“The Late Night Wars”
What list of great television moments from 2010 would be complete without the shockingly public late night wars that saw Conan O’Brien exit The Tonight Show, Jay Leno return to 11:30pm and NBC completely ruin their primetime line-up.
When NBC requested that O’Brien move The Tonight Show to midnight, O’Brien made the most defining decision in his career and left the network that he called home for over 20 years. While matters such as this are typically left in the board room, today’s digital medium for news became the proverbial battlefield for most of NBC’s late night debacle.
In the end, O’Brien landed at TBS and is able to do the show he wants to do, with a network that completely believes in him and Jay returned to the show from which he briefly left. As for NBC, they’re still trying to rescue their fledgling primetime line-up and the man that was behind all of these terrible late night decisions, Jeff Zucker, was fired.
As you can see, 2010 was an amazing year for television. With NBC readying The Cape for this Sunday’s premiere and writers around the country preparing their best pitches for new television series to be included in this September’s pilot season, one can only expect that this year will be equally as great.