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Conan O'Brien to Leave Late Night Television After 28 Years: His History with Late Night and His Future

As a fan of television, late-night television shows, and Conan O’Brien, this is definitely big news. I don’t want to call it depressing, as O’Brien isn't going anywhere. He still hosts his podcast and will begin a weekly variety show on HBO Max, but if you have followed the history of late night, this is significant. Conan's NBC Late Night History O’Brien started his career as a writer, most notably at Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. It was at SNL where Lorne Michaels thought highly of O’Brien, so when NBC tasked Michaels to take over Late Night after Letterman moved to CBS, O’Brien was at the top of his list. He initially wanted O’Brien to produce for the show, but Conan declined, seeking to be considered for the host position. As Bob Costas was planning to leave the 1:35 timeslot, O’Brien and his agent assumed he would be passed over for Late Night, but could be in the running for Later. However, when Lorne Michaels couldn’t find a host fast enough, O’Brien was given an

No, Hollywood Hasn’t Run Out of Ideas

Any time news hits that a reboot or sequel is being released, many are quick to jump to the conclusion that Hollywood has run out of ideas. This simply isn't the case. Of course the box office statistics may lead you to believe this: if you look up the top ten highest-grossing movies of all time (unadjusted for inflation), Avatar and Titanic are the only two original movies. The rest are reboots or sequels, mostly from Disney-owned properties. This is a good indicator of what Hollywood believes you want to watch: superhero movies and sequels/reboots. Of course, we all know that isn't true, but those kinds of movies and television shows are safe bets for movie and television companies. It's important to note that these companies make money when you watch what they make. Those companies fund the production, and the goal is to make that money back and then some. However today, that's harder than ever to accomplish. When the movie and television industry was just movie the

What T-Mobile’s TVision Needs to Succeed

UPDATE: 11/2 - If you get TVision Live and Vibe, you don't need the $5 DVR add-on, and you can fast forward commercials on live. Let me just start out by saying I’ve been a happy T-Mobile wireless customer since 2016. If T-Mobile Home Internet were available in my area, I’d subscribe to that too, so it only makes sense that I’d want to get TVision, T-Mobile’s new cable alternative service. TVision was first unveiled a year ago as a more traditional cable service, where a cable box was required and the price was $90 a month - ouch. Luckily, T-Mobile learned from AT&T TV and realized people don’t want that form of cable anymore. A few days ago, T-Mobile announced TVision would release as a no-contract service available through an app, with plans as low as $10 a month - wow! But there are a few things to note: That $10 plan called TVision Vibe only includes entertainment channels with no sports and news, like Philo. You’ll get channels like Discovery, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelod

MTV and the Issues with Niche Branding on Linear Television

MTV first hit the airwaves in 1981, and like ESPN and CNN, brought a revolution to cable television. The networks CBS, ABC, and NBC provide a catch-all service where consumers can find entertainment, sports, and news. With cable, individual channels could devote entire schedules to niche specific programming. And just like ESPN and CNN, no one knew if it would succeed. Could a 24-hour music video channel survive? It did, and the format remained unchanged for the first five years of the channel, until executives began to express concerns of the longevity of only airing music videos. Much like CNN and ESPN, there aren’t 24-hour sports or news events happening all the time, so channels have to improvise with other types of shows. The issue with MTV's 24-hour music video format was if a viewer channel surfs and doesn’t like the current song on the air, they aren’t likely to stick around when there’s a lineup of others channels available. Should they find another show, it'll be at l

Things I Hope To See With Tomorrow's iPhone Event

  I've been an on-and-off iPhone user since December 2009, and a lot has changed in that time. I was 11 years old when the first iPhone was released, and I remember just how amazing it looked. It didn't matter that it lacked odd features, like not being able to send texts with photos, it couldn't record video, and you could only buy it on AT&T. None of that mattered because iPhone was worlds ahead of other phone on the market. Today, not so much. I've owned several iPhone (yes, iPhone is the plural for iPhone; you're also not supposed to have "an" or "the" before iPhone) over the years. My first smartphone was an iPhone 3G that I got for Christmas in 2009. I then got a Samsung Focus Windows Phone, which I ended up destroying the screen when it dropped out of my pocket, thus I acquired a hand-me-down 3GS. Then I got a few more Windows Phones until January 2015 when I bought an iPhone 6 Plus. I had that for half a year when I traded it for a fr

Paramount Network to rebrand as Paramount Movie Network - My Thoughts

But First, A Brief History of Paramount Network Paramount Network started out life as TNN: The Nashville Network, airing programming related to the country lifestyle. TNN was owned by Westinghouse, which owned CBS, which was then bought by Viacom in 1999, which owned CMT. You can imagine that Viacom didn't exactly need two channels about the country lifestyle, so they began to rebrand TNN as The National Network, airing more grittier programming. In an attempt to move away from its Nashville roots, they decided to call it The New TNN, or The New The National Network, for some reason.  Finally, they decided to abandon the initialism and rebrand in 2003 as Spike TV "The First Network for Men," more befitting of the male-oriented shows the channel had been airing. After years of that format not exactly winning in the ratings, the channel rebranded to more sports and reality programming, where they found more popularity with long-running shows like Bar Rescue . In 2015, Spike

CBS All Access to be rebranded Paramount Plus - My Thoughts

Read the ViacomCBS press release here about the rebrand of CBS All Access to Paramount Plus. A couple months back when ViacomCBS announced that CBS All Access would see a rebrand, I questioned what the new name would be. The company hinted that CBS isn't a brand known with young people or globally, plus like the rest of the media conglomerates, they plan to pull together their brands and IP to create an enticing service that isn't just CBS.  It's easy to see where the other conglomerates got their streaming service names from. Disney is probably the most well-known brand period, so Disney+ makes perfect sense. WarnerMedia's HBO Max also makes perfect sense as HBO is a very strong brand, and when Netflix was ramping up its original content, many referred to it as the new HBO, so it works well. The only one that is a little strange is Comcast's Peacock. I understand the name comes from the NBC logo being a peacock, plus the name resonates with people who have a histo

My Thoughts on the Ratings of the VMAs on The CW

I'm a fan of media in general, but I love following linear television. It still has the ability to bring in millions of viewers, but its reach has steadily decreased, especially with the 18-49 demographic. The big event shows like the MTV VMAs continue to prove that the ability to reach millions of viewers still exists on television. However Viacom has had to change the way it reaches that linear audience. The VMAs have been a staple of MTV for over 35 years. Like most big event shows, they’re an easy way for the channel to bring in millions of viewers and excitement on social networks. One thing that has changed is how the show is aired. Prior to 2009, the show was only broadcast on MTV, but from 2009 to 2011, the show also aired on VH1. This briefly stopped until 2014 when MTV, MTV2, VH1, and Logo aired the show. After this year, the show then aired across the Viacom cable channels. Viacom does this with their other big event shows, like MTV Movie and TV Awards , the Comedy Cent