I recall New Year’s eves switching between Dick Clark and a fresh Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Now not only are the late night shows not fresh on New Year’s eve, they’re on full holiday hiatus. Letterman, Leno, Kimmel and even the later late shows shut down. Is there less to laugh about during the holidays? Time was when the hardest working would stand out with current material. No more. Carson, in his day, was notorious for being on vacation. Still he had capable guest hosts holding down the fort. Certainly there are candidates today who’d appreciate the opportunity.
Wal-mart can staff their stores through Christmas, why can’t NBC, CBS and ABC? An entire generation of students out of school, a prime target audience, is tuning out. The writers and crew need time off too, but certainly some are willing to work with incentive. Perhaps it would be difficult finding guests during the season. Again, please convince me there are no celebrities in L.A. or New York who wouldn’t refuse the opportunity. In the mornings even “Kelly & Michael” manage to appear current, though with a skeleton crew and repeat guest segments. At least that shows a little dedication. Thank you, Michael Gelman.
The networks have this wonderful, amazing gift, being capable of broadcasting into millions of homes, and they’re content dishing out seconds. I wouldn’t regret if Netflix, Hulu and similar do eventually replace them. If we’re watching second hand television there should at least be a better selection.