Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Late Shift II



In "The Critics Notebook" today in The Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara unravels what the NBC decision to move the line-up cards around means for late night television and more importantly the future of television drama it meant to replace. How many late night hosts are too many?

Mary was a guest on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 as the news broke and look for her on the terrific CBS Sunday Morning Jeff Greenfield interview (we will update when we have the air date). Why shouldn't the television critic show up on tv once in a while even if they write for a newspaper?

"This is all assuming, and desperately hoping, that NBC doesn't lapse back into madness and jam 10 p.m. with reality shows, which it may have to if reported plans to boot the Leno show in March are true. Yesterday, as critics across the land high-fived each other with grateful glee, the poor beleaguered worker bees at NBC no doubt crowded into one office or the other wondering what exactly they were going to put on at 10 p.m. Sure, they may have recently ordered up a slew of new pilots, but currently the Cupboard. Is. Bare."
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