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The Trickle - Late Night TV
February 16, 2010 - Brian Ferry
Conan or Leno?
First of all, my immediate vote is for Conan. But only if you pronounce it like the Barbarian and mean the Barbarian. I'm not a ConanO fan. Haven't watched him that much, but what I've seen I haven't liked. So, I'm not terribly sorry to see him go. Leno - not much better. I don't watch this guy either, but what I've seen hasn't brought me back to the show every night. Letterman? Never a fan. Carson? Seldom watched. As a practicing journalist, I do like the portions of the shows that feature screw-ups in print. Funny headlines, bad advertising, all that good stuff. (It is not among my life goals to have something I put in the paper appear on that portion of a show.) That's good, but I'm pretty sure I could deliver that in a suitably humorous way. People feed them the stuff they use, all they have to do is make suggestive remarks and questioning faces. Now Conan the Barbarian, that's good stuff. One of my favorite movie scenes of all time is the 'Council of "Wise" Men' who are quizzing the young bucks on "What is best in life." They quickly dismiss the first guy's answer, though it sounds pretty decent. Then they show their true colors by agreeing with Conan's assessment. "To crush your enemies..." is the start. Classic. Unfortunately, Conan is not on 24/7. (The Barbarian Channel - All Conan, All the Time). So, if I must watch TV, I've found myself watching Bones recently. It's not bad. The big words and high tech stuff are interesting. Kinda reminds me of House. I really liked that for a couple years, but it seems to be losing its luster. Monk is gone. I watched Burn Notice briefly. I like the lead character, but don't think much of the others. Come baseball season, I hope to get my fill of highlights and statistics on SportsCenter. That is, if there's ever a time when poker isn't on.
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