In response to:

Late-Night TV Wars Capture Cultural Snapshot

Dan1760 Wrote: Apr 05, 2013 4:34 AM
mark. the ethos is what has changed. johnny relaxed you with harmless, wholesome fun and low key gestures.he promoted Reaganesque optimism. it's all a sign of the Culture War. the rest are cynical, sarcastic, blue, and G-dless. who wants any of that right before bed? or ever? it sickens me.
Carl469 Wrote: Apr 05, 2013 2:13 PM
Johnny was pretty risque at times. As for "Godless" -- since when is it the job of a TV comic to function as a clergyman?

Full disclosure: I am a child of the Johnny Carson era. That means I grew up with the sound of Johnny’s “Tonight Show” monologues in my ears, his sense of humor helping to shape my own.

It also means that when I talk about this, I endure the rolling eyes of anyone too young to remember his era, which ended with a May 1992 farewell.

We now see the end of the Jay Leno era on that show, as the news solidifies that he will be succeeded by Jimmy Fallon early next year.

Fallon, who has followed Leno’s show for...