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Lunatics Running The Asylum: 'The Marriage Ref' Could Use a Real Coach

by Mark Wigmore, posted Mar 26th 2010 8:41PM

For nine seasons, NBC and Jerry Seinfeld successfully dominated the ratings with the self-proclaimed show about nothing. According to producers, the rules of the ever-popular and manically-rerun 'Seinfeld' series were simple – no hugging, no learning. Who knew that Seinfeld could accomplish all of these goals all over again with his new series, 'The Marriage Ref'?

Now nearing half a dozen episodes, 'Ref' attempts to solve the little squabbles plaguing married couples, pegging one against the other in a win or lose contest. The show found a home on NBC thanks to the tragedy that was 'The Jay Leno Show,' the 10 pm-slotted experiment that went horribly wrong.

The Seinfeld-produced reality/game show was fast-tracked into the open Thursday position. 'Ref' features stand-up comedian and long-time pal to Jerry, Tom Papa, as the so-called Ref. According to his website bio, he has no experience in the field of couples therapy or any other professional credit in the field. That's why we decided to talk to a real psychotherapist, someone who actually dispenses advice to warring couples.

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Promo Gets a Music Makeover

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 9:00AM
NBC has been recycling their 'Jay Leno Show' promos to prep for Leno's return to 'The Tonight Show' slot. Could there be a clearer metaphor?

Anyway, the new promos have been using a cover version of the Beatles' "Get Back" to not-so-subtly greet the host back from prime time hell. But one very clever YouTube user found a much more appropriate song to accompany Jay on his return back to 11:30 p.m.

[via Buzzfeed]

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Kevin Eubanks Quitting 'The Tonight Show'?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2010 6:02PM
kevin eubanksMaybe he's on Team CoCo? Sources have told Extra that Kevin Eubanks, who has been Jay Leno's band leader since 1994, is quitting. Eubanks joined the 'Tonight Show' band in 1992, after releasing several albums. He followed Leno over to his primetime experiment, 'The Jay Leno Show,' but sources say that Eubanks is "ready for a change" and won't be returning to 'The Tonight Show' with Leno.

This news hasn't been confirmed -- in fact, NBC denied it to one of our fellow AOL writers -- so we have no further insight into Eubanks' alleged decision. TV Guide Canada is speculating that the recent Late Night Wars and the resulting instability has something to do with Eubanks leaving, which is understandable. Even though the folks who work for Leno made out better than those who worked for Conan, the constant moving around and uncertainty can't make for a pleasant working environment.

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69 Percent of TV Guide Readers Won't Watch Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2010 10:06AM
Internet polls are always a little squiffy when it comes to interpreting actual raw data. But if I were Jay Leno right now, my chin would be quivering right about now.

TV Guide conducted an online poll of their readers and 69 percent of the respondents said they used to watch Jay either on 'The Tonight Show' or his short-lived 'Jay Leno Show' but won't when he returns to the post local news time slot.

Another 15 percent said they would watch Jay in his new time slot, 12 percent said they never watched him in the first place and the remaining 4 percent were undecided.

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Jay Leno Dishes on the Super Bowl Commercial (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 1:58AM
Jay Leno Dishes on the Super Bowl CommercialThe Internet is still abuzzin' over the Super Bowl commercial with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman. Leno talked about it on 'The Jay Leno Show' (weeknights, 10PM on NBC), and says he flew to New York City in complete secrecy to shoot the spot. He even disguised himself to get into Letterman's studio (which must have been a blast for Leno!), so none of their staff knew anything about the taping.

But the best part? Any animosity between Leno and Letterman seems to be a thing of the past. "I walk in, I see Dave, he puts his hand out and I shake hands, and you know, whatever happened over the past 18 years, disappeared," said Leno. "It was great to see my old friend again." All together now -- Awwwww! What a sweet little Valentine's story between old friends. Group hug.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Wanda Sykes Slams NBC's Black History Month Menu (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 5th 2010 2:30AM
Wanda Sykes Slams NBC's Black History Month MenuFried chicken, collard greens, jalapeno cornbread, black-eyed peas ... let's face it, if you're talking Black History Month, these foods seem like good choices.

Not according to Wanda Sykes, who riffed on 'The Jay Leno Show' (weeknights, 10PM ET on NBC) about the cuisine being served in the NBC cafeteria. "Jay, what is happening at NBC? Is the whole damn network on medical marijuana? What the hell is going on over here?"

Ok, maybe she's got a point. But really, it's sort of cool that the cafeteria served groovy Old South food. We'd like to know, what's the matter with that?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jessica Biel Eats Chocolate-Covered Cricket on 'Jay Leno' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 4th 2010 5:00AM
Jessica Biel eats chocolate-covered cricket on 'Jay Leno'You know how Jay Leno has that "Earn Your Plug" segment on 'The Jay Leno Show' (weeknights, 10PM ET on NBC)? Jessica Biel definitely earned her plug on last night's show.

Oh, the chocolate-covered strawberries were a treat, and even the chocolate-covered pizza wasn't so bad. But when she fearlessly ate the chocolate-covered cricket that Jay brought out, he was downright impressed!

Catch Biel in the star-studded 'Valentine's Day,' in theaters Feb. 12.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jessica Alba Gets a Sexy Golf Lesson on 'The Jay Leno Show' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 2:27AM
The Jay Leno Show, Jessica Alba, Sexy GolfThe words "golf" and "sexy" aren't usually used in the same sentence -- unless you're Jessica Alba getting a golf lesson on 'The Jay Leno Show' (weeknights, 10PM ET on NBC).

Things got interesting when Alba was told to "stroke the ball to the hole" ("I'm a married woman!"), and Jay Leno even managed to get up close and personal during the lesson. Catch Alba in 'Valentine's Day,' arriving in theaters Feb. 12.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Obama Impersonator Pokes Fun at Sarah Palin, John Mayer on 'Leno' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:00AM
A Barack Obama impersonator appeared on 'The Jay Leno Show' last night (weeknights, 10PM ET on NBC), and poked fun at Sarah Palin's use of the imaginary word "mandation" in her critique of Obama's State of the Union address, and John Mayer's comment in a recent Rolling Stone interview that he's "masturbated himself out of serious problems."

"Mandation isn't even a word. It sounds like something our President Bush would say," the impersonator said, then lapsing into a spot-on Bush impression.

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Scott Brown on Posing Nude Again and Embarrassing His Daughters (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 29th 2010 10:30AM
During last night's "10 @ 10" Q&A segment on 'The Jay Leno Show' (weeknights, 10PM ET on NBC), Senator-elect Scott Brown discussed the possibility of posing nude again, his chances at beating President Obama at basketball, and how his daughters reacted to his election-night gaffe when he stated they're "available."

"It's almost 30 years later. I'd probably have to do it for Mature Senior or AARP magazine," Brown said of posing nude again like he did for Cosmopolitan in 1982.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Leno refuses to admit to Oprah that he's culpable in Conan mess

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 28th 2010 5:55PM
Jay Leno talks to Oprah Winfrey
When you look at the surface, it seemed like Jay Leno was quite revealing during his interview with Oprah Winfrey today. He said that he was "devastated" when NBC came to him in 2004 and told him that they wanted to give Conan O'Brien The Tonight Show. He claimed he was "embarrassed" by what he called "a big mess," and that NBC would have handled it better if "they came in and shot everyone. Then it would have only been a two-day story."

But when Oprah repeatedly tried to get Leno to react to how most of the public is reacting to this story -- that Jay should have stepped aside to give Conan a chance to succeed, and that he is unfairly taking back Conan's dream job -- Leno refused to play along. Not sure if he did so because he's truly not self-aware of what this whole mess looks like or he just doesn't care. But as far as Jay's concerned, this was all just business, and his decision to take back Tonight and Conan's departure are mutually exclusive events.

Clips of the interview are after the jump.

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Mel Gibson on Boston's Love of Profanity (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 27th 2010 12:00PM
Mel Gibson dropped by 'The Jay Leno Show' to promote his new movie 'Edge of Darkness,' in which he plays a cop seeking revenge for the murder of his daughter, and he talked about a run-in with a bachelorette party while filming the movie in Boston.

"I bumped into a drunken bachelorette party ... I was just walking back to my hotel ... and they grabbed me on the street," Gibson said, noting how they exclaimed their surprise with profanity in typical Boston fashion. "Demure young ladies, but mouths like sailors."

Watch the video after the jump.

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He Did It: Leno Books Scott Brown

by Lisa Armstrong, posted Jan 26th 2010 11:25AM
Scott BrownUntil last week, Scott Brown was a little known state senator who drove an old pick up truck; this Thursday, he's going to be on 'The Jay Leno Show' via satellite for the Q&A segment '10@10,' according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Republican Brown won the U.S. Senate seat held by Senator Edward Kennedy for over 50 years, beating Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) in an upset last Tuesday.

But, while he may have been relatively unknown in the world of politics, Brown -- and his family -- have had a fair amount of media exposure. Brown won Cosmopolitan Magazine's 'America's Sexiest Man' Contest and posed nearly nude for the magazine in 1982. His daughter, Ayla, was a semi-finalist on season 5 of 'American Idol,' and his wife, Gail, appeared, bikini-clad, in a 1984 music video for song by Digney Fingus called 'The Girl With The Curious Hand.'

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Howard Stern warned Conan to be wary of Jay Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 7:00PM
You might have wondered why Howard Stern really declined to be Conan O'Brien's last few shows on The Tonight Show. Here's a possibility: Howard hates being proved right. Sure, it's a long shot.

TVTattle dug up an old Late Night interview from 2006 with the longtime radio host warning Conan, "I don't see this guy (Leno) leaving and letting you walk in and I'm concerned about you."

Nice call, Howard. Would you also be willing to take over my stock portfolio and attend my upcoming IRS audit with me?

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Jay Leno's Oprah Moment

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 22nd 2010 5:25PM
The battle of the late-night hosts is moving to daytime.

Jay Leno is set to appear on'The Oprah Winfrey Show' next Thursday in a one-on-one interview, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly.

The interview comes after weeks of recriminations and negotiations involving Leno's 10 p.m. 'The Jay Leno Show' and Conan O'Brien's 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' and NBC execs, who determined that both shows were not performing as they had hoped. The end result is that Leno is returning to 'The Tonight Show,' which he hosted from 1992 to 2009, and O'Brien, who has been the host of 'The Tonight Show' for almost eight months, will exit the network.

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