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NBC's 10PM Dramas Trail Last Year's 'Jay Leno Show' Ratings

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 26th 2010 1:30PM
ParenthoodWas Jeff Zucker right all along? The NBC boss was vilified last year for scrapping NBC's entire slate of 10PM dramas and replacing them with 'The Jay Leno Show,' a move that turned out to be both a ratings and PR disaster, one that led to Leno's hasty return to 'The Tonight Show' and the network's costly and embarrassing loss of Conan O'Brien.

This year, however, the fall dramas NBC has aired at 10PM have largely failed to draw even a paltry 'Jay Leno Show'-sized audience among the key 18-to-49 demographic, with one of those dramas, Friday night's 'Outlaw,' already canceled and replaced with news standby 'Dateline.'

Not that CBS and ABC should gloat; judging by the trouble those networks are also having at 10PM, maybe Zucker was right, and scripted dramas simply don't work at 10PM anymore.

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What You Missed Last Night: The Last 'Jay Leno Show'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:29AM
If you missed the very last episode of 'The Jay Leno Show' last night, here are the "highlights."

Because Leno is going back to 'The Tonight Show,' this wasn't a big farewell. It was more like "yeah, this is the last episode, see ya later" (Leno returns to late night after the Olympics).

Ashton Kutcher told Jay the whole 'Jay Leno Show'/'Tonight Show' plot was one of his punks, Bob Costas made a joke comparing Jay to the L.A. Clippers, Jay showed some "best" moments from the show, and Donald Trump told Jay "You're Fired" (which continues to be annoying - Leno wasn't fired, he's simply getting another multi-million dollar position in the same company).

Here's the whole episode:

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Final 'Jay Leno Show' Airs Tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2010 11:03AM
LenoThis little bit of news has been lost in all of the Leno/Conan/NBC chaos (and overshadowed by this past Sunday's Super Bowl commercial with Jay, Dave, and Oprah), but tonight is the last episode of 'The Jay Leno Show.'

The guests tonight are Ashton Kutcher, Gabourey Sidibe, and Bob Costas. I know, they're not exactly the type of guests that a person has on their final show (no offense to Mr. Kutcher, Ms. Sidibe, or Mr. Costas), but this probably was not meant to be a final show when they were booked. Or maybe it's no big deal even to them and they just want to end things.

I'm sure there's going to be a lot of tears tonight as Jay shows a montage of all of the great bits from his show. Set your DVRs America!

I don't know what's in store for this Jay Leno person after his show ends tonight. But he's a funny, talented guy, and I wouldn't be surprised if NBC gave him another show at some point.

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What You Missed Last Night: Letterman's comments about NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2010 12:45PM
While all of the crazy things are happening over at NBC (something they must be a bit embarrassed about but at the same time loving the attention that Jay and Conan are getting), one of the winners might be David Letterman. He's over there on CBS, safe in his job, chuckling that he already went through all of this years ago. Last night he made some comments about it, first in his monologue and then (after the jump) at his desk.

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Is Leno going back to 11:30?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2010 4:44PM
LenoEarlier we posted the news that a web site was reporting that The Jay Leno Show was being canceled. Then NBC released a statement saying that Leno and the network were going to work to see if they could fix things. That wasn't exactly a "Leno isn't being canceled" statement, it was more of a "we'll do something" statement. Now TMZ is reporting that NBC has decided that Leno will go back to 11:30 after the Olympics. What isn't decided is if it will be The Tonight Show or some sort of show leading into The Tonight Show.

Of course, this is all from "sources" right now, but TMZ is often on top of these things. If it is true, what does this mean for Conan O'Brien? Either way, it could make for an interesting TCA press tour next week...

Update: Bill Carter with some perspective.

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This is one reason I don't watch The Jay Leno Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2009 1:31PM
The reason I don't particularly like The Jay Leno Show (besides the fact that he's taking up five hours a week on the NBC schedule) comes down to three words: "it's not funny."

Usually I post videos because they're good or funny or interesting or clever or strange. I'm posting this one to show you the type of humor you're missing if you don't watch Leno's show. Talk about forced and going on too long. Jeez.

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Leno says he'd go back to 11:35 if NBC asked

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2009 1:01PM
LenoThe whole "Leno at 10PM" thing has been analyzed to death, so let's analyze it a little bit more!

Leno has an interview with Broadcasting & Cable and he says, among many other things, that if NBC asked him to go back to 11:35 for whatever reason, he'd do it, but it's not his decision to make.

It seems that Leno is definitely trying to make things work at 10, and he's always been a good network soldier and will happily do what they want him to do because he has nothing to prove. But at the same time it seems like he truly would have preferred staying on The Tonight Show, and you get the sense that he's not 100% happy about how everything went down.

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Leno does a sketch about TV dramas (I'm sure Southland fans are laughing)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 14th 2009 3:01PM
Here's how you know that Leno isn't very funny: he puts himself into his sketches.

Now, this sketch below, which parodies cop/doctor/lawyer shows, isn't that funny to begin with. It's one of those ideas that's funnier on paper than actually executed. But it's made more unfunny by Leno putting himself in the sketch -- in not one but two different roles. It takes you right out of the sketch.

Oh, and I'm sure fans of TV drama won't be laughing at all, since Leno takes up the time slot in which a lot of NBC dramas could be airing.

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Weirdest. Jay Leno. Picture. Ever.

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 13th 2009 9:03AM
Jay Leno
Even without the retouching (alleged), this new NBC promo pic of Jay Leno is extremely odd. He looks gigantic, almost like it's a giant wax-duplicate of Leno.

But the real story is that retouching that Newsweek says NBC has done with this pic for The Jay Leno Show. I don't really know if the skin tone of the hand is that different than the face, but it's certainly odd because it's not even touching his face like they want us to believe. Also: either he has had major plastic surgery or there's retouching on the face too.

I wonder why they wanted the hand there anyway. To make him look "contemplative?"

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Jay Leno: "Television is dying"

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2009 1:01PM
LenoSo the other networks are saying that they're not going to allow cast members from their shows to be guests on NBC's The Jay Leno Show.

Leno's response? It's very Leno-ian. First he says that "television is dying," and that the networks should allow guests on his show because if they do, it will benefit and save network television. This is similar to his comments several years ago in an interview, when he said that he liked David Letterman's show and he just wanted everyone to be happy and "there's room for everybody!" This is a fantastic sentiment, though I'm never sure if he's being sincere or if it's just something you say to seem like the casual, nice guy Everyman.

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Leno says he's not destroying the TV drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 21st 2009 8:03AM
LenoLeno has heard all of the complaints (many of them from YOU, the one reading this right now) about how he is taking away the 10PM slot that could go to one-hour dramas, and he doesn't want to hear about it anymore.

The comic and Jay Leno Show host says that he is not only employing 22 Writers Guild members on his show, he says that if he didn't do this show then there's no guarantee that NBC would put dramas in that slot because most of them fail and they could just put in reality shows like The Biggest Loser or news shows like Dateline in the slot.

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The Jay Leno Show web site is live

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2009 9:07AM
Jay Leno Show"Primetime Had It Coming." That's the tagline for The Jay Leno Show, at least on the new web site, which launched this week. I guess it will be up to viewers to decide if primetime has it coming (not even really sure what it means...).

It has a different name and logo, but the show is going to be quite a bit like The Tonight Show, with "Headlines," "Jaywalking," standup, and even "Jay's Garage." But there's also a live webcam direct from the studio. It's creepy, though. Not much going on, and there's a sound in the background like the ants in the movie Them. The show premieres on September 14.

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What is Project LENO?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2009 7:30PM
Lenoa. NBC's code name for what excuses they'll use to explain why The Jay Leno Show isn't a hit (or why it is a hit or why it started out well and then died off)

b. a new Bravo reality show where contestants compete to see who gets their own 10PM show

c. a new PBS documentary about Leno and his massive car collection

d. CBS' marketing plan to fight Leno

Here's the answer.

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The Jay Leno Show: No monsters, just comedy

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 5:27PM
It must be hard to come up with promos for a show. You have to tease what viewers are going to see without alienating them (old fans or new ones). I don't think the new commercials for The Jay Leno Show do him any good. The one we've already seen with him driving in the sports car is fine. It's quiet and captures what he's all about and all that. But the two below? You decide.

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Jay Leno is going to be on TV every single night this summer

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2009 12:26PM
LenoAre you ready for Jay Leno's new show? NBC is going to make sure you are.

The network is starting to air little snippets of Leno every night at 10. They've already started, and soon they won't be just quick hits they'll actually be small hints of the monologue that Leno will do on the show every night. NBC wants viewers to get used to Leno being on at 10PM now.

Is having Leno on at 10pm this summer a good thing?
It's a great idea - people will get used to seeing him245 (24.0%)
It's a bad idea - I want a breather before his show starts110 (10.8%)
I don't care I'm not going to watch the show anyway664 (65.2%)

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