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Late Night Wars on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 4:05AM
Late Night Wars on '30 Rock'Tina Fey is the star and producer of '30 Rock' (Thu., 9:30PM ET on NBC). She's also a friend of Conan O'Brien. But that probably had nothing to do with the current episode of the show. Although the latest episode did oddly parody the late night wars between O'Brien and his rival Jay Leno. Maybe it's just all a coincidence?

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Conan O'Brien Is Surprised on 'TMZ' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 14th 2010 10:35PM
Conan O'Brien Is Surprised on 'TMZ'Conan O'Brien is back! It's official -- after leaving "The Tonight Show," the comedy star will be hosting a new late-night show at 11PM on TBS. A 'TMZ' reporter surprised O'Brien with a question related to that news. In fact, 'TMZ' (weekdays, syndicated) managed to "zing" O'Brien. "Did you hear the news?" the reporter said to O'Brien. "TBS signed Jay Leno! 10:30 program every night!"

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Betty White May Host 'Saturday Night Live' Solo After All

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Good news, bad news: The bad news is, while 'Saturday Night Live' will indeed have a "Women in Comedy" special in April, Betty White won't be part of it. The good news is, 'SNL' producers are still in talks with her about the solo hosting gig that her nearly half a million Facebook fans have been clamoring for.

The news came from a panel discussion in New York on Tuesday night about 'SNL,' whose attendees included longtime 'SNL' executive producer Lorne Michaels and 'SNL' head writer/'Weekend Update' anchor Seth Meyers. "I think it's happening," Meyers told Jezebel.com, about a White hosting gig. "We would love to have her."

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'The Late Shift 2': Who Should Play Whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 11:06AM
News that New York Times reporter Bill Carter is working on a pseudo-sequel to his groundbreaking book The Late Shift' made a smile creep across my face. I haven't yet read the book, but the buzz it caused and the weird stories that came out of it just by word of mouth gave it an aura of mysterious wonder that made the television industry infinitely more fascinating than it already was.

It also spawned a pretty decent made-for-TV HBO movie. Now I don't know what kind of craziness "Round Two" has to offer, but the players involved are definitely going to have all sorts of wild secrets revealed from Carter's work and when it does, HBO is going to want the movie rights. So here's who should play who in this new tragic merry-go-round of television programming hilarity that shall be called 'The Late Shift 2'.

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Jay Leno hosting White House Correspondents Dinner

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 27th 2010 8:00PM
Does it seem like in this wintry economic climate that all the guys who have the jobs are the ones who keep ending up with more jobs?

Soon-to-be former Jay Leno Show host Jay Leno has been tapped by the White House to host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

Please don't tell me that Conan O'Brien wasn't available. And besides, I thought O'Brien and President Obama were friends?

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What's On Tonight: American Idol, Better Off Ted, NCIS: Los Angeles

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 26th 2010 12:13PM
White Collar
  • TBS has a marathon of The Office all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Scrubs, followed by a new Better Off Ted.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then a new NCIS: Los Angeles.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Human Target.
  • At 9, ESPN2 has more coverage of The Australian Open.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • A&E has a new Psychic Kids at 9, then new episodes of Paranormal State and Paranormal Cops.
  • History Channel has a new How The Earth Was Made at 9, followed by a new Life After People.
  • There's a new Last Restaurant Standing on BBC America at 9.
  • At 10, USA has a new White Collar.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • Also at 10: Syfy has a new ECW.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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The Late Night Wars: Winners and Losers

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Now that the battle over 'The Tonight Show' is officially over, with Jay Leno taking back his old job and Conan O'Brien all but out the door with an eight-figure severance check, it's time to sift through the rubble to see who's come out on top. Surprisingly, the debacle has turned out to be a win for almost everyone involved, with three glaring exceptions.

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Fans rally for Conan outside Universal Studios

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 19th 2010 9:00AM
Debris filled the streets after the rally to support Conan O'Brien outside Universal Studios.If you live in Los Angeles, be prepared to run into a lot of Conan O'Brien fans with severe colds over the next week.

Hundreds of dedicated "Cone-heads" braved some of the nastiest weather LA has seen in years to gather outside Universal Studios to show support for O'Brien and opposition over NBC's decision to remove him from The Tonight Show.

As multiple rain storms swept through the area, intersections flooded and cars choked out in waste-deep water. Wind gusts tore palm trees frond from frond, and flood channels threatened to overflow their drainage pipes.

But, throngs of orange-clad O'Brien enthusiasts gathered outside Universal's main gate -- urging the passing motorists to honk if they supported Conan's quest to hang on to the 11:30 PM slot on NBC.

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Southland's Ben McKenzie loves the cancelling of Jay Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 7:04AM
The whole Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien shakeup may have the rest of the world crying like jilted prom queens, but it's got one man grinning from ear to ear. And no, it's not Jeff Zucker. That would be more of a giant, belly shaking James Bond villain laugh.

Ben McKenzie, the man who tore into Jay Leno and his former network for pushing his cop drama Southland out of its time slot when Jay moved into primetime, has said he's happy The Jay Leno Show is going out of commission.

While he says that Leno is a "great guy," it still doesn't change his sentiments that he's "glad it failed...Things have worked out in a good way."

I'm sure Conan seconds those thoughts. That should make his first interview on Fox's Up Late at Night with Conan O'Brien especially awkward when he goes on it to promote Southland on TNT.

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Jay Leno vs. Conan O'Brien: The Endgame

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 18th 2010 1:45PM
Today looks like the day the great 'Tonight Show' wars of 2010 will end. NBC is expected to announce today the terms of Conan O'Brien's departure from the network and its plans for Jay Leno to resume his old post at 'The Tonight Show' at its original hour of 11:35PM. Still, a lot of questions remain unanswered. Here's the latest on how we expect it to play out.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live also has a new host

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 13th 2010 1:00PM
Conan O'Brien isn't the only late night host with a bone to pick with Jay Leno. Or is that stick, as is "stick in Leno's eye until his chin deflates"?

Kimmel became the old/new Tonight Show host on his own show to announce that Kimmel will be stepping down so Leno can become the dictator-for-life of all of television's late night.

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Dear NBC: Just Let Jay Leno Go

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 12th 2010 6:30PM
Dear NBC,

There's a simple solution to your late-night dilemma, though you're not going to like it: Let Jay Leno go.

He's given you decades of yeoman service, including 14 years of top ratings on 'The Tonight Show.' But his time has passed. It's time to thank him for his invaluable contribution to the network, hand him a gold watch and let him spend the rest of his days puttering in his garage or doing stand-up in Vegas.

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Will New Shows From J.J. Abrams, David E. Kelley and Jerry Bruckheimer Save NBC?

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:00PM
NBC just can't seem to get its peacocks in a row lately.

After announcing the controversial (but unsurprising) decision to pull Jay Leno from its primetime line-up at the TCAs this weekend, the network will look to scripted dramas to fill at least some of the void.

According to Variety, NBC has already greenlit half-a-dozen drama pilots in hopes of quickly filling the 10 PM slot.

But will it be enough to save the network in the ratings race? Business Week reports that NBC has seen a 4.6 percent drop in primetime viewers since Leno began airing at 10, causing a domino effect that resulted in a dip in audience numbers for NBC's affiliate news stations and late night programming.

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It's official: Jay Leno is being pulled from 10 PM slot - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 10th 2010 2:33PM
Jay Leno ShowIt's NBC day at the TCAs and the juicy NBC executive session is up. Jeff Gaspin, Chairman of NBCU's TV division confirmed that starting February 12, The Jay Leno Show will no longer be on at 10 PM ET. The hope is to have Leno at 11:35, Conan's Tonight Show at 12:05, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 1:05.

However, they're still in discussions with the hosts about this. Gaspin hopes to get the situation settled by the start of the Olympics.

More after the jump.

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What Could NBC Air at 10PM in Jay Leno's Place?

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 8th 2010 3:30PM
The Jay Leno Show premiereGiven the reports that NBC is on the verge of admitting that five nights a week of 'The Jay Leno Show' was a mistake and moving the former 'Tonight Show' host back to late night, how will the network fill five nights of suddenly vacant 10PM programming?

It's been rumored that this move has been in the works for a while, and that it's why NBC has purchased so many series pilots (about 18 of them) in recent weeks. But those shows are meant for the fall season and probably wouldn't be ready to go into full production in time for the March departure of the Leno show. So NBC will have to scramble to fill five hours of primetime programming.

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