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Conan and Fox Still Talking with 'Idol Gives Back' in the Mix

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 22nd 2010 9:02AM
Conan O'BrienThe jury is still out as to whether Conan O'Brien will be starting a new late night talk show on Fox. Talks are still progressing on that front. However, in an interesting wrinkle, the producers of one of Fox's biggest shows, 'Americal Idol,' have approached Conan to appear on their charity special 'Idol Gives Back.'

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?

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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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Letterman Unveils the New Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 9th 2010 7:52PM
Are you the kind of guy who waits with nervous anticipation to find out who's on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Do you find who can't focus until you know who's covered boobs are gracing the cover? If so, please seek professional help immediately.

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.

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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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So how did Letterman handle the Tiger Woods story last night?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2009 1:36PM
David Letterman was on vacation last week when the Tiger Woods story broke so he couldn't comment on it. And considering what he went through recently, how would he handle it? Last night he talked about it in his monologue and even had a Top Ten list (with help from Tom Hanks).

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Everybody loves George Lopez

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 5th 2009 2:52PM
Lopez Tonight, George Lopez's new late night show on TBS, premieres this Monday at 11 p.m. His first guests will be Eva Longoria Parker, Ellen DeGenres, and Kobe Bryant. A bunch of other celebs are part of the video below, wishing Lopez luck on his late night talk show adventure.

Each celebrity was paid $10 for their shout-outs to Lopez. Just kidding!

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Colbert doesn't believe Conan hurt himself

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 29th 2009 3:26PM
Is Jimmy Fallon "Totes hot?" I have no idea, but I do know that I'm never going to use the phrase "totes hot" again.

Last night, Stephen Colbert said he's skeptical that Conan really couldn't do his show last Friday because he hit his head during a sketch. For evidence he pulled out a recent Glamour magazine that features him, Conan, and that above quote about Fallon. (Video also here.)

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What You Missed Last Night: Diced Hamm

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 1:31PM
I'm still trying to figure out this dice game that Jon Hamm taught Jimmy Fallon and Steve Higgins last night. I get the basic concept of the game, but I'm confused by how many dice you can take away after each roll. You can take away one die or two dice? Is it any two dice or does it have to add up to three? Any help?

Also: shouldn't they be drinking Old-Fashioneds or Martinis instead of beer?

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Shark Week + tree bark = ... hilarity?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2009 7:00PM
Usually I post videos that I think are funny, interesting, clever, or maybe important. This one I'm posting because it's unfunny, silly, and only important because it shows what the Tonight Show is like now (unfortunately).

Last week Discovery had Shark Week. Last night, Conan showed up a preview of Bark Week. Yeah, a week dedicated to tree bark. This is one of the reasons I can't get into the Tonight Show. It seems like they're throwing every lame idea for a video into the show. Conan and Andy are funny guys, but there's so much on this show that just kills it (and I still hate Conan's mugging after every video and joke, and his painful introductions to bits).

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Some 'uh-ohs' bubble up behind the scenes of The Jay Leno Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 2nd 2009 2:38PM
Jay LenoYou gotta love the ol' rumor mill. It sleeps less than Amy Winehouse.

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.

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What's On Tonight: Everybody Hates Chris, Prison Break, Numb3rs

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 4:02PM
  • Fairly OddParentsTNT has a Leverage marathon all night.
  • ESPN has Basketball Playoffs all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of Flashpoint and Numb3rs.
  • FOX has new episodes of Prison Break and Dollhouse.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then a new episode of The Game.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Fairly Oddparents at 8.
  • At 9, NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline.
  • History Channel has a new Patton 360 at 9, then a new Battles B.C.
  • BBC America has a new Mistresses at 9.
  • Also at 9: National Geographic Channel has a new Dog Whisperer.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Commercial king makes appearance at Obama press conference - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2009 5:08PM
Jay LenoIsn't it funny how the best parts of Jay Leno's show are the parts that he has absolutely nothing to do with? Where the personalities of Letterman and Kimmel and O'Brien are all over their shows, shows that they make better by the stuff that they actually do and the way they react to things, the funny/great things on Leno's show are things like Headlines, stand-up comics, and the musical guests at the end of the show.

For example, the clip after the jump. It's a bit where Leno talks in his monologue about how President Obama is taking questions from just about anyone in his press conferences. This could be dangerous, though, because a very loud guy could suddenly jump up during the press conference and not only take over the whole event but also try to sell you various cleaning solutions, clothing repair kits, and portable grills.

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George Lopez coming back to TV (but not in a sitcom)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2009 5:06PM
George LopezI'm not sure if the world needs another talk show (though if Amy Sedaris were to host one I'd watch it, and I like Bonnie Hunt's show), but we're getting one: TBS has just signed George Lopez to host a late night show on the network.

The show (no title yet) will air Monday through Thursday at 11pm, and is described by Turner Entertainment President Steve Koonin as "an outdoor street party." Koonin also says that the show won't just be Lopez behind a desk "interviewing other old people." I'm sure it will please Lopez to be thought of as "old." He also says it's going to be more like Arsenio Hall's show, with live music, comedy acts and musical guests. Yeah, because that's what's missing on Letterman and Leno and Kimmel, live music, comedy acts, and musical guests. If he has a band, then it will truly be groundbreaking television. But I really liked Lopez's sitcom, so more power to him.

The show premieres in November.

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FOX has faith in Spike Feresten

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2008 10:02AM
Spike FerestenSo Leno decided to stay at NBC and grab the 10pm slot every night. FOX didn't get him but they seem to be happy with Spike Feresten, so much that they're giving him an earlier time slot.

Talk Show with Spike Feresten has been a staple of FOX's Saturday night schedule for the past couple of years. It doesn't get the numbers of a Leno or a Letterman or even a Kimmel but the ex-Seinfeld/Late Show with David Letterman writer has his fans. And a lot of those fans are at FOX. The network is moving the show from midnight to 11pm for six weeks on January 17 to see how he does (Mad TV has been canceled). Could this be the first step in giving Feresten his own talk show Monday through Friday?

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Jimmy Fallon gears up for late night gig

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 6th 2008 9:29AM
Jimmy FallonNext year marks a changing of the guard for Conan O'Brien from Late Night to The Tonight Show. It'll be an easy transition for the fair-skinned one since he's already got a recipe for success: a die-hard audience, smart and inventive writers and puppets that curse.

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.

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