On the premiere episode of The Jay Leno Show, the Tonight Show vet's new prime-time talk show/variety show/comedy hybrid, Kanye West did some time in the chair to complete an act of contrition for bullying tender flower Taylor Swift at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Jerry Seinfeld mocked Leno for not being able to get a better first guest. Leno interviewed President Obama...sort of. Dan Finnerty and the Dan Band serenaded car washers. Jay-Z, West and Rihanna performed. And then there were Headlines. So, how did it all go? Read on to find out...
The Jay Leno Show
Jay Leno Show
Jay Leno settles into his new — and somewhat controversial — 10/9c time slot tonight. Like his old gig on the Tonight Show, Leno hosts celebrity guests and airs some of his most popular segments like "Headlines" and "Jaywalking." But the standard two-guest-and-a-music-act setup is out the door as Jay spends more time focusing on comedy bits. Tonight's premiere features Jerry Seinfeld and a performance by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna.
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You've heard the hype about The Jay Leno Show (weeknights at 10/9c, NBC): It could change the idea of prime-time forever, it could destroy audiences' appetites for David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel or Conan O'Brien an hour-and-a-half later, or that it could be the funniest show NBC has launched in years. You can understand Leno wanting to manage expectations. "NBC tried scripted programming at 10 o'clock: Lipstick Jungle, Kidnapped, My Own Worst Enemy, hugely expensive shows," he says. "I thought they were OK, but for some reason, they didn't catch on. So now you try something different."
TVGuide.com spoke to Leno about his "something different" — from the sounds of it, a hybrid of his former Tonight Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Grammys and, er, NASCAR — to see what audiences have in store when the show premieres on Monday, Sept. 14. Read on for a primer:
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When The Jay Leno Show premieres on Sept. 14, former intern and Tonight Show vet Ross Matthews will return to the team. Liz Feldman, Brian Unger, Nick Thune, Owen Benjamin, Marina Franklin and Sebastian Maniscalco also join the lineup as they launch a new segment called "Go on Assignment."
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Jerry Seinfeld will be the first guest on The Jay Leno Show, NBC announced Friday.
The comedian, a longtime pal of Leno's, will chat about ...
Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye
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Jay Leno says his new 10 o'clock show will feature fast cars, jokes, and Brian Williams — telling more jokes.
"If we go down in flames, we'll be laughing on the way," Leno said at Wednesday's Television Critics Association fall-TV tour. He said he isn't worried about people who say they won't watch his show.
"Research says people are against pornography," he said. "That's why it's a $60 billion-dollar business."
Conan O'Brien isn't the king of late night after all.
NBC issued a news release calling O'Brien "the new king of late night" after O'Brien's Tonight Show, in its first week, beat The Late Show with David Letterman in ratings.
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NBC wants to get you in the habit of seeing Jay Leno in his earlier time slot, and to that end has begun airing at 10 o'clock sharp promos that feature the late-night vet cracking wise.
"From the moment he left The Tonight Show until the moment [The Jay Leno Show] starts, there won't be a day where Jay doesn't appear on NBC," NBC Universal TV Group chief marketing officer John Miller told Variety. "We want to create a 10 o'clock habit."
Thus far the promos have ...