Friday, May 29, 2009


Well, seventeen years of utter mediocrity in late night television is all coming to an end tonight as the latest Late Shift happens. Jay Leno is leaving the Tonight Show and tonight is his farewell show before he moves to a five-nights-a-week prime time show.

And with the exception of Hugh Grant's interview and that Angie Harmon marriage proposal, and Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing his run for governor, there really isn't much to say about the show. In fact, you could argue that Jay has been coasting on his guests for the past 17 years. Them, and the Dancing Itos.

Also, I remember when Johnny Carson left the Tonight Show, and Jay's departure has been nothing like that. Carson's departure was like national mourning. But Jay's whole final week has been sort of dull, and the fact that he's moving on to prime time may have something to do with that.

Meanwhile, next week Conan O'Brien takes over the Tonight Show and based on what the folks at Ain't It Cool News have to say, we can expect the exact same idiocy we got from Conan when he was on at 12:35. I say that is very good news, indeed.

Besides, anything's better than Jay -- except maybe for Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly.

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