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The Monday Playlist: Siberia vs. Dome, Carson on TCM, Gideon's Army on HBO

Sam, Daniel

For many a new show, airing on NBC is its own form of being stranded in Siberia. And so it is with Siberia, a clunky new thriller in the guise of a reality-adventure competition show — take all of the we're-not-here-to-make-friends clichés and add violent mysterious death, shot in a Blair Witch Project-meets-Survivor style. This weird drama/reality hybrid — not as silly as ABC's Whodunnit?, but just as unconvincing — has the terrible luck to arrive on the scene going head to head (Monday, 10/9c) with CBS's Under the Dome, a week after the Stephen King project opened to blockbuster ratings.

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Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Drummer Ed Shaughnessy Dies at 84

Ed Shaughnessy, Johnny Carson

Longtime Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy died Friday in his Calabasas, Calif., home of a heart attack, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 84.

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NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night

Jimmy Fallon

As NBC plans next year's Tonight Show handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon, the network is taking a hard look at all of its late night options. That includes a potentially extreme makeover of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon once Fallon departs. The network has also given serious consideration to expanding The Tonight Show back to 90 minutes under Fallon, insiders confirm. Such an expansion might have led to a much smaller, 30 minute Late Night. But sources say the 90-minute Tonight Show idea has now been tabled.

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Comedian Jonathan Winters Dies at 87

Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters, the actor and comedian best known for It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Mork & Mindy, has died. He was 87. read more

Joan Rivers Finally Confronts the Late Johnny Carson — Seriously

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers may finally get closure: During this week's Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, Rivers will finally confront the late Tonight Show host Johnny Carson... seriously.

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David Letterman Rips "Crazy" Tonight Show Succession Plan: "What Are They Thinking?"

David Letterman

Shortly after NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would be taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year, David Letterman got a phone call. But the call wasn't from Leno, Fallon or even Conan O'Brien.

"I got a call from my mom today. She says, 'Well, David, I see you... read more

NBC Confirms Jimmy Fallon Will Replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in Spring 2014

Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as the host of Tonight Show next spring, NBC confirmed Wednesday.

"Congratulations Jimmy," Leno said in a statement. "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage."

Fallon added with his own humorous sentiment: "I'm really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow."

NBC also confirmed reports that The Tonight Show will move back to its original home in New York when Fallon takes over. The Tonight Show debuted in the Big Apple with Steve Allen in 1954 before Johnny Carson moved it to Burbank, Calif., in 1972.

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Report: Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno, Tonight Show to Move to New York

Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show is expected to return to New York with Jimmy Fallon at the helm, The New York Times reports.

Although a deal isn't done, NBC has apparently struck a deal with Fallon to replace Jay Leno as host of the iconic late-night program, most likely taking over in the fall of 2014. Tonight hasn't taken place in the Big Apple since it debuted with Steve Allen in 1954. Host Johnny Carson eventually moved it to Burbank, Calif., in 1972.

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Late-Night Burning Questions

Jay Leno

Here we go again. Jay Leno's contract with NBC's Tonight Show is up at the end of the 2013-14 season, leading to speculation that the network may put Late Night host Jimmy Fallon behind the desk at 11:35pm. Here are the hot topics bound to cause some network executives to lose sleep in the coming months... read more

Man of the Year: Jimmy Kimmel on the Emmys, Oprah and Going Head-to-Head With Leno and Letterman

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel points to an enormous new treadmill in his office. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host recently installed the contraption, which sports a large tabletop to conduct business while exercising, and has taken to walking on it while working. "I read somewhere that sitting all day can cut 15 or 20 years off your life," he explains. "It's worse than smoking. We weren't meant to sit this much." read more

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