“The one thing I’ve learned from [Conan O’Brien and David Letterman] is hosting Late Night is a one-way ticket to not hosting The Tonight Show.”
-NBC host Jimmy Fallon admitting to the Television Critics Association that his chances of succeeding Jay Leno are not very good.
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Did Jay Leno make an awkward situation even more awkward? Or was he simply being a good sport?
On last night’s broadcast of The Tonight Show, the talk show host brought up the fact that his program was technically nominated for four Emmys yesterday - though it was for work Conan O’Brien’s crew did.
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-How apropos. Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty will need to undergo alterations before returning. A new season will likely focus more on makeovers and less on travel.
-Will Celebrity Rehab net a former tennis star? The reality series is reportedly interested in nabbing Jennifer Capriati, who was hospitalized for an accidental drug overdose last month.
-The summer has not been kind to Jay Leno or David Letterman. The Tonight Show recently had its smallest audience since 1992. The Late Show had its lowest since 1993.
-Speaking of late night, TLC is about to introduce a new program titled Strange Sex. The six-part series profiling “mysterious conditions, unusual fetishes and the kinky science behind sexual attraction” debuts July 18.
After 18 years working with Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks and his infectious laugh said goodbye to the comedian and The Tonight Show Friday night. The 52-year-old - who supposedly did not leave because of the network’s late-night drama - said he simply wanted to pursue other musical interests including a program that supports high school students.
Eubanks was just one of six band members to leave the talk show. Vicki Randle (singer/percussions), Gerry Etkins (keyboards), Derrick “Dock” Murdock (bass guitar), Ralph Moore (saxophone) and Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums) are also moving on.
So who’ll be responsible for laughing at Leno’s jokes now? That would be Rickey Minor - the band leader who recently felt snubbed by American Idol. Hopefully, Minor will someday earn himself a farewell montage like the one Eubanks got above.
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- How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm): Season finale. “Marshall and Lily make a vow to try to have a baby if they see Barney’s doppelgänger.” Spotted: Bryan Ryan, a Stinson lookalike, playing the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
- Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm): Season finale. “Charlie’s license is suspended and Jake becomes his driver.” A personal driver was a stipulation in Charlie Sheen’s new deal with CBS.
- Law & Order (NBC, 10pm): Series finale. “Lupo and Bernard try to locate a blogger who threatened to blow up a school, but the teachers’ union hampers the probe.” Per their contracts, the teachers will only provide assistance when they have a renewed season.
I have to say - that David Letterman is one confusing guy. One minute, he’s playing nice and inviting you to be in his Super Bowl commercial. The next minute he’s publicly calling you a “boob” behind your back.
On last night’s broadcast, Dr. Phil McGraw quickly regretted bringing up the drama behind the late night wars. “I loved it. It was great fun,” Letterman replied enthusiastically. “I loved Jay summing the whole thing up, ‘Yeah, yeah, well [O’Brien and I] both got screwed.’ I said, ‘Now wait a minute, Jay. You both got screwed and yet you’re the only one who ended up with a show. How did you get screwed exactly?’”
When McGraw tried to come to Jay’s defense, David disagreed. “Believe me, he got everything he deserved,” Letterman insisted. “It was good fun and I couldn’t get enough of it and I wish it was still going on.”
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-Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari will be reuniting once again on television. The former costars will appear on the upcoming TV Land Awards when their comedy is honored. Donna Dixon, Thelma Hopkins and Holland Taylor will also be present. The ceremony will air on April 25.
-Memories of Captain Phil Harris helped garner big numbers for the return of the Deadliest Catch. The show’s Season 6 premiere drew in the program’s biggest audience ever (4.6 million viewers).
-Rickey Minor, American Idol‘s current musical director, will take over where Kevin Eubanks leaves off. Jay Leno’s music man of 18 years officially announced that he will leave The Tonight Show on May 28. Minor will begin his stint on June 7.
-Rielle Edwards, the mother of John Edwards’ love child, has booked her first television interview. Although she’s had conversations with Barbara Walters, the woman with the crazy hair will be sitting down with Oprah Winfrey. An air date has not yet been announced.
“You know, ever since I won the silver medal in last year’s vice presidential election, I’ve made it my goal to connect with as many people of this great nation as possible,” Sarah Palin (a.k.a. Tina Fey) said during her appearance on yesterday’s Saturday Night Live. “You know, with my work as a contributor on FOX News and my new TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, it just seemed like the next logical step was to launch my own network.”
What kind of programming would be featured on the Sarah Palin Network? My Daughter Only Sprained Her Ankle. You Can’t Seriously Be Considering Euthanizing Her, Tea Party Wheel of Fortune, Are You Smarter Than a Half-Term Governor? and Alaskanence - a show about a single woman who doesn’t believe in sex before marriage, who is struggling to raise her three young children - are just a few of the titles Palin’s new venture would air.
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-Eva Longoria says she’s “really confused” about the lawsuit Nicollette Sheridan filed against Marc Cherry. She doesn’t think the Desperate Housewives creator could even “harm a fly.”
-Veronica Mars fans should not give up hope on a possible big screen movie. “It’s not dead,” creator Rob Thomas claims. “We’re still looking into it.”
-The censors working for Jay Leno should keep a close eye on their guests before they walk out on stage. Last night, guitarist Slash secretly sported a Team Coco button during his Tonight Show appearance.
-Christopher Meloni is now backing off reports that he may leave Law & Order: SVU. Can we say contract negotiations?
Although Joy Behar was the guest on yesterday’s Tonight Show, it was Jay Leno who opened up for the cameras backstage. In a chat for Behar’s HLN show, the late-night host claimed Conan O’Brien wasn’t the only one who was treated badly by NBC.
“Conan got screwed. I got screwed,” Leno said about the network’s programming decision. “I mean, this is TV. The reason show business pays a lot of money is so when you get screwed you’ve got something left over.”
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