HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Unconfirmed Internet reports (via TMZ) on Thursday said that NBC had locked down Jay Leno to return as host of The Tonight Show. But also Thursday NBC sent out a news release noting that The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien has topped all broadcast and cable competition in the key late-night demographic of adults 18-49 for the week of January 4-8. NBC says no deal has been made yet
NBC announced shows that will start to fill those vacated by Jay Leno in Prime Time: the freshman drama "Parenthood" and the relocated "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victim Units" will fill three slots. Another will go to the comedy panel series "The Marriage Ref" from Seinfeld. "Dateline NBC" will fill another (10p ET) slot. The new lineup will debut after NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics from February 12-28.
In what could be the most brutal Jay Leno bashing session of all time, Conan O'Brien got himself an invite to appear on David Letterman's The Late Show. Dave, who knows first-hand what it's like to be treated badly by NBC and Leno,- hasn't reached out to Conan directly, but his staff has contacted Conan's people letting them know about the open invitation.
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