Jay Leno, NBC’s Youth Culture, and the Church’s Celebrity Culture

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NBC appears to be headed toward another Late Night debacle as rumors of replacing Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon at the coveted 11:30pm spot have leaked into the media and even into Leno's own sharp-edged jokes about getting fired. Apparently the idea is to swap out Leno's locks, white with age, for Fallon's in order to secure the younger demographic he pulls in.Of course, NBC tried this before and given how well the 2010 Conan O'Brien incident went, you might think they would leave well enough a … [Read more...]

The Televangelists: NBC's Olympics coverage could be so much better

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.I'm going through withdrawal. After two weeks of reveling in the Olympics, I've returned back to "normal" life where gold medals, world records, and inspirational feats of human strength and prowess are few and far between. I might have to fire up my DVR every so often during the next few weeks to get another little fix... at least, until the 2014 Winter Games commence. Unfortunately, this … [Read more...]

The Televangelist: Community's Advanced Observation and Introduction to Participation

Each Friday in The Televangelists, one of our writers examines the met and missed potential of television.The outlook for Community is not good (one news outlet helpfully called it, “the darkest of all possible timelines”). Despite 13 more episodes, its poor ratings virtually ensure cancellation. Further, creater and executive producer Dan Harmon has been shown the door, and the executives at NBC don’t want to talk about it . . . but they are looking forward to next season.There are three pla … [Read more...]


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