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January 27, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before making sure I didn't get married while watching the Grammys. The Skinny: Wouldn't it have been funny if Kacey Musgraves went all Richard Sherman on Taylor Swift after beating her in the best country album category at the Grammys? Now that would have been entertaining. Today's headlines includes Grammy coverage and the box office recap. Also, "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is starting to make the rounds with exit interviews. Daily Dose: If the next time a political spot comes on and the candidate mentions you by name, you may not be hallucinating.
January 24, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
House Speaker John A. Boehner called last fall's government shutdown a “very predictable disaster” that he warned his fellow Republicans to avoid, but ultimately went along with it at the behest of colleagues intent on a standoff with President Obama over his healthcare law. Making his “Tonight Show” debut Thursday, the Ohio Republican told host Jay Leno that the episode reflected the challenges he faces leading an often rambunctious House...
January 19, 2014 | By Joe Flint
NBC doesn't want to say goodbye to "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno just yet. "I'm very much hoping we will enter into a new relationship with him after 'The Tonight Show,' " said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt at the semiannual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena on Sunday. Leno, who ends his run as "Tonight Show" host on Feb. 6 (with Billy Crystal as his final guest), has kept mum on his future plans, including whether he will seek another TV hosting gig. Greenblatt said he'd like to have Leno host specials for NBC down the road.
January 9, 2014 | By Scott Collins
It's anyone's guess how viewers will react to the changes at NBC's "Tonight Show" next month. But new host Jimmy Fallon is pretty sure he would get a thumbs-up from his predecessors. "I wish Steve Allen or Johnny Carson were still alive. They'd be proud of what we're doing," Fallon, currently the host of NBC's "Late Night," said during a recent promotional swing through Los Angeles. "In our heads, we've been doing the 'Tonight Show' for five years. We're just on at a later hour. " The time slot will change Feb. 17, when Fallon takes over the 11:35 p.m. "Tonight" desk from Jay Leno, the show's longtime host.
December 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Jay Leno, CNN might want to stick a press card in your hat. With his gig on NBC's "Tonight Show" wrapping up early next year, the 63-year-old comic is thinking about his next move. And published reports say that CNN boss Jeff Zucker has recently visited Leno, possibly to discuss coming over to the cable news network. It would be a reunion of sorts, since Zucker was Leno's boss when he ran NBC Universal. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times A CNN spokeswoman did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
December 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
No viral prank here. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is posting his best numbers since his time slot move put him in head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman.  For the week of Nov. 18, the latest for which numbers are available, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" drew an average of 2.86-million viewers overall, up 15% compared with the previous week. That's the biggest audience the show has brought in since it moved to its earlier 11:35 p.m. time in January.  In the 18-to-49 demographic, the age group most coveted by advertisers, the jokester's program took in 1.05-million viewers, for an increase of 29% week-to-week.
November 20, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
It could be many years before history will judge the decisions former President George W. Bush made in the White House, the 43rd president told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday night. For now, though, he'll paint. In a rare TV appearance, the former president shared his new hobby with the late-night personality, even presenting Leno with a portrait of himself. In the past, Bush has painted everything from cats and dogs to a scene of himself taking a shower . Bush, 67, explained to Leno that the artistic streak began after reading "Painting as a Pastime," an essay by Winston Churchill, who himself produced several portraits and landscape pieces.
November 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" bandleader, and his wife, Karen, have sold their house in Hollywood Hills for $3.9 million. The gated compound of more than half an acre includes a four-bedroom main house, a detached guesthouse, an infinity-edged pool, a treehouse and a sports court. There are multiple terraces, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 7,202 square feet of living space. Minor has been the "Tonight Show" bandleader since 2010. He also has worked as a musical director for "American Idol" and on tours of recording artists such as Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
October 30, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Maybe Jay Leno has a case of senioritis, because the soon-to-be-departing "Tonight Show" host appears to be slacking off in the joke-writing department. Leno - who will vacate his "Tonight" role in February after more than 20 years behind the desk - was caught this week recycling one of his own jokes about President Obama and Joe Biden. "Remember the old days when President Obama's worst embarrassment was Joe Biden?" Leno joked Tuesday, in reference to the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout.
October 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Now that David Letterman has extended his deal with CBS through 2015, it's time to ask: How long can the onetime heir to Johnny Carson stay on the job?  Letterman, host of CBS' "Late Show," will turn 68 in 2015. Television executives strive to reach "the demo," or the demographic comprised of viewers ages 18 to 49. At 68, Letterman wouldn't just be outside the demo, he'd be at least as old as the fathers of most people inside it. As painful as it is for those of us who grew up on his old NBC late-night show to admit, this guy is your dad's TV host - at least if you're under 40.   Is that a horribly ageist thing to say?
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