NBC’s new gamble a sign that TV’s in deep trouble

 

If anyone needs more proof that television - along with the rest of our economy - is a mess, the place to look is NBC.

Just weeks after the Dec. 9 NBC announcement that Jay Leno will get the 9 p.m. slot every weeknight starting next fall, and after the knees have stopped jerking, what has become clear is that television - all of it, not just NBC - is not likely to ever again be what it once was.

All the networks have money problems, but NBC is the current biggest train wreck among broadcasters. A lot of NBC's problems are self-inflicted, but it's also facing all the pressures and changes that everyone in TV sees, and its story tells viewers a lot about television's future.

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