Typing Faster

January 8, 2010

Leno Being Shown The Door?

Filed under: Kvetch, NBC — petertypingfaster @ 5:00 am

Could it really be happening?

It’s kind of looking that way.

Apparently FTV Live broke a story today, quoting unnamed sources at NBC who were saying that

NBC executives have deemed Leno’s 10 p.m. show “a failure” that is not making the network money, and have decided to pull the plug… [though they] have not yet decided when to pull the show or what may replace it.

In an e-mailed statement, an NBC spokeswoman said the show has performed exactly as anticipated, adding thought that it had created “issues” for affiliates.

“Jay Leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today,” said spokeswoman Rebecca Marks. “As we have said all along, Jay’s show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network. It has, however, presented some issues for our affiliates. Both Jay and the show are committed to working closely with them to find ways to improve the performance.”

So is this more hot air? Or is NBC really back tracking?

I’m thinking there might be a little something to it this time.

For one, the NBC PR flacks haven’t been willing to give an official statement denying that Leno’s on the way out. In the past they’ve always spoken up, and spoken up quick.

For another, shows like Trauma are still filming, despite the fact that it’s officially been canceled. Doesn’t make much sense for NBC to be doing that unless they’re in need of programming to plug some scheduling holes (which, okay, they kind of are…but it’s still suspicious!).

I’m not going to count my eggs before they’re hatched, but if I was a staffer on The Leno Show I’d probably start to discreetly look for another job.

EDIT: I initially wrote this post yesterday before TMZ broke this piece about Leno moving back to 11:30pm. It’s looking more and more official.

EDIT: And even more official.


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