As I don't feel like adding just any random strangers anymore (especially if their LJ activity seems odd to me), I thought that I might as well go back to writing public entries – at least on fandom-related topics. So, helloo~o, strangers! *waves*
Basically, I have been working all weekend, and I am now taking a break to rant about what involves only awesome people and events, and yet made my tummy throw up–– inside my tummy.
Apparently, CBS asked Conan O'Brien to host the Tony Awards in June.
Let's start with a few facts: The Tony Awards air on CBS each year, and are presented inter alia by the American Theatre Wing. Last year, NPH hosted them to rave reviews (and should have received an Emmy for that, but, SNAP! They eliminate that category!), and according to several sources, the people in charge of the American Theatre Wing asked him back to host the Tonys again already last fall.
This morning, I read that CBS had pursued Conan O'Brien to host the show instead.
So, the thing is that I love Conan O'Brien. He's awesome, he's funny, he's loyal to his people. He also has quite a scandal tied to his tail, which made him a pop icon and "hero" to many people. Right now, he is still under contract by NBC, who won't allow him to do any gigs until September – unless he agrees not to talk about the scandal at all. Then he'd be allowed to do any shows on any network by June.
Consequently, getting him to host the Tonys would boost the ratings like nothing else. So I do understand why CBS tried to get him – they did not, eventually, because contracts with NBC aren't as easy as they want to make it appear after all. (I try to believe it's just because Conan is too afraid to step into NPH's shiny shoes.)
I do, however, not understand why someone like Conan should host the Tonys in the first place. It seems to me that CBS was just looking for any show to place him at their network, preferably something, which switches hosts and is an annual event. Oh, look, the Tonys! Does Conan has any musical connections? Well, who cares, it's an annual event on CBS, for which they could cast people from outside their own walls! Yeah, I guess that's pretty much how they decided.
What made my tummy nauseous about this? Now that Conan declined, they will probably go back to asking Neil to host, which I find just insulting, because it marks him clearly as CBS' über-monkey, and not as their host to-go (to-go host…? go-to--whatever!). Of course, there is a tiny chance that they asked him before they went to Conan, and Neil rejected the offer, but I greatly doubt that's how it happened. Neil would probably still want to do it, but aside from the feared overexposure, which he is flirting with, hosting the Tonys just seems to be a very unwise career choice right now. (Though it could be considered a wise one, if it made the badmouthers shut up about the Oscars.)
Argh. This is just not your most perfect year, Neil.
More joyful I find the news, however, that Sofia Vergara has been casted to play NPH's wife in the Smurfs movie. (That leaves Jayma Mays to play…?) And that's just steak saucely awesome. They could probably leave out the Smurfs and it would be the greatest film ever made.