Time magazine – on its cover, no less – pronounced Jay Leno the "future of television," apparently without first previewing his new weekly primetime Jay Leno Show, which debuted last night on NBC at 10PM. A polite way to describe it would be "recidivist." A not-so-polite way would be "same old shit." Because despite all the ballyhoo that this was going to be an innovative kind of comedy-variety show for Leno in the competitive 10PM slot, not the tired, done-to-death desk-couch talkshow format (which in Lenoland is THE tiredest), it was, in fact, his same tired, done-to-death desk-couch talkshow format (high-fiving the audience, monologue, Kevin Eubanks, comedy bit, guest, guest, day-specific comedy bit, musical guest), with armchairs sitting in for the desk and the couch – except for the segment when there was a desk. The future of television never looked so retro. "This is the future of television?" wrote the LA Times' Mary McNamara, one of the show's many critics. "This wasn't even a good rendition of television past." And if you ask us, Leno seemed so uncomfortable in that armchair that it won't be long before the desk-couch format is reinstated and he will have completely re-created the comfort zone of his The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and insulted Conan O'Brien even further.