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October 19, 2009 | Joe Flint
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.
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May 17, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York NBC has fallen in love with scripted shows again. In a bid to slash costs last year, the beleaguered network put a record-low seven hours of scripted programming on its weekly prime-time schedule. Nearly one-quarter of the lineup was devoted to an ill-fated and now-defunct 10 p.m. talk show with Jay Leno. But after a bruising year of low ratings and bad headlines, NBC has raced back to traditional dramas and comedies with a lineup that executives in New York officially released Sunday.
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SPORTS
January 7, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Dan Goldman, a junior at USC, and a young Texas fan at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday were picked to take part in a segment Tom Arnold was doing for NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Goldman and his Texas counterpart, each guaranteeing a victory, promised to show up on Leno's show and sing the other school's fight song if his team lost. So on Thursday night, Goldman, wearing a Vince Young jersey, sang the "The Eyes of Texas" on national television.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Jay Leno's prime-time career on NBC will end on Feb. 12. Whether Conan O'Brien's late-night career with the network will also be ending next month remains to be seen. Speaking to reporters at the semiannual Television Critics Assn.'s press tour, NBC Universal Television Chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed the network will move Leno back to 11:35 p.m. when the Winter Olympics concludes at the end of February. Although Leno's weeknight 10 p.m show was performing at an acceptable level for the network, "it did not meet our affiliates' needs," Gaspin said.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Jay Leno has clinched a deal that will keep him behind the desk of NBC's "Tonight Show" through 2009, sources familiar with the situation said. Leno is expected to receive a significant bump in his current annual salary of about $17 million. But executives for General Electric Co.'s NBC declined to comment on a published report that pegged his new salary at $27 million a year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Television critic
For a critic, a television viewer and a human being, the reports that "The Jay Leno Show" will soon be but an unpleasant memory, with Leno returning to the 11:30 spot, are nothing short of a belated Christmas present. Any hope that NBC's experiment with putting Leno on at 10 p.m. every blessed day would re-imagine, revitalize or even mildly contribute to television was quickly dashed. Leno does one thing very well, and that is host a late-night show. The news that he will soon be safely doing just that not only opens the 10 o'clock spot for the great dramas that were once the hallmark of NBC, it also indicates that something resembling sanity has returned to the network.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York NBC has fallen in love with scripted shows again. In a bid to slash costs last year, the beleaguered network put a record-low seven hours of scripted programming on its weekly prime-time schedule. Nearly one-quarter of the lineup was devoted to an ill-fated and now-defunct 10 p.m. talk show with Jay Leno. But after a bruising year of low ratings and bad headlines, NBC has raced back to traditional dramas and comedies with a lineup that executives in New York officially released Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Jay Leno's prime-time career on NBC will end on Feb. 12. Whether Conan O'Brien's late-night career with the network will also be ending next month remains to be seen. Speaking to reporters at the semiannual Television Critics Assn.'s press tour, NBC Universal Television Chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed the network will move Leno back to 11:35 p.m. when the Winter Olympics concludes at the end of February. Although Leno's weeknight 10 p.m show was performing at an acceptable level for the network, "it did not meet our affiliates' needs," Gaspin said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Jay Leno, the former king of late-night television who was pushed out as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" last year and then struggled in his new prime-time slot, is in talks to return to 11:30 p.m. Conan O'Brien, who succeeded Leno, would either go back to following Leno or leave the network. The reshuffle could happen as soon as March, after NBC finishes airing the 2010 Winter Olympics, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. Although Leno is on board with the plan, O'Brien has not yet signed on and that needs to be resolved before the network can make it official, sources said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
On Wednesday, just one day after President Obama appeared on "The Late Show" and addressed controversial comments made by Mitt Romney in a videotape that surfaced earlier this week, David Letterman also took exception to something the Republican nominee said in the footage: That Letterman "hates" him because he's been on Jay Leno's show too many times. Letterman began by recapping the content of the videotape, doing his trademark, feigned-confusion shtick. “He said, 'I'm not going to worry about these poor people because they're not going to vote for me anyway.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Television critic
For a critic, a television viewer and a human being, the reports that "The Jay Leno Show" will soon be but an unpleasant memory, with Leno returning to the 11:30 spot, are nothing short of a belated Christmas present. Any hope that NBC's experiment with putting Leno on at 10 p.m. every blessed day would re-imagine, revitalize or even mildly contribute to television was quickly dashed. Leno does one thing very well, and that is host a late-night show. The news that he will soon be safely doing just that not only opens the 10 o'clock spot for the great dramas that were once the hallmark of NBC, it also indicates that something resembling sanity has returned to the network.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Jay Leno, the former king of late-night television who was pushed out as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" last year and then struggled in his new prime-time slot, is in talks to return to 11:30 p.m. Conan O'Brien, who succeeded Leno, would either go back to following Leno or leave the network. The reshuffle could happen as soon as March, after NBC finishes airing the 2010 Winter Olympics, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. Although Leno is on board with the plan, O'Brien has not yet signed on and that needs to be resolved before the network can make it official, sources said.
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.
SPORTS
January 7, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Dan Goldman, a junior at USC, and a young Texas fan at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday were picked to take part in a segment Tom Arnold was doing for NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Goldman and his Texas counterpart, each guaranteeing a victory, promised to show up on Leno's show and sing the other school's fight song if his team lost. So on Thursday night, Goldman, wearing a Vince Young jersey, sang the "The Eyes of Texas" on national television.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Jay Leno has clinched a deal that will keep him behind the desk of NBC's "Tonight Show" through 2009, sources familiar with the situation said. Leno is expected to receive a significant bump in his current annual salary of about $17 million. But executives for General Electric Co.'s NBC declined to comment on a published report that pegged his new salary at $27 million a year.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Kim Geiger
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann fired back Monday after rival Ron Paul told late-night TV host Jay Leno that the Minnesota congresswoman “hates Muslims.” “I don't hate Muslims,” Bachmann said Monday. “I love Americans and want to make sure that as commander in chief, I will keep America free, safe and sovereign.” Paul, a Texas congressman whose isolationist views on foreign policy have set him apart from the rest of the GOP contenders, has argued against engaging Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program and has opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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