Beyond rewriting the rules of primetime,
It was 20 years ago that
Leno's move has fostered renewed impressions that late night is up for grabs, and the riches associated with a hit talk show -- among TV's most economical formats -- are again luring new contenders into the fray. And while Leno replacement
Women have found their voice -- albeit a limited and irritatingly shrill one -- with E!'s
The influx of late-night yakkers has something in common with daytime, which has assembled its own lengthy roster of high-profile failures (
Hall's success awakened broadcasters to the notion that minorities represented an important component of the late-night audience, but the inroads have been few, and not always handled well.
In one memorable 1996 incident,
Concerns about inclusiveness and crossing over have taken on a different tint in this niche programming age.
To say the landscape has changed would bring understatement to new depths, but there's little doubt that lowering the ratings bar has helped open the door to a greater diversity of voices.
Lopez and Sykes each bring loyal followings to their new ventures -- and Lopez's weeknight berth could help chip away at the established players even further.
Whatever the results, it seems clear that when Leno pulled up stakes he closed a chapter in late night -- leaving behind a space where talk remains cheap, plentiful and more fragmented than ever.
Early Leno Returns Are Mixed For NBC
'Jay is doing fine,' the comic's new NBC boss, Jeff Gaspin, told the New York Times this week regarding 'The Jay Leno Show' experiment. Actually, based on a preliminary accounting -- and accounting is ultimately what motivated the move -- Leno is doing as well as can by expected, which isn't exactly the same as 'fine.'
The Jay Leno Show: Leno Saving the Best for Last
In some respects, 'The Jay Leno Show' is a lot like Leno's 'The Tonight Show' turned upside down. Leno's best-known comedy bits, such as the 'Jaywalking' segment, his riffs on headlines and 99-cent Only Store advertisements, run in the final quarter-hour of NBC's most talked-about new fall series.
NBC Puts a Royal Spin on Latenight
Most of Craig Ferguson's audience was doubtless mystified when he used his opening segment to ridicule NBC's press release proclaiming Conan O'Brien "the new king of late night."
The Movie Star Deluxe - Elizabeth Taylor
YOU SEE, she didn't care about being a star. She cared about living a certain way. It was what she was used to. And she lived that grand life with Burton and thought they'd have it forever. That's what was most important to her: to have a great companion in her great life ... it was all about being with him. That's all that really mattered.
Oscarcast Challenged By More Nominations
Widening the Academy Awards field to 10 contenders for 2009 was hailed and criticized on various fronts, with some seeing the expanded roster as a crass, grade-inflating attempt to provide more populist appeal -- thus boosting the audience's rooting interest and, presumably, the kudocast's ratings.
The National Dog Show, presented by Purina, will air in a two-hour special on Thanksgiving Day, following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, 12 p.m. ET. Arguably, even more than the legendary parade, the dog show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, has a little something for one everyone in the family. That's a rarity on TV these days
Fox - White House Media War is Killing News
When members of the Obama administration announced that they did not consider Fox a real news network, they were actually bringing attention to what has become the sad reality of real news gathering in this country: It's disappearing faster than contestants on Survivor
TV News Sensationalism: Everything Is Suspect
Back in 1949, a little girl in California fell down a well. As diggers tried to save her, a huge crowd gathered. The rescue attempt, which took several days, was broadcast nationwide on radio -- and followed anxiously on a new medium called television. Since that moment, kids and danger have been an irresistible lure for broadcasters
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