Monday, January 18, 2010

Shows NBC is Developing to Replace Leno in Prime Time

  • Law & Order: Parking Violations Bureau
  • The Biggest Loser: Talk-Show Host Edition
  • The Weakest Link
  • Knight Rider III: Kit Goes Hybrid
  • Law & Order: Lost and Found Box
  • Er …
  • (Insert day of week) Night Lights
  • WWE Late Night SmackDown
  • Law & Order: Traffic Enforcement Division
  • Saved By the Bell: Mid-Life Crisis
  • Suicide: Life on the NBC Schedule
  • Deal or What the F--- You Mean I’m Moving to 12:05 A.M.
  • Law & Order: Janitorial Services
  • Grizzlier Adams
  • Sing Along with Mitch McConnell
  • Carson Daly, Where Are You?
  • Law & Order: Entertainment Litigation


Past NBC Flops that Could Have Done Better than “The Jay Leno Show”

Manimal (1983) – Man turns into an animal with help of B-roll shot at zoo and cheesy makeup to fight lame crime of the week. It’s no The Incredible Hulk.

imageMr. Smith (1983) - sums it up nicely: “Mr. Smith was the name of a talking orangutan who worked as a political advisor in Washington, D.C. The show was one of NBC's lowest-rated shows ever, lasting 13 episodes.” It also was NBC’s lead-in for Manimal. Awesome programming block, Peacock!

Pink Lady and Jeff (1980) – Jeff Altman! Hugh Hefner! Greg Evigan and The Bear! (Too bad Cheap Trick didn’t appear in this clip.) And two Japanese ladies in bikinis who butchered disco songs in English every week! I believe I saw this variety show back in first run, but I have an excuse – I was in the throes of puberty.

My Mother the Car (1965-66): I always see this listed as one of the worst of all-time. After I watched an episode on Hulu, it’s kinda hard to disagree.

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  1. Carson Daly is dead. I can neither confirm, nor deny that I had anything to do with it.
    You're welcome.

  2. Please not Knight Rider with the Hoff.

  3. I am laughing and smiling.

    I wanna play.

    Law and Order: The Office Fridge edition

    "That yogurt clearly had my name on it!"

  4. My creativity in brain is asleep. But...I'm getting the feeling that you don't like Leno? ;)

    Saved by the Bell midlife crisis was funny, yet sad...I'm getting so OLD! Boohoo me!

  5. Love this list, particularly the Law & Order: Traffic Enforcement Bureau. I'm thinking maybe CSI:Omaha, too. I know it's a different network, but those distinctions are fluid these days, after all.

  6. Don't forget "Who Wants to be a Late Night Talk Show Host", word has it they stealing Regis from ABC to host. And I agree, they need at least twice as many Law & Orders as there are CSI's.

  7. Very funny. and funny comments too.

  8. The first one made me laugh out loud.

  9. Manimal awesome!

    Well, not so awesome. My 10 year old self didn't realize how awful that show really was. But at the time...

  10. Pink Lady and Jeff was produced by Sid and Marty Croft!?! Who knew?

  11. I'm telling you, I think my decades-long letter writing campaign to bring back "Supertrain" is finally going to bear fruit.


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