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LETTERMAN’s Booked Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw & Jerry Seinfeld!! How Does That Stack Up Against LENO’s First Week Back??

I am – Hercules!!
CBS and David Letterman appear to understand (given the insanely low ratings "The Jay Leno Show" was pulling in its final weeks) that few are champing at the bit to see Leno restore mediocrity to “The Tonight Show,” so the “Late Show” bookers have snagged some big guns for Jay’s first week back. I don’t think talk-show guests come much better than Bill Murray and Tom Hanks -- but you tell me which show has the better line-up for the first week of March: MONDAY, MARCH 1 LETTERMAN Bill Murray Ludacris LENO Jamie Foxx Lindsey Vonn Brad Paisley
TUESDAY, MARCH 2 LETTERMAN Mitt Romney LENO Sarah Palin Shaun White
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 LETTERMAN Jerry Seinfeld Tom Brokaw LENO Jersey Shore Cast Chelsea Handler Apolo Ohno Avril Lavigne
THURSDAY, MARCH 4 LETTERMAN Tom Hanks LENO Matthew McConaughey Jason Reitman
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 LETTERMAN Matt Damon Danny Bhoy Corinne Bailey Rae LENO Morgan Freeman Meredith Viera
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$16.99 per “Office” season!! (That’s 72% off season five!!)

“Farscape: The Complete Series,” $129.49 last year, is momentarily $59.99. That works out to less than $15 per season!!
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  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Leno appears to have pulled some good guests for Week 1.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Father Coughlins Laws will be pleased.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Jason Reitman

    by oogles

    Great we can hear him talk about how great of a director he thinks he is.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    It's a wash on paper I think.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    I love how Mitt Romney is booked against Sarah Palin. Interesting pattern there.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Jason Reitman

    by Hercules

    Of all Leno's guests this week, that's the best one. It'll still be a shitty appearance though because Jay couldn't come up with a compelling question if you offered him four Model Ts.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Jason Reitman = Team Leno

    by Chief Joseph

    I never did like that guy. Nepotism sucks.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Look, I hate Leno as much as the next guy...

    by Ronald Raygun

    But Christ, this is getting old. "Hey guys, look! Stupid Leno is doing stupid stuff again!! What a stupid man he is!!" Also, no mention of Conan planning a tour? I guess you won't cover that unless Leno plans a rival tour at the same time?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    To paraphrase Jimmy Kimmel:

    by Hercules

    What you don't understand is I DO want to beat a dead horse.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by xsi kal

    I give Letterman 3 of 5, honestly. Leno takes Tuesday, (I don't like Palin OR Mittens, but Palin is better looking, and Leno also has Shaun White), and Wednesday is kind of a wash (Brokaw is the only one of interest to me that day, but I've seen plenty of Brokaw thanks to the Olympics). <p><p> Kind of odd that Jay's great friend Jerry Seinfeld is on his opponent's show in that first week.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Ronald Raygun

    by MonsterKilledThePilot

    Old? What happened last month is a part of television history. And its gonna be referenced for years to come.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Leno is what plays in the background of nursing homes

    by Dapper Swindler

    As people slowly wait to die. That's where his ratings come from.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by xsi kal may hate it, and I may hate it, but I would be shocked if Leno's ratings didn't eclipse Letterman's, yet again, by April. The type of person Leno's show has always appealed to is the same sort of person that refused to watch Conan, and will care not at all about him being forced out.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    "Hi I'm Jay, I'm a nice guy...neegh..neegh"

    by Onin Solstice

    Leno's has a stroke during a taping for his show during the summer, the thought of people not liking him will make his heart explode. Iron clad prediction.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Gherahld Fhorhd dheahd todhay

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    So let's get this straight Herc thinks Leno blows

    by slder78

    but still gives SNL a pass any chance he gets? WTF?! Oh well i guess if we can rag on the mediocrity of SNL he's entitled to be Conan's bitch.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Leno runs out of US medalists by Wednesday?

    by jim

    There were several more. Or are those 3 the only ones whose sponsors advertise on NBC?<p>Hey, doesn't Jerry Seinfeld have a new show on NBC? What's he doing over on CBS?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    And I enjoy watching Herch beat his dead horse.

    by nopix

    Wait...that sounded dirty.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Big Jim...

    by cdubbs727

    I was thinking the same thing...Seinfeld's a longtime friend of Leno (the one time Leno came off good was in Comedian) AND has a new show debuting on NBC...the same week that he's appearing on CBS...guess it's apparent what camp he's in.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Which is weird, because Seinfeld is Team Jay

    by ricarleite2

  • Everybody knows what's wrong with him but plenty of people don't care and don't relate to the other guy. At least nobody dies in the Late Night Wars.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Seinfeld is going on Letterman...

    by VitaminZ

    ...because he's a comedian and wants to promote his show on another network. It has nothing to do with "Team Jay" versus "Team Dave". How do I know? Because no one in the fucking world gives a shit about this anymore except the 0.1% of the population that posts on the internet about it. Leno and Letterman don't care as much as the lame fans do. Watch the shows or don't. Just stop pretending this is some epic holy war that must have a resolution for your life to be complete.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Letterman won hands down the second you

    by Itchy

    listed Bill Murray. Bill Murray = instant win. Always. Even the Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations episode where Bill Murray made a guest appearance = epic fucking win.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Post is Outdated - Favre on Thursday

    by TVMIV

    The Tonight Show website was updated yesterday morning well before this was posted. Brett Favre is now a guest on Thursday, and Jason Reitman has been moved to Friday.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Did Seinfeld ever speaking publicly on the Jay/Conan thing?

    by TheSeeker7

    I never heard him specifically say anything during that (if he did at all), but I'd always wondered. Since, as many of you point out, he's long been a friend of Leno (but has also always seemed a nice and cordial enough of a guest on Dave)

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    and btw, if Jay does win in ratings again at 11:30

    by TheSeeker7

    That'll just be one more perfect example of how the morons of this country are complete and total sheep. We've always known Jay's show was shit, but then it REALLY got exposed at 10, it'll be the same thing when he returns to latenight, but I'm betting so many will fall back into what they had to have been doing before, turning on Leno at 11:30 simply because that's what they always did.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    and take 'jay leno' with you

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Looking Forward to Leno

    by TVMIV

    I'm actually looking forward to Leno returning to 10:30. I preferred his humor over Letterman's.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by OceanWang

    Actually Seinfeld DID speak out on the whole thing, basically coming down in support of Jay. What he said, and I'm paraphrasing, was that it was a matter of ratings (and business) and Conan was out of line for speaking out since he wasn't pulling in said ratings. He made no mention of Conan's lead in, which kind of made me lose respect for him...

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    uh...Letterman wins.

    by palooka_boy


  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    by OceanWang

    How cool would it be if Jay's first audience was mostly Conan fans, who boo him out of the building. Obviously it wouldn't get to air, He SCREAMS his punchlines at you. I swear to god, Leno and his people come up with his punchline and then work backwords.30 Rock had a great scene about Jack doing that in the first season.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    If I remember, Seinfeld did speak out defensively for Jay

    by palooka_boy

    He wasn't anti-Conan the way some were, but he was pretty defensive of Leno.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    per Seinfeld

    by Kaiser Soze

    THINK about it for a sec. NBC ran Seinfeld, and they're running this new Marraige whatthefuckever bullshit looking show he's doing, so do you really think Seinfeld could fall anywhere else in line but with Team NBC? Not that I give a fuck about "Team Anybody", but Seinfeld's not gonna speak out against the hand that feeds him. Plus, of course he's friends with Jay Leno. They both came up through the comedy clubs around the same time, in the same places. And if you know anything about Stand-up, you know there's a tight brotherhood that goes on there (though, there are exceptions, such as Joe Rogan's callouts of Carlos Menstelia). Jerry's got too many reasons to side with NBC, no matter what their stance is. As he himself said, it's a business.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Tom Hanks must hate Leno

    by ShirtlessHostage

    Hanks does the first week of Conan's run on the Tonight Show, the last episode of Conan on the Tonight Show with nothing to promote except bringing up a movie he hasn't even shot yet, and now Letterman during the first week of Jay's return to the Tonight Show. Coincidence?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by Kaiser Soze

    He probably also respects Dave quite a bit, as most comedians do, and his appearing on Dave's show is likely not meant as a slight against Jay or anyone, and trying to make out like it is is equivalent to one of those playground idiots that would yell "fight! fight!" just to egg one on. Going on Dave's show is just cross promotion. Again, BUSINESS.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Will Farrell and Tom hanks are thru with tonight show

    by Six Demon Bag

    And any other guest from conan's last week

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Well I'll say it then : Leno does.

    by MaxCalifornia.

    There's nothing worse than when Letterman has one of his buddies on, like Hanks and Murray. Watch as he will LAUGH HYSTERICALLY AT EVERY SINGLE THING THEY SAY. Palin vs Romney? Interesting, but Romney is just dull, and Palin brings the crazy/"what will she be outraged at today?" factor. Seinfeld & Brokaw? Zzz. I dunno, I suspect I'll watch absolutely none of these, maybe catch Leno's Monday monologue just to see what he says.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    In Sacramento, I can tape both shows...

    by Eternal Watcher

    but Letterman's list is better than Jay's. That, and I'll be wearing a "Tonight Show with Conan O"Brien" hat all next week in protest

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Seinfeld is too rich to take a side.

    by Onin Solstice

    You think the most successful sitcom star of all time gives a crap about the Leno/Coco clusterfuck? Nope. "That's a shame..."

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I hope Leno fucking kicks Letterman's ass

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Especially as someone noted above with the substitution of landing Brett Favre. I think only geeks are really geeking out by saying "Fuck, Bill Murray is gonna be on Monday? Oh well hell -- the Letterman wins all week!"<p>YOU'RE ALL MISSING THE POINT. Big guns like Murray or Hanks isn't the story here. The return of Leno IS. For fuck's sake, LENO is the star attraction here and people want to see if he'll sink or go right back to the top.<p>Me, personally, I think Letterman is a total fucking cock and arrogant son of a bitch. So since I didn't get my first wishe that Dave's sex scandal would knock him off the air, I'll have to go with Plan B and hope Leno's return to THE LATE SHOW will fucking kicks Dave's ass. Because the truth is Dave IS a total cunt who deserves an ass kicking.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Beating a dead horse.........

    by RoseBuddy

    ....isn't that how the French make hamburg, or some such? But yeah, Letterman wins. Too bad Craig's on so late IMHO.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I dont know...

    by bma2192 you can take the stage of a show and keep humorous attitude considering the way this whole thing came about. Whether it was Jay appearing to stab a fellow comic in the back to get his old show back, or whether it was all NBC's fault in how they handled the thing, it would be like moving in with my adulterous ex-wife and her new husband and pretending that there wasn't any tension in the room. Not the ideal atmosphere for comedy and light hearted bits to end my day on every night. Assuming that both Conan and Leno are at the mercy of NBC's authority and of course, the ratings-- Leno "could" have still taken the high-road and simply bowed out. His new show and time slot didn't work out and it's not like he's going to starve to death while he finds a new creative outlet to perform his brand of comedy. I really don't know who thought that putting 2 talk shows back to back would be a good idea--especially since the new show was really just the old show in new packaging... but I digress. Let's just say that the whole thing is incredibly awkward and leave it at that.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Leno could have God as a guest and I wouldn't watch.

    by Orionsangels

    Boycott Leno 010! and Bill Maher I love ya guy, but you're wrong on Lano!

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Leno could have Meagan Fox naked and...I might see it

    by Orionsangels

    But i'd edit out Leno.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Leno could have Hulk Hogan and I wouldn't watch it.

    by Orionsangels


  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    "Get back to where you once belonged"


    This comparison is almost as sad as the unintentional(?) irony of all those promos NBC is running with Leno's smarmy, smug mug backed by the Beatles' refrain, "Get back to where you once belonged." Ahem. ONCE BELONGED - not "belong".

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    $20 says that...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Leno is consistently back on top of late night ratings after less than six months back at 11:35 PM. <p>There will still be people here who are so out-of-touch with REAL America that they will continuously nag about it...over...and over again... </p> Drip...drip...drip... Just like Harry's prostate.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST


    by Superponte

    those lists are about even. As big a name as murray, hanks and all are, Leno has got the Olympic champions on- which garnered big ratings these past few weeks, and the list is competitive. I give advantage to leno.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Lindsey Vonn

    by mortsleam

    Biggest olympic fuckup ever. It's a like a bad skiing comedy flick. Oh and Leno sucks.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Kevin Eubanks is leaving

    by Rectal Blowout

    what does that say? Is John going to be back as announcer? He was absent from the Leno 10pm show wasn't he? And why the fuck are these celebrities going on Leno? I hope Leno tanks and Fallon gets The Tonight Show.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    AAAAHHH! Take that back!

    by daggor

    The only thing worse than Leno is Fallon! Bleagh!

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Conan started a twitter account a couple of days ago

    by Pizziola

    Here's already up to 350,000 followers. Tweet #1 - Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me. Tweet #2 - This morning I watched Remington Steele while eating Sugar Smacks out of a salad bowl. I was naked. Already this is funnier than an entire Leno show.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Forgot the link --

    by Pizziola

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I only want one thing

    by Sasson

    I want a late night host without a fake laugh. The only good thing about leno is that he could make you actually think that he thought that the guest was funny. Letterman has the insincere Letterman laugh and Conan laid it on way to thick. Way too thick. The best would probably be Ferguson. Just fucking smile people. That suffices.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Here's Leno's commercial, now with appropriate music...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Leno interviewing Favre?? HILARIOUS!!!

    by deucefilms

    Am I the only person who thinks that Jay Leno interviewing Brett Favre is perfect?? How great would it be if they just sat around for 10 minutes and chatted about how much fun they had publicly announcing their plan for walking away from their current careers, allowing their employers to invest millions in a succession plan, have a "change of heart," step right back into the position they never really should've said they were ready to walk away from in the first place, and, in the process, negatively impact the careers of many of their so-called peers at their own expense. LENO: "Hey Brett, how satisfying was it for you to fuck over the Packers owners, managers, fans and coaches, as well as former teammates like Aaron Rogers, Chad Pennington, Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson?" FAVRE: "Pretty good, Jay. It's pretty great to hold a big press conference, cry about how tough it is to retire, wait for spring drills, off-season conditioning workouts and most of the preseason to end, and then just walk onto a team about one week before the regular season starts like the Hillbilly Diva that I am. Then again, I'm sure it was pretty gratifying to fuck over Conan and his entire staff, wasn't it?" JAY: "Of course. Considering that I haven't made anyone under the age of 62 laugh in about fifteen years and I'm still making millions... life is good."

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Conan's twitter bio.

    by American Mythos

    "I had a show. Then I had another show. Now I have a Twitter account." Haha. Conan's still the man.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Seinfeld as Marriage Ref = LOL

    by Chief Joseph

    Seriously? The man that met his wife on HER honeymoon? I think there is a word in Spanish that describes men that like to fuck other men's wives.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    forget booking gold medal winners

    by brabon300

    here is who i would book<P>Elene Gedevanishvili, skater from georgia, who has been training in the states since 06...biggest boobs on an ice skater than i have ever seen, and she has bikini pics posted on the net...the girl is hot<p>Ksenya Makarova, who skated for russia but is really american (her parents emigrated when she was 8, and they are bronze medalists from 88) cute and will be a possible medalist in 2014<p> mirai nagasu, who came in a surprising 4th, has no prob saying what is on her mind and is as cute as a button

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Never mind Seinfeld, ALEC BALDWIN is on Marriage ref

    by MaxCalifornia.

    ALEC FREAKIN' BALDWIN is going to be giving advice on marriage!? I guess OJ Simpson was unavailable.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by beetlegeuse

    and fuck you NBC

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Jerry Seinfield on the Conan/Leno thing

    by HeatStorm

    Comedy legend -- and close Leno pal -- Jerry Seinfeld took the side of NBC and Leno. "What did the network do to Conan? I don't think anyone's preventing people from watching Conan," he said during an appearance to hype his new NBC show, "The Marriage Ref." which again why is he doing Dave's show and not Leno's?

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Leno only wins with Palin

    by estacado1

    I rather watch Palin than Romney. She's more entertaining.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST


    by Spice-Orange

    Jersey Shore Cast, Chelsea Handler, Apolo Ohno, Avril Lavigne. First week back in -DEBATABLY- his most important shows ever and he books this crap? nothing against these guests, but they aren't top shelf celebrities. this looks like guests he would have on a monday night- non sweeps. in december. awful. I'm so sick of Leno, but im more sick of NBC and them showing everyone how to completely fuck up a television network. what asshats. I feel like any person on this forum could put together better programming.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    "I want a late night host without a fake laugh"

    by smackfu

    wait... you're saying Leno is the one *without* the fake laugh? He's THE fake-laughing host, it's the number one thing people make fun of him for when doing impressions of him, that stupid shoulder bobbing 'tee hee' chuckle that is so canned you could literally just have him hold up a tape recording of him doing it at the end each joke and there wouldn't be a noticeable difference.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    He'll do great with the Jersey Shore cast

    by smackfu

    A person with no substance interviewing a group of people with no substance.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    All I know is I won't watch either on tuesday...

    by andrew coleman

    Mitt Romney or Palin? Think I'd rather be raped by an elephant thanks. Those two "Politicians" are two of the dumbest ass holes in the US. Sadly the red states want them in office(Idiots). Oh and hey mostsleam what is with the Vonn bashing? Before the Olympics people expected her to win one gold medal... Well she did that and got a bronze. She did crash but she did do well over all you ass fuck. Shit bags who expect people to win all the time piss me off. Vonn is hands down a better athlete than you and has the medals to prove it. Also when it comes to the lists of guests did anyone read them over and just go: "meh". I mean there are big names on there but over all no one really that interesting. I'm a fan of Ferguson and Fallon so I might just skip the late night go for late late night.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    NBC was plotting to stick Conan back at 12:35!

    by Bramton1

    That's my theory, anyway. Think about it. They wanted to move the Jay Leno Show to 11:35 and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien at 12:05. But at 12:05am, people tuning into Leno aren't the demographic that will stick around for Conan. Letterman's show isn't over, so only a limited number of people would switch over to Conan. That leaves Conan with the people not watching Leno or Letterman. I think NBC was betting that Leno would take the last night ratings back from Letterman, but then when Conan's numbers aren't very good, they can counteract Team Coco claims that Conan at 11:35 was hurt by lousy ratings from Leno. They'll use this as evidence that Conan's brand of humor doesn't belong at 11:35 or 12:05, give Leno back the full hour, and dump Conan back at 12:35. Then it's like the whole last night fiasco never happened.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST


    by Bramton1

    As for Jerry, I'll believe it when I see it. I have a hard time believing that NBC isn't pressuring Seinfield to cancel with Letterman. Or maybe they'll try to get Seinfield to cancel last minute, giving themselves the an uncontested edge that night.

  • but, I don't see a ton of difference. Letterman has him beat a couple nights, but Leno has Letterman beat a couple nights as well, at least as far as popularity of guests.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    "Team Jay" and "Team Dave"? Seriously?

    by FlandersBum

    How about "Team Whocares"?

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    I'm tired of celebs defending Leno

    by Orionsangels

    Oh you don't know how Television works. Maybe not, but I know how life works. What a douche is and Leno's a douche! Here's how I see it, if you make a mistake or choice. You stick with it. You don't try to correct your mistake or bad choice, by cutting the new guy out, without even giving him a fair chance. Especially when you promised him 5 years in advance. That he'd have his life long dream job. Some people even try to make Leno the victim. Oh well what can he do about it? He has nothing to do with the choice NBC made, boohoo. Leno was on nearly 20 years already. He announced his retirement. Then suddenly this announcement came, that he wanted a show at 10pm. It get's bad ratings, rather than accept his fate. He goes back to his old job, as if nothing happened. 5 years in the making, just to return to the show, screw an up and comer and that's all she wrote. Class act Leno. RETIRE! YOU UNFUNNY BIG CHINNED FUCK! THAT ONLY APPEALS TO 80 YEAR OLDS!

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST

    For those who are too cool and say "Who Cares":

    by Executor

    Choosing not to take a side and posting to tell us about it is still choosing to weigh in. <p> Those who truly don't care look at the headline of this post and don't even bother clicking.<p> Posers.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I really have only one wish despite the guests

    by prunkhaft

    And that wish is Leno fails as badly in his old spot as he did in his new one. I don't hate the guy, but he's a phony and a worm. I chose not to watch him almost twenty years ago when he took over for Carson, and I hope many other will choose not to watch him now. A perfect storm of blandness and thievery defines Leno's TV career, and hopefully karma is truly a bitch.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    ^The same goes for Ellen.

    by prunkhaft

    Just swap names-- though the difference is that sadly Ellen's show draws ratings. What happened to this country? We went to the moon! And now crazy broads watch that thing make an ass out of itself on daytime and primetime. I have to believe it'll all turn around. I have to.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST


    by prunkhaft

    Let go of your hate. Shit has been on TV long before Leno, and it will be on TV long after. But you make a good point. If I were a celebrity (ha!) or an Olympic athlete (ha!) I would make an effort to get booked on any show but Leno. Principles.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    And while I'm all worked up,

    by prunkhaft

    There is another difference between Ellen and Leno. Leno did at one time did write his own material- which was reasonably funny. He at least had a grace from which to fall.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon trumps all - books WESLEY SNIPES Tuesday

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Now that's a muthafuckin' guest I want to see on a talk show.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Eff 'em both

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Ferguson is where it's at, especially now that he's experimenting like he did with Stephen Fry on Monday. He needs to do more like this.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Letterman should've gotten Howard Stern...

    by Karl Childers

    Just think all of the people who would've tuned in to see Howard dig into Dave's recent scandal and the recent Late Night debacle!

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Letterman could interview toast......

    by deadboy1313

    and it would still be funnier than Leno.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    No love for Morgan Freeman.

    by Geomancer21

    So sad.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by dagwood

    Yes, I too tire of Reitman...a daddy's boy if there ever was one.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Wavy Says...

    by Direwraithe

    Ferguson is the only thing worth watching on Late Night (or Late, Late Night). The Stephen Fry hour last week was the best TV I've seen in years. Team Robot Skeleton Army all the way.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    agreed McPoyle

    by vin_diggler

    That Fergeson episode with Stephen Fry was one of the best ones yet. I don't think enough people saw it. It's amazing how you get a much better interview out of a guest when they don't have to worry about making the audience laugh every 30 seconds. I hope Craig changes the format of his show to this permanently.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by Steve T

    I dunno if Leno has really been a dick or if it's just that people don't like him. He just seems to want to work, it's not his fault Conan's ratings fell. Conan probably should have been given more time. To be honest, I think most of these shows are crap. Letterman was shown for a while in the UK a few years ago, it was pretty meh. I saw a couple of bits of Conan recently when I was in the States and I thought it was crap. never seen Leno so i have no idea how good he is. Just seems this hatred and assumption of Conan's superiority over Leno ignores the fact that Leno had more viewers.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Sarah Palin? Leno sucks!

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    Seriously, people need to quit giving airtime to that vacant slut Palin and put someone on that has something of validity to say. I'll watch Letterman until Conan comes back on the air. Bill Murray, best guest ever!

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I'll be watching The Daily Show and Colbert Report

    by ChestRockwell

    Those two shows have much more comedy, intelligence, and useful information.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The reason Seinfeld is on Letterman...

    by Mr. Smearkase

    ...has nothing to do with "Team Dave" or "Team Jay." It seems obvious that Seinfeld is on the East Coast next week to promote the show, so appearing on Letterman is not only a matter of geograhical ease, but also smart on NBC's part, as their show gets plugged on CBS. Seinfeld will likely also appear on NBC's Today show during the East Coast promotion tour, so it's not as if he's ignoring NBC. Again, appearing on Letterman is not a means of showing allegiance, but rather a matter of promotion.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    LENO SUCKS. End of story.

    by Mennen

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Good point, Mr. Smearkase

    by jim

    It's a win-win for all involved: CBS gets Jerry Seinfeld on Letterman and NBC gets to promote their new show to the CBS audience.<p>Bob Loblaw Law Blog, thanks for the video clip. I haven't been watching NBC Olympic coverage (save for the occasional "I wonder what they have on - never mind, I saw this event earlier today, back to CTV/Sportsnet"). Holy schnikes, you don't need to be the Lie to Me guy to read that expression. I think even the most fervent Leno fans have to agree that's a pretty smug look on his face.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I fully admit...

    by Manufacturing_Comment

    I want Leno to fail. I do. I absolutely do. I've wanted him to fail long before the Conan incident. I want all mediocrity to fall flat and die.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    "so out-of-touch with REAL America"

    by frozen01

    There is no such thing as "real" America, unless you mean "real life" as opposed to something on a TV show or movie or something (example: The America in "Jericho" would be a "fake America"). <p>The only people who use the term "real America" or "real Americans" are the people who are uneducated, poor-to-lower-middle-class, and in debt to their eyeballs (or politicians who want to milk this group of people for votes), and need some way to feel superior to anyone who is not in the same situation as themselves.<p>And before you yell at me and call me an "elitist", I'm ALSO uneducated (unless you count community college), poor, and in debt up to my eyeballs, but at least I'm smart enough to realize that these facts don't somehow miraculously make me a "real" American, or mean that anyone who is educated and financially secure is a "fake" American. *climbs off of soap box*

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Jesus guys

    by Shaner Jedi

    this Team Leno Team Conan shit is old. It's done. It's over. Jay won. Conan and his disciples lost. Move the fuck on.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Chekhov's son Boner died.....

    by rben

    All hail the Boner. (too soon?)

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    that's not too soon

    by vin_diggler

    The only thing worse than losing a Boner is finding a stiff Boner in the woods. Now THAT's too soon

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Frankly, that's a good list

    by Mgmax

    For his middle of the road show, that's who the middle wants to see. Sorry, folks, but get ready for the idea that Letterman's snark will again be beaten by Leno's smarm, to the extent that any intelligent person should give a crap.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, noon CST

    Leno has the better lineup of guests vs. Letterman that week

    by YackBacker

    But Leno will still manage to render himself completely unfunny. Not that Letterman is much better. Show me Craig Ferguson's guest list and you'll have my attention.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    So on Tues...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Letterman will be hilariously ripping on Romney for his airline fight with a no-name rapper whilst Leno will be giving Palin a pedicure and serving her mimosas. Guess which one I'll be watching?

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Rectal Blowout

    If both Letterman and Leno had no guests at all - ever, who would you watch? Letterman by a fucking light year for me.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by Rectal Blowout

    If both Letterman and Leno had no guests at all - ever, who would you watch? Letterman by a fucking light year for me.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Jason Reitman...

    by Jack Shepherd

    ...thinks Ferris Bueller is a "perfect movie." Cut to close up of overly earnest expression on my face as I blow my head off.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Someone needs to walk out on Leno

    by Adelai Niska

    "I know we had a commitment, but it's not working out. I think you'll have to find another guest for the Tonight Show."

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Bill Murray was pretty fucking week

    by Series7

    Last time he was on Letterman, he was trying WAY too fucking hard. The Precious girl was on after him and she was a lot funnier. <P> Also Letterman should have gotten Bruce, he's great on letterman.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    YES! Jason Reitman!!

    by Series7

    I hope he talks about how being Baby Reitman hasn't helped him at all in Hollywood. <P> Also I hope they note that at least George Clooney's Balls will be making an appearence that night as well.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    "And the Oscar goes to Jaaa- (Reitman gets ready to stand)

    by skimn

    -mes Cameron." Reitman falls to the aisle, pounding his fists and feet on the carpet. "Noooooo!!Whaaaaaa11""

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I would give Leno the edge there...

    by Spartacuts

    ...younger guests. Like the political sandwich as well.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I give the edge to Leno 3 out of the 5 nights... As far as

    by Coughlins Laws

    Mr. Nice Gaius, thank you for finally getting the movie I pulled that name from. You win a Gold Star!!! <p>PS- Herc, I fully expect you to be giving us the ratings of the Late Night Shows for the next 2 months so we can see who's winning in the ratings. Something tells me you will if Letterman is winning but you won't if Leno is winning...

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Easy win for Letterman guest wise

    by DerekReese

    Murray kills Jamie Foxx Leno wins with Palin for sure Seinfeld destroys Chelsea Handler Tom Hanks Crushes McConaghy Matt Damon much better guest than Morgan Freeman. 4 nights out of 5!

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Dittohead scumbags are always Team Leno

    by ebonic_plague

    Just look at the names on this TB attacking Letterman, it's a who's who of regular kool-aid drinkers. It's a combination of hatred for Letterman because he likes to make fun of people like O'Reilly and Palin for the lunatic morons they are, and the fact that Leno appeals to the sheep whose lack of higher brain function is the GOP's bread and butter.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    "Of all Leno's guests, that's the best one."

    by Acquanetta

    Seriously? Jason Reitman? Wow, you really do view this whole thing using the old "How did Nixon win, everyone I know voted for McGovern" logic, don't you? Palin is easily Leno's biggest guest that week. Not only does she draw a bigger crowd- certainly far more than Romney- but she carries an even bigger curiosity factor. People that hate her will tune in just to see if she'll give them more ammunition. But I see where you're coming from. Reitman is probably the Leno guest that it's "okay to like" right now. However, you're thinking in terms of people that wouldn't watch Leno. Yes, Bill Murray may have the bigger cool factor, but someone like Lindsey Vonn is going to be more timely. It's why I don't see a huge divide between either show. Letterman may have cooler guests, but only in the opinion of people who hate Leno anyway.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    As much as I hate him, Leno will be fine.

    by SirGaryColeman

    Just like that Ventriloquist comedian or the "Git R Done" guy, Leno appeals to retards and we all know there are plenty of retards waiting to watch TV.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Will Journeyman go back to its old spot or a new night and time?

    by cromulent

    If I could shrug on the internets I would.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Leno rules and Letterman drools...

    by Tom_Bombadil

    Just wanted to put my support of Leno over Letterman in the late night talk shows. I feel bad that Conan sucked so much on the Tonight show compared to Leno. Letterman just needs to get over it.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Reitman's a douchebag.

    by TheWaqman

    That is all. Also nobody gives a shit about this late night feud anymore. Only this site apparently.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    He appeals to "retards?" really are a dick. You just called the majority of late night viewers (those who prefer Leno over David the cynical chester-molester Letterman) as a bunch of "retards." Real classy there, dude.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Leno can suck it!

    by chewyou812

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Palin fans can suck it

    by Bumpasses Dawg

    That narcissistic tea bagger's wet dream is only good at stirring up cult followers and looking after her own check book. She'll take a dump on Alaska and quit in her first term, but her followers believe she can do no wrong and still harangue Letterman for a tasteless joke (that he apologized for). Get a sense of perspective you loons. Watch Letterman or not, nobody cares except your cult of personality princess who never met a slight she couldn't publicly milk. And as for Letterman's marriage and personal life? His business. Wanna hate him for that, fine. But don't do it in the name of Palin. She wouldn't even know what network Dave was on if it wasn't written in the palm of her hand.

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    yeah i'm a jerk!

    by Steve T

    Calling Palin a vacant slut is out of order. She's not a slut!

  • Monday, March 1<br> Lauren Graham<br> Simon Helberg<p> Tuesday, March 2<br> Mitch Albom<br> Mummy Troll<p> Wednesday, March 3<br> Michael Sheen<br> Amy Ryan<p> Thursday, March 4<br> Sonya Walger<p> Friday, March 5<br> Dax Shepard<br> Regina Spektor<br><p>But with Ferguson, sometimes his best interviews are the less-than-impressive guests. So, it really doesn't matter who is on, as long as he is "on".

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Leno is a scab who crossed the picket line to work

    by jah_kingdom

    during the writers strike. I surprised that hasn't come to bite him in the ass.

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Seinfeld show character Bania based on Leno

    by jah_kingdom

  • Feb. 28, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Who watches Late Night anyways?

    by Tom_Bombadil

    I don't. Hear some actor promote his new movie or some music artist sing their latest song or hear some guy tell bad jokes... whatever!

  • Feb. 28, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Most likely...

    by Peter David

    I'll be watching "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 and switching to "Robot Chicken" at Midnight.

  • Feb. 28, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    jha_kingdom, so you think it's OK that Letterman's

    by Coughlins Laws

    writers didn't honor their fellow writers because they happened to luck out and have a separate contract from the rest of the writers that work on TV?

  • Feb. 28, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    As far as questioning of whether Letterman's audience

    by Coughlins Laws

    is somehow smarter than Leno's, will someone please explain to me how calling Sarah Palin a "slutty flight attendant" and calling her teenage daughters whores is funny and an example of "high-brow" humor...

  • Feb. 28, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    By all means

    by Vision

    Lets waste more time talking about rich white billionaires burping at each other on TV - its not as if there is anything else of value in life to talk about.