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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Return Is a Ratings Winner

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Jay LenoMeet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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.

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Oprah Grills Jimmy Fallon About the Late-Night Shake-up, Conan (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 26th 2010 8:13PM
Oprah Winfrey asked Jimmy Fallon for his take on the NBC late-night wars on Friday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). "I never heard what you had to say about Jay vs. Conan. Where were you in all that?" Winfrey asked. "We had a show to do while all that was going on," Fallon said in a satellite feed from Vancouver. "So I just concentrated on being funny and keeping my head down. I'm just happy to have a job." And how's Conan doing? "Horrible, horrible, he has a beard now," Fallon cracked. "No, really, he's going to figure it all out." We certainly hope so -- O'Brien has the time ... and the money.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Dick Cavett Show' Audience Member Recalls the Day a Guest Died

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 25th 2010 10:10AM
Dick Cavett'The Dick Cavett Show' has long been a talk show of legend. It not only broke the traditional late night mold of jokey sketches and characters, but it also birthed a long list of interesting and historic television moments from the famous "Woodstock" show to his public support of John Lennon as he faced deportation that scored him a special mention on the Richard Nixon tapes.

One of the most infamous moments resurfaced on television when Cavett made a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's 'Late Night'. Cavett recalled one episode that the public never got to see because a guest, Dr. James Rodale, actually died on tape.

The episode has never seen the light of day even though the tape still reportedly exists in the network's vault, but Kathy Starcher of Bridgeport, Conn. sat in the audience for that show and recalled what it was like to watch a TV moment that only a few people have ever seen. Read our interview with Mrs. Starcher after the jump about her fleeting foray into TV history.

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Dick Cavett: 'A Guest Dropped Dead on My Show' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 11th 2010 5:20AM
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Dick Cavett had a guest die on his showOh these wimpy late night hosts these days. They'll whine about the dumbest things. Contracts schmontracts. But have they ever had a guest DIE on their show?

Dick Cavett stopped by 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC) to talk about the experience. Not only that, but the guy was a health expert! Talk about boring a guy to death. (Hey, Cavett's words – sort of - not ours.)

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert Wrestle in an Elevator (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 4:55AM
Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert wrestle in an elevatorGuys never really outgrow that, "wanna wrestle?" stage, do they? Even two grown men like Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, both on their A-game with successful talk shows.

That's why it should come as no surprise when the two used their 30-second elevator ride to wrestle each other to the ground after 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:35AM on NBC). No harm done, right? A little cardio action. All in good fun. Wait ... is this part of the late night wars?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jimmy Fallon Gets a 'Glee'-Inspired Idea (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 4:15AM
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, GleeWe feel for Jimmy Fallon. Seriously, even a guy as talented as him can go only so far without cue cards. "There's just too many lines to memorize," he says to the accounting guy at NBC. "I'm dyin' out there."

Thank goodness he saw that "Glee Club Sectionals" flyer on the bulletin board! Yeah, that's the ticket! And first prize would bring in just enough money for cue cards! Oh, Jimmy! We bet the 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC) star got the idea from watching 'Glee' (Tues., 9PM ET on Fox). Let's put on a show!

Watch the video after the jump.

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What about Jimmy Fallon?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 22nd 2010 7:02PM
Jimmy FallonWith all this talk about Conan O'Brien getting the boot and Jay Leno getting back The Tonight Show, very few people have spoken about how this will affect Jimmy Fallon. CNN has one of the first articles I've seen about the subject. Fallon himself has remained quiet, which is an excellent idea.

If I may interject my two cents, the correct answer is: not much. Jimmy Fallon is in no better position to inherit The Tonight Show than those Late Night hosts before him. Let's use his two predecessors as an example. David Letterman, who pretty much originated late night television, didn't get the job and switched networks as a result. Conan O'Brien did get it and NBC suffered buyer's remorse.

In short, just about the last person who would inherit The Tonight Show would be the guy hosting Late Night. More likely, the successor will be the person who is Jay's most frequent substitute host. That is, unless Jay gets a robot body like Dick Clark, in which case he'll never leave The Tonight Show.

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Jimmy Fallon: Well-Wishes for Conan and Hosting 'The Tonight Show' Some Day (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 22nd 2010 1:30PM
Jimmy Fallon had kind words for Conan O'Brien, who was usurped from his 'Tonight Show' throne by NBC in a botched scheduling shakeup, and he predicted his chances at one day hosting 'The Tonight Show' himself on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.'

"It was officially announced today that Conan O'Brien is leaving NBC, and I'm sad for him," Fallon said. "But I'm also really happy for him. I know he'll do great in whatever he does or wherever he goes. He's a really, really funny guy."

Watch the video after the jump.

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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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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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Fallon Channels Neil Young for 'Pants on the Ground' Remake (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 15th 2010 11:40AM
Jimmy Fallon delivered a spot-on impression of Neil Young performing General Larry Platt's 'Pants on the Ground' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.'

Fallon performed Platt's audition song from 'American Idol' word-for-word, and invoked Young's image by wearing a cowboy hat and wig, strumming a guitar and playing a harmonica on a neck holder.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jimmy Fallon Refuses to Take a Side in NBC Late-Night Shakeup (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 14th 2010 12:30PM
While the rest of late-night has been critical of Jay Leno's assumed role in the rejiggering of NBC's after-hours lineup -- Conan O'Brien and David Letterman have been unapologetic for jokes about Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel performed an entire show dressed as Leno -- Jimmy Fallon seems to prefer a middle-of-the-road approach and not take sides.

"It's kind of weird, because these are two of my heroes and two of my friends," Fallon said of O'Brien and Leno, who are both vying for NBC's 11:35PM time slot. "Leno, I was on his show so many times, before I was even at this job. And then, when I got the job, he gave me so much advice, as did Conan ... Conan O'Brien, if he didn't kick ass here for 17 years, I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't have a job."

Watch the video after the jump.

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What Does the Jay Leno Shake-Up Mean for David Letterman?

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 12th 2010 2:00PM
David Letterman was in rare form last night, firing off merciless fusillades of jokes about the late-night woes of his former network NBC and his longtime rival Jay Leno. But Leno could have the last laugh if NBC gets to remake its late-night schedule the way it wants to. And Letterman could be the one who suffers the most from the new arrangement.

Letterman is currently riding high in the late-night ratings wars, easily beating new timeslot rival Conan O'Brien. That could change, however, if, as NBC hopes, Leno takes the half-hour from 11:35PM to 12:05AM, followed by O'Brien's 'Tonight Show' and then, at 1:05AM, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.'

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Craig Ferguson weighs in on the Conan/Leno debacle

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 8th 2010 5:30PM
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We heard a lot yesterday about NBC's crazy attempt to save their sinking ship by moving around their late night shows. The whole situation is very confusing, and at the end of it NBC will probably end up with some sort of all-singing, all-dancing six-hour block of Leno, Conan, Fallon, Dateline and Law & Order. Everyone will continue to forget that Carson Daly is on the network.

With all of the talk coming out of NBC, I was kind of curious to see what the late night competitors had to say about the whole matter. Luckily, Craig Ferguson took some time to poke fun at the chaos and, more importantly, relate it to his show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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Jay Leno Show might be moving back to late night (and Conan going to midnight?)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 7th 2010 9:26PM
Jay Leno ShowWell, mark the day and time in your head because one day, your grandkids will be asking what you were doing when you heard The Jay Leno Show was moving back into late night territory.

Just minutes after announcing that Conan O'Brien would not be pushed out to save Jay Leno's show comes word of NBC's new unofficial/official plan for saving their late night lineup.

Bill Carter of the New York Times reports that NBC wants to push Leno back by one hour, taking Leno out of prime time and putting him back in late night to save face with their affiliates. Leno's show would also be a half-hour shorter so O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon will each still have an hour long show.

Leno himself jokes about the day's drama on his show tonight. Watch a preview on the show's website.

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