The Late Shift

The Late Shift

Director: Betty Thomas Cast: Kathy Bates, John Michael Higgins, Daniel Roebuck

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Overview

Based on the non-fiction best-seller, The Late Shift is an irreverent, behind-the-scenes look at the conflict over who would succeed Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno or David Letterman. Beginning with Carson's retirement, the made-for-cable film follows the backstage manueverings of both camps. When NBC chooses, Letterman refuses to lose quietly. Hosting The Tonight Show has been his life-long dream, and he is willing to do whatever it takes, even hiring an agent, to get what he wants. Indeed, Letterman soon finds himself working with ultra-powerful Hollywood agent Mike Ovitz and receiving huge offers from competing networks. Meanwhile, NBC has more trouble with the Leno Tonight Show than expected, thanks to Leno's manager Helen Kushnick (Kathy Bates). Kushnick's acerbic, foul-mouthed manner and increasingly petty behavior infuriates the higher-ups at NBC -- so much so that some suggest they give the show to Letterman after all. A series of intense negotiations follows, under the shadow of ludicrously frenzied media attention. While the presentation of both Leno and Letterman (played by unknowns Daniel Roebuck and John Michael Higgins, respectively) is fairly sympathetic, the film is far-less charitable to Kushnick and NBC executives.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2012
UPC: 0883316516591
Original Release: 1996
Rating: R
Source: Hbo Archives
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 80,250

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathy Bates Helen Kushnick
John Michael Higgins David Letterman
Daniel Roebuck Jay Leno
Bob Balaban Warren Littlefield
Ed Begley Rod Perth
Reni Santoni John Agoglia
Sandra Bernhard Herself
John Getz Brandon Tartikoff
Steven Gilborn Peter Lassally
Peter Jurasik Howard Stringer
John Kapelos Robert Morton
Rich Little Johnny Carson
Lawrence Pressman Bob Wright
Treat Williams Mike Ovitz

Technical Credits
Betty Thomas Director
Mac Ahlberg Cinematographer
George Armitage Screenwriter
Linda Berger Art Director
Don Carmody Producer
Shari Feldman Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Foy Casting
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Joe Medjuck Producer
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
Garreth Stover Production Designer
Peter Teschner Editor
Monty Westmore Makeup

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