Sunday, January 17, 2010

Weasel of the Week: Jeff Zucker

Well, pilgrims, it is official. NBC's head programming idiot, Jeff Zucker, is the first "Weasel of the Week". I outlined the reasons why when I nominated him in the first place, so I won't repeat them here. Instead, I will point out one other blunder committed by Zucker. He made the decision to cancel a critically acclaimed police drama, Southland, before its 2nd season could be put on the air. He claimed it was "too dark" to air at 9 PM (ET) as a lead-in for his pet project, the ill-fated & ill-advised Jay Leno Show. Instead of keeping Southland in reserve in case Leno tanked in prime time, Zucker let TNT pick up the series. Long story short, TNT & the viewers win, Zucker loses (again).

Making a bad situation worse, Zucker is ending the Jay Leno Show next month, allowing Leno to take a brief vacation before returning to The Tonight Show after the Winter Olympics. The latest word is that NBC is working out a settlement with Conan O'Brien, who was royally hosed by Zucker.

Zucker's prize is a lifetime gift certificate to the Candyass Cafe, located at the corner of Know Your Role Blvd. & Jabroni Drive, right next door to the Smackdown Hotel. I hear they're looking for a new manager, since the old one went to Hollywood 8 years ago..........!

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