David Letterman gets big laughs out of NBC's late-night plight, but who'll get the last laugh? | the comic's comic
From his opening line, when Letterman deadpanned that once again, he had been passed up for The Tonight Show, through the monologue, then to the desk for a full history lesson on NBC's late-night history, it seemed, to his advice suggesting that Jay and Conan share hosting duties so Jay can "tell his little jokes" and still have time to tinker on his old truck or whatever. [Read More]
Fox Woos Conan O'Brien, but Pact Is a Hurdle | NY Times
The dance between the Fox network and NBC's disaffected late-night host, Conan O'Brien, got livelier Monday when Kevin Reilly, the president of Fox Entertainment, spelled out in some detail how interested Fox would be in starting a late-night show starring Mr. O'Brien — provided he found a way to extricate himself from his NBC contract. [Read More]
Jerry Seinfeld's "The Marriage Ref" hosted by Tom Papa to debut after Winter Olympics | the comic's comic
there is good news coming today for comedian Tom Papa, who is hosting Jerry Seinfeld's new reality TV project, The Marriage Ref. It's the last session of the day at the TCA winter press tour (so nighttime here on the East Coast), but the network already posted a press release, saying that viewers will get a first-look preview of the show immediately following the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. [Read More]
Sources say NBC violated Conan O'Brien deal | UPI
O'Brien now has three options as to how to respond to NBC's decision to return comedian Jay Leno to a late-night position after an unsuccessful stint in prime time. [Read More]
CBS chief says Jay Leno mess has 'bruised' TV industry | Los Angeles Times
With the entertainment industry transfixed by the Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien mess, CBS programming chief Nina Tassler said NBC's handling of its talk show hosts has hurt the TV industry.. backing off big-budget dramas has meant many Hollywood professionals lost jobs. "The unfortunate thing is that our creative community was to some degree somewhat bruised by this," Tassler told reporters. "A lot of people were put out of work." [Read More]
Conan O'Brien has every right to be mad, and every right to walk | TV Barn
The lesson of the last few days is that Conan O'Brien does not buy into the Jay Leno School of Positive Thinking. [Read More]
Watch Conan O'Brien's first public response to Jay Leno, rumors, NBC in "Sometime Show" monologue | the comic's comic
Here it is, fresh off of the Internet, Conan O'Brien talks about Jay Leno, NBC and late-night reshuffling rumors in his Tonight Show monologue -- or as Conan said tonight, "The Sometime At Night Show with Some White Guy." [Read More]
Jerry Seinfeld Settling marital disagreements | LA Times
Jerry Seinfeld, wry commentator on the travails of dating in his landmark sitcom, is preparing to blow the whistle on the flip side of single life -- marriage. The comedian won't actually be making the shrill noise, but as a producer he will be among the ones calling the shots with NBC's "The Marriage Ref," which premieres March 14. Don't expect "In Treatment" or a heavy-duty exploration of relationships; the program is all about the funny side of how couples disagree. [Read More]