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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The main take away from this book is never assume you have the position you have if you work with NBC. They are so fucked up. Reading this 2 decades after it was written is hilarious because NBC still ... Read full review

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I don't know how accurate it is, but you really feel like you are right there in the middle of the story. Amazing inside account, I really hope there is a sequel in the works that covers the recent tonight show debacle. 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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