Yup, ABC and FOX are interested in Leno
Bill Carter over at The New York Times is reporting that ABC and FOX (as well as Sony Pictures Television) have indeed started their campaign to lure Jay Leno over to their networks once Conan O'Brien takes over for Leno at NBC's Tonight Show next year.Now, the two networks can't "legally" try to get Leno right now, but senior executives at the companies have been getting word to Leno through other sources that they are interested in doing business with him in some way. NBC wants to keep Leno at their network as well, perhaps as host of another show, prime time specials, or maybe as host of a late night infomercial about non-stick pans. Leno's contract runs though the end of 2009, though he probably won't actually be on the air the last half.
Carter's article is quite interesting and informative, summarizing the late night landscape quite well and what the future might hold, including the possibility of Jimmy Fallon taking over for O'Brien at 12:35.
Of course, the headline says something about Jay Leno being the "king" of late night. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.