Monday, January 11, 2010
Late night TV wars
Late-night TV times, they are a-changin. Jay Leno's failed experiment going earlier to 9 p.m. ends Feb. 12 when the Winter Olympics start. Now follow the bouncing ball.
Leno returns to his 10:35 p.m. slot after the Vancouver Olympics, which bumps Conan O'Brien's "Tonight Show" back to 11:05 p.m. That is, of course, if Conan doesn't hop over to Fox. And for the 150 or so folks who watched Jimmy Fallon's show, it's bumped to 12:05 a.m.
Here's what I wished would happen to late-night TV. Return "Seinfeld" reruns back to 10:35 p.m. on KVII at the conclusion of Pro News. Then you can run your "Nightline" and then "Jimmy Kimmel."
As it's been for the last couple of years, "Seinfeld" is now at 12:05 a.m., which is way way too late for this guy. Once upon a time it wasn't. But once upon a time, my back wasn't sore either. I miss my nightly "Seinfeld" fix. Sure, most have the lines memorized and it's getting a little outdated -- hey, Jerry, pull out a cell phone -- but it's a classic that never gets old.
And it beats Kimmel any day -- or any late night.