Begun, The Late Night Wars Have…


Last year, Gerard Van der Leun wrote, β€œThe Media is how America fights its civil wars.” And evidently, it’s also where the media itself fights its own wars:



Maybe the reason why the Civil War analogy seems so apt is that the concept of late night show-biz-style chat shows is so old. Much like the 6:30 PM network news, these formats are well over a half century old — and are increasingly showing their age in the days of the Internet. Johnny isn’t marching home from this war — and neither are Steve Allen and Dick Cavett.

Related: From the days when Conan was merely cannon fodder in the late-night wars. As Tom McMahon writes, click here “to see a wonderfully surreal out-of-sync video like those old Godzilla films you used to see on TV as a kid” of one of O’Brien’s first appearances on NBC. He plays the doorman at Saturday Night Live’s posh, exclusive “Five Timers’ Club.”

But where’s Buck Henry?

(Originally posted at Ed Driscoll.com.)

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