TCA: McPherson: NBC Making Mistake with Leno
ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson: NBC making mistake by letting Jay Leno go 'at the top of his game.'
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/16/2008 8:51:00 AM
McPherson said ABC will examine the Leno issue once his contract expires with NBC in 2009, when Conan O’Brien will take over The Tonight Show, adding that Kimmel, who currently holds down ABC's late-night lineup, would be involved in any conversations with the Tonight Show host.
"We love Jimmy and he’s a part of this network," McPherson said. "The Leno (talks are) not something that’s going to go on behind closed doors and be sprung on anyone.”
McPherson added: “I can’t say enough about Jimmy, his show just exploded this year.”
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Make Leno the 21st century Ed Sullivan -- but with a drop-dead funny monlogue.
Let him host a hip, funny 8 p.m. Sunday live variety show that brings in the young "Idol" crowd and the boomers who have nowhere to go after "60 Minutes."
If Leno wants to do double duty with a late-nite show up against Conan and Letterman, that's fine, too.
NBC is making a big mistake, but if you heed the above advice, he'll be better off for it and so will you (you can juggle your Sunday nite successes to accomodate what could be the biggest show in primetime.
Can't wait to see "Live: Sunday Jay."
Adam Smith - 7/17/2008 5:43:00 PM EDT
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