September 14, 2009, - 10:53 pm

Open Thread: Did You Watch the New, Prime-Time Jay Leno?

By Debbie Schlussel

Tonight was the debut of Jay Leno’s prime-time nightly talk show.  It’s just finishing up.  Did you watch?  What did you think (other than the obnoxious Kanye West as a guest)?


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28 Responses

I hate to see that this is the current wave of television programming. At first, it was reality shows. Now, I am afraid that more of these types of shows are to come in prime time. Why? This type of show, like the reality shows, are very cheap to produce. Because of this, even with a lower viewership, the broadcaster will still make money. How sad that people will accept being bored to death instead of being entertained. Thank God I have more to my life than being exposed the dribble that is currently being produced.

Oh, yeah… I was bored with the Jay Leno Show.

PatsPFS on September 14, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Bored is right. I was so very hopeful, but it sucked. Leno’s always had a split personality thing going, like who he is vs. the personality he puts on for the Network, but this was just awful. Man, I was hoping for something innovative and good after the hideous train wreck late night has devolved into.

The Dan Band segment to open with was just stupendously stupid. I switched to Alton Brown for the duration. Then Kanye West???? Are freaking kidding me … and this sack of excrement comes out and blubbers, stumbles and (long blank pace because that’s what he did on live TV) through one of the most ignorant and lame-ass Me Me Me segments I’ve ever witnessed. I’d call it a train wreck but that would be a disservice to train wrecks.


Good Lord, that’s right on the very edge of irredeemable in my book. What’s next? The leader of Hamas to explain how tough killing Israeli school children has become with Washington’s budget cutbacks? Governor Sanford to explain how tough his love life has been??? This is EXACTLY what’s wrong with the media.

It reminded me of all the class and savoir faire of Lee Harvey Oswald complaining about how hard it is to get mail order bullets.

That’s the one and only time I’ll watch Leno re-hashing Leno, and damned poorly at that.

Jack Mackenzie on September 15, 2009 at 12:53 am

It better get better than this!

Mary on September 15, 2009 at 1:15 am

Didn’t watch, couldn’t care less.

tempus fugit on September 15, 2009 at 1:35 am

Bleh…… adios NBC. It surprised me Leno did this. I thought he might have a little more cred than Letterman.

I’m sick of the garbage from mean street and sick of the entertainers who try to look cool bringing garbage on.

Break up NBC/GE and fire Immelt. It was a huge mistake to let Hollywood, Corporate Wood and Broadcasting hardwoods merge together in one big orgasmic animal house.

The reason Animal house worked so well is you knew who the preps were, the druggies were, the nerds were and the administrators were.

Today…. GE blends with MSNBC demagogues in a dark swirl of frozen green slime margaritas served up with a cold gorefest umbrella tiki on fire with a warning lable for us all not to breathe less Al get another nobel moment.

Break them all apart again. The sludge and corruption is so thick with the suicide of American freedom.

Use to, before the merging of broadcast, movie and wall street, the media would at least attempt to hold sleezeballs somewhat accountable. Today, its a corporate war.

See no GE, hear no GE, speak no GE.

If not for Fox today, where would we be? And Fox can be just as bad sometimes due to their own hollywood connections.

Cut the cord. If you do, you might actually begin to get some true Movie “Critics” that call the garbage – garbage.

Joshua on September 15, 2009 at 2:17 am

Ps. whatever happened to Mr. “apolitical” Cuban? Did he agree to make a movie slamming Obama yet? Like the slimeball production that he produced against Bush?

Cuban???? Where r u? Fake!

Joshua on September 15, 2009 at 2:18 am

Quite frankly I was a bit disappointed. I decided that I didn’t
like Conan O’Brien, and thought we’d continue to get the comedy I knew from Jay in the Tonight Show.

I thought the article about him in last week’s Parade magazine was interesting. Why would NBC fire him after 17 years of the Tonight how and it being #1? When he first took over from Carson I thought “good luck” – how do you fill those shoes? But he worked hard and made it his own.

Bill B. on September 15, 2009 at 3:26 am

Watched two great Monday Night Football games. Leno will have to wait. I hope he is great. I hope he gets the ratings and that not funny dipshit Conan O’brien gets lower ratings. I suspect people on NBC will turn off their TVs after watching Leno and local news. I think Leno is showing the punk O’Brien he is from the old school of comedy where you had to earn your stripes and not be a SNL liberal snotty POS to get your job.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 15, 2009 at 3:37 am

This was as bad as the one-epsidoe Rosie O’donnel variety show. I was stunned watching that 8 minute (felt ike an hour) segment of the lame comic singing in the car wash. Unbelievably bad. If this is the debut show ad they had 3 months to prepare, this show is not for long. It can’t be cancelled soon enough.

DS_ROCKS! on September 15, 2009 at 6:54 am

what was NBC thinking?? competing with monday night first season football!! most of the football types do not like the K West act at all. I did not watch Leno. NBC is annoying and boring. I might watch Heros or medium, oh wait, CBS is doing that.

BORING! LEno is not funny.

lindapolver on September 15, 2009 at 7:07 am

Thanks Debbie for all your good work! I like reading your postings because you cover so much from pop culture to the Jihad. Your new site design is very spiffy and much more user friendly. I rarely watch the lame TV comics because they are all such cowards and seemingly can’t do enough stupid Bush/Rep’s/American ‘jokes’. I watched Leno’s stale routine long enough to see nothing redeeming or humorous. IMO Leno is just another coward and BORING. My prediction is this show will be gone soon.
BTW, what ever happened in the lawsuit against Leno alleging he scammed some estate out of their Classic Car Collection?

WestRight on September 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

NBC has been clueless for years. Seinfeld and Cosby carried the network and they have a few shows now which keeps them on life-support like The Office and 30 Rock. The rest of the programming is basically crap. Even though I do like Conan; why do you take a proven host like Leno from the Tonight Show with #1 ratings for years and relegate him to a prime-time talk show doomed for failure?

Scott on September 15, 2009 at 10:12 am

Dear Debbie —

Made the mistake of watching much of it as we do like the Headlines segment. But the monologue was totally flat, it is tiring to attack the GOP on sex issues and overlook the multiple scandals of every type emanating from Rangel, Frank, Pelosi, the One, ACORN ….

Of course, having K. West was another dud — but West did admit he was a “celebrity” — amazing.

Don’t figure Leno to survive with that pre-teen MTV flashing lights set. Can’t wait until he invites Khadafi and Amandinejad (assuming they are coming to the US soon). There was a time when the US was strict: The sen.-Gen of the UN, Kurt wakldheim was not permitted in the US! But we are going
to allow these killers?

otto schaden on September 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

I started to watch it, but I was so disappointed. Leno was “off”, something was not right with him. It was awful, so I changed the channel.

Diane Smith on September 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

Leno just isn’t funny. Even though I often stay up late (STILL trying to hit up agents to look at my book) I can’t stand bearing to watch him. Even back in the day, Carson wasn’t funny.

My kind of humor doesn’t like this stuff.

Now, Dane Cook? HE is funny.

Steve Harkonnen on September 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

B O R I N G !!!

I actually fell asleep…

Jerry Seifeld has a great comedic mind, performs very amusing stand-ups & is good obviously great in an ensemble comedy situation….

but as a starting guest last night I rate him a ZERO…

Jay’s stand up work has always been good too, but If he doesn’t get over his relentless pounding bias of his jokes against the conservatives, he’s going to loose a lot of viewers…I’m tired of it!

I didn’t see the Kanje West segment, but I was ticked off that Jay didn’t have the integrity to cancel his appearance…

nobody should give this piece of trash a forum for fake apologies…

I would love to see that punk try to pull something like that with Toby Keith or Garth Brooks…fer sure he’d be picking up his teeth…

the only high point of the show for me was Kevin Eubanks’s guitarwork…he’s a true master at his craft & makes it look so easy…

in summary, I watched Jay from the very beginning, but his bias’ began to turn me off during the last election….I’ll give him 2 weks to get his MO together, or , just like that hack Letterman, he’s history to me…

LEO PUCKETTI on September 15, 2009 at 11:00 am

Who’s Jay Leno?

jwb on September 15, 2009 at 11:51 am

I was cleaning my rescue shelter late in the night, as I have done for 25 years.

goldenmike4393 on September 15, 2009 at 11:54 am

I used to like Leno but I hate his guts now.

Guess he must’ve had a little meeting with some guy with a tail that enjoys hot temps and sports a red tint. Something about selling his soul.

Joe on September 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I limit my viewing of anything on CBS/ABC/NBC…especially the late night shows. I lost respect for the Letterman/Leno duo during the Bush years…satire is one thing all out meanness, something else. It appears that O’Brien has sold out too…I also try to limit my purchases on things advertised on these shows and networks.

DaSicilian on September 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Well, from what I’ve followed in the weekly trades. With the news media, cable and the four networks are struggling to find an audience and there is a lot to chose from. NBC numbers are down, way down and instead of producing an expensive new show that would most likely fail; they decided to try this idea. They wanted a new host for the Tonight Show but they didn’t want Jay Leno to move to another network or cable channel and compete against them. They felt it was a great compromise and a helluva lot cheaper then a multi-million dollar action show. Unfortunately, the new show lacks the high energy that was a majority of his old show. Unless Jay starts putting, more energy into this monster the chances are the show will be sent into network heaven.

My father worked for NBC (NY Office) for 35 years. He is aghast and appalled with the direction Jeff Zucker has taken this network. I’ve stopped watching that network years ago. There were/are two shows that I watch one was Medium (which NBC cancelled and moves to CBS) and The Biggest Loser, because the trainers and contestants provide great ideas for health and exercise. I’ve lost 45 lbs just watching what I ate and how to exercise thanks to both Jillian and Bob.

It’s ashamed that this programming science test will fail and badly and that it involves Jay Leno. I don’t think the industry will blame Jay for its failure and most of the blame should go Mr. Zucker who might have to work hard keeping his job.

I can only wish Jay Leno the best in his future endeavors. He’s a nice man, very down to earth who doesn’t deserve the way NBC has treated him. To take the host of the show, the number 1 show in its timeslot, remove the host and place another liberal pinhead as the host a new Tonight Show will turn out to be a stupid and costly error (I can hear the advertisers bailing as I write this). Conan O’Brien’s humor doesn’t translate to the 11:30 hour. However, I hear that David Letterman is pleased with the results. He’s finally beaten his competition in late night, something he could never do when Jay was the host.

Ireland on September 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I only watch Discovery, TLC, NatGeo, History, Food and (very little) Fox News Channels.

Also an extremely rare AMC or Turner Classic.

ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and their cable affiliates can kiss my @ss.

I’ll watch Maddow and Oberbite until I’m really worked up which I have to say isn’t very long. It was nice to watch Ridge give a smack down to Maddow (opposite of what the MSM said happened.)

Sam Adams on September 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

BIG disappointment, especially after months of late night withdrawal following the end of Leno’s Tonight Show stint. I can sit through an entire monologue by Conan or Dave with nary a chuckle. Jimmy has his moments, as does Craig until he devolves into silliness.

NBC is so short on smarts it won’t even air its better dramas – e.g. Chuck, Heroes, Life – as reruns. So we turn elsewhere.

I found it strange he felt compelled to give Kanye West an honored platform where he might, with considerable help, find some redemption. When he was invited to perform, the TV went to “mute”. Whatever happened to Leno’s sense of decency?

Raymond in DC on September 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Of all the major former “Tonight Show” hosts (of which only four are generally counted – Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Leno; Ernie Kovacs, who alternated with Allen in the latter’s last months as “Tonight” host in 1956-57, is generally considered a footnote in this regard), there was only one who did not helm a regular prime-time show after leaving “Tonight”: Carson. Who certainly knew when to quit.

But Leno is not the first alum in the bunch to come forth with a talk program in network prime time after leaving the show. Remember “The Jack Paar Program” on NBC, 1962-65? Alas, Paar was on once a week. (Notice I don’t count Allen’s two syndicated talk shows from 1962-64 and 1968-71.)

Oh yes, although I give Leno high marks for his vintage car collection (and the care with which he takes them, plus actually using them), I have no intent to see his new show.

ConcernedPatriot on September 16, 2009 at 1:00 am

Well, I think jay has enough money, and the show well it was not good. Having it on once a week like Dean Martin did in the Seventies would be good 5 nights not a good Idea. NBC what are you thinking. Maybe put him in on Saturday Nite 10 – 11 slot.

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