This is a little off-topic, but such a huge television story, I thought I’d post it.
NBC Late Night host Conan O’Brien is scheduled to take over the Tonight Show next year from Jay Leno, and there’s been much speculation about what would happen to Leno. Many assumed ABC or FOX would scoop him up for their own late night show. But, in an unprecedented move, NBC is creating a talk show for Leno that will air weeknights at 10 pm.
That’s right–NBC is turning over the 10 o’clock hour of their prime time schedule to a talk show.
It serves two purposes–the network gets to keep the popular Leno at NBC, plus the network saves a ton of money by producing fewer scripted shows for their schedule.
NBC, now 4th in the ratings, performed a major executive house cleaning recently, so changes were definitely afoot. But this move is nothing short of drastic, and as the LA Times, lays out very well, it’s a move that’s fraught with risk.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out…