Johnny Carson hosted the Tonight Show for 25 years. Jay Leno hosted it for 17 years and looked like he could go the 25 Johnny went. But Conan took it over last night from Jay and so far, the verdict is out.
Of course the verdict is out after one show but one has to wonder if Conan would have moved the show to L.A. if he knew that Leno never was leaving his studio in Burbank which hosted the Tonight Show but now will be the new home to The Jay Leno Show in September. Instead, Conan moved his show from New York to Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
In a good opening segment of Conan Running cross country from New York to L.A., it showed you the show would be different. He even took in a swim.
Now, following Conan since he started and struggled til he became comfortable in his own skin seems like we have a small period of Conan getting adjusted to the 11:30 slot and Los Angeles. Jimmy Fallon has thrived in Conan's old spot and we figure Conan's ratings may struggle at the start but be higher by September when Jay's show starts.
You have to wonder though; will there be another booking war? In L.A. alone, you have Craig Fergerson, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan and then Jay in September. Who will get the bigger names when Jay returns? Conan or Jay? NBC will have a problem for sure in 3 months!
What do you guys think? Conan or Jay?-Dr.FB