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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