Armen Chakmakjian

Conan vs Jay

In Random on May 3, 2010 at 4:04 am

I’m so tired of this story.  In any other industry, when a veteran is set aside to make room for an up and coming talent and that new talent doesn’t work out, I’ve seen companies move the veteran back into that position.  I don’t care if you are a steel worker, a secretary,  a software expert or a guy flipping burgers at McDonald’s.  If they let you (the veteran) stay in the company there is a likelihood that you might return to your old position if the experiment/situation doesn’t work out…

And unfortunately for both parties in most cases (except in the entertainment industry) no one walks away with millions of dollars.

So my reaction to Conan O’Brien is “Shut up”…you have your 32 MILLION dollars, you have gotten your new show network, you move on…You should be gracious…

Leno, for some reason overcame the Johnny legacy, beat out Dave, and willingly gave up his job to go try an experiment.  His whole story smacks of being the right guy at the right time, without the “oh I’m so hurt” baggage.

Leno’s new show sucked.  Conan’s ratings sucked. Letterman starting winning the war.  NBC turned back to a known quantity.  Between the interviews, comments on the web, and other things I’ve read…I just have to come down on the side of NBC/GE looking at the numbers and saying “Shit we screwed up!”  And with a quick 32 Million dollars they returned to a better situation.

Let’s face it, in the entertainment industry, it is more lucrative to act out all your pain than say, “this was the best thing that could have happened to me and I’ve moved on”  It’s part of the gig.  It’s part and parcel of the fact that ever famous personality has to have a “story” in their background they’ve had to overcome…abusive parents, being poor, kids beat you up, you stupidly experimented with drugs et cetera et cetera et cetera…evidently you can’t be famous without having a “story” that you overcame great odds…as if  your talent wasn’t enough…

The flip side of it is, on the same 60 minutes episode, we learned about the famous chef that moved to the US with nothing in his pocket, had talent, made it big and guess what: he’s on 60 minutes too!  And he never once mentioned that his life in Spain was filled with horror that he had to overcome.  He just kinda worked hard, made contacts, learned and then excelled.  Is that so bad?  That sounds like Leno’s story…that means that a few years from now there’ll be a controversy from one of this wards that he couldn’t move forward due to his predecessor’s lack of being a good chum…

I’m kinda punchy tonight sorry…


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