although most of my rants are against the idiot politicians that are hell-bent on destroying intelligent civilized life as we know it, in my heart I am an equal opportunity hater of all things stupid.  I just don’t get as angry at the bulk of the idiots out there because they don’t have the capacity to put our lives in jeopardy.  They just basically make me shake my head and wonder.  Like:

What the hell were the big shots at NBC thinking when they decided to switch out their numero uno Late Night guy (Jay Leno) with their number one Late Late Night guy (Conana O’Brien)?  Both were sitting pretty where they were.  Conan is still very young and could have waited a while to move into the Tonight Show slot, like those before him. 

I’ve never worked in the TV industry, but as soon as they mentioned moving Jay Leno (or for that matter any talk show) into the prime time 10pm. slot, I knew it wouldn’t work.  I’m betting just about everybody knew it was a stupid idea–except for the ones being paid millions of dollars.  Leno’s good–but he’s good in his late-night genre.  Americans have grown up on the concept of winding down their day after the nightly news by tuning into a comedy monologue and maybe even hanging around to see a celebrity or two pitching their latest work.  The ten o’clock hour is for drama and the ratings have always shown that.  Think:  Law and Order (in it’s many incarnations) or the late long-running ER.  Watching the Tonight Show makes you think of ending the day, getting ready for work the next day, going to bed.  Depressing!  Who wants to push that up an hour and a half?

Here’s a good idea for all the idiots out there:  Next time you think you might want to try something new, take a poll of the people your decision will affect.  Had the NBC execs done that, I’m sure they would have saved themselves from this big mistake–IF they had actually listened.  But maybe they did listen to the people and in their arrogance decided they knew more.  That’s how our lawmakers operate.  Maybe they should do what George Costanza did in that epic episode of Seinfeld:  Just do the opposite of whatever your natural instinct tells you to do.  It worked for George!

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8 Responses to “I’m An Equal Opportunity Stupid-Basher”


  1. 1 Cyndi January 12, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hilarious! I love that episode of Seinfeld. Ok, I love all episodes of Seinfeld, but George’s opposite plan was one of my favorites.

    I don’t watch much late night TV or follow celebs much but I did read that Leno got canceled. Is he going back to his old time slot? What’s happening to Conan?

    • 2 les@mamaneeds2rant January 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

      Yeah, now they’re going to use Leno to pump up Conan’s ratings. The NBC affiliates were complaining that their news ratings were suffering because of course everybody was looking for good normal 10 o’clock shows to watch and then staying on those networks to watch the nightly news. Now they’re going to put Jay on at 11:30 as The Jay Leno Show (just basically his monologue–which was the best in Late Night TV) and then segue into Conan’s “The Tonight Show” since this is what they’ve locked into with Conan’s contract. This is supposed to happen after the Olympics in February.

      Some geniuses, huh?

  2. 3 robinaltman January 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    The NBC executives should read this blog. It’s so damn true. What are these idiots thinking? Late night shows are popular because they’re sort of boring and nice to watch while you’re falling asleep. They’re not gripping. 10:00pm is the time when your kids are in bed and you can watch the gritty stuff, (or the sexy stuff). Now 10pm is boring. I read, instead.

  3. 5 myra36 January 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I really like Conan and I think NBC’s treatment of him and his team is really disrespectful. He’s only been doing the Tonight Show for less than a year. Moving him to a different time slot shows a lack of faith from the network.

    I hope one of the following scenarios happens:

    1) Leno retires.
    2) Conan moves to Fox.

    Actually, both would be better.

    • 6 les@mamaneeds2rant January 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      NBC is ridiculous. Leno already made that comment about Fox being a nice place to visit this time of year. I just heard where Conan is rejecting NBC’s “offer” to move him to midnight. I don’t blame him. It’s a giant slap in the face, embarrassing, AND like he said, it’s a tradition to have the Tonight Show on at the end of the night, NOT the beginning of the next day.

      Whatever happens, it really doesn’t affect me either way–other than to maybe get some better shows on at 10pm. There are so many options on TV now, people aren’t limited to three networks and forced to watch nightly talk shows. We watch shows that we recorded on DVR. Most of the people I know don’t watch any of the Late Night talk shows regularly.

  4. 7 Tammy January 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    The funny/irritating thing about this topic is that it has taken priority in the media over much more important topics currently going on in the world today.

    Although, I must say I do love to hear the snipits of banter between Leno & Conan..then Letterman weighing in…ahhah


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