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The Pit, My Hollywood Dream Column

It might be mid-week, but it feels like the perfect time for a new edition of The Pit. Enjoy!

  • Last night, Conan O’Brien was hysterical as the new host of The Tonight Show. If you missed it, you can thankfully check it out online. God, I love Hulu.
  • Hollywood the Game, the film and television simulation game, is entering the last week of their virtual television season. What is on the air? Click here to find out.
  • Anthony Stewart Head really wants to do a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Giles spin-off movie and series. The project, titled Ripper, has been in development for a long time, will we finally see it come to life? Gosh, I hope so!
  • The Inside Report has released an all new episode that features an interview with the UK based documentary filmmaker, Jamie McDine. The award winning filmmaker going into detail about what it is like to make documentaries and why he has chosen this path.
  • CNN takes a look at some of the happenings at E3.

Jay Leno

Tonight on NBC, an era comes to and end with Jay Leno’s last episode of the Tonight Show. I watched his jokes nightly when I was little and even though he’ll have a new primetime show, it just will not be the same. His last guest is his successor to the mantle, the hysterical Conan O’Brien, and the great James Taylor. I’ll be watching, will you?

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • FOX: Don’t Forget the Lyrics (Gameshow)
  • MNT: Friday Night SmackDown! (Wrestling)

9PM

  • ABC: Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money (Special)
  • NBC: Dateline NBC (News Showcase)

10PM

  • ABC: 20/20 (News Showcase)
  • E!: The Soup (Comedy Clip Show)
  • SCIFI: Primeval (Fantasy Sci Fi)

After making a few bonehead moves, including canceling My Own Worst Enemy, NBC has finally done something right.  The peacock network has signed a new deal with Jay Leno, that will keep him on the network after he passes The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien.

While a date has not been set, the Associated Press reports that the deal would move Leno into primetime at 10pm. His show would be 5 days a week, with a simlar format to his Tonight Show, and double the amount of possible viewers as compared to his late night time slot.

I think this is awesome. I love Leno and I was getting worried that he might be taken off the air completely. Now, not only will he continue, but it’ll be ealrier, so I should be able to watch it on a regular basis. It should be interesting to see if the late night style works in primetime. The show might have a bigger possible audience, but it will also be facing off with bigger budget scripted dramas, like CSI, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, and Eleventh Hour, to name a few. Will other networks follow suit and program late night styled shows in primetime?

Posted on December 9th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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