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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Is another Obamajam on the way? President Obama is scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Aug. 6, ensuring yet another traffic headache for commuters. The planned appearance, outlined during a White House press briefing on Wednesday, will make it the sixth time Obama has visited the famed NBC lot in Burbank -- the third since becoming president. For the president's last appearance on the show in October , Bob Hope Airport was host to Marine One and an extensive motorcade was cut through Burbank to get to the studio lot. PHOTOS: President Obama arrives for 'The Tonight Show' The range of topics discussed by Obama on the show have been wide and varied over the years, from lighter fare like Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles and "The Kardashians,” to the more serious, such as the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi and political gridlock in Congress . Obama has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” that would cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Is another Obamajam on the way? President Obama is scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Aug. 6, ensuring yet another traffic headache for commuters. The planned appearance, outlined during a White House press briefing on Wednesday, will make it the sixth time Obama has visited the famed NBC lot in Burbank -- the third since becoming president. For the president's last appearance on the show in October , Bob Hope Airport was host to Marine One and an extensive motorcade was cut through Burbank to get to the studio lot. PHOTOS: President Obama arrives for 'The Tonight Show' The range of topics discussed by Obama on the show have been wide and varied over the years, from lighter fare like Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles and "The Kardashians,” to the more serious, such as the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi and political gridlock in Congress . Obama has been on a national tour promoting a new “grand bargain” that would cut corporate tax rates while also closing loopholes.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2010 | By Scott Collins
For the past several years, NBC executives have been promising to revolutionize broadcast television. On Sunday, the network sent a different message: Never mind. In a remarkable session with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, confirmed that next month the network would end its heavily publicized experiment to replace costly scripted dramas with Jay Leno's much cheaper 10 p.m. talk show, which by delivering low ratings sparked a mutiny among NBC-affiliated stations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers and Times Community News
The announcement that Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon and that "The Tonight Show" would move from Burbank to New York next year was met with disappointment by L.A. officials. “Obviously, it is a great disappointment that 'The Tonight Show' will move back to New York after four decades in Burbank to accommodate its new host," said Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian in a statement. Burbank officials have been trying to keep "The Tonight Show" in their hometown.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2009 | Meg James
A showdown between media giant NBC Universal and a rebel Boston affiliate that declared it wouldn't carry Jay Leno's new prime-time show has ended with a surrender by the station. WHDH-TV hoisted the white flag Monday, announcing that it wouldn't bump Leno from prime time. The station sparked a furor this month when it said it would run local news at 10 p.m., Leno's new time slot.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009 | Mary McNamara, TELEVISION CRITIC
It's not a good sign when the Bud Light commercial is funnier than the comedy show it interrupts. Sixteen minutes into the new "The Jay Leno Show," it was difficult not to panic. This is the future of television? This wasn't even a good rendition of television past. Clearly Leno believes that if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and he has been very vocal about the fact that his late-night talk show was not broke. So here it is again, different time slot, busier set and same old jokes.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2009 | Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Baltimore may be called Charm City, but for WBAL -- the local television station that carries NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" -- there isn't much to smile about lately. Usually, WBAL is in a neck-and-neck race for viewers against arch rival WJZ. But since NBC debuted "The Jay Leno Show" in prime time five weeks ago, the station's 11 p.m. newscast -- where silver-haired Rod Daniels' 25-year run as anchor is the longest in Baltimore history -- has been shellacked in the ratings. Now WBAL is a distant second.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009 | Todd Martens and Yvonne Villarreal
It was "The Jay Leno Show's" big prime-time debut, but Kanye West unquestionably stole some of the spotlight from the host to announce he'll be taking time off to reflect on his actions after his controversial outburst over the weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards. One day after the famously outspoken artist interrupted an acceptance speech from 19-year-old country star Taylor Swift at the award show, suggesting that her prize for best female video should have gone to Beyoncé, a contrite West appeared on Leno's new NBC show to deliver an apology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2010
Cracking wise On-air jokes show that Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien can still find humor in the late-night drama. MONDAY Jay Leno, monologue from "The Jay Leno Show" "I take pride in one thing. I leave NBC prime-time the same way I found it -- a complete disaster." Conan O'Brien, monologue from "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" "This weekend no one was seriously hurt, but a 6.5 earthquake hit California. The earthquake was so powerful that it knocked Jay Leno's show from 10 o'clock to 11:35."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2010 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
As far too many of us know, Jay Leno, who has been parked weeknights at 10 p.m. since September, is moving back to "The Tonight Show," the job he left at the end of May. When he returns from the canceled "The Jay Leno Show" to his former chair, after the Olympics, it will be as if the last eight months had never happened. And in other ways, it will not; certainly Conan O'Brien leaves this dispute with some new ideas about the business he's in. And though it remains to be seen whether L'Affaire Conan has seriously injured Leno's "likability," his fans -- and he does have them -- seem happy enough to regard him, as he seems to regard himself, as a victim of NBC's dithering and, indeed, of his own niceness.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2012 | By David Horsey
Mitt Romney's appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" on Tuesday night was unremarkable but revealing. Since that late night in 1992 when Bill Clinton played saxophone on Arsenio Hall's program, it has become the norm for presidential candidates and even presidents to show up on these TV shows as if they are desperate actors plugging a bad movie. We have come a long way from the era when the president of the United States was held in awe, when he seemed to exist at a level that was beyond the reach of average Americans.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Making his first turn on NBC's "Tonight Show" this election cycle, Mitt Romney mostly played the straight man Tuesday — but allowed himself a jab at his rival Rick Santorum for losing his cool over the weekend. Santorum created a kerfuffle by scolding New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny in Wisconsin on Sunday after the journalist asked him to clarify his remark during a speech that Romney was "the worst Republican in the country" to run against President Obama. The former Pennsylvania senator lashed out with a curse word — telling the reporter to "quit distorting my words.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2010 | By Greg Braxton
"Southland," the latest addition to TNT's prime-time lineup, has action, twists, heartbreak and a key rescue operation. Viewers might also notice there's been a lot of excitement on-screen as well. After a rocky first season on NBC, "Southland," which chronicles the chaotic professional and personal lives of Los Angeles Police Department officers and detectives, has returned to Tuesday nights on its new cable TV home. Marked by coarse language and a documentary-style approach, "Southland" gained unwelcome notice late last year as a high-profile casualty of NBC's failed experiment to program its 10 p.m. slot, once a showcase for big-tent dramas, with "The Jay Leno Show."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
Dick Cheney jokes, George Bush jokes, Cheerios jokes and a "new bit" entitled "How Boring Is Alan Greenspan?": Jay Leno is back on late-night, looking happier and more self-confident than he has in months. (It takes a confident man to introduce the word "boring," not to mention Alan Greenspan, five minutes into an opening monologue.) And why not? As he has made clear through recent self-pitying interviews and the foot-dragging "The Jay Leno Show," he never wanted to leave "The Tonight Show" in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2010 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
As far too many of us know, Jay Leno, who has been parked weeknights at 10 p.m. since September, is moving back to "The Tonight Show," the job he left at the end of May. When he returns from the canceled "The Jay Leno Show" to his former chair, after the Olympics, it will be as if the last eight months had never happened. And in other ways, it will not; certainly Conan O'Brien leaves this dispute with some new ideas about the business he's in. And though it remains to be seen whether L'Affaire Conan has seriously injured Leno's "likability," his fans -- and he does have them -- seem happy enough to regard him, as he seems to regard himself, as a victim of NBC's dithering and, indeed, of his own niceness.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2010 | By Scott Collins and Matea Gold
Last year, the Harris Poll crowned Jay Leno as America's favorite TV personality. But amid NBC's messy late-night drama, the comedian who has painstakingly cultivated a "Mr. Nice Guy" image has suddenly found himself cast as a villain and become a national punch line. Breaking a long-standing tradition of avoiding personal attacks on one another, TV hosts have been unloading on Leno all week with a fusillade of acerbic potshot and pointed barbs usually reserved for philandering politicians and bonus-taking bankers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2009 | By city news service
"The Big Bang Theory" and "The Good Wife" both reached series highs and Sunday's "Survivor" finale drew its largest audience since 2007, helping CBS become the most-watched network for the 12th time in the season's 13 weeks. With much of its competition consisting of reruns while it mainly aired first-run programming, CBS averaged 11.49 million viewers for its prime-time programming between Dec. 14 and Sunday, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nielsen Co. CBS had 16 of the week's 19 most-watched prime-time programs on the five major broadcast networks, with NBC's pro football coverage accounting for the other three.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
Dick Cheney jokes, George Bush jokes, Cheerios jokes and a "new bit" entitled "How Boring Is Alan Greenspan?": Jay Leno is back on late-night, looking happier and more self-confident than he has in months. (It takes a confident man to introduce the word "boring," not to mention Alan Greenspan, five minutes into an opening monologue.) And why not? As he has made clear through recent self-pitying interviews and the foot-dragging "The Jay Leno Show," he never wanted to leave "The Tonight Show" in the first place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2010
Cracking wise On-air jokes show that Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien can still find humor in the late-night drama. MONDAY Jay Leno, monologue from "The Jay Leno Show" "I take pride in one thing. I leave NBC prime-time the same way I found it -- a complete disaster." Conan O'Brien, monologue from "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" "This weekend no one was seriously hurt, but a 6.5 earthquake hit California. The earthquake was so powerful that it knocked Jay Leno's show from 10 o'clock to 11:35."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2010 | By Scott Collins
For the past several years, NBC executives have been promising to revolutionize broadcast television. On Sunday, the network sent a different message: Never mind. In a remarkable session with reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, confirmed that next month the network would end its heavily publicized experiment to replace costly scripted dramas with Jay Leno's much cheaper 10 p.m. talk show, which by delivering low ratings sparked a mutiny among NBC-affiliated stations.
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