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Quick Hits for June 19th

MediaBack Page’s Quick Hits for June 19th : 'Tonight Show' still ahead in demos – Entertainment News, Late Night TV, Media – Variety – Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill – mediabistro.com: TVNewser – Sad news about legendary broadcaster Walter...

The Changing Face of (Late Night) TV

Late Night’s faces are shifting, and in the process so is the business of television. Over the course of the past several months we’ve already watched late night television begin to evolve as Conan moved from New York to Los Angeles and handed the keys to Late Night over to Jimmy Fallon.  Now, of course, Jay Leno has handed the storied reigns of The Tonight Show to Mr. O’Brien – but unlike those late night shifts of the past this story doesn’t end here.  Instead, in September, Mr. Leno will re-emerge in a new prime-time show on NBC nightly at 10PM. So in essence, rather than a simple hosting transition, like that of Carson to Leno, this movement instead is more like a seismic shift for late night television.  (Actually, I’m not even sure that moniker is accurate anymore, as we’ll now see this variety-style show airing from 10PM to about 1 or 2 AM.)  With the addition of Leno’s new program to the landscape there are many questions, which are left to be answered in the coming months and years.  Can Leno be successful at that early hour? Who will get the big guests? What will differentiate the programs? Does the audience have enough interest for what amounts to 3 hours of talking heads on Network television each night? That said, however, potentially one of the most interesting questions that remains to be answered is that of what the impact will be on the Business of Television.  Consider for a moment, that if the strategy works NBC, will have taken a time slot that typically requires on average...

Quick Hits for June 1st

MediaBack Page’s Quick Hits for June 1st : A Revolution in Prime Time, but Will It Work? – NYTimes.com – One way or another Prime Time and Late Night television will never look the same...

Quick Hits for April 30th

MediaBack Page’s Quick Hits for April 30th : Disney Decides to Dance the Hulu – TVWeek – News – Clear Channel Faces a Crisis in Cash Flow – NYTimes.com – And now somehow it just seems as that mantra "bigger is better" doesn't seem to...