I can't really fairly comment as I've only seen two or three episodes of his show. From what I saw, it wasn't anything special, but not really bad either. However, nothing that I'd give up watching Conan for.
Like you said, more time may be the answer. Remember that O'Brien was hated by critics at first and now is looking to take over the Tonight Show in a few years. I like Craig (really carried the Drew Carey show, IMO) and I'm sure he'll get better over time.
And I like the theme music... for some reason.
The answer to WWE's financial problems...
Never 'Wiener of the Day', and is actually quite bitter about it.
I've only seen it a few times (been a Conan fan since day one), but I liked the few I have seen. I dig the accent. Much like Conan and even Jimmy Kimmel, you've got to give him a little time to get into a groove (like a year), and then truly judge how good he is or not. Of course, most tv execs don't have that much patience.
How is he doing in the ratings? Better or worse than Kilby?
Paul Westerberg is taping a performance tonight that will be shown sometime in the future (supposedly), so I'll keep an eye out for that ep.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), The Man Upstairs (1914)
Right now, he seems to be at the level of Default Talk Show Host (at least he's not as bad as Tony Danza) in that his material (to me, at least) comes off as easy jokes that are only mildly interesting because of his accent. But throw me in the "give him time" category. Let him get comfortable and he'll be fine. Writing can be improved. Now, if he's still bleh with great material, that's all his problem.
As for the music, the line about blowing off work = comedy... well, not exactly gold... maybe copper?
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"Jeez, some people seem to think anything short of Vince bending over and spreading his asscheeks is a slap in the face." (Hogan's My Dad)
The past two years were 100% "Best of Soul Train" episodes - all with Don hosting (I don't think they ever got too deep into the 1980s with their reruns) and they were all AWEEEESOOOOOME. Especially the one with GINO VANELLI.