NBC Previews ‘The Jay Leno Show' | NYTimes
NBC offered a brief preview of "The Jay Leno Show," the network's forthcoming 10 p.m. comedy program, during a presentation to advertisers in New York on Monday. The spot "mocks the amount of murder" in the 10 p.m. shows on other networks, James Poniewozik says. "Leno at 10 will have opening monologue, a new comedy segment at the end, a new stage allowing Jay to get guests ‘off the couch' with antics," Melissa Grego reports. [Read More]
NBC picks up "Community" for fall 2009 | the comic's comic
Would you like to see a weekly half-hour sitcom about community college that stars Joel McHale and features Chevy Chase, John Oliver and Donald Glover, among others? Of course you would. NBC announced it has added Community to its fall 2009 schedule. [Read More]
Return of "Weekend Update," NBC's News Satire | NYTimes
"Weekend Update," the satirical television news segment, worked during the presidential election year, and now NBC will again try to capitalize on interest in the news by producing it as half-hour specials during its next prime-time season, as well as the usual segments in "Saturday Night Live." The network will announce to advertisers in New York on Monday that it is ordering at least six and as many as 13 prime-time editions of "Update," most likely for use on its Thursday night schedule, whi... [Read More]
Here's the new Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien logo | TV Squad
So what do you think of it? I like it. Conan says that he "wanted a logo that acknowledged the long, rich tradition of The Tonight Show while still looking good on hats, t-shirts, mugs, lawn furniture, notebooks, stemware, urns, defibrillators, water bottles, cell phones, sports equipment, pens, vacuums, chimes and our new line of unisex cologne." [Read More]
NBC: Leno Top Marketing Priority | Broadcasting & Cable
Sorry, Conan O'Brien, but NBC says Jay Leno is its top marketing focus for 2009. "Leno is the single most important marketing priority of the year," says NBC Entertainment Marketing President Adam Stotsky. "We are deploying the necessary resources and bringing out the heavy creative guns." [Read More]
Ed Martin: Jay Leno at 8 p.m.? Why Not? | Huffington Post
As NBC prepares to announce next week the remaining details of its 2009-10 schedule, I can't help but wonder, What if the beleaguered network were to strip Jay Leno's new primetime program at 8 p.m. ET, rather than 10 o'clock? The more I think about it, the more I ask myself, Why not? [Read More]
Leno back on the stage, joking about his illness | Examiner
Jay Leno bounced back from an illness, returning to "Tonight" with jokes about swine flu, the 103-degree fever that sent him to the hospital and the armed guard he said kept him company. NBC posted security outside his hospital room after a man apparently pretending to be a Jesuit priest tried to enter, Leno said during the taping of Monday's show. [Read More]
Valparaiso comic Don Tersigni awaits word from NBC | Post-Tribune
Any day, comedian Don Tersigni of Valparaiso could get the phone call he's been waiting for, the one telling him he's been chosen to perform in the second round of NBC's "America's Got Talent" competition. Tersigni said he thought his first-round audition March 2 in Chicago went well. His version of "Never-to-be-Seen Hollywood Sequels and Remakes" lasted twice as long as the 90 seconds he was told to prepare, and it earned a positive response from the producer. [Read More]
Jay Leno Will Be "The Daily Show" For The Masses | The Business Insider
NBC's risky move to put Jay Leno in a 10 p.m. slot is starting to look like a bid to maybe out Daily Show The Daily Show by moving in a newsier direction. Last week, according to Broadcast & Cable, NBC Entertainment Marketing President Adam Stotsky hinted that the show could be a complement to the network's news offerings. [Read More]
Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell tapped to host SNL
Justin Timberlake and Will Ferrell have signed on as hosts of the last two new episodes of "Saturday Night Live" in New York this season, NBC said. Timberlake will be the host of the May 9 show, which will feature musical guest Ciara. Ferrell, who was an "SNL" cast member for seven years, is to preside over the May 16 season finale, featuring musical guest Green Day, the network said. [Read More]