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Jay Leno is staying at NBC, moving to prime-time slot

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081209/ap_on_en_tv/tv_nbc_leno

NEW YORK – Jay Leno is staying at NBC, and he's moving to prime time. The network announced Tuesday that Leno will host a show five nights a week at 10 p.m. Eastern, after he leaves the "Tonight" show next year. The network had announced nearly five years ago that Conan O'Brien would move to "Tonight" and succeed Leno.

The deal not only prevents Leno from moving to another network and competing with O'Brien, it also has the potential to be a big cost savings for NBC. A talk show is considerably cheaper to produce than the dramas that usually air at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Leno could now deliver his nightly monologue and sketches to more viewers. Generally about 50 percent more people are watching TV at 10 p.m. than at 11:30 p.m.

Dramas used to be a mainstay of network schedules, and NBC's own history at the time slot includes "ER," "Hill Street Blues," "Law & Order" and "L.A. Law."

Yet dramas have been fading in recent years. One reason is digital video recorders; more people are watching shows they taped earlier than the live 10 p.m. shows.

Ten years ago, "ER" was the top-rated show in television, with an average of 25.4 million viewers. This season, its last, "ER" is averaging 9.9 million viewers and is ranked No. 33 in prime time.

Besides "ER," NBC this season airs "Law & Order" and its "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" spinoff in the 10 p.m. time slot — both shows that could easily move to an earlier hour. "My Own Worst Enemy" and "Lipstick Jungle," shows in the 10 p.m. hour on Monday and Friday, have already been canceled.

NBC had said last summer that Leno's last "Tonight" show would be on Friday, May 29, and that O'Brien would take over the following Monday, June 1.

Jimmy Fallon is taking over the 12:30 a.m. time slot that O'Brien is vacating.

I love Leno's monologue, I try to watch it every night. Then headlines or the judgmental bastard or jay walkers... I usually never watch the entire show tho. But now that hes moving to a 10pm timeslot, I'm wondering if they're going to keep the show's format the way it is. If they do I'll probably only watch the first 20 minutes of it and be done. But, seeing as Battlestar Galactica or Sanctuary will be on at 10pms on friday, I'll be skipping out on Leno those nights.

Anyway, what do you think... is this a good opportunity for Leno to continue his career? Do you think he should have just retired on a high note instead? And are evening drama shows going the way of reality tv? Maybe Leno moving to prime time will cause a new wave of early evening talk shows?


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I love Leno ... I wish I could afford a tv set to get things rolling on cable, watching anime on the big screen, etc. etc.


I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

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I've resigned fromthe idea of buying one soon *sniff* ... this'll be on my list for next year's Black Friday sale thingie, hopefully if my visa gets extended or granted that is. I looked for his show on surf the channel's website ... couldn't find any. Reccos of a site for an online watch of the show, anyone?


I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

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