After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening ... See full summary »
David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten... See full summary »
Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.
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Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.
A quick qualification: I have watched Conan regularly since his Late Night days (prior to that I was not interested in the genre), including seeing every episode of his Tonight Show stint and then about half a year into "Conan". While not extraordinarily original in content and getting less so as the years pass, it still gave me enough laughs and grins to keep watching as a sort of nightcap before bed. I've also given the other Tonight and Late Night show hosts a fair chance as well, but none meshed with my sense of humor as well as Conan. If I were to rate the show itself, I'd probably go with about 7 stars. Reasonably above average but significant room for improvement.
However, for the past several months I have opted to no longer view Conan as the experience became overly tedious due to the nature of the advertisements included in its streamed broadcast. To put it simply, there is more time for advertisements during the streamed show than most hour long shows have for TV broadcasts. Given that the online market will feature more people viewing for convenience/expedience, that there are less overhead costs broadcasting online vs televised, and that similar streamed content features less advertising time, it seems reasonable to me that these factors ought to be reflected in the streamed show. I understand that there are fiscal concerns, and aside from cutting costs I would suggest allowing online viewers the option to pay for an advertisement free subscription. For the time being though, Turner Digital and Team Coco's advertising staff have made an otherwise worthwhile show simply not worth my time.
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