The late shift: Letterman, Leno, and the network battle for the night

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Hyperion, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 299 pages
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On May 23, 1991, Johnny Carson stepped out onto the stage of New York's Carnegie Hall at the annual meeting of NBC affiliate stations - the final performer in the day's all-star lineup of NBC players, there to dazzle the affiliates with the power of the network's programming. But Carson had his own agenda: without any warning to his NBC bosses, he announced that he was leaving the "Tonight" show - NBC's flagship late-night program, and the most profitable television show ever.

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Review: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno & the Network Battle for the Night

User Review  - Debra Komar - Goodreads

Gossipy goodness about the silliness that was the coronation of Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. It now feels a bit dated, particularly since the story went on to include Conan O'Brien and all that ... Read full review

Review: The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno & the Network Battle for the Night

User Review  - Jacob - Goodreads

Inside-baseball for sure, but very interesting to read now that, essentially, the late night war is over, at least as far and Dave and Jay goes. Not to spoil things, but I thought the triumphant ... Read full review

Contents

NO MORE TO COME 1
xvi
THE CAMPAIGN 33
xlviii
STUPID NETWORK TRICKS 51
lxvi
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Bill Carter reports on the television industry for the "New York Times" and has written about television for almost 30 years. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a native of Brooklyn, New York, he currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and children.

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