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WHAT? THE? FUCK????????????? Sources tell AICN the promo was shot in the Ed Sullivan Theatre the evening after the Jan. 26 edition of "The Late Show" was taped. "The Jay Leno Show" was dark that night due to NBC's State of the Union Address coverage. Letterman's people asked and Leno said yes. Apparently there's nothing in Leno's NBC contract prohibiting him from making commercials for CBS shows! I'm pretty sure prior to the shooting of this spot Letterman and Leno hadn't spoken since 1992! I am – Hercules!!
This year’s Super Bowl will feature spots for “Alice in Wonderland,” “Prince of Persia” and “Shutter Island,” as well as the ones you’ve already seen at AICN for “Robin Hood” and “The Last Airbender.” New ads will be added to AdZone as they air. Find them here. Know what I learned from Hulu’s AdZone last year? 90 percent of Super Bowl ads blow.
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  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    As a football fan, I think I'll wait...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    part of the game is watching new ads. Where's the fun if I've already watched them online? I'd rather watch them in HD anyway.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 5:08 a.m. CST

    If you hate football and only like the commercials...

    by Heckles

    Then I pity you, and your husband.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    And I agree with Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    by Heckles

    What's the point? The biggest sports event on the planet is a few hours away.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    by affenkopf

    The World Cup Final is a few hours away? That's news to me. O wait, you meant the biggest sports event in North America.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Hercules the strong but not wise...

    by spangu

    For those of us who love the game and the commercials but are stuck watching it outside of the US, Hulu is not an option. I'll spend a couple of hours just finding a website that will let me watch these outside of the US

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Fucking hulu

    by SirFlibble

    does AICN know the internet extends outside the USA? Can you stop posting fucking US only fucking videos?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    and again, you live outside of the US, hulu will skullf&%c you.

    by caipirina

    and we are talking about commercials ... the part that usually runs on websites like NBC, before they tell you that the actual stuff you came to watch is not available in your area ...

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I'm so fucked up right now...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Sadly, I'm going to feel all your Hulu/Any website outside of the US pain, in the next couple of months. I feel like garbage. But seriously, if you don't watch the Super Bowl, not even for the commercials, then you suck.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I don't watch the Superbowl or the commercials

    by art123guy

    because I am not one of the mindless lemmings who believe you have to watch. I don't hate it, I just don't care. By the way, how many people get excited about commercials while watching any of their favorite tv shows? Those are people I feel sorry for.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I love football but hate the NFL

    by YackBacker

    The NFL is a disgusting mafia, a really corrupt outfit. They've ruined a great game. Fuck you, Goodell.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Let me spoil it for you all

    by tangcameo

    New Orleans. By 14. Two touchdowns by interception plus two extra point kicks. Oh and the smoke monster is the devil and the island is his purgatory and Jacob is his jailer. And the world ends on my birthday.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Hate football but love the commercials?

    by Omar B

    I think you have it backwards. I think it's the people who are just in it for the party who watches just the ads. My favorite day of the year, Superbowl Sunday is bigger than X-mas, my b-day and my anniversary.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    GO COLTS!!!!

    by IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    Please do not let the SAINTS win. If they do we will have Who Dat? T-Shirts, bumper stickers, and rap songs. Please God do not let this happen! P.S. Commercials are more fun when you watch them drunk and forget 90% of the the next day.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Commercials are for the women

    by magic_ninja

    That being said I really don't give a fuck about either team this year. Oh, and soccer is for homos.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Football sucks

    by MrGonev5

    I've lived in this country my entire life, and I have to understand the obession with football and the superbowl. Why does the whole nation have to shut down, and tv stations rearrange their whole line up because of a football game? I don't get it.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Herc, why do you hate football and/or the NFL so much?

    by SithMenace

    Every year there's always something negative from you about the Superbowl. Do you just hate sports in general? Or just the NFL/Superbowl?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by D_T

    It probably stems from assuming things about a football fan. I surf, and I get there's plenty of predisposed notions about me. <p> Why would anybody +hate+ a sporting event. I might be ambivalent, but I wouldn't spend any energy on it. <p> We were at the Rolex 24 last weekend which is a favorite motorsports event of ours, but the next major event in Daytona, the '500' I don't care for at all, so I don't pay it any attention (even with all the TV coverage). I don't sit around and dissect the fanbase - let people enjoy WTF they want to enjoy. <p> We're going over to friends house for a little get together - some fun, drinks, good food and enjoy the game.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by liesandpicturesofalsolies


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I don't hate football...

    by Smerph

    I just wouldn't consider the Super-Bowl "football". Instead I'd consider it a ridiculously excessive carnival focusing on a game of sissy-ass rugby.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    Shut the hell up and get back to "writting" Batman 3 - Return of the Joker like you love to tell us about. Can't wait for the beautiful script! Your other work has been stellar! Oh, wait, you've never worked on anything substantial in your entire life. . . . my bad.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Re: IHaveSeenEveryEpisodeOfPrisonBreak

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Your screen name is nothing to brag about! Oh, and GO SAINTS!!!!!!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    How many commercials will the douche Peyton Manning do?

    by BackRiverCatfish

    The over/under is probably 3

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I will be watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet

    by mortsleam

    I believe this year they'll have bunny cheerleaders. And the dancing kitten halftime show will be twenty times more entertaining than the two old bastards that used to be the Who.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    nobody likes commercials

    by punto

    they just say so because it's a socially acceptable excuse to give when they ask you about the football game.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Madison Ave. pricks care about today

    by YackBacker

    This is their entire year's budget on one day. And the news outlets, all owned by major corporate entities, fawn over their parent companies' commercials in the guise of feature stories. And you're sitting there, with your 12-pack of Bud Light® and bowl full of Doritos® Brand Tortilla Chips being sold a charade.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    LOVE football, HATE the commercials

    by Triple_J_72

    Seriously. Every year the ads get louder and stupider and more obnoxious. It's absolute madness.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Kimmel's Tebow Ad Spoof Was Awesome

    by mjgtexas

    "I'm Jeff, 35 years old, unemployed, I still live in my parents' basement, and I steal money from them to buy video games, and porn...MOM WHERE ARE MY SANDWICHES??!!"...THEY DON'T ALL TURN OUT TO BE TIM TEBOW.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Watching commercials as entertainment = Retarded

    by RandomWordRandomWord

    Seriously people are easily amused and easily marketed to, and just have low standards if you go out of your way to watch an ad.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Still waiting on that script, JettL1993

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    You're 17 years old, damn it, you should write faster than this.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Canadians don't get US ads or watch Hulu

    by Tall_Boy66

    So they post is kinda pointless at least to me. But we usually get a movie ad or two but we don't get ALL of the ads. So it'll be the same goddamn CTV Olympic promos over and over, even if we watch an American Broadcaster it overwrites with the Canadian signal. So it's just kind of frustrating. anyway, where was I? Go Saints! If the Colts win, Manning don't care about black people! (in the immortal words of that sage, Kanye West)

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Smerph, you're from the UK, ain't ya?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Football is fucking hard hitting than anything you'll see in Rugby or Soccer because the players are all roided up beyond belief and they hit a hell of a lot harder than anyone in a rugby scrum. The padding actually makes it more high-impact and dangerous. And it's inch-by-inch war where you grind it out. It's pretty brutal and calling it "pussy" pretty much means you've never seen a single game in your life and aren't open to other cultures. Tisk, big shame, that.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Yay soccer (football)! I like me a tight end.

    by ChocolateJeebus

    Perhaps all the faggoty Euros should keep their opinions to themselves on this one. The Superbowl IS the biggest sporting event on the planet, 'cause the planet consists of the USA and a bunch of dirt people. Yay homophobia and xenophobia! I'm ascairt of a lot of things (those are things right?)

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    The world cup will be better than this

    by barnaby jones

    Superbowl is overhyped nonsense. Go Saints tho.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Guess this is the Super Bowl talkback....

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    ...for the least interesting part of the entire telecast! :P Anyways GO SAINTS!!!!!!! I hope RoboManning spends half the game on his back.....

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Saints V Colts...who cares?

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    Any other combo from last week's four teams would have been better (especially a Jets/Vikings game!!!) COmmercials are the only actually clever thing in the event (the WHO during halftime, seriously?)...and since the sport actually takes TV timeouts, why not enjoy them???

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Let's get this thing up to number ONE today

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    All the haters can bite one. The NFL/American Football is harder hitting and more STRATEGIC than any other game out there. And it IS a game.....a lot of fun for them to play and us to watch.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh, you haters of American football . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . so cute and unable to push anybody's buttons. To think American football players are sissies is just insane. They take toughness to levels you'll never comprehend. But if you're referring to our kickers, who are just pansy-ass soccer players usually lacking the nerve to win the important games, I agree.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Congrats to Herc

    by AICNsucks

    For making 2010 the year in which you chose to come out.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Spoiler alert! Saints are gonna win!!!!

    by 3D-Man

    At least in the early cut that I saw.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I live in Indiana...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...and really couldn't care less about the super bowl. Or the commercials. Frankly I just want the season to be over with so I can go downtown on a sunday and not have to worry about throngs of drunk morons clogging the streets.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Ah...good ol' internet

    by ShabbyBlue

    Remember the days when we actually had to WATCH the Superbowl to catch the amusing commercials and cool movie trailers? Now we can watch all that right now on the net and skip the whole damn show in favor of watching other stuff on tv tonight. Huzzah!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Watching the commercials and not the game

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Wow. An advertisers wet dream. You do know that the commercials are there so you can get up and take a piss or get something to eat/drink...right?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Nosferatu Jones

    = ROBIN HOOD 2010. Haven't we seen this before?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by Dkev00

    No, I actually watch the Superbowl for the game.A novel idea I know. Gonna be a decent one this year. Go Colts!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    If you like shows with gay names like

    by FrodoFraggins

    Buffy, Dollhouse and Firefly; then you must hate football and yourself. So spend your online time escaping by watching commercials while the real men watch football.<br><br> I actually like Firefly but Whedon shows all have queer names.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    College football is more corrupt than NFL

    by FrodoFraggins

    In the NFL the worst teams get the best pick of new players. In college the big name schools always get the best talent. And many of them hide their violations in getting those star High School players.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by FrodoFraggins

    The NFL has salary caps to help even things out. The NCAA is completely corrupt and refuses to move to a playoff system as it has the potential to lose revenue for some of the Bowl games sponsors.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Mixed Martial Arts > Soccer and Football and Rugby combined

    by ScuttledShip

    It's funny how you guys are debating your favorite sports by calling each other's sports faggy or sissy. MMA owns all. If sports are nothing more than a metaphor for human combat, than lose all the stupid rules and symbolic objectives (running with a ball to a specified zone; kicking a ball between uprights or goal posts), and get down to the most basic fucking simplist objective, to beat your opponent in a test of strength, skill and physical conditioning until they can't fight and compete anymore. What's better than a simulated fight to the death?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Actual fight to the death would be better.

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Hey you asked! ☺

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    ScuttledShip is Dwight from The Office.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Worst Superbowl Movie Commercials EVER...

    by blhotz

    Wow, they blow. no Iron Man 2 spot?!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Nerds hating football, who would have guessed? Love football, hate the commercials. Go Colts, Manning rules!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    blhotz, re: IM2....

    by MCVamp

    The SB usually concentrates more on movies farther away that are making their preview premieres. IM2's trailer came out with Sherlock Holmes, right? I'm sure we'll see new ad for it anyway, just saying.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Hate football?

    by rutgersjaffo

    Cogratulations--You're a d-bag!!!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    You Gotta Love Hulu!

    by Russman

    I watch something on there every day.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    canada can watch this BUT...

    by Bouncy X

    ...the catch is you need to have HD cable. i noticed that the canadian networks dont "take over" on the HD versions of the american networks like they do on the SD versions.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Stabby


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Obama on pregame show

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Does anyone else find it odd that a health care debate is going on between Obama and Couric ON THE SUPERBOWL PREGAME?!?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Go Colts

    by 18to88

    Manning v. Brees might be the most entertaining thing on television the entire year.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Not at all, Carmilla

    by ShabbyBlue

    Obama is once again shamelessly exploting a high ratings point on TV to get attention. Didn't he pre-empt one of the World Series games too to give a fucking speech?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    MMA? Don't you mean boxing?

    by SK229

    Ohhhhhhh snap! I just like to start that argument... one of my good friends is an MMA promoter and event coordinator, and has gotten in the ring a few times. I don't know... I have yet to see proof that these guys train harder or as hard as boxers in their prime. I still think one punch from Tyson in his heydey would put these little fuckers through a wall. Yeah, yeah... I know... if he could LAND the punch, cause they'd wrap their legs around him and all that shit and choke holds, Thai kicks, whatever the fuck it is... I still think those punches are more like getting hit by a mack truck going 120 mph vs. MMA, which is a good old fashioned street/bar fight between two trained individuals. Like I said, yet to see proof that those guys train anywhere near as hard as boxers, who basically become fucking machines until the fight if they want to have any chance of winning. I think those MMA guys are tough, don't get me wrong, they're warriors, I just still think boxers hit and train the hardest.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by grisp

    Football players "take toughness to levels" I'll never comprehend? Maybe a few. Most of them are just massive, overweight, growth hormone-fueled blobs of flesh with lots of momentum. Sumo wrestling is more interesting. If you're into watching that sort of thing in the first place...

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    it's on. <br> comments? <br> insults? <br> *crickets*

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The World Cup

    by anyrandomhero

    is THE sporting event of the next 4 years until the next one :D <br><br> For those of you that think football (soccer) is for pussys then you need to check out the highlights of liverpool vs everton yesterday, tackles in that game were leg breakers...A player got kicked full on in the face for fucksake! <br><br>I enjoy watching the superbowl but the break every play is a load of bullshit and Rugby is a much harder sport than Yank Football (I'm not a rugby fan at all). <br><br> A lot of you americans, mostly the fat retarded ones who jizz when they see stars and stripes (not all of you mind - some of you are cool) are fucking so blind that you think your sport which is the biggest in the world!!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Screw Football

    by Daredrummer

    Seriously. People need to put this shit into perspective. It's a bunch of guys in spandex playing with a freakin' ball. I worked at a sports bar unfortunately, and I always remember the fat, chicken wing eating, beer swilling MORONS screaming at the TVs as if the players could actually hear them. These sports obsessed idiots couldn't even hold a conversation with another human if sports didn't exist, it's literally the only they could talk about. AWESOME!!! This team ran through the line with the ball more times than the other one! OMFG I can't believe it!!!! God it's amazing! And then, the one guy CAUGHT THE BALL AND RAN! Then he got knocked down. Jesus Christ people; what is wrong with you? It amazes me that people take this shit seriously. It's pathetic. Leave the ball games to the middle schoolers and grow the hell up.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    best snack food?

    by br1947


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!

    by Wordage

    Leno just appeared in an ad promoting the Late Show with David Letterman!!! That's how much of a fucking sell out Leno is...just give him a check, and he'll be there to promote your product. Jesus Fucking CHrist!!!! Are you seeing this people?????

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    yea, saw that Wordage

    by br1947

    yep, anything for a buck

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Lol at the lost commercial

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Er i mean bud comm... if the black guy had screamed walt i would have died laughin... they should get a bald guy who thinks he special to... and to football haters, you guys are sad... i understand people not likin everythin but your hatred shows that you never seen or touched a vagina til you got to vegas and paid for it and that your teen years was filled wit the cool kids makin your life utter shit... and you deserted it.... GO COWBOYS!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    i've always been partial to Cape Cod Chips myself. <br>also - NO TD FOR NEW ORLEANS YOW! <br>(blue spandex footballies stopped gold spandex footballies from running with the football into the painted grass area)just to break it down for you guys.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Shabby Blue

    by Timahh

    do you not think its a good idea to actually get the issues out in front of the faces of the kind of mouth breathers that dont watch the news, read the paper etc. I'm not exactly obama's biggest fan but the way i see it, he's using a high ratings night to talk about the things that matter right now in front of people who whether they like it or not, need to know whats happened. For that matter, do the fucking state of the union during halftime next year Obama. /rant

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Timahh

    and Saints by 6.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Timahh

    and Saints by 6.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by yourSTEPDADDY

    if wearing spandex is gay, and enjoyin sports featurin men wearin spandex is gay, i guess you haters dont go see superhero movies wit their men in spandex, or see movies wit shirtless men or come to this site few times a day to read bout men bein cast in movies or defend men you will never meet sayin their great actors or directors? if one is thing, then everythin is gay

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    is right about where I stop watching.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    It's a CSI medley

    by Wordage

    Is that drummer wearing a wig?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Who's playing...

    by br1947


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    is WHOrrible! <br> (i'm so fucking awesome...)

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Drummer looks like Nigel Tuffnell, but is in fact...

    by chimpjnr

    Ringo Starr's son. Explains why he can't play the drums...

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Is Prince the youngest halftime act they've had this decade?

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    The light show is nice.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    I just heard a drum fill a 13 year old would play.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    How could I forget Timberlake/Jackson

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Never mind.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    The theme of...

    by Judge Briggs

    fighting for freedom is soooo played out in movies.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    The Who? seriously?

    by mistergreen

    I'm sure they were big for their time but they're just old geezers now.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    best halftime show EVER. <br> not that that's saying much for the SooperBul. at this rate, I'm calling John Tesh for next year.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    "they're just old geezers now"

    by Shermdawg

    And they sound just as good as they did forty five years ago. Don't hate.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Trailer for The Back-Up Plan

    by montessaurus

    about made my testes retreat inward, and that's not pertaining to the JLo factor. <br> coincidentally enough i uploaded The Back-Up Plan's complete discography to my iTunes earlier today.<br> i'm cosmically fucked.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    so they sucked forty five years ago too?

    by montessaurus

    sorry Shermdawg :D <br>too easy.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    BEST COMMERCIAL: Dave and Jay together with Oprah

    by BackRiverCatfish


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    sean payton's got balllllz

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Why are you such a douche about it? I do think it's silly to take sports too seriously, as their merely competitions that serve as entertainment, but there's nothing wrong with watching and enjoying them, or even rooting for a team you like. I mean, I dig football, though I'm certainly not a fanatic, it's fun to watch a good game. "Guys chasing a ball" could be said for any sport, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, etc, but that's having a really shallow outlook on it all. Here you are on a movie site, and someone could say the same shit to you... "Why do you watch/take interest in movies, it's a bunch of people playing pretend, while assholes stare at a screen and buy into it". We all know that's an asisine perspective on the subject, just like your view on sports is. It's fine if it's not your thing and you don't really like it, but don't be an asshole and act like your better then everyone who does.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Are you saying the 2010 half-Who...

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...sounds as good as the '70s Who with Keith Moon & John Entwhistle? If so, let me say this: L-O-L. I think you've got multimillion-dollar laser lightshow hypnosis syndrome. MMDLLHS!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    And no, sorry

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    The Who sound NOWHERE near as good as they used to. Daltry and Townsends voices are pretty much shot. Not to mention with Keith Moon and John Entwistle dead, two of the most talented members of the band are not present. To think that guys in their 60's sound as good as they do when they were in the late teens/early 20's is silly. It's understandable that they aren't as good cause their past their prime, so I respect them as being good for what they are now, but it's utterly absurb to think they sound the same or as good as they did in their heyday.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Well...maybe not QUITE as good.

    by Shermdawg

    But pretty fucking amazing none the less.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    "Daltry and Townsends voices are pretty much shot."

    by Shermdawg

    Uh, no.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    SAINTS TD!!!

    by montessaurus

    - and the world cracks in half.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    never cared much for Teh Who?

    by montessaurus

    or at all. but i am respectful of their ...legacy? i guess... <br> that said, the SuperBowl halftime acts are traditionally about twenty years too late past their prime/popularity. <br> i'm not even kidding with my John Tesh post.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    John Tesh was popular?

    by Shermdawg

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Unless he plays the NBA on NBC theme the whole time...

    by Shermdawg's not gonna fly.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    in the 90's. <br> which means we may be seeing him at halftime sometime in the 2010's :D

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    Saints forgot to set their secondary to All-Pro. <br> wait...corrected.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    God I wish CBS was airing Survivor tonight.

    by Shermdawg

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    and the Indianapolis BlueMan Group

    by montessaurus

    snoozes their way into a TD. <br> i like the Colts, i do. i like Peyton Manning...but christalmighty if they don't have the most boring offense in the NFL.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Hahahaha...the title of this article has changed

    by Wordage

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    The World Cup will be fucking amazing...

    by TheWaqman

    no sporting event can hold up to it. And I will cry like a little girl if Germany doesn't go far.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Also Oprah can bring anybody together!

    by TheWaqman

    all hail the power of Olmighty O!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    We know now why Dave cut back on Big Jaw jokes.

    by Shermdawg

    And possibly why Moonves paid him a visit last month.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Letterman/Leno commercial

    by montessaurus

    that really makes me wonder about this whole drawn out fiasco. an olive branch of sorts? <br> or maybe this whole back and forth has been a cleverly orchestrated media ruse... <br> but i doubt it.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    It's not orchestrated

    by Wordage

    Give Leno a check and he'll do a commercial for the KKK. This guy has no scruples whatsoever...Dave is laughing at this man's lack of integrity.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    atleast the kickers are bringing their A-game

    by montessaurus

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    i don't doubt that about Leno.

    by montessaurus

    can't wait for Conan's triumphant return, wherever the hell he lands. <br> it'll be like Napoleon escaped from Elba, HEADS'LL ROLL BABY!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    ...and the Saints with the sweet stop!

    by montessaurus

    yep, <br>i am the Howard Cosell of this Talkback.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    LOL @ Tall_Boy

    by TheWaqman

    keep telling yourself that. Compared to Rugby, HandEgg is a pussy sport. Padding's for bitches, mu'fucka.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Only on AICN...

    by VitaminZ

    ...could Leno and Letterman do a commercial together and somehow it's proof that Leno is a sellout and Letterman is mocking him. It was awesome, easily the best commercial of the day because NO ONE saw that coming.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Blue Horsies

    by montessaurus

    miss the field goal. <br> and i think Beyonce is about to get raped by a mech.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    The Jay, Oprah, and Dave ad.....

    by Jamie McBain

    needs more Conan!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Manning blew it

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    What a dumb way to lose the Super Bowl. Oh well, the Saints deserve it more then the Colts do, and New Orleans the city could really use this.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Arcade Fire must be toasting the game with champagne

    by chimpjnr

    The true winners of the evening.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    WTF? Is tangcameo from the future?

    by TheWaqman

    that's some scary shit man. Also what's all this about Arcade Fire, man?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST


    by theoldgunslinger

    tangcameo tell me more! You are very wise.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Vitaminz, in case you didn't notice....

    by Wordage

    ...that commercial where Leno and Letterman supposedly came together was a promo for DAVE'S show...not Leno's. That's why Leno is a sell-out and Letterman is mocking him. In the wake of the late night war, I'm sure Letterman and CBS wondered if they could use Leno's biggest flaw against him...meaning his lack of a soul and his willingness to sell himself out for money. Sure enough, he did. <p> Part of the reason Leno does these things is because he's phony and two-faced, but also because he tries to make it seem like he gets along with his late-night competitors even though they think he's scum. That's why he had Kimmel do the 10 at 10 on his show after Kimmel did an entire show dressed as Leno mocking him. He wanted to make it seem like him and Kimmel were chummy...and then Kimmel came on his show and tore him a new asshole. Leno completed that segment by calling Kimmel "friend"...and then he cried to Oprah that Kimmel sucker punched him. <p> Now, the Superbowl isn't there's always the possibility that they'll appear in another promo together promoting the Tonight Show with Leno...but I doubt Dave would do that. However, if that happens, I will retract my statements, and lose a lot of respect for Letterman.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    by theoldgunslinger

    This thread is now about tangcameo's psychic predictions.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Maybe they told Leno that they'd ask Conan if he said no...

    by Chewtoy

    Just kidding. I'm not surprised everyone agreed to it... Leno needs to show he's a good sport after everything, and Dave has no problem with mocking his bitterness and playing the grump. It's a hilarious spot for the Late Show, but in all honesty it probably helps Leno more than Dave. A shame, since I think Leno's a bit of a tool.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Leno Letterman

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Most people aren't going to analyze it that much though. They'll just see the two guys together in the ad and figure Letterman doesn't really dislike him that much after all or he wouldn't have done the ad, which helps Leno rehabilitate his image.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    New Orleans Saints defending Super Bowl Champions

    by CarmillaVonDoom


  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    by theoldgunslinger

    Tangcameo when is your birthday?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Did the Colts dude

    by Rectal Blowout

    actually touch the ball on the onside kick? One of the replays looks like he didn't. They should of challenged that play. It would of been Colts' ball with excellent field advantage. Different outcome.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    That is pretty funny about tangcameo

    by Wordage

    I wanna know when his birthday is, too....

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Who hates football?

    by Colin62

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    And by funny I mean scary

    by Wordage

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I think tangcameo is the devil

    by Wordage

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    by theoldgunslinger

    tangcameo is the smoke monster and has escaped the island.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    These commercials were strangely homoerotic

    by terry1978

    Honestly every other one featured goofy naked guys. Not attractive naked guys to counter the female fanservice, but ugly dorky motherfuckers in an attempt to be funny.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Not telling you my birthday BUT...

    by tangcameo

    ...if JJ Abrams or Lindelof/Cuse or Richard, Ben, Hugo, or Smokey show up at my door tonight and I disappear - then you can PANIC!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Actually I'm the real father of Claire's kid Aaron...

    by tangcameo

    Goodnight everybody!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    that commercial shocked the hell out of me

    by brabon300

    was the only one i can remember<p> btw, im diggin undercover boss

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    For a guy who apparently can predict the Superbowl (twice now)..

    by tangcameo

    ...he's dumb enough NOT to put any money down on it. :-P :-(

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    by theoldgunslinger

    That is a shame.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by Wordage in clairvoyant?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Undercover boss is boring the hell out of me

    by Wordage

    It's no JerseyShore, that's for sure.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Ya Claire and I go way back...

    by tangcameo

    ...but we broke up because I found her Mom was hot too. Seriously they're both hot.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by BizarroJerry

    So far, we've had posts saying that people who hate football are gay and/or douchebags. Really?<p>Pretty weak commercials this time around. The Bud Light ads with all the identical "beer guys" started to annoy me. Nearly every ad stars a 25-35 year old guy with a days' worth of facial hair growth, messy hair, etc... Is that supposed to be "the typical man"? I guess I just get annoyed to see the commercial be for no one but the exact, precise demographic it's aimed at. Am I the only person who thinks of these things? Am I crazy?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    He's an undercover boss....

    by Wordage

    ...being followed around by a film crew. That's not going to arouse any suspicion...not. at. all.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by VitaminZ

    Are you kidding? Yes, they flashed a Late Show logo at the bottom at the end of the commercial but all anyone is going to remember is that Leno and Letterman did a commercial together. If anything, the commercial was referencing that Leno and Letterman are back "together" as rivals at 11:30pm, which means Leno just landed a Super Bowl commercial about his return to the Tonight Show. It's win-win for both guys because it was such a WTF moment and easily the most memorable commercial in a terrible year for SB commercials.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Vitaminz, Leno wasn't funny in that ad

    by Wordage

    His acting was horrendous, and Dave got all the laughs at his expense. It feeds into Leno's victim persona that he's been trying to craft...but no one is buying it anymore. He's a sorry sack.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    This was the funniest commercial this year

    by Jaka

    Period. It had nothing to do with how funny the participants were. It was the concept. If you didn't get it, your loss, really.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Leno being there was the laugh

    by VitaminZ

    The shot were you see Leno is sitting on the couch on the other side of Oprah IS the whole joke. You're telling me that Letterman was really funny in the commercial but Leno was terrible? Or that they did the commercial to make Leno look bad? You can hate Leno all you want, but outside of AICN Leno versus Letterman is not some epic struggle of good versus evil. Normal people aren't sweating out the late night wars. They just want to be entertained and all anyone will remember is that it was a commercial where two really famous rivals acting like they didn't like each other for a good laugh. The commercial was great; it wasn't some secret message from Letterman about Leno's integrity. And even if you think the whole thing was a massive setup to make Leno look bad, then it was a huge failure. It was a free Super Bowl commercial for his return to the Tonight Show and people will be talking about it tomorrow.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST's not high art

    by Wordage

    Get off your cloud.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST're obviously a Leno fan

    by Wordage

    Because only a Leno fan would actually want to watch him on the Tonight Show. That ad didn't make me want to watch Leno...but it did make Letterman seem funnier than usual...and the WorldWide Pants logo followed by the Late Show logo doesn't seem to me like it's going to woo people to the Tonight Show. You claim brand names in ads don't matter....but tell that to the corporations who have been spending billions of dollars on ads for the last few decades...I think they'd disagree....

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Leno is a cool dude

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    cant wait for a great new era of Tonight Show! the other guy should stuck wite Latenight and not gotten greedy and the greed bit him later in the ass! Peace out goodposters!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Conan should have been in the ad

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    lying on the snack table with an apple in his mouth.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Best ads of the night...

    by BurnHollywood

    Watching Betty White and Abe "Grim Reaper Who?" Vigoda getting manhandled in the Snickers ad, the VW "slugbug" commercial where the kid socks his gramps right in the balls, and the ominous/blackly humorous Audi "Green Police" ad.<p> Doritos (as always) tries way too fucking hard, the Simpsons ad was corny as shit ("We don't have to be LOVE us too much!"), and I have a hard time getting behind any Budweiser ad because their beer is just tepid rice water.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Of course he said yes

    by Super Rabbi

    The fat fuck is trying to do some damage control.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    No! It was Leno and Oprah in a Letterman ad.

    by Jaka

    If you don't understand why that's fuckin' hilarious than you're either under 16 years old or, like I said, it's your loss.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I don't know what was more shocking...

    by BurnHollywood

    A Letterman/Oprah/Leno ad or opening the second quarter in a Super Bowl with an onside kick when you're only trailing by four.<p> FUCK, that was a good game. I pity you football atheists.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Jaka, you're stupid

    by Wordage

    It's not high fucking art. Christ Almighty, fuck off.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Second half, not second quarter. FUCK!

    by BurnHollywood

    Goddamn stoneage talkback without an "edit" button...

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    It would have been funnier

    by Wolverine's Dad

    if Dave was sitting between Leno and Conan and there was nothing but uncomfortable silence.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Why are you insulting me you ignorant cunt? Really, why? How am I stupid for having an opinion that you could completely fucking ignore. It has absolutely no baring on your sorry existence. It's people like you that make the talkbacks on this site so ridiculously retarded. So fuck off yourself, braincell.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I'm not done yet!

    by Jaka

    I never said it was "high art", so what the fuck is your point you fucking douche?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Jaka, haha, you're getting pissy again

    by Wordage

    You always do this you fucking moron. You start acting like a douche and then start crying.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    The only thing that would have made it funnier...

    by Jaka

    ...Madonna. But I'm sure Wordage won't get that, either,

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Really? I started getting pissy? You told me to fuck off. Whose pissy? How did what I say affect you so much that you felt the need to attack me? Look in the mirror fuckwad.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Leno got free air time on the Superbowl

    by INWOsuxRED

    Letterman could have run a funny ad with no mention of Leno at all. In the end, the ad helps both, but why would CBS want to help Leno even slightly? It was however the funniest thing Leno has been associated with in decades. Letterman has suggested he would have Jay on his show, but then again he has had plenty of people on who he clearly didn't like. Rest of the commercials were horrible, just like every year(even when companies are actually spending money on them, they always suck, I don't understand the hype). The game was pretty good, and I was glad the Saints won.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I won't get that joke

    by Wordage

    It's too high brow for me.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I'm sure when somebody tells you to fuck off

    by Jaka

    You just laugh, right? Fuck I'm so done with the talkbacks on this mother fucker.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    You words dipshit. I said it was funny. I said it was the funniest commercial of the night. I never said it was high brow or high art. YOU DID! So how about you shut the fuck up now. Douche.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood're wrong. Great ad. It was pretty fucking funny, and it's going to be talked about for days, maybe weeks.<p> In marketing terms, that's way more important than "high art".

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Jaka, you're a moron

    by Wordage

    That's why I don't like you. You annoy my cousin Wendel on the debating team. He smoked weed once and started acting really strange.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Wordage

    Jaka says "I'm so done with the talkbacks on this on this mother fucker" <p> And then two seconds later he posts a post directed at me, LOL.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Dave and Jay: Yeah, I don't know...

    by Greggers

    I didn't think it was funny. Surprising, sure. Audacious, you bet. But funny? <br><br> I guess I'm still sore at Jay Leno. Letterman had to make nice with Leno to get him to do the bit, and to the degree I find myself caring, that feels like he sold out.<br><br> So yeah, I guess I didn't like it. But hey, there's always Kimmel!

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Kimmel really Greggers?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    that shithead is worse than freakin FALLON ffs.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by VitaminZ

    I only claimed the brand name in THAT particular ad didn't matter. The ad was a brilliant concept and it didn't matter that they flashed a Late Show logo at the very end. It will be great publicity for both guys, and they were smart to temporarily bury the hatchet to do it. The only people to read some secret messages from it are the ones who those who, for whatever reason, have some hatred of one guy or the other. And that's actually a really small percentage of the population since most people don't get emotional about Leno versus Letterman.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Even an Indianapolis native like Letterman is wearing a Baltimor

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Art Donovan #70

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Baltimore Colts jersey

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Any port in a storm, Scorpio

    by Greggers

    But really, I think Kimmel can be pretty funny. Funny in the same postmodern way the ad was trying to be funny (the same way *everything* is trying to be funny these days). But with Kimmel, there's 5-10% more mook.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Haha Colts lose

    by Alientoast

    Now they know how Pats fans felt in Giants vs. Pats. As for commercials: the snickers one with Betty White, the Brett Favre MVP 2020 one, and the Dorritos Samurai one were my favorites. The GoDaddy ones are just embarrassing to watch every year.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Who Dat!

    by ChrisPC24

    As a kid growing up near New Orleans, I never thought this day would come.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    by VitaminZ

    So this is just a website that sells tank tops for women, right? That's what they're advertising? (Those commercials are so incredibly lame. Nice to see that Danica Patrick is a full-time race car driver and part-time soft-core porn actress. Lame.)

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Travelocity Gnome is still the best ad mascot

    by TheWaqman

    of all time! He could stomp the shit out of the Geico Gecko.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Coke/Simpsons ad was my fav.

    by snakecharmer

    I was just remembered how great the Simpsons used to be back in the day.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST

    It's clear that Leno and Letterman are afraid

    by RandomWordRandomWord

    of the bigger threat that is Conan. Come September, he's gonna own both those old fogies.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Need to get this one off my chest

    by MikeTheSpike

    I read The Late Shift in the wake of the Conan fiasco last week. Highly recommended.<p> Anyway, it was a bit of a revelation for this longtime Letterman fan/Leno hater. Leaving aside what you think of their comedy, it's hard to deny that Letterman comes off as a dick in this one.<p> First, either man had as much a right to the Tonight show as the other. Leno had been guest-hosting weekly for years. The point is made that at no point did Letterman ever make it known that he wanted to inherit the show, whereas Leno and Helen Kushnick actually made the effort. So I don't see how Leno "stole" the program.<p> Second, Letterman tried to steal the show from Leno a year and a half into his run! What a massively dickish thing to do on his part. It's not much different than what Leno's done to Conan, only it didn't work, yet we've excoriated Leno for it in that case.<p> Yes, Leno is unfunny. But if you take it objectively, he's not a bad guy and Letterman was a douchebag in '93.

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Since the NFL used Arcade Fire at least 5 times

    by mjgtexas

    Why not actually highlight them to the world for ten minutes instead of a voice-shot Roger Daltrey and kiddie porn voyuer guitar player?

  • Feb. 7, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Leno is still the biggest piece of shit ever!

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    I'm with Coco!!!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Re: Arcade Fire

    by flickchick85

    They usually don't like to license out their music. They only did it for the Superbowl not for greater exposure, but rather to benefit Haiti relief, as was announced a few days ago:

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Conan is in contractual Limbo,

    by mistergreen

    So you won't see him anywhere until the fall.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Why did Letterman ask to do it?

    by YackBacker

    Strange ad. Not funny... but interesting!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    It seemed like a strange move for Letterman

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    It rehabilitates Leno a little, does Letterman really want that?<p> As to Conan, he doesn't have a contract yet with anywhere else so I wouldn't assume just yet that he'll be back on the air in September. Fox is not a sure thing, and other than them there are not a lot of good choices for him.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Did Oprah demand it?

    by YackBacker

    Maybe. She is the Invisible Hand ruling the Universe. (looks behind him) I love Oprah! I really do!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Moron. You don't know jack shit, do ya.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    I couldn't believe my eyes when the Letterman/Leno ad hit.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Coupled with the game winning interception, it was definitely the surprise highlight of the night.<P>Shortened/truncated performances have never been The Who's strong suit. However, I'm a long-time fan and I thought they played well and brought the "rowdy".<P>Congratulations New Orleans and way to go, Saints! It's been a long time coming...

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    I'll rise above the name calling Mr. Nice

    by mjgtexas

    I bet 200 for both the Saints to cover AND the under, so moron is not me this late night...I'll infer you took exception to Pete "researching" kid porno. Fair enough.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Why did Letterman do it?

    by Chewtoy

    Because he thought the premise was funny. Dave's the guy who put up the "#3 in latenight!" billboards in answer to the ones that had NBC crowing about the Tonight Show. He's never been one to let what is best for ratings kill a joke he thought was funny.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    To stick it to NBC...that's why

    by DS9Sisko

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Leno & Letterman just thought it was funny.

    by The_Breeze

    Multiple sources are saying the parties involved in this commercial just thought it was hilarious and did it for free. Apparently Letterman thought it was funny, had his producer call Leno's producer, Leno's producer laughed for several minutes and said she'd ask Jay, Jay called back two minutes later and said he was in. Oprah and Jay received no compensation. The idea also was run past the NBC President, who made one of his wiser decisions in allowing Leno to participate. Basically, you have two guys here with more money than God saying, "Hey, wouldn't this be funny?" and two networks both realizing that they both stood to gain from it. CBS had originally offered Letterman 10 seconds to promote his show but when they found out Jay was going to be in the spot boosted it to 15.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Shitty Olive Branch...

    by Karl Childers

    This just stinks of a ploy on Leno's part to rehibilitate his floundering career. It just doesn't make sense on Dave's part though. Maybe he feels his own profile needs a boost in light of his own recent scandal? We'll never know.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    Got a soft spot for Abe, so that was my highlight, but the Letterman ad was an eye opener. The pedestrian beer ads (dumb guy jokes or horses, big whoop) are like stale beer.<br><br>Guess all the talk about Manning being the "best ever" was the typical sports columnist BS. Gotta win at least 2 SB's to gain entrance to that club. And to clear up a couple misconceptions -- the NCAA doesn't benefit from college football's lack of a playoff because they don't control, nor do get any revenue from the bowls or BCS. The schools get all the money, which is why they are the ones who really oppose a playoff. Most of the NCAA's revenue comes what is does control, the basketball tournament. And finally, golf ain't a sport.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    I don't think they were both on the same room

    by ricarleite2

    It could be they shot Letterman and Oprah first.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST


    by Wordage

    Yeah, I didn't expect the ad to be high art...but I get tired of how pretentious certain talkbackers can be...even towards something as simple as a Letterman ad...saying shit like "if you don't get it it's your loss...or you must be under 16" it's a fucking Ingmar Bergman film or something. It's a fucking Letterman commercial, LOL. <p> This won't affect Leno's image at all. The people who are ignorant of all the late-night shenanigans will remain so, and the people who are in the know and hate Leno will remain to do I agree with you there, Vitaminz.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST

    So what did you all think of the game?

    by gotilk


  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Can't tell if images were superimposed on the couch...

    by FlandersBum

    ...or they were really in the same room. You know how Rolling Stone loves to superimpose various celebrities on their cover to make it look like folks such as Paul McCartney and Britney Spears were doing a photo shoot together?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Another reason why it was a smart move for Letterman

    by Wordage

    The ad has created a lot of curiosity regarding the behind-the-scenes events that took place when the ad was made...and Letterman is more likely to talk candidly about that...especially since the ad was shot in the Ed Sullivan theater. He and Paul often take time to talk about such things....Leno doesn't. He sticks to his formula. AND, Leno's last show is on Tuesday, so this ad isn't going to help him. <p> Letterman will get a boost this week which will probably carry on for the next few weeks. By the time Leno returns to late night, the ad will be he will not gain anything from it.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by Narfolamew

    Is the biggest sporting event in the world!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    super-bowel movement......

    by theDannerDaliel

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    My balls are itchy

    by DioxholsterReturns

    wwhat is that Leno up to now after pulling his penis away from conan's asshole?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Letterman just made Leno his bitch.

    by rbatty024

    It's looking like Letterman won the late night wars after all. Leno has become a disgrace since it was revealed to the world what a disingenuous ass hole he really is.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I'm real happy the Saints Won!

    by Watch_The_Birdie

    Oh, and there was definitely some good commercials on TV that night.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by Dreamfasting

    Strangely, all I can think when I saw the Letterman commercial was: "wow, three insanely rich people acting all mopey to get even more money off you suckers who think all that drama matters"

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Not superimposed...

    by The_Breeze

    To those who haven't seen the stories cropping up everywhere, no, that was really them. Leno snuck into the Ed Sullivan theatre in disguise, on the day of the State of the Union address (since his show wasn't airing that day), and he, Oprah, and Dave filmed the spot in 30 minutes in the balcony after Dave finished taping his show.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    tangcameo I'm impressed

    by Wcwlkr

    I noticed you actually called how much the Saints would win by the morning of the Super Bowl. You even had half of it right with the Int return for a touchdown. Now if your Lost prediction comes true then tell me what the Powerball numbers will be. Lol

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Sad Football is Over

    by Wcwlkr

    I love football, and it wasn't a bad game. That commerical was hilarious. But I can't wait for next season already. Hopefully my team will be there. Happy for the Saints fans though.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I guess I'll just never understand this irrational hatred some

    by Coughlins Laws

    of you have for Leno. It borders on insanity. How could anyone possible hate someone they don't know SOOOO much simply because they don't think he's funny? After all the shit-talking that Letteman did, it was very classy of Leno to appear with him on his show. Remember, if Conan could get ratings, he wouldn't have lost his job. In fact, he got more money this year to NOT do a show than Leno did to do a show...

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Well, a recovered fumble on an offside kick is CLOSE to an interception. So I'd say he got it more like 75% right :)

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by frozen01

    That's a little black-and-white. Leno is the one who actually lost his show, after all, because affiliates were complaining about HIS ratings dragging down the shows after his. So if it were just about ratings, Leno would be the one in the unemployment line. And Conan didn't lose his job, by the way... he was being pushed back 30 minutes (if memory serves) and so left because he felt that this would destroy the show (or at least that's what he's telling everyone). <p>Oh, and the reason people hate Leno is because of the politics. Leno agreed to quit, got his own show, and failed. Conan didn't do anything wrong, and yet was being punished for it because Leno whined cried and got his old timeslot back. THAT is why people are pissed. They don't care about the size of Conan's paycheck; they want to watch his show.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    People who watch for the commercials

    by frozen01

    Actually, I love 'em. They say the funniest things :) My mum-in-law watched the game with us last night, but she didn't know why they kept throwing that little yellow towel on the ground. At one point she asked my dad-in-law "Why do they keep throwing laundry on the field?" *LOL* So from that point forward, every time there was a flag, she would scream "Laundry on the field!" Freaking hilarious :)

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Leno didn't agree to quit, he was told he was being fired

    by Coughlins Laws

    Stop trying to change history... And Leno DIDN'T get low ratings on The Tonight Show. He regularly doubled or even tripled Letterman's ratings. I'm sorry your opinions don't jibe with the facts....

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    MikeTheSpike, haven't read The Late Shift, only seen

    by jim

    the movie. Could be the movie makes Letterman less of a dick. In that, while he is fielding offers from other networks, NBC comes to him with the option of taking over from Leno in 18 months if Leno's ratings don't improve. The impression I got wasn't so much he was trying to take The Tonight Show away from Leno, he was trying to get himself an 11:30 show and NBC was worried they had originally backed the wrong horse in giving the show to Leno. However, in the end, Letterman takes the solid offer from CBS instead of NBC's tenuous one. <p>"... at no point did Letterman ever make it known that he wanted to inherit the show, whereas Leno and Helen Kushnick actually made the effort." <p>Difference being, Leno had an agent, Letterman didn't. Jump to 2004 - Jay Leno, as far as I know, hasn't had an agent since Kushnick (he seems to take great pride in saying he doesn't have an agent or manager). I don't know if Conan O'brien had an agent back then, but I have to think if Leno did, that agent would never have allowed NBC to force out their client to give the show to O'brien unless said client wanted to step down. In other words, Leno got The Tonight Show because he had an agent; in 2004 he lost The Tonight Show because he didn't have an agent. Sure, he has gotten the show back; the cost of it is yet to be seen. Has he done irreparable damage to his reputation in doing to O'brien what Letterman had the chance to do to him 15 years ago? Or will all this be little more than a slight hiccup and Leno will come back stronger than ever? Time will tell. Maybe 5 years from now, when the dust has settled and the long-term effects have been realized, we'll get The Late Shift 2.

  • ...has these two teaming up for the inevitible ass kicking Conan will do.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Yes, Conan DID do something wrong. He lost over 60%

    by Coughlins Laws

    of the Tonight Show audience and allowed Letterman to retake the ratings lead, something that hadn't happened in 15 years. NBC is a fourth place network now and Conan took their most profitable show and sent the ratings down the tubes. Conan may be a nice guy, but he clearly doesn't have what it takes to compete against the big boys. In a three-way race, he will come in fourth behind Leno, Letterman, AND Nightline. He will also probably lose to Jon Stewart. It's just too crowded and his target audience freely admits they don't watch him on TV, mostly on youtube or hulu, they refuse to watch him live. So, there you go. Conan couldn't produce, it sucks he didn't get more time, but he wasn't innocent in all of this. He forced NBC to fire Leno and he knows it...

  • Leno had one upped Dave by saying "If you want letterman to ignore you the best way would be to marry him".bwahahahahahaha!<p>As for those idiots doing the commercial, what can i say..the power of pragmatism. (or more like Money talks!)

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Sources tell me

    by Bass Ackwards

    Letterman had tried to get Conan for the ad too, but Conan was too immersed in the drama of wrapping up Late Night to sit down and consider it. And when I say "sources tell me," I mean the same thing Herc does, which is that I read it as its information freely available on the internet.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Also, I wonder how eager Fox really is for Conan

    by Bass Ackwards

    Right now, they get 4th place ad-revenue airing dirt cheap reruns, I wonder if they really want to sink millions into Conan to potentially just get slightly higher 4th place ad-revenue.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    BEST photo from yesterday's Super Bowl

    by buffywrestling <p> FTW!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by easyxrules

    You don't seem to get that having the "Tonight Show' on before the actual Tonight Show is what was killing Conan's ratings. Plus the Letterman scandals. That isn't someone changing facts or history. That's just how it is.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    HERC Talks Supernatural

    by XoanonTORN

    Hi all, I had Herc on my radio show last weekend and we made a point to specifically talk about his 'hate' of Supernatural! We chatted about a ton of other topics too, take a look. <p>

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    What were Conan's ratings before Jay Leno Show

    by TheWaqman

    started? I'm still willing to bet they were low as hell. Face it guys, he just can't cut it on network TV.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    Thanks for the link! Great stuff Herc :)

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    this commercial is 100% awkward

    by smudgewhat

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    herc is high

    by phoenixmagida5th

    Dave and fat chin guest. Starred on each other's shows a couple years ago not the 80sherc

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    OK Coughlin's Laws

    by deelzbub

    You've earned our paycheck for the week. Jay is puttitng it in the mail at this very moment.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    OK Coughlin's Laws

    by deelzbub

    You've earned your paycheck for the week. Jay is puttitng it in the mail at this very moment.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    damn no edit button!

    by deelzbub

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I smell a split screen SFX.

    by Logan_1973

    Do we know for sure they were actually in the same room together?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Stop citing Conan's freaking Tonight ratings!!!!

    by sofaking

    For God's sake, I hear this argument all the goddamn time! Conan's Tonight Show ratings are tainted, so you can't possibly use those numbers and say he won't succeed on another network or that he doesn't work on network tv to begin with. Yes, the ratings dropped from the handover from Jay to Conan but two MAJOR factors contributed to that. #1 -Jay didn't have some crappy lead-in talk show sapping ratings and driving viewers away. #2 -Conan could never get good guests on a regular basis because they were going to Jay's show which was also in LA. Conan never got the legitimate shot he deserved so those numbers mean nothing. Stop citing the stupid Neilsen numbers. Down with the Chin!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    sofaking fail

    by TheWaqman

    Conan had the whole summer to himself on NBC. His ratings still declined. Blah blah blah keep crying. Fact is Conan can't cut it in the late night game. And I'm willing to bet that if Fox is even willing to accommodate him that the ratings will be low. What excuse will you have then? Jay sabotaging the ratings? ROFLOLOLOLOL.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    When did Leno and Letterman go onto each other's shows exactly?

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    NBC should have let Conan go a few years ago

    by TheWaqman

    they could have avoided this disaster. They didn't want another Letterman in the making, but the choice they made to prevent it didn't work anyways. They should have let Jay keep the tonight show (because lets face it Conetards he's the highest rated, not the best, but he gets the most viewers) and told Conan to go to another network. It would have worked out well for both sides. Conan honestly deserves much worse than what he got. If I were NBC I would give his crew the 45 million in severance and just given Conan the boot. Yay for getting paid high money for being your network's downfall. Him and Leno should get pay decreases.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    I can't believe all the name calling...

    by Tom_Bombadil

    its just a commerical. Get over it.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    HUGE mistake by Letterman.

    by BigTuna

    I'm a big fan of his, and while this commercial is being talked about a lot, Jay Leno will benefit more from a CBS commercial advertising the Late Show than Dave will. I know Letterman just wanted to make a funny commercial-and he succeeded, i'm not sure how smart it was.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Hey, Jaka, sorry if I was mean last night

    by Wordage

    I was drunk.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws, Leno wasn't fired.

    by TheLastCleric

    He and NBC worked out an agreement so that Conan could eventually take over his time slot, a time table set and agreed upon by both men. Also, your own grasp of the facts is tenuous at best because Leno got his ass handed to him by Letterman in the ratings for quite some time and NBC still stuck by him where by contrast they fucked over Conan after 8 months. Building an audience can take time and for whatever reason they gave Jay exactly that but when it was Conan’s turn they basically dropped him like a flaming sack of dogshit. And do you know why? Because Jay’s primetime show was a monumental failure with ratings so low that affiliates threatened to pull it. You seem very eager to defend NBC’s bullshit but here are a few irrefutable facts: Carson never wanted Leno to take over the tonight show; Letterman hosted his show on NBC for years and turned what was generally considered a worthless timeslot into something valuable and his reward was being screwed over for a job he deserved; NBC did the right thing for eight months and gave the Tonight Show to a man who’d been making them money for almost two decades, then they panicked and scrambled to cover Jay’s shit ratings and took it all back. That means Jay Leno has cost NBC both David Letterman and Conan O’ Brian, which is a pretty hefty price tag in my estimation. Beyond ad revenue, ratings and the rest of this nonsense, there’s the idea of a legacy and NBC has completely fucked up their own in regards to this historical show. The Tonight Show ended the night Carson retired; Leno’s contributions have been forgettable and he’s now officially the only thing the network has.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by TheLastCleric

    Like I stated previously, Leno's ratings were low when he first took over so citing Conan's early ratings isn't really much of a point at all. Also, the Conetards thing was stupid, even by Internet standards.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    ah, TheWaqman and his usual blathering idiocy

    by 35MinutesAgo

    you know, you'd serve your side of the argument better if you didn't speak on its behalf. then again, i don't know many people who agree with you anyway.<p>i imagine your argument against the existence of global warming would go something to the effect of, "HELLOOO?? IT'S COLD OUTSIDE."<p>i mean, really... conetards? you seriously didn't stop yourself from typing that and posting it? wow.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST


    by Parallaxmjm

    The only problem with your theory is that even while Leno was losing to Letterman, his show was still making money for NBC. Conan's show was going to be the first one in the history of the Tonight Show to ever lose money this year. I don't agree with NBC pushing him out the door, and I think Jay certainly could have said "Listen, this isn't fair to Conan to do this so quick. Let's wait another 6-8 months, and if you still want me, then I'll come back", but NBC had financial reasons to be concerned. And Leno has the lead-in wasn't the only reason Conan's ratings were poor. He had 3-4 months before Leno's show started to establish the base audience, and he was still in trouble. And besides, the lead-in thing is not really that valid a justification for poor ratings alone, because it works on the faulty premise that the only people that watch the Tonight Show watch NBC programming early in the same evening.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Oh dear the Conan fans are getting a bit worked up

    by TheWaqman

    it tends to happen when something they love always gets put down regularly. You must also be Whedon fans I take it? It explains the rabid love Herc has for the guy too.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by frozen01

    Jesus Christ. Leno agreed to quit *the TONIGHT SHOW*. THAT WAS THE CONTRACT. When his new digs didn't work out in the primetime slot (no, he didn't get fired), he bitched and whined so he could be moved back to a slot with less competition, thus pushing back Conan's show. I didn't even MENTION Letterman! What the hell does he have to do with anything? The affiliates didn't care about how Leno compared to Letterman, they only cared that they were seeing a drop off in ratings on shows following Leno's. Stop yelling at me about not getting my facts straight when you didn't even take the time to read what I said.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Coughlins Laws

    by frozen01

    Oh, and before you go off on me again, I don't even watch Conan or Leno, so I have no interest in taking sides. If the world were a just place, Stewart and Colbert would cream the both of 'em. I was simply repeating what I'd read in the news... you know, to help you, not f-ing argue with you. <p>And regarding the ratings, we'll have to see. Leno lost a LOT of people with this whole snafu. It'll be interesting to see where he falls after the dust settles.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Oprah is a uniter, not a divider!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    This was NBC's doing...

    by Parallaxmjm

    Not Leno. He didn't want to quit, he was told this was what they wanted to do, replace him with Conan and he went along with it. Then, because Leno never wanted to leave to begin with and his ratings were still high, NBC was scared he would jump to Fox and bury them, so they gave him the prime time show. When that show tanked along with Conan's, because if Conan was kicking ass none of this would have happened, NBC wanted to put Leno back in the time slot he ruled in. Leno didn't whine and demand his old job back. He is guilty of being a good soldier and also of not using proper judgment in this instance since he should have weighed how bad this move would look in public. NBC should have given Conan at least through the summer to turn the show around, then if his numbers were still bad and the show was losing money, then they could have made the move and even if Leno came back, it wouldn't like they pulled the rug out from underneath Conan right as he walked in the door.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by Parallaxmjm

    wouldn't look like... damn typos

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