Outgoing "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno and "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among the six new inductees to the Television Academy Hall of Fame who were announced Monday. The other inductees are super-prolific TV writer David E. Kelley, Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby, 21st Century Fox and News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and veteran TV executive Brandon Stoddard.
All of the honorees have proved themselves to be resilient in the face of an ever-changing entertainment landscape. Leno ended his first run on "The Tonight Show" in 2009, but returned in 2010, replacing host Conan O'Brien. He's currently slated to step down from the show early next year to make way for Jimmy Fallon. Despite the behind-the-scenes tumult, Leno remains on top in the late-night ratings war.
Louis-Dreyfus hit it big with the iconic 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld," but she's been able to avoid the curse of being too closely associated with a single hit by appearing on the successful show "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and the current critical favorite, "Veep" on HBO.
David E. Kelley's shows were all over TV in the 1990s and early 2000s, including "Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope," "The Practice," "Ally McBeal," "Boston Public" and "Boston Legal." After a period of several failed series or pilots that went nowhere, including a much-discussed "Wonder Woman" pilot, Kelley is currently back on the air with the Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy "The Crazy Ones," which was picked up for a full first season on CBS.