Crap, Now Who Do We Watch?

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2009 12:56 PM CDT
Conan O'Brien takes the stage before making an award presentation at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Late-night TV stops making sense tonight. Letterman and Leno were such opposites that nobody had trouble deciding which to watch. If you’re like Gawker's Cajun Boy, you watched Letterman at 11:35 and Conan at 12:37. Now they’re going head-to-head, leaving him conflicted. “This is like that time Hulk Hogan squared off against Andre the Giant. We didn’t know who the hell to pull for!”

As Sam Anderson of New York magazine points out, Conan is basically “mini-Letterman.” They even like each other, so this won’t be a bad-blood fueled “slow-motion death match” like Leno vs. Letterman. Worst-case scenario, it’s “sweet, cute, possibly even boring.” Best-case scenario? Conan forces Letterman to up his game, and vice-versa, and we wind up in “an arms race of total absurdity.”