"Conan Can't Stop"
The other night, late at night, I was incredibly bored and fount myself wandering around my Time Warner Cable On Demand channels. I was at Playboy On Demand, but I had to settle with Movies On Demand... (haha), and as I was browsing the comedy genre I saw the movie "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop." Now.. if you know me, you know I'm a proud 17-year member of Team Coco. I had heard about this documentary, but never thought I'd be able to see it, because it was verrrry limited release. This kinda showcases the awesome power of Movies On Demand, I was able to see an indie flick in the middle of Upstate New York? #WINNING. So- back to the film. I really was unsure of what I would see in the film. I had heard that it followed him on the "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour," but I honestly did not think it would go as in-depth to Conan, and a focus on his staff during the tour. The film show's the thrill and slow fade of the high energy that the crew had in the beginning of the 40-city tour. You know, the movie was actually very intriguing. You see into the mind of Conan himself, and what actually does go behind the life of a red-headed late night talk show host. As a Conan fan, I loved the film! But also I think that the movie is great for anyone who wants a good story, and an actual genuine good documentary. It's as some critics have said, "it's very watchable." For anyone over like 15, they should get a good hour and a half of entertainment from it. If you want to see it, go to http://conanobriencantstop.com/cantstop/schedule to see where the film is showing, or look for it on-demand and on Netflix soon.
So for the past year I've been spending my weekends doing what I've considered some of the best times of my radio career so far doing this syndicated CHR radio show, called the ALMOST Morning Show. If you don't know this stuff already, I'll go over some of the history of the show for you. In the summer of 2010 myself and Chaz Burge started doing a daily morning show called "The ALMOST Morning Show". It got a great response, but at the end of the summer, due to scheduling issues, we had to break it down to a weekend show at night, and that's how it is now, just on like 14 different stations, and as of now, with out me. Last weekend's show was my final time on The ALMOST Morning Show. I loved doing the show, but this summer I have other opportunities that have opened for me. I can't wait to start, I enjoyed my time at The AM Show, but hey. I wish Chaz and the show luck in the future.
Read the official announcement: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/91910/mike-kerr-leaves-the-almost-morning-show
I absolutely love the new NBC gamble, "The Voice". Being a TV junkee, when this show was first announced, I thought it was going to be the most corny thing I'd ever watch. I mean it felt like American Idol with 4 big-ass superstars not looking at the people auditioning, but it's not. This show goes above and partially beyond my expectations. There were no real audition rounds, before the show started shooting, casting went around the US to all the major cities, and found the best singers, then the best would go to the Blind Auditions (where the judges are in their chairs not facing the person singing). Where there if one of the judges (mentors) hits the lil button on their chair, turns them around to see the singer, and if that mentor is the only one turned around, the singer is on that mentor's team. If another turns around, they [the mentors] "battle it out" to get that singer on their team. For some reason, this is interesting? I usually HATE signing shows --cough- American Idol--, but this one is really entertaining for me. The editing and production quality is really good as well. You don't see all of that crap you don't care about in an audition show, like what's going on outside in the holding room, or a really long overview of the auditioner. It's a full hour or two of real full content. Carson Daly (who I consider a good friend) doesn't do a lot of talking on the show, which no offence Carson, but it's great. The show can stick together without having to have a dude there to hold it together. The production is great, graphics are nice, and the show is very modern. I like seeing the tweets at the bottom of the screen from the mentors and the guys on the show, it's great to see what they are thinking while this thing is going on. Also with the modern-ness of the show, it's good to see FOUR actually currently relevant musicians judging. The winner of the show will get some cash and a contract with Universal Republic.
So it's one of these things where your originally thinking, well, who in hell cares? So what? It's white? You'd be correct. It is white, and has no other special usage that the chrome and black don't have, it's simply a new colour. So, why do I love it? (I think I've said "so" about 7 times so far in this post haha) It's different. I remember when iPhone came out in like 2006 or 2007, and like NO ONE had it, so if you had it you were special. When they came out with the 3G model, more people bought it, because they dropped the price- by a lot. Then they came out with the 3GS model with a few little additions including the white iPhone. I think only the real hardcore Apple fans got it, the white iPhone. The iPhone 4 came out last year, and didn't have a white version, all of us white iPhone fans were all like WTF APPLE!? Hardcore Apple fans don't want to fit in with those PC users, and their new fangled iPhones, but they love the iPhone? So, Apple's gotta go to themselves and be like let's make a white one, that is only available in 16 gigs so the little non-Apple fanatics don't get it.
That's what happens. People who just want the iPhone to have an iPhone and feel like an Apple junkie probably won't spend that extra hundred or so to get a different colour, when they don't 'need' it. So, I think it's just for those cool REAL Apple junkies who want to stand out from the crown of chrome and black iPhone users. It's one good use- a new colour, and if it breaks, nothing (haha).
So, here's my first book summery and 'review.' I was told my last post was depressing. haha, let's lighten this ish up!
Set in Los Angeles, the 2010 “Tonight Show Fiasco” (as called by Wikipedia) began in the eyes of many in 2005 when Jay Leno promises NBC’s “Tonight Show” to Conan O’Brien, the 6 foot 4 red-head from Boston who at the time was hosting his successful show, “Late Night” also on NBC. Fast forward five years to May 29th, 2009, the day of Jay’s last show. The show went off the air, “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” began taping shows and airing the first of the next month. By October, Jay Leno- who had now been off the air for only two months- had made note to his former NBC bosses that he wanted back in. Who says no to Jay Leno? Not Jeff Zucker, NBC’s president of Programing. NBC soon announced what, even they had said, could be a television revolution, or one of the largest failures of the television industry- The Jay Leno Show. The daily 10-o’clock show aired September 14th, 2009 to February 9th of 2010. It was called by Entertainment Weekly, “The Biggest Bomb of All Time.”
Now that Leno’s show had failed horribly, Zucker and NBC needed a way to get Jay back to 11:30. They offered Conan O’Brien multiple options as to him keeping ‘Tonight’. Moving Conan’s show back a half an hour to put Jay at 11:30, and the ‘Tonight Show with Conan’ at midnight, or Conan was to leave. Mr. O’Brien chose to leave to “keep the ‘Tonight Show’ as it should be, and has always been.” Conan left, and not with out gaining millions in cash, and losing his tenure of ‘Tonight’, and most of his “intellectual property” to NBC. On Conan’s final Tonight Show, he said “It’s every comedian's dream to host this show, and for seven months, I did that. But you know what they say- The fun always has to end a decade to early.”, his puns kept a light mood. Conan later will end up with his show, ‘Conan’, coming back on the air, on basic cable on Time Warner’s TBS network, and is the most watched daily cable show in the United States. Jay Leno is still hosting his new version of the Tonight Show, differing much from his original show, with ratings below what Conan was getting, and falling behind David Letterman, and ABC’s Nightline.
On November 4th, 2010, Bill Carter and Viking Press published the non-fiction, “The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television went Crazy". It tells the story of the “fiasco,” and Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and Jeff Zucker. Also mentioned in the book were big names like, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Williams, and many others. After reading the book, the author creates a feeling of the confusion and back stabbing of the television business. My opinions on the book are like this- It was very lengthy, it was not written in the same way as the original book by Bill Carter, “The Late Shift” about Jay Leno and David Letterman in the nineties. The book was around three-hundred eighty pages long, and it felt like the author would sting out multiple things. I honestly wouldn’t recommend the book for anyone under 16 and doesn't pay attention to the ‘late night scene’, not for adult reasons (haha), but for the reasons that the book really wouldn’t relate to anyone who cares not of the late night shows. I love late night comedy. In all, it was a good book on the subject.
So, I've decided that I'm going to sit down once and a while, and... *dramatic pause* ...BLOG. I've decided even if people don't read it, my mom will. I'm gonna blog about everything from radio nerd stuff, to music, to food, to travel, to like everything. So, thanks for reading this, maybe later on I can blog about something... something like KFC. YES.