Tuesday, January 02, 2007

January Second Thoughts

A lot of people at some point in their festivities watched either Carson or Ryan (and Dick) on New Year's Eve. 90 million of us apparently. So who was the better host? Well, honestly speaking, I find both of them annoying, but if I had to pick a "winner," it would be Carson Daly.

Here's why: Watch the countdown as Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest would have wanted you to see it.

Now, I wish I had some video of Carson's countdown, but unfortunately there isn't any available (yet). Regardless, here is why Carson was the better host. Taking a cue from Dodger Hall Of Fame Announcer Vin Scully, he let the moment speak for itself and shut the hell up. From 11:59pm till the drop of the ball, NBC went without an announcer. They let the party speak for itself, which is the way it ought to be. Good job Carson, now if you could just apply that theory to your late night talk show, which seriously is a train wreck.

On a side note, as much as it pains me to say this, it was disheartening to watch Dick Clark. Throughout the night it appeared that Dick was struggling with his words. Still recovering from his stroke, Dick even made a slight "blooper" of his own. He was slightly behind the ABC clock, and jumped from 11 to nine.

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