The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy

The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy

by Bill Carter

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of The Late Shift delivers "a boisterous, two-timing, high-stakes drama about the business of comedy" (The Associated Press). 

No one is more uniquely suited to document television's latest late- night travesty than veteran media reporter and bestselling author, Bill Carter. NBC's CEO, Jeff Zucker, had it all worked out when he moved Jay Leno from behind the desk at The Tonight Show, and handed the reins over to Conan O'Brien. But as everyone knows, his decision was a spectacular failure. Ratings plummeted, affiliates were enraged-and when Zucker tried to put everything back the way it was, that plan backfired as well.

In candid detail, Carter charts the vortex that sucked in-not just Leno and O'Brien-but also Letterman, Stewart, Fallon, Kimmel, and Ferguson as frantic agents and network executives tried to manage a tectonic shift in television's most beloved institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452297494
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 464,528
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Carter joined The New York Times as a national media reporter in 1989. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Late Shift, two other books on the television industry, Monday Night Mayhem and Desperate Networks, and has written numerous articles for The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He has been a guest on Nightline, Today, CNN, Charlie Rose, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and many other shows. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he lives in New Jersey with his wife. They have two children.

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The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, just check it out, thank me later.
amurphy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carter provides a thorough & balanced behind-the-scenes look at the events leading up to & during NBC's Tonight Show implosion. The book includes short bios for many contemporary late-night hosts including Leno, Conan, Stewart, & Colbert. He also provides a great look at many of the executives and agents who influenced the events. I haven't yet read Carter's book on the Leno/Letterman feud, so I can't say how much overlap there is when the author discusses those two personalities. If you closely followed the saga in the news, you'll find that the last few chapters, while providing some new points, is basically a rehash of things already reported in the news & online.
suedutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story, but bogged down too much in the details - the pacing dragged. Recommend as similar reading, Bill Carter's "Desperate Networks" which I enjoyed more despite being several years out of date at this point.
DSeanW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit fawning and ingratiating to the major players at times but enjoyable to read about something ultimately completely inconsequential.Also I have learned to insist on time slot specificity in all future contracts.
flexatone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a beautifully written book, but the research is good, and the scenarios interesting and gossipy in an enjoyable way.
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