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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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Hulu users are not big Jay Leno fans

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:30AM
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I was on Hulu this morning looking for a clip from The Jay Leno Show for another post I'm doing, and I quickly found out that Hulu users are not on Team Jay. I let my cursor rest on one of the episodes (his January 19th one featuring Chelsea Handler), and some information about the show popped up, including user-generated tags. The above picture is a screenshot from Hulu, and if you can't read it, the tags say, "hack," "thief," "unfunny," "has been," and "backstabber."

If you scroll all the way down on the Jay Leno Show page on Hulu, in addition to a pretty nasty comment thread about how he stole The Tonight Show from Conan, you'll see a place where you can tag videos. Currently Leno has 51 tags, and the ones I mentioned above aren't even the worst ones. They're ranked by order of use, and "hack" is number 1, having been used 66 times. However, "nicest guy in tv" has been used four times, so that's something, right?

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Letterman finally weighs in on the battle between Conan and "Vintage Jay"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 11:30AM
One man who has been suspiciously quiet about the never-ending battle over NBC's late night lineup is David Letterman. Sure he's mentioned it here and there in a monologue joke or a fake commercial, but he hasn't really let loose with the kind of spittle flying tirade that makes television worth watching.

Last night, the levee finally broke and Letterman's true feelings flowed out of him like a fine, smooth wine in a box with a wide mouth spout. No one was safe, not even Late Night host Lonnie Donnegan.

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Five reasons why Jay Leno should be Conan O'Brien's final Tonight Show guest

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 9:00AM

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has a handsome list of throwback guests, Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks who were the first and second guests when Conan O'Brien took over, on what is presumed to be his last show this Friday. Seriously, they still haven't resolved this thing. Say what you will about the dunderheads-in-chief at NBC, but at least they are consistent at failing.

And while it is nice to remind the audience and the network of the heavy hitters that Conan will have in his corner when he bids his former employer farewell, I'd like to see him take it one step further. Conan O'Brien should have Jay Leno (yes THAT Jay Leno, is there another?) as his final guest.

Sure, it sounds like a bigger pipe dream than mounting a Van Halen reunion tour with the undead corpse of Jimi Hendrix as the opening act, but here's five reasons why it would not only make sense for another small chapter of The Tonight Show dynasty, but for the television dynasty as a whole.

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Leno Says Late-Night Debacle Wasn't His Idea (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 19th 2010 10:30AM
Jay Leno took a moment during last night's 'The Jay Leno Show' to set the record straight on NBC's late-night shakeup, revealing that the programming debacle wasn't his idea and was instead caused by NBC execs.

According to Leno, he decided to leave 'The Tonight Show' and move to 10PM after being convinced by NBC this was necessary to retain Conan O'Brien on the network.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jay Leno explains his side of the NBC late night breakdown

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 2:31AM
A lot of words have been thrown around this whole late night shakeup over at NBC and Jay Leno decided that Monday, more than a week after this whole thing hit the fan, was the right time to address the situation. Sounds like NBC isn't the only entity in this mess with a timing issue.

Leno took some time before a round of "Headlines" during Monday's show to explain the situation from his point-of-view. He insisted that when NBC decided to pull the plug on his show and refused to release him from his contract, the network was sure Conan O'Brien and company would go for the new deal. He also said Conan acted like a complete "gentleman" throughout this ordeal and insisted that no one blame him for this mess. I think everyone is way ahead of you on that last one.

TMZ grabbed some footage of last night's sincere explanation.

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All the Jay Leno impressions you could ever want, if all you want is five

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:00PM
A lot of people both in and around the media have been bashing Jay Leno, and maybe it's a little unfair. After all, it's the dunderheads at the top who are forcing Conan O'Brien to prove his willingness to preserve the sanctity of The Tonight Show, not Jay. That doesn't mean we still can't enjoy more fun at Jay's expense!

Mental Floss has compiled a list of the best Leno impressions that have appeared on a television near you, from Jim Carrey on In Living Color to Dana Carvey on (even shorter lived than The Jay Leno Show) The Dana Carvey Show. Here's my personal favorite of the bunch: Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Kimmel Skewers Leno During 'The Jay Leno Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 15th 2010 9:20AM
Jimmy Kimmel skewered Jay Leno on 'The Jay Leno Show' last night, turning every answer he gave during the "10 @ 10" Q&A segment into a thinly-veiled insult of Leno's part in NBC's late-night rescheduling debacle.

Kimmel had this to say when asked to describe the best prank he ever pulled: "I told a guy ... that five years from now I'm going to give you my show, and then when the five years came, I gave it to him and ... took it back almost instantly," he said, referring to Leno handing the 'Tonight Show' reins to Conan O'Brien, only to muscle his way back into O'Brien's territory once his 10PM show was canceled.

Watch the video after the jump.

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TV Casting: Jennifer Morrison Returning to 'House'; Cady McClain Back on 'All My Children'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 14th 2010 12:11PM
Jennifer MorrisonAfter an abrupt exit, Jennifer Morrison is back in the 'House.' Full details on her return, including how many episodes she'll be in, have yet to be revealed; however, show insider claims that Cameron will be back on the show sometime before the end of the season. In the meantime, fans can check out Morrison in the Broadway revival of 'The Miracle Worker,' which opens in March. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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NBC Drama Boosts Conan's Ratings

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 13th 2010 3:27PM
The Tonight Show With Conan O'BrienAlthough he may soon be out of a job, Conan O'Brien is finally giving NBC what they've always wanted: big ratings.

According to preliminary numbers from the Wrap, Tuesday's episode of 'The Tonight Show' saw a huge upturn among adults 18-49, earning a staggering 1.7 rating. Compared to Monday night's 1.2 rating, that's up a whopping 42 percent.

Even better news: Conan easily beat timeslot rival the 'Late Show With David Letterman,' which pulled in a 0.9 rating. He pulled a similar feat on Friday, according to TV by the Numbers.

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Last night's Tonight Show felt like a series send-off

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 13th 2010 8:24AM
Even as a little kid, I remember watching the penultimate episode of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show as Robin Williams launched into an enthusiastic rant about the development of his newborn's genitals. In between battles for control of my ears from my Mom's protective hands, I remember Carson uttering as he tried to gain control of his lungs, "We're out of here tomorrow. What do I care?"

Last night's Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien carried the same air of "Who gives a f#*$&?", even if he'll still have an 11:30 show to do the following night.

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Late-night rumors: Guest hosts for Conan and a Leno return to The Tonight Show?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 12th 2010 7:45PM
Conan O'BrienAfter Conan O'Brien let loose his "hell no, I won't go (to 12:05)" statement earlier today, the rumors have been flying around the Twitterwebs about what NBC's next move is.

NBC did confirm after the statement was released that tonight's edition of The Tonight Show is going to go off as scheduled, a new episode with Conan as host. But, according to Joe Adalian of TheWrap.com, a rumor is floating around that NBC is already trying to line up guest hosts to replace Conan. So how in the world could Conan host a new episode tonight if his network is already looking to replace him?

(Update: Adalian's sources at the network tell him that this is untrue. No official denial yet, though.)

And that's not all. TMZ is reporting that NBC is already negotiating with Jay Leno to restore him as host of The Tonight Show if Conan has to be let go because of this standoff. It goes on to say that Conan would sign a deal with FOX to host a show at 11 PM.

It's been a crazy few days, and this is just making things crazier. Stay tuned.

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Conan O'Brien breaks down NBC's late night breakdown with vampires

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:00AM
Personally, when it comes to describing the decisions of drooling, mouth-breathing TV executives, vampires are the most appropriate literary metaphor until someone invents a teen novel series involving mutant bloodsucking teenage leeches in love. Trust me, it's in the works.

Conan O'Brien used his undying vampire assistant and the Avatar aliens to breakdown the brouhaha over NBC's late night schedule during last night's Tonight Show.

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