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  • LikaNui
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    I just saw a commercial on the tube. Jay Leno was driving a racing Cobra on Pacific Coast Highway. There was a large 10 on the side of the car, and the wind blew it off and revealed 11:30 under it.
    In the background the Beatles were singing "Get back... get back... get back to where you once belonged."
    Great commercial!!!

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  • Random
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    Originally posted by tutusue View Post
    Jeez, I sure hope so! With or without Eubanks. I'd love to see the female percussionist/vocalist take over. Dayam...that lady can sing. Or, possibly, Smitty!
    I'd rather Conan hire her.

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  • tutusue
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    Originally posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...-eubanks_N.htm

    Is there still going to be a Tonight Show band?
    Jeez, I sure hope so! With or without Eubanks. I'd love to see the female percussionist/vocalist take over. Dayam...that lady can sing. Or, possibly, Smitty!

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  • Walkoff Balk
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    http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...-eubanks_N.htm

    Is there still going to be a Tonight Show band?

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  • Walkoff Balk
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    Letterman likes to overkill comedy bits. His Jay Leno jokes are funny. But, the jokes about current events suffers because those aren't as funny and it ruins the rhythm.

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  • Nords
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    Originally posted by tutusue View Post
    I'd love to know the size of Oprah's staff!
    That just sounds so... pornographic!

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  • tutusue
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    Originally posted by LikaNui View Post
    [...]and FOX is allegedly on the fence. [...]
    Wow...really? While I haven't heard there's a contract waiting for him to sign, I have heard that FOX is very interested, that they've been looking for a late night show and that Conan fits right in...plus Conan has friends in high places at FOX! That's been the subject of chatter on several shows, not any inside info I have.

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  • Walkoff Balk
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    http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/just-like-o...o-renewed--935

    Will the jokes at each other go into next week? I don't know if Dave is going overboard with the Jay Leno jokes, but his whole monologue is about Leno. I like Letterman's show of the three, but he's going to sound like a bitter old guy.

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  • LikaNui
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    Leno supposedly has about 150 on staff, Tutu. But probably 100 of those are working in his garage.
    As for Conan's future, ABC has already said they have no interest, and FOX is allegedly on the fence. Maybe Conan will go back to writing for SNL.

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  • tutusue
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    It would be helpful to know the size of the other late night shows' staffs. And the size of Leno's staff when he was at the helm of TTS. Without those numbers I can only hypothesize.

    In Leno's case he is the production company...Big Dog Productions. In this case he could have many employees in the office with many different job descriptions just as other non-entertainment related corporations might have. Then there's the staff that's specific to the entertainment industry. Still, 200 for O'Brien seems a bit excessive but since I'm not all that familiar with TV in general and late night talk shows in particular, I could be very wrong.

    Conan's Late Night show was either co-produced or produced by his production company, Conaco. A production company requires a large staff and Conaco was producing shows other than Late Night. I have no idea if O'Brien entered into a similar agreement with NBC/TTS as Leno/Big Dog had. If so, that would justify a larger than normal staff than if NBC was the production company employing the staff and all Jay or Conan had to do was show up for work and get a hefty, weekly payroll check!!!

    I remember when Arsenio Hall had his show he discussed his financial arrangement with a guest. He received 3 checks each month...one for being the exec. producer...one for writing...one for hosting. He indicated that pay days were always a time of joy! IIRC, he had a prod. co., too, so, if that's the case, he was actually paying himself those 3 checks. I could go on and on about the advantages (and disadvantages) of owning the production company but I'm beginning to bore myself!

    If Conan's staff of 200 was to share equally in the $12M severance package (I doubt that they will) they'd each receive $60,000. That should be enough to tie many of them over 'til the next show. Should that happen in Sept. it would probably need to go into pre-production fairly quick. My guess is he negotiated a deal that would enable him to keep as many of his people as possible. If that's the case, ratings aside, I commend him for his loyalty.

    I'd love to know the size of Oprah's staff!

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  • Leo Lakio
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    Originally posted by LikaNui View Post
    A surprising thing that came out is that Leno does not have a manager or an agent. He handles things himself.
    I thought I recalled that, for a period of time, his wife Mavis handled some of his management duties. Now, SHE is an amazing force to be reckoned with - do some 'net research and find out how politically influential she has been over the years.

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  • LikaNui
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    Likewise, I've never heard anything negative about Leno. Letterman is famous for being a tyrant to his staff, and even Johnny Carson was a bit of a tyrant.
    Speaking of staff... I was shocked to hear that Conan had a staff of 200. What the heck do they all do? I mean, I can see a huge staff for a sitcom or a drama, with set changes, location shoots, etc etc etc. But talk shows have a single fixed set, fixed lighting, sound, etc etc. Nothing really changes. I would've thought a staff of perhaps 30 or 40, including staff to handle booking guests and such. But 200?!??

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  • tutusue
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    Originally posted by LikaNui View Post
    A surprising thing that came out is that Leno does not have a manager or an agent. He handles things himself.
    No wonder he can afford all those cars!
    I heard him mention that on his show last night. That is truly amazing in the entertainment industry. He's either a very astute businessman or an overly frugal control freak! My guess is it's the former. I've never heard any negative scuttlebutt about him over the years.

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  • LikaNui
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    A surprising thing that came out is that Leno does not have a manager or an agent. He handles things himself.
    No wonder he can afford all those cars!

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  • Walkoff Balk
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    Originally posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    So --- you think it was wise for Leno to have Jimmy Kimmel on?
    Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin appeared on SNL and made fun of themselves. I think their likeabilty went up with self-deprecating humor.

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