I hate Conan O'Brien
(UPDATE: I have my 2009 post on this here. And, yeah, he still sucks.)
When it was announced that Conan would be taking over for Leno in 2008 I trembled in fear. Leno's Tonight Show is my favorite of the late night fares. I usually enjoy Jay's monologues, and some of the skits/stuff he does is fun, and I like how he interacts with his guests.
Conan just flops and flares his hands around, shakes his head a bit, and calls that comedy. It's not funny to me. (And if I wanted to see a comedian dance, I'd watch Ellen Degeneres, who'd be a much better host than Conan.)
(And I'm sure half the people reading this hate every word I write.)
I bring this up today because tvguide.com reports that NBC is eying Jon Stewart. Yes, that Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. Which, compared to Conan, would be a delight for me to watch. (I'm pretty sure that network people are out squashing these rumors, and the chances of any of it coming to pass are slim. But one can dream.)
This is the year to figure out what'll happen on late night tv in 2008. I wouldn't mind if Leno stayed on. I don't watch Letterman that often (though a college roommate practically worshiped him) and can I really write about late night and not mention Jimmy Kimmel? Jimmy I like.