We don’t have much to say about the NBC late night fiasco, mostly because there’s a lot that’s been written and there’s really not much insight to add. It is certainly a good thing, in the end, that a cynical gamble didn’t win or even come close to winning. The Atlantic has a solid roundup of the reporting here (more accurately, a roundup of why Jeff Zucker’s ‘maximizing margins’ strategy is the source of this mess), including a link to a very good New Yorker piece by Mark Harris. An excerpt:
But that doesn’t mean the next incarnation of NBC—which, with this deal, would effectively be the first network of the post-network era—should end up as nothing more than an unambitious amalgam of low-cost, low-risk programming and copious reruns, a USA Network with an eight-hour version of the Today show.