Late Night Talk Show Battles and Unkempt Memes

Where shall we start… Well, how about with the fourth-rate network, NBC…

You see, way back when, NBC gave Jay Leno The Tonight Show and David Letterman, then host of Late Night got mad and went to CBS. Then, Letterman fell into a #2 slot behind Leno.

It was apparently this type of situation NBC wanted to avoid, so they gave Leno the boot and gave then-host of Late Night, Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show.

Mission accomplished. They successfully avoided that situation, as their now-current Tonight Show host is getting regularly trounced in the ratings by their network rivals.

Instead of being decisive and picking one or the other (Leno or O’Brien), NBC decided to tried to straddle the fence by selecting an option that would allow them to keep both, which has turned into a big mess.

But, instead of decisiveness, NBC chose waffling. Sometimes leadership requires tough decisions. If they believed that Conan O’Brien was going to be the best host for their late night lineup in the long-term, they should have (a) tried to keep him happy at Late Night until Leno decided to retire or (b) accepted that Leno might go to a different network and accept whatever ratings consequences there may have been.

If they had gone with option A, the only one that may have been unhappy (at least in the short term) was O’Brien. If they chose option B, Leno might have been upset for a while, but then picked himself up and gone to another network and probably carved out a late night niche for himself again. That, of course, could have made NBC unhappy in the short term but, if they thought O’Brien was a good long-term bet, that would have been something they would just have had to accept and deal with.

Instead, they went with a third option, designed to keep everyone happy, except perhaps for Leno, who may have been only moderately happy or disappointed. But, now that the strategy is not working out–as many suggested early on that it would not–there ain’t no one happy. Leno’s not happy at 10 o’clock, network affiliates aren’t happy that there isn’t a bigger draw at ten to funnel people to the local news, and now O’Brien’s not happy that he’s on the verge of being kicked back a half an hour to bring Leno back to 11:35.

So, while decisive leadership would have made someone unhappy, the poor, indecisive leadership NBC has demonstrated has created much more unhappiness.

There is a lesson to be learned here. You can’t always keep everyone happy. Sometimes when you try to do so, you may end up with situations where the end result is many more unhappy people than a decisive decision may have created.

And, with that lesson in leadership out of the way, let’s tackle some memes that have been sitting around for ages…

Here is one from January 1, 2009: Fabulous Awards and Addictions. Thanks, Awake!

So, I need to list 5 additions and pass this along to 5 fabulous bloggers. So, here we go.

1. I plead the 5th.
2. I plead the 5th.
3. I plead the 5th.
4. I plead the 5th.
5. I plead the 5th.

There. That was easy. Now, considering I have about five readers, if you read this blog and have a blog of your own, I think you’re fabulous. Claim your prize!

This next one is a New Year’s Meme… from back in January 1st of 2008. This was from Nine a.k.a. SF Girl. Mine was to list seven weird things about me and tag seven people. As I said, I have five readers, so, if you’re reading this, you’re tagged. Congratulations!

I have done this in spurts. In fact, I already listed 3 of them. Here is #1, #2 and #3. So, I need to do four more…

I thought I was tagged by Bobby for the Quirk meme, where you have to list six quirks about yourself. Upon re-reading it, I wasn’t tagged. Yay! Got out of that one! And, in gratitude, I give him yet another quirk link so he can get search engine placement for that “highly coveted” keyword.

For this next one, we’ll take a wayback ride back to November of 2007. That’s when Lewis Empire tagged me on this “Yeah, but what do I want?” meme.

In it, you need to list 10 things you want to do, 10 things you want to be, and 10 things you want to have. You can see why I kept putting this off. But, now it’s kind of easy. You see, I would like to make ten million dollars. Yes, I have specific plans for that money. So, the ten things I want to do is to make a million dollars. Do that ten times, and I have my $10 million. I would also like to be a millionaire, ten times. All at once, though, not consecutively because that would mean that I just kept a million dollars for ten years or something, not that I had a million dollars ten times over. Finally, I would like to have a million dollars, ten times over. See? This one was pretty easy. Don’t know why it took me so long.

Maybe it was because back then my goal was only $300,000 and now it’s $10 million. Dreams change, you know?

Finally, from August 1st of 2008, comes the “I’m Brillante” award from Teeni. Thanks!

Now, I need to pass that award on to some deserving bloggers. Again, I only have five readers and (I think) most of them have blogs. So, if you’re reading this and you have a blog, I think you are brillante! So, go and claim your award and don’t say I never gave you anything.

So, there we go! I have now successfully, albeit cheatingly, cleared out all my memes. Yay! No more memes to do! That’s one less file taking up space on my hard drive.

So, lessons learned today? Well, decisive leadership is good. Waffling bad, unless you’re making waffles and you have maple syrup available. Or butter. Or blueberry syrup. Powdered sugar would work too. Strawberry syrup. Oooh, raspberry syrup! Maybe just an old-fashioned syrup. But, I digress. The other thing is not to be afraid to break the rules. Sometimes, if you stick to the rules, your To Do list might just grow and grow and you end up putting things off for years. But, by cheating, you can scratch some things off that list and move forward.

Yes, sometimes cheating can lead to progress. Just don’t tell your kids that.

5 comments on “Late Night Talk Show Battles and Unkempt Memes
  1. Great. Now I’m hungry for waffles. With old-fashioned syrup, of course.

  2. I think NBC really screwed up here and now everyone is getting shafted.

    But, like you said, “You can’t always keep everyone happy.”

  3. You lost in me this post- did you actually complete any meme’s or was this just waffle filler.

    You know I only came by to bust things up because you said vintage in a post.

  4. i see a trend here of memin goodness, and linkie kindness

  5. teeni says:

    Haha! Doesn’t it feel good to get those off your back? This is why I retired from doing memes. I just can’t find the time for them right now and it bugs me when they pile up!

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