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The War for Late Night

When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy

Carter, Bill

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The War for Late Night
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NY Times reporter Bill Carter offers a detailed behind-the-scenes account of the events of the unforgettable 2009/2010 late-night season as all of its players--performers, producers, agents, and network executives--maneuvered to find footing amid the shifting tectonic plates of television culture.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 067002208X
9780670022083
Branch Call Number: 791.456 Ca
Characteristics: 405 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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May 02, 2014
  • anders543 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book focuses on the Tonight Show situation where Jay Leno left, then returned. However, given the landscape of late night is poised to change once more with the retirement of Letterman, the change in venue for Fallon and Colbert and the recent announcement of retirement by Ferguson, this book is still relevant. Many of the players that were active when replacements were being sought in the 2009 shift are once again in the forefront of discussions these days. This is an interesting, candid look at what happens "behind closed doors" in the world of late night.

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