August 27, 2012 |
As the No. 1 late-night show for most of the past half-century, "The Tonight Show" has been vital to NBC's fortunes. It was the network's most profitable entertainment program during its 1990s peak, kicking an estimated $100 million to the bottom line annually. And today? "Tonight" is in trouble. This month, the show saw wide layoffs for only the second time in its 58-year history, with about 20 people losing their jobs and host Jay Leno taking a pay cut that lopped off more than 10% from his estimated $26-million annual salary.
August 21, 2012 |
Jay and Dave, you've been warned. Following a flurry of rumors last week, ABC confirmed Tuesday that it will move "Jimmy Kimmel Live" earlier by a half-hour, to 11:35 p.m., starting Jan. 8. With his new time slot, ABC's Kimmel is making a bid to shove aside the two elder statesman of late-night TV, Jay Leno and David Letterman. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will be in direct competition with NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" andCBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" for a three-way ratings brawl.
August 2, 2012 |
The page was barely loaded on my colleague Nicole Sperling's scoop about Jimmy Fallon potentially hosting the Oscars when the debate began. On one side: those who asked why the film world couldn't find one of its own to preside over moviedom's biggest night. On the other: those who pointed out that a personality who simultaneously holds the room and a TV audience five times a week is best suited to do the same for one of the country's most-watched live TV shows. There are arguments for each side.
May 13, 2012 |
Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer all made their best pitch but were turned down. Johnny Carson, the man who changed forever the world of late-night talk, wasn't talking. The network news powerhouses had separately attempted to secure interviews with Carson to get him to speak about his life and his place as one of the most influential figures in TV history. But from his 1992 retirement after 30 years on"The Tonight Show"until his death in 2005 at age 79, Carson steadfastly refused to cooperate with almost all interviews, books or films that would have called on him to reflect on his past or his show, which simultaneously reflected and influenced the nation's conversation about itself.
May 12, 2012
'American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night' Where: KOCE When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
April 4, 2012
David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have signed contracts with CBS that will keep their shows, "Late Show" and "The Late Late Show," respectively, on the air through 2014. Letterman is set to become the longest-serving late-night TV host in history, surpassing Johnny Carson's 30-year run on "The Tonight Show. " What sets Letterman's run apart from Carson's is that it is divided into two distinct sections: his original "Late Night With David Letterman" run on NBC, which lasted from 1982 until 1993, and his CBS run, which began in late 1993 and is still going.
August 15, 2011 |
Younger audiences probably know Jack Carter best for his guest starring roles on everything from "Desperate Housewives" to Disney Channel's "iCarly. " But for baby boomers, Carter will always be the brash, antic, Brooklyn-born comedian who was a mimic as well as a singer and dancer. Just as the other comics who came to fame after World War II such as Jan Murray, Shecky Greene, Jack E. Leonard and Totie Fields, Carter was a mainstay in clubs and practically every musical variety show on TV. In fact, he said proudly, he made 45 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2010 |
Maurice Hines Sr., a drummer who toured for a decade in the nightclub act Hines, Hines and Dad that helped propel his tap-dancing sons to fame, has died. He was 88. Hines died Tuesday after a brief illness at a hospice-care facility in his longtime home of Las Vegas, his family said. His sons, Maurice and Gregory, had performed professionally as the Hines Kids since they were young boys in the 1950s, tap-dancing onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and touring. By 1963, his sons decided to emphasize singing in addition to dancing and asked their father to join the group.
HOME & GARDEN
July 21, 2010 |
The longtime home of the late comedian, announcer and game show host Ed McMahon is on the market in Beverly Hills at $4.6 million. The sidekick to late-night legend Johnny Carson fought a much-publicized battle in 2008 to avoid foreclosure on the residence. The seller is a family friend of the McMahons who has made improvements to the house, according to listing agent Alex Davis. The Mediterranean estate, with six bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms and 7,013 square feet of living space, sits on a third of an acre with a swimming pool in the Summit, a gated community.