Today on KTRS/St. Louis, I had a long discussion with TV critic Aaron Barnhart about the NBC late-night debacle, in which Jay Leno's primetime show will leave the air in a month and then may reappear as a half-hour show at 10:35pm, moving Conan O'Brien back to 11:05pm (presumably still with the "Tonight Show" name).
Aaron explained the history behind the errors NBC has made with that daypart for years, the chances of success for the new line-up, what Leno's show will consist of (I'm guessing an extended monologue, some commercials, a JayWalking segment, and he's done). We also speculated about whether David Letterman will extend his deal through 2012 (which would tie Johnny Carson's 30 years in late-night television) and how these moves will affect the CBS duo of Dave and Craig.
I don't watch Jay or Conan, nor Jimmy Fallon, and certainly not Carson Daly. However, the schedule does matter to me, because I need to know when to set the DVR for "Poker After Dark." Since our local NBC affiliate airs an Oprah rerun somewhere in there, it's possible that I'll tune in and see Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer putting Al Roker all in.
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