The Return of Late Night TV

Yawwwwwn. Sorry, I'm just a wee bit tired from staying up way past my bedtime last night and waking up way too early this morning. You see, last night was a huge event: the return of late night TV. And so I had to stay up to watch Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien and then I had to wake up early to watch my DVR'd David Letterman.

Quick sum-up, for those who have been too busy with the holidays to stay up-to-date: Jay and Conan returned to work sans writers. Dave got the better end of the stick and was able to get his writers back on board. (It's not that Jay and Conan didn't want their writers back. It's just that The Late Show With David Letterman is owned by a separate production company—which was able to strike a deal with the writers—while Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno are owned by NBC—and the networks haven't struck any deals yet. Comprende?)

Okay, now that that's out of the way: Who watched the shows? And what did you think?

I think Conan did the greatest job. Dave had the leg up on the competition, and while that made him more polished, it was more interesting to see what Jay and Conan could accomplish without their writers.

Jay's monologue was pretty good. A few jokes fell flat, but overall, he performed. And then there was Conan. He was hilarious. I think he knew he was in trouble and had to pull things out of his you know what, but it made it all the more funny. Plus, he danced, he played Rock Band, and he dedicated airtime to his fully-grown beard—to prove he has testosterone, of course.

Who made the best return to late night?

(P.S. While Dave's beard, as he said, made him look like a crazed hitchhiker, did anyone else think Conan looked like Al from Home Improvement?)


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