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NBC Gives Jay Leno a New Show at 10 p.m. on Weeknights

Jay Leno's Not Going Anywhere: NBC Gives Him a New Show

Whoa! Here's some breaking news from the late-night TV world: TV Week is reporting that Jay Leno's going to get a new show at 10 p.m. every weeknight starting in the Fall of 2009, leading into Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon's Late Night.

That's certainly a new twist in NBC's late-night plans, which we were just talking about earlier today. According to this story, the plan will be formally announced Tuesday and Leno will "be given a significant pay raise, since his new show will be in prime time."

Just today, NBC's president was talking about cutting back the hours of primetime programming NBC produced, and this looks like a way to do it — Leno's shown he can deliver an audience, and NBC won't have to worry about launching a new drama or comedy in those slots. (On the other hand, that cuts down on the number of scripted shows on broadcast networks — but it's not like NBC's been doing such a great job there lately anyway.)

Obviously, this story's still developing, so I'll keep an eye out for more details. But for now, what are your first reactions? Is it a smart move to keep Leno, even at the expense of the traditional 10 p.m. drama hour? Or is it totally crazy?

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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i just saw this on TV tonight and i think that it's a GREAT idea. i just wonder what the content will be like and how people will be into it. i know that for myself - i've always been a fan of his and i think that if they are successful in getting guests to come then they will get a lot of people to tune in especially for the full length of the show rather than just the very beginning. good luck and i wish him the best for it !
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Does this mean they're ditching Carson? His show is AWFUL!
ivygreene ivygreene 8 years
gives me excuse to go to bed earlier, I'll get to watch law and order from 9 to 10 and then hit the hay.
CityStyleLife CityStyleLife 8 years
i don't think its fair to conan...just saying
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
wow so 3 hours of talk shows, bah!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Ugh. Please make Leno and his juvenile humor go away.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Yeah, CBS should get rid of Letterman and bring Leno over. Dave Letterman is such a waste of space. I LOVE Conan and I can't wait for him to start, but I bet he's pissed.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
hmmmm... I could see it working...
krae85 krae85 8 years
I don't see how this is fair to Conan.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
awesome! While Leno isn't the funniest guy and he's pretty corny, I love him way more than David Letterman. I HATE HATE HATE David Letterman and I read an interview with the BSG cast where James Callis said he was a jerk. Anyway, I will always love Conan so yay! p.s. Conan is waaay sexier in person and a good hugger :)
Phil Phil 8 years
And Teri Weinberg was fired! Unfortunately, Ben Silverman is still around. Anyway, great news for Jay Leno! It's a great move to keep his in the NBC franchise, even if it's a sinking ship. Good news, too, for Jimmy Kimmel who gets to keep his timeslot and faces more comfortable competition. Great news too for Nightline!
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