June 7, 1991 |
As a reward for more than three years of exemplary service, good soldier Jay Leno will replace Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show" when Carson retires in May, NBC announced yesterday. Carson, who fine-tuned "Tonight" over 30 years into the model for all late-night talk shows, gave comedian Leno a trial run on the job by naming him his "permanent guest host" in September 1987. Since then, Leno's hosted the show every Tuesday night and during Carson's 15 weeks of vacation a year.
December 9, 1992 |
Late-night talk- show host David Letterman has accepted an offer from CBS that would pay him $16 million a year to leave NBC, The New York Times reported today. The deal would include giving the 45-year-old comic his own show opposite NBC-TV's Jay Leno, who hosts the "Tonight" show in the 11:30 p.m. weeknight slot, the newspaper said. Leno makes $3 million a year, it said. At his height, longtime "Tonight" show host Johnny Carson, who retired in May, raked in $15 million a year.
May 18, 1988 |
As the Summer Olympics approach, NBC Sports officials are sweating out the latest glitches to pop up, ones involving the schedule and their star host. The games are scheduled for Seoul, South Korea, from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2, and South Korean opposition leaders, flexing their new political muscle following a strong showing in National Assembly elections last month, have just called on the government to repeal daylight-saving time, which took effect May 8. The shift to DST puts the country 14 hours ahead of the United States (Eastern time)
July 21, 1996 |
In many ways, the Olympics are the ultimate TV show - an intriguing blend of competitions stretched over 17 days, interspersed with profiles of the competitors designed to bring them to life for an audience only marginally acquainted with their specialties. It's a decidedly expensive TV show - NBA paid more than $450 million for the rights to broadcast the Centennial Games from Atlanta - but apparently well worth the cost. Network research indicates that more than 200 million Americans will watch at least one segment of the Games.
November 4, 1994 |
The sense of nausea and panic that used to grip NBC executives every morning when they got the ratings flashes on Jay Leno's Tonight Show is easing. Still smarting from making one of the worst blunders in TV history, NBC executives are taking heart as Leno's audience has been growing this fall. That blunder, of course, was the decision to replace Johnny Carson with Leno, and as a result send David Letterman into the arms of CBS, where he won a $42 million, three-year contract to go against Leno weeknights.
August 27, 2010 |
IF CONAN O'BRIEN wins an Emmy Sunday night - a definite possibility, says TV writer Ellen Gray - someone at host network NBC may have his finger poised near the censor button. No one's really concerned that the former "Tonight" show host will turn into Conan the Vulgarian, there are simply limits to what Conan can say about his old bosses at the peacock network. The Hollywood Reporter says that Conan's settlement deal contains strict rules against making "disparaging" comments about NBC or NBC Studios, Jay Leno and NBC executives Jeff Zucker , Dick Ebersol , Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff . Those limitations end Sept.
December 22, 2001 |
Lawmakers have asked NBC to reverse its decision to air commercials for distilled alcoholic beverages, and they threatened to ban such TV ads if the network does not cooperate. The legislators on Thursday accused the network of placing profits above concerns about underage drinking and other social ills. NBC has said that it will not accept such ads featuring active professional athletes, and that for the first four months, the ads will be limited to "socially responsible" messages that include warnings against alcohol abuse.
August 1, 1994 |
If the clock on your VCR still blinks 12:00, this is the summer you may want to figure out how it works. Otherwise, you have some tough decisions ahead. The major networks, in planning for their fall seasons, have done it again - not all that much to look forward to, but the good stuff's on at the same times: NBC's "Frasier" is scheduled to go head to head with ABC's "Roseanne" Tuesday nights at 9. CBS's "Picket Fences" and NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," both critically acclaimed dramas that have struggled to find an audience, will air Friday nights at 10. And in what appears to be a network game of chicken, CBS and NBC have each scheduled promising new medical dramas set in Chicago for Thursday nights at 10. CBS's entry, "Chicago Hope," comes with the imprimatur of executive producer David E. Kelley, who already writes virtually every word of "Picket Fences" and who's credited with some of the best seasons "L.A.
October 14, 1990 |
Attention, ladies. Our topic today is TV sexism and the low esteem in which you're held by some NBC executives. Operating on the premise that all the guys go off to swill beer, compare tire treads and curse at the screen each October during the baseball playoffs and World Series, NBC has decided to offer a block of expensive, female- oriented "counterprogramming" this year. This week's presentations, adapted from the works of the extremely popular romance novelist Danielle Steel, are not only completely mindless, they are excruciatingly boring.
June 11, 1990 |
NBC executives have really been pushing the theme of "one big happy family" for the new crew of the "Today" show. So it gave news anchor Faith Daniels pause when she and co-host Joe Garagiola were accidentally booked into the same hotel suite last week in Washington. "I mean . . . Joe and I really thought, 'This family thing has gone too far,' " Daniels said. Daniels, who with Garagiola and Katie Couric was scheduled to join the "Today" crew this morning, seems pretty good-natured about being dropped into the hot seat at NBC. The network received terrible publicity for its January exchange of Deborah Norville for veteran host Jane Pauley, and after many years as the No. 1 rated morning show, "Today" is now firmly in second place.