Great early morning, late night TV

Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

I was watching the Today Show last Thursday, a morning ritual of mine, and had to stick around long enough to watch a segment involving a high school senior from Pittsburgh.

Suzy Lee Weiss was interviewed by Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie last week about Suzy’s op-ed piece that was published in The Wall Street Journal. She wrote about her frustrations with trying to get into college. Her piece was titled: “To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me.”

If you’ve ever had to write a college essay to submit along with your registration information when applying to college, you maybe can relate to poor Suzy’s situation. She sums it up by saying that unless you have achieved greatness, it’s near impossible to get into an Ivy League-type of higher learning establishment.

“Colleges tell you, ‘Just be yourself.’ That is great advice, as long as yourself has nine extracurriculars, six leadership positions, three varsity sports, killer SAT scores and two moms. Then by all means, be yourself! If you work at a local pizza shop and are the slowest person on the cross-country team, consider taking your business elsewhere.”

Many people slammed this gal’s essay saying she’s just bitter because she didn’t get into the college of her choice. Some said she’s putting down those who don’t necessarily have dreams of going to a prestigious school. Suzy said on the Today Show that her piece was just a satire on the perils of applying for college and, while it does happen, getting rejected.

You need to read her entire opinion article to get her humor. I read it and laughed out loud!

She told Savannah Guthrie that since this piece was published, she’s had so many offers from great colleges all over the country. She said writing this was just a way to express herself. She said it worked, because it got her on the Today Show!

While I watch early morning talk shows, I also enjoy late night talk shows as well. Last week, a major move by NBC caused a stir among notable late night hosts across all major networks.

The Tonight Show, which has had its share of great hosts over the years (none as outstanding as Johnny Carson of course), will see a new host in 2014. Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon, who is the current host of Late Night.

A couple of years ago, Leno also bowed out of his hosting duties, which were handed over to Conan O’Brien (who hosted Late Night at the time). But after just seven months, Leno cried wolf and NBC gave him his old hosting job back. So Conan got the boot and was given his very own show on the cable network TBS. So forgive me if this time I don’t believe Leno will actually leave for good!

I think his jokes and presence have worn out their welcome.

I am an avid Fallon and O’Brien fan. I watch or DVR their shows on a daily basis. After his hilarious stint on Saturday Night Live, he successfully pulled off hosting Late Night for over four years. SNL producer Lorne Michaels also produces Fallon’s show, and will go on to produce The Tonight Show when it moves to NYC in 2014.

SNL certainly produces some outstanding comics! Conan himself was a staff writer on SNL in the ’80s before getting Late Night. I think it’s safe to say SNL means a bright future for many.