The Conan Effect

I feel a little responsible for the plight of Conan O’Brien. I watch most of my TV on Hulu so I’m not helping his ratings…and I imagine that’s the case for a lot of his viewers. All of us young folk are watching TV on the internet while our parents remain glued to ad-filled cable. And as my mom said, “I don’t like Conan. He’s stupid.” In other words, people over a certain age just don’t get him. But since I don’t even actually get NBC on my converter box, I figure I should do something to help Conan. So here it is:

I’ve been thinking about NBC’s line-up, and I’ve come to realize almost anything that is any good on that network is Conan-related. I know you think I’m crazy, but hear me out. 30 Rock doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Conan, but you’re WRONG. Conan and Tina Fey were both writers on SNL together, and during the first season of 30 Rock Conan came up quite often — usually referred to as Liz Lemon’s ex-boyfriend. Then of course, there is The Office. Again, you wouldn’t think it would have anything to do with the redhead. But a few weeks ago, “Jim Halpert” was on talking about his days as a Late Night intern, but he wasn’t the only one. Mindy Kaling and a couple others were also Conan interns.

What am I saying exactly? Well, frankly, I don’t know. I guess I’ve decided that Conan is connected to all NBC-related genius (except for Friday Night Lights). Without Conan, any hope NBC had of ever being on top again will die … Sad. But if I’m lucky, ABC will pick up FNL.

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