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January 11, 2010 - Jim Smith
Jay Leno will be leaving his 10 p.m. prime-time TV slot on NBC when the Winter Olympics begin being aired.
All of which means, NBC has until mid-February to find replacement programming for the Monday-through-Friday 10 p.m. slot.
The great "experiment" of putting a talk show on prime time and thus saving tons of money compared to the cost of an hour drama with writers, sets, stars, production, etc. is going bye bye ... thank goodness.
I admit to being biased because I never have liked Jay Leno nor have I ever liked his Tonight Show, which I hardly ever missed when it was chaired by Johnny Carson. I never liked the way Leno belittled and made fun of everyday people.
I understand NBC pulling the plug on the 10 p.m. dramas because of costs to produce, but now the network has to ramp up some programming PDQ and that surely will cost even more money ... either that or give viewers reruns for months or air rejected or failed TV pilots.
Whichever, the bottom line is goodbye Leno. Maybe he'll disappear from network programming completely. Naw, I couldn't be that lucky!
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