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NBC sets mandatory retirement date for Jay Leno


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#1 ONLINE   Steve615

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:28 PM

According to the following link,Jay Leno's final "Tonight Show" appearance will occur on May 29,2009.Leno has not commented on the network imposed timeframe yet.Conan O'Brien will replace Leno on June 1,2009 and Jimmy Fallon will take over for O'Brien when he vacates the "Late Night" slot.NBC will air O'Brien fronted "Late Night" reruns until Fallon is deemed "up to speed".

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#2 OFFLINE   davring

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:31 PM

Look for Leno to be on ABC.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:33 PM

Note to self: cancel series link on May 29, 2009.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:37 PM

On the list of the 10 least funny people in America, Leno occupies 3 spots.

That said, I would look for him to sign with one of the casino companies. He can clearly fill a mid sized Las Vegas room along with the standard tour of Tunica, Atlantic City, etc.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:43 PM

I've never been entertained by Leno. I'm one who believed Letterman should have taken that spot from day one. I find Conan even less entertaining. I actually prefer Kimmel over Leno.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:03 PM

Leno will not be considered a loss in our household. Letterman is our preference but I assume he'll retire shortly also. With that said, I wouldn't mind a Conan v Kimmel choice in that time slot in the future.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:33 PM

Note to self: cancel series link on May 29, 2009.

Note to self: I just don't care anymore. :shrug: I'm getting too darn old for late night tv. :stickman:

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:39 PM

DVR's are AARP approved:)

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:06 PM

I've never been entertained by Leno. I'm one who believed Letterman should have taken that spot from day one. I find Conan even less entertaining. I actually prefer Kimmel over Leno.

Agree 100% with you about who shoud have been helming the Tonight Show since Carson retired - it should have been Dave. Carson himself believed it should have been Dave...

I also agree that I'd rather watch Kimmel than Leno. Kimmel just needs to go HD and stop those commercials within the show!

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:57 PM

Agree 100% with you about who shoud have been helming the Tonight Show since Carson retired - it should have been Dave. Carson himself believed it should have been Dave...

I also agree that I'd rather watch Kimmel than Leno. Kimmel just needs to go HD and stop those commercials within the show!


Funny that we got Rosie O'Donnell (the View) in HD before Jimmy Kimmel. I wonder what ABC is waiting for. It would seem that they really should do something during the window of opportunity when Conan actually goes live.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 08:55 PM

Back in the olden days I didn't mind Jay Leno as a guest... but I never liked him as a host. Back when he would fill-in for Johnny Carson I would just tune out those weeks... so I was really surprised when Leno got the permanent gig.

My interest in Letterman has faded over the years... and while I like Conan, I find I'm just out of the must-watch-late-night-talk-show mode now.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:01 PM

When I worked nights, I used to watch all the late night and late late night shows for a while, I never found any of them to be funny, or even entertaining. If I'd have tp pick, I'd say Leno over Letterman. Stupid Pet Tricks is just well plain stupid and The Top 10 were lame and disappointing. Leno seems to have a less scripted feel, but hell what do I know.
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:07 PM

Note to self: cancel series link on May 29, 2009.


You might want to wait until May 30, assuming you want Leno's final episode to record.

I'm fairly certain "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" will be considered a brand-new series as far as the Tribune data is concerned...so the only reason to cancel the series link immediately would be if you're in danger of running up against the "50" limit.
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:57 PM

The rumor I've heard is that Leno is being considered as the replacement for Larry King.

No lie.

Somebody's got to replace Larry King, although Larry has continued to host his show even though he's been dead for years.
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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:12 AM

I've never been entertained by Leno. I'm one who believed Letterman should have taken that spot from day one.


I thought so, as well. Letterman was a far better interviewer than Leno and seemed a better fit as the successor to Carson.

That being said, I no longer watch Letterman. His show really went downhill to me.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:14 AM

The rumor I've heard is that Leno is being considered as the replacement for Larry King.

No lie.

Somebody's got to replace Larry King, although Larry has continued to host his show even though he's been dead for years.


Interesting rumor.

Honestly, I think I'd like to see Leno host an American version of the BBC's Top Gear.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:18 AM

I have no idea why NBC is in such a rush to put Conan into the 11:30 slot. Conan isn't even winning his CURRENT 12:30 timeslot every night. Craig Ferguson won the timeslot recently.

As Davring said, look for Leno to head to ABC and start a competing show.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:23 AM

Interesting rumor.

Honestly, I think I'd like to see Leno host an American version of the BBC's Top Gear.


Hey, that's actually a great idea! I love watching Top Gear. Leno would be fantastic as a host of a car show.
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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:29 AM

I have no idea why NBC is in such a rush to put Conan into the 11:30 slot. Conan isn't even winning his CURRENT 12:30 timeslot every night. Craig Ferguson won the timeslot recently.

As Davring said, look for Leno to head to ABC and start a competing show.


I think it's part of Conan's contract, isn't it?

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:39 AM

I've been a follower of Mr. Leno's for years. He hails from Andover, MA, not that far away from my old haunts, and I first saw him live in a gymnasium at the University of New Hampshire in late 1985. Over the years I've seen him in both live engagements and tapings of The Tonight Show.

It's fair to say he's no Johnny Carson. There will never be another person like Mr. Carson, and there will never be another time when the viewing public shared such common habits as staying up late to see "who was on Johnny."

That being said, he's an environmentalist, historian, tinkerer, and while he's rarely made me laugh so hard I lost my breath, he's been a generous host and reliable presence on the late night stage for... wow, sixteen years.

I don't watch The Tonight Show much, as I find it's really only good in its original time slot. I don't know why some shows don't work well with the DVR. But it is always there for me. I don't know if Mr. O'Brien will be my cup of tea, but I do think that he's got some big shoes to fill, not just from Messrs. Allen, Paar, and Carson, but also those of Mr. Leno. I wish Mr. O'Brien the best.
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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:27 AM

NBC is making a mistake. Love him, hate him or just don't give a c---, Leno is going to make NBC regret this decision.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 09:46 AM

I think NBC should just take Carson out of the deep freeze that we all know that is where he is kept along with Walt Disney and thaw him out and get him back on the Tonight show.:)
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Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:56 AM

I thought so, as well. Letterman was a far better interviewer than Leno and seemed a better fit as the successor to Carson.

That being said, I no longer watch Letterman. His show really went downhill to me.

Letterman's actually experiencing somewhat of a renaissance, in my opinion. He's getting great guests, having a ball interviewing, and even has a new recurring character skit with an intern that always leaves me chuckling. I think the birth of his son really changed Letterman, and he's much more open and giving. He's also a great interviewer, not afraid to challenge a guest or deviate from what the guest expects to talk about (ex, typical "I'm here to promote my movie" blather).

Do a search on YouTube for recent Letterman interviews, for example, with Will Smith this year. It was a blast - both Will and Dave had a blast, too.

Now, regarding Conan on the Tonight Show, I recently saw an old interview when Letterman had Conan on after Conan got the Late Night gig. Conan had much shorter hair. I predict that when Conan gets the Tonight Show, he'll scale back on the hair to be more "approachable" or "marketable". Yeah, it's somewhat of a "trademark" look for him, but I think he'll get some pressure to change his hair ... I know that big red floppy hair has always bothered me. :)

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:05 AM

I like Conan O'Brien but I wonder if moving from the late 11:35CST slot to the 10:35 CST slot will hurt him. His show is based off of quirky, offbeat humor that's not going to really play well w/ older viewers so he'll have to tone down alot of what he does or flat out completely change what he's doing to fit in at the Tonight Show. I think the move to the 10:35 slot on CBS for Lettermen hurt him also, I just don't find his show very appealing anymore, it's gotten worse as the years have gone on. Of course that could have to do w/ the fact I've seen him at his funniest most creative timeframe and being put into a more conservative slot hurt him by changing what I had gotten used to over the years. I don't think Leno is the funniest guy out there but he's perfect for the Tonight Show, he's really middle of the road and non controversial, he's not Johnny and never will be, but neither is Dave or Conan or anyone else. I think NBC is making a mistake pushing him out. Time will tell.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 02:26 PM

I hope Jay moves to ABC and beats the socks off Conan. Conan is sometime funny, but a bit weird. Letterman, I believe, just tries too hard to be funny and it gets old really quickly.

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