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05 Nov 2010 10:30


Culture: Conan does Playboy: That’s right, he did an interview, not a spread

  • He can come as the musical guest, because that I want to see. No one knows he has an operatic range [sings as Jay Leno]. No, there are certain things I will not do, regardless of the price.
  • Conan O’Brien • Explaining that no, he will not have Jay Leno on his new TBS show, which premieres next week. Other highlights from his interview with Playboy: He explains how his doctor once thought he was a cocaine user (he’s not, but he likes to drink), notes how the business has changed in the last 17 years (reality TV was the biggest single change), and suggests that actors pay the audience for plugging their latest project on his show. “If Jim Carrey or Tom Hanks accidentally mentions his project,” he says, “I think the viewer should be compensated in some way. That would be a way to turn this economy around.” source

08 Jul 2010 14:04


Culture: Three really big storylines from the Emmy nominations

  • big The Bryan Cranston teacher-turned-meth-dealer drama “Breaking Bad” got 17 nominations.
  • bigger The sing-songy freshman teen comedy “Glee” got even more nominations – 19 in total.
  • biggestConan O’Brien got nominated for his version of the “Tonight Show.” Jay Leno didn’t. source

19 Jun 2010 09:19


Culture: Conan should take solace in Leno’s tanking in the ratings war

  • 1.1 Conan’s rating during his fifteenth week of the “Tonight Show”; he was beating Letterman at this point
  • 0.9 Leno’s rating during HIS fifteenth week of the “Tonight Show”; he’s currently tied with Letterman source

03 May 2010 10:51


Culture: How Conan O’Brien picked himself up from a crappy situation

  • beard “That was my small victory,
    you know. OK, so I lost ‘The
    Tonight Show,’ but I’ll show them – I’ll stop shaving.”
  • tour “When we started putting this tour together, I started to feel better almost immediately. There is almost no better antidote.” source
  • » But what about Jay Leno? The comic didn’t mince words in talking about his new adversary. “Jay’s got The Tonight Show. I have a beard and an inflatable bat. And I’m touring city to city. Who can say who won and who lost?”

28 Apr 2010 12:25


Culture: Jay Leno’s new “Tonight Show” looking like Conan’s in the ratings

Faint lines: First weeks of Conan vs. Letterman last year. Bold lines: First weeks of Leno vs. Letterman this year. Note that Conan and Leno are doing about the same. source

12 Apr 2010 13:08


02 Mar 2010 20:46


Culture: Jay Leno’s first episode back a ratings, uh, blockbuster

  • 6.6M number of people who watched the re-premiere of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night
  • 17.7M number of people who watched the premiere of “The Jay Leno Show” back in September
  • 9.2M number of people who watched the premiere of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” source
  • In other news: “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels is on Team Coco, saying that he’s a guy with a good character who always prevails, “And I’m sure he will again.” source

02 Mar 2010 10:51


Culture: Worse: “The Marriage Ref” or “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”?

  • Marriage Ref savaging Time Magazine ripped hard: “It was, at least, an interesting object lesson in how TV works. It proved that, if you are Jerry Seinfeld, NBC will put any program you want on the air, and will give you no network notes.”
  • Tonight Show tearing USA Today ripped harder: “Monday’s opening monologue, supposedly Leno’s strong suit, was tired, lame and unfunny. In other words, typical of the real Leno, rather than the Leno of public-relations imagination.”

02 Mar 2010 00:19


Culture: “A new downhill event”: The zeitgeist of Jay Leno on Twitter

  • Looks like NBC is continuing their Winter Olympics coverage with a new downhill event… The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • A bunch of tweeters (although @offdutygnome was first) • In pretty much the funniest quip to be made about Jay Leno’s return to the Tonight Show. It’s been picking up steam on the site tonight ever since YouTube star Philip DeFranco tweeted about it. If you ask us, this is the funniest thing that will come out of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It’s all downhill from here. source

01 Mar 2010 23:37