Well to be fair, while its cablet netlets rake in tons of cash, NBCU's overall profits are down 45% this year. That's in no small part to TV production costs, a softening advertising market and expensive Super Bowl rights. As fantastically shitty the Leno gambit might be for innovative programming, the money saving idea didn't come out of a vacuum. And I appreciate that NBCU is looked to as a relatively stable revenue source for GE's bottom line. I don't believe it's the only or best course of action but it's not surprising that they're cutting costs to try and keep it that way.
As for non-NBCU options, I haven't heard much about Discovery, TLC or anyone else. There have also been conflicting reports on whether the BBC's given up on shopping it around.
I came across a recent article
by someone who auditioned for one of the host roles in 2007 and his resistance to being pigeon-holed into the James May role. It's brief but it's interesting to see someone argue that cars are misconstrued by broadcasters as some rarefied object that most people do not possess. I also got a kick our of Dyer describing Dan Neil's audition. I don't know either of their work particularly but Neil sounds like he would have been hilarious. Apparently during his audition, Neil was asked what he knew of Clarkson and purposely declared that "Jeremy Clarkson is a well-known pedophile and the ugliest man in Britain."
Edited by halo_pub, Apr 25, 2009 @ 5:05 AM.