Unfortunately, Conan had to decline the appearance because it would still be in breach of contract (he is prohibited from appearing on television until September). You'd think NBC would be willing to allow for a one-time waiver for charity, but at the same time it's unlikely they would allow for such a ratings bonanza on a rival network.
For now, Conan still has his 'Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on TV' tour. It is interesting to note that the day of May 17th was left free on the tour, which is the same day as the Fox upfronts in New York City. Coincidence?
To no one's surprise, Jay Leno's much-heralded return to 'The Tonight Show' on Monday was a ratings success, at least according to early overnight numbers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, advance numbers show Leno winning his timeslot with a 5.4 rating in metered market households and a rating of 2.0 among adults 18-49. That easily beat the 3.0 household rating for 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on CBS and the ABC ratings (cited by Entertainment Weekly) of 3.4 for 'Nightline' and 1.8 for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
Leno's return had coattails too. Following 'Tonight,' NBC's 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' posted a 2.1 rating, twice its fourth-quarter 2009 average and enough to beat usual timeslot victor 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' by 40 percent.
Also, enjoy this unveiling of the new cover on last night's 'Late Show with David Letterman.' WARNING: don't remove your pants until the very end of the video.
Conan O'Brien hasn't even finished his first week as the new host of The Tonight Show and the insiders are already churning out rumblings about Jay Leno's new show.
Some sources close to the network and The Jay Leno Show told Kim Masters of The Daily Beast that Leno is slowly growing unhappy with his new time slot and the changes that are being made to the new show by the network. There are even concerns that the stress of the situation is starting to take a toll on the host's health.
The real challenge will be for Jimmy Fallon, Conan's Late Night successor, who hasn't had much TV time since he left Saturday Night Live for a movie career that made Chevy Chase's lineup look Lawrence Olivier-ian.
Variety reports that Fallon will first test the airwaves' waters instead of doing a full-blown cannonball by starring in some "webisodes" on NBC.com starting Monday.
While I believe that ESPN has real interest in a late night sports show -- maybe a talk format about sports and entertainment -- I have real questions about the validity of the names floated in this report, especially with regard to Whitlock.
Jason was once a regular fill-in on Pardon The Interruption. He is very smart and funny and opinionated. Apparently he was too opinionated for some at the Disney-owned network. When he refused to pull his punches in his criticism, he was dropped by ESPN. Are we to think that now ESPN has asked him to not only come back, but possibly host a show for them?
Tommy Newsom, best known for being the bandleader on The Tonight Show when Doc Severinsen had the night off, died this weekend of cancer at his home in Virginia.
Newsom was also a saxophone player and joined the show in 1962, when Johnny Carson took over from Jack Parr. When Carson retired in 1992, so did Newsom. Newsom was a very dry, laid back guy, and Carson jokingly called him "Mr. Excitement."
Besides his work on The Tonight Show, Newsom also composed music for Kenny Rogers, John Denver, and Skitch Henderson, the first Tonight Show bandleader, who died in 2005.
- Charlie Rose: an appreciation of R.W. Apple, Jr.
- The Daily Show: James Baker
- The Colbert Report: Randy Newman
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Robin Williams and Sam Moore
- Jay Leno: Tina Fey, Fergie, and Annika Sorenstam
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dane Cook, Emilie de Rave, and The Killers (repeat...wait a second, this is from FIVE DAYS AGO. That's ridiculous.)
- Tavis Smiley: Chandra Wilson
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: John Lithgow, Lewis Black, and Gomez
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Emmitt Smith and Kristin Chenoweth
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Leelee Sobieski and Kill Hannah (repeat)
It was interesting to see various fill-in hosts over the past few months. Some did really well, while others were noticably uncomfortable in the host chair (*cough* Peter Travers *cough*).
- Charlie Rose: Vince Vaughn and director John Lasseter
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Tom Hanks and Kanye West (repeat)
- Jay Leno: Hugh Jackman and Imogean Heap (repeat)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Katherine Heigl, Ben Lee, James Pickens, Jr, and Chandra Wilson (repeat)
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Charlize Theron and Cameron Crowe (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Denis Leary and Bo Bice (repeat)
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Zooey Deschanel, Samaire Armstrong, Jack's Mannequin, and Eco Station Animals (repeat)
- Charlie Rose: Robert Baer, with guest host Brian Ross, and Fay Vincent, with guest host Frank Deford
- The Daily Show: Willie Nelson (repeat)
- The Colbert Report: Ted Daeschler (repeat)
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Tom Cruise and Jamie Oliver (repeat)
- Jay Leno: Robin Williams, Daniel Powter, and Keke Palmer (repeat)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Julia Stiles, Jason Ritter, and Atreyu (repeat)
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Naomi Watts, Kate Walsh, and The Magic Numbers (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Mia Maestro and Nick Lachey (repeat)
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Andy Milonakis and Nada Surf (repeat)
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