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Conan and Kimmel Line Up Big Guests to Compete with Leno's Last 'Tonight Show'

Jay Leno's (second) final Tonight Show is set to air this Thursday, and Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have lined up big guests to try to compete with his big finale. Leno's guests on his last episode will be Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks.

Kimmel is bringing Matt Damon in as his guest, which will be Damon's first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live since a well-received and much-watched stunt episode last January in which he took over Kimmel's show. Damon will be joined by his costars from the movie The Monuments Men: George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban. This will mark the first Kimmel appearance [...]

Jay Leno Talks Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and His Future on '60 Minutes'

Last night, 60 Minutes aired the above Tonight Show exit interview with Jay Leno. Highlights include Leno jokingly considering a History Channel show, his wife Mavis getting really mad about that whole Conan thing, and this exchange with Steve Kroft:

You would've preferred to stay. Well it's always nice to keep working, sure it is. But am I extremely grateful? Yes. Do I understand the circumstances? Yes, of course.

This is the part I don't understand. I mean you're still #1. Well I think because you have talented people who will only wait so long before they get another opportunity, you don't want to lose that opportunity. That makes [...]

Andy Samberg Tries One of Those Commercials Where He Walks Across the Screen on 'The Tonight Show'

Andy Samberg was a guest on The Tonight Show last night, and while discussing the fact that his show Brooklyn Nine-Nine is airing after the Super Bowl, he decided to try out one of those ads where the person from another show walks across the bottom of the screen. It was pretty funny, even if the camera person totally messed it up by zooming out waaayyy too far.

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: The Tell-All Biography 'Johnny Carson'

Most people know Carson as the enigmatic personality who hosted The Tonight Show through some of America’s most revolutionary decades. As the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and other radicalizing events took tide, Carson permeated the American conscious though the TV set. At the peak of his career, Carson’s lawyer and best friend — author Henry Bushkin — knew the recluse Johnny Carson that lived after the cameras stopped rolling. In fact, Bushkin’s explosive, tell-all biography depicts Carson for who he really was: the womanizing, emotional, pistol-packing and at times cruel King of Late Night. Buskhin’s amusing yet unsettling anecdotes about Carson’s run-ins with the mob, [...]

Jay Leno Joked Again About Killing Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon was a guest on The Tonight Show on Friday, and Jay Leno continued his campaign to let everyone know he's totally cool with losing The Tonight Show this time by again joking around with his soon-to-be predecessor about how much he wants to kill him. Below is Leno's admittedly charming interview with Fallon, who he gave a preview of the Emmy speech he didn't get to give and tells a story about playing ping pong with Prince.

Jimmy Fallon Predicts How His 'Tonight Show' Run Will Go

Jimmy Fallon is set to take over The Tonight Show on Monday, February 17th, and he gave an interview to Vulture talking about the transition. Here he is giving what'll probably be an accurate prediction of his initial ratings:

"I’m sure we’ll do great the first week because the Olympics will give us a good lead-in. And then after the Olympics, you know, we have a normal ten-o’clock lead-in, so the ratings will go down. That’ll be a headline: 'Fallon loses 40 percent of his audience.' [Once Seth Meyers takes over Late Night on February 24th], our ratings will go up a little bit because people will be intrigued about [...]

Jay Leno and 'The Tonight Show' Are Being Sued for Defamation

Flight attendant Louann Giambattista is suing Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, and NBC over a segment that she says accused her of "engaging in bestiality and sexual misconduct with a rat." The segment stemmed from another lawsuit Giambattista filed against her employer Americna Airlines, in which she said that her co-workers had falsely said that "she was carrying her pet rats onto work flights, and concealing them in her pantyhose or underwear." Panelists Alec Mapa, Kira Soltanovich, and Jim Norton were given the topic as part of Leno's topical segment "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda," where Giambattista says she was "systematically criticized, defamed, and humiliated." Apparently a lot of people in her neighborhood watch The [...]

A.D. Miles Will Continue as Jimmy Fallon's Head Writer on 'The Tonight Show'

When Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show in February, he's taking his head writer with him. Comedian A.D. Miles, who's held the head writer position on Fallon's Late Night since it began in 2009, has closed a deal to continue doing the same job on The Tonight Show, Deadline reports. Miles, who co-starred on Comedy Central's Dog Bites Man and appears in a lot of David Wain's stuff like Wet Hot American Summer, Wainy Days, and Role Models, frequently appears on-camera on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in segments like "The Ragtime Gals," "Joking Bad," and "Downton Sixbey."

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Jimmy Fallon Is Going on Tour

Before taking over The Tonight Show in February, Jimmy Fallon is going on a small, six-city tour. Called "Jimmy Fallon's Clean Cut Comedy Tour," the show will hit St. Louis, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, LA, and Denver this fall, with standups Julian McCullough, Nate Bargatze, and Nick Thune slated to join Fallon on the road. I'm not sure exactly what the name "Clean Cut Comedy Tour" means, but it's probably just these four guys doing standup all with sharp new haircuts.

Check out the tour dates and ticket links below:

NBC Is Developing a Miniseries About Johnny Carson's Life

NBC announced this morning that they're developing a miniseries about the life of late night king Johnny Carson, who passed away in 2005. The untitled miniseries will be based on author Bill Zehme's upcoming biography, Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait, and the actor playing Johnny Carson has yet to be announced. The NBC project will follow Carson's life from his Nebraska childhood to his historic run as Tonight Show host from 1962 to 1992. The peacock network's announcement also says the miniseries will cover, "his often secluded off-camera life and friendships he made throughout his career as one of the most beloved TV personalities of all time." Given how [...]

Johnny Carson Would Probably Approve of 'The Tonight Show's Move Back to New York

February's issue of Vanity Fair includes a new profile of late night legend Johnny Carson and gives particular focus to the Tonight Show host's 1972 move from New York to Los Angeles. It's a fascinating read about a man who Nora Ephron called "New York's most reluctant celebrity" and paints a hopeful picture for the Tonight Show's move back to its original New York City home. Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"When he moved to L.A. he was very, very concerned that it was a creative mistake," recalls David Steinberg, who began his long and successful career as a comedian on The Tonight Show in 1968, when it [...]

'The Tonight Show' Almost Broke Bill Cosby Last Night

Bill Cosby was on The Tonight Show last night to promote his new standup special, but instead he spent the first few minutes deconstructing the entire idea of a late night show by walking into the audience rather than to Jay's desk, then managing to get through an entire segment without really talking to the host at all. Below, he talks about his very first appearance on The Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon's Perception of His 'Tonight Show' Takeover Might Be a Bit Skewed

Jimmy Fallon has been visiting local affiliates in the run-up to his Tonight Show takeover in February, and at a recent stop in Florida, some of his recollection about the origins of the transition seems a bit off. He's quoted as saying:

“As soon as I got Late Night, I called Jay and said, ‘I want to let you know I want to start on the right foot. I respect you.’ I’ve been a guest on the show numerous times. I said, ‘I’m not gunning for your job. I’m not trying to plot anything. Whenever you’re ready to step down, let me know. But I’m happy at 12:30.’”

But as [...]

NBC Says It Won't Make the Johnny Carson Miniseries Without His Family's Approval

NBC's announced miniseries about the life of Johnny Carson will only go forward if the Carson's family is on board with the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. NBC purchased the rights to the yet-to-be-published Carson biography Carson the Magnificent by Bill Zehme. The book was announced shortly after Carson's death in 2005, but after several postponements, no release date has even been set. Carson's nephew Jeff Sotzing, who runs the Johnny Carson Entertainment Group, says he won't give approval for the miniseries until he sees Zehme's book. And NBC, where Carson served as Tonight Show host from 1962 to 1992, is waiting for the family's blessing.

"We're not going to do this without [...]