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Grand Old Partiality: Variety Series Emmys Hew to the Left

25 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Twenty-four million people tuned in earlier this month and saw one of the political punchlines of the year.

Donald Trump, answering a question from Fox NewsMegyn Kelly at the first Republican presidential debate, was asked about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, disgusting animals.”

Trump’s response: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”

It may have been misogynistic, but it drew audience laughs, as do so many of Trump’s lines.

As candidates spear Democrats, it’ll at least make up for the lack of rightward laughs in latenight, a landscape that has been dominated, for the past decade, by humor that tilts to the left. That is reflected in this year’s Emmy nominees for variety series. The recently ended “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — the host’s skewering of Fox News led to plenty of headlines — won the award for 10 years straight, a record. That was broken only by its companion show, »

- Ted Johnson

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Jimmy Fallon’s Mishaps Magnified in Late-Night TV Fishbowl

25 August 2015 6:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A chipped tooth won’t derail NBC’s vaunted “Tonight Show,” but it has created plenty of chatter among people obsessed with the inner workings of late-night TV.

Since taking over “Tonight” in February 2014, Jimmy Fallon has proven himself to be dynamic, creative, hard-charging and largely impossible to defeat in the ratings. He has brought new energy to one of TV’s most durable formats by getting guests to play games, take part in skits and show off hidden talents. But he has also demonstrated a different quality: He’s prone to accidents.

Fallon late last week disclosed via Twitter and Instagram that he had inadvertently chipped a tooth trying to open a tube of medication for his finger. That finger was nearly lost in June when Fallon took a tumble at home and snagged the digit thanks to a ring getting caught on a piece of furniture, requiring emergency surgery. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Wamg Talks Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival With Chantal Claret And Jimmy Urine

22 August 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Come one! Come all! Gather around, because the carnival is back… Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival that is! In celebration of the new film, I spoke with two of the films stars – Chantal Claret and Jimmy Urine. You might know them from their music careers, but I promise you, they steal the show in the carnival! This was a real treat for me, not only as a fan of their music, but as someone lucky enough to call them pals! Check it out as we talk about acting, The Hoff, and get a bit ‘old timey’ with slang!

After triumphant collaborations on 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012’s The Devil’S Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival, Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose. »

- Melissa Howland

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Casting Roundup: Jay Leno Back on Broadcast TV; ‘Revenge’ Alum Joins ‘The Player’

19 August 2015 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jay Leno returns to broadcast TV with a comedic guest star gig, “Revenge” alum Nick Wechsler has landed a role on NBC’s upcoming action-thriller “The Player,” plus, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Syfy series “Incorporated” has filled its cast in today’s casting roundup.

Jay Leno will guest star on ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” Variety has confirmed. The latenight icon is heading to primetime for one episode of the Tim Allen and Nancy Travis sitcom, the fifth season of which premieres Sept. 25. He will play a car aficionado — but he’s not playing himself. In the episode, first reported by EW, Vanessa (Travis) buys a car from Leno’s character as a gift for her husband Mike (Allen), but after the deal is done, he keeps showing up to talk about cars.

“Last Man Standing” marks a reunion between the former “Tonight Show” host’s character, as »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TVLine Items: New Chicago Fire Chief, Megan Hilty on TV Land and More

19 August 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The members of Firehouse 51 might not want to get too comfortable when Chicago Fire returns — at least, not if Fredric Lehne has his way.

The ubiquitous TV actor will recur on Season 4 of the NBC drama as Deputy District Chief Ray Riddle, a gruff, politically savvy fire chief above Boden.

RelatedChicago Fire Boss Talks More Spinoffs, Four-Way (!) Crossover With Svu

According to, Riddle is gunning for the Fire Commissioner position — and he doesn’t care if Firehouse 51 becomes collateral damage along the way.

Lehne’s many TV credits include Law & Order: Svu, American Horror Story and Supernatural, »

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Jay Leno to Appear on Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’

19 August 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jay Leno is returning to broadcast television. TheWrap has confirmed that the former “Tonight Show” host has booked a guest starring role on the ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis. In the episode, Vanessa (Travis) wants to buy a car as a gift for her husband Mike (Allen), so she buys one from a car aficionado played by Leno. However, Leno’s character keeps showing up to talk about cars long after the deal is done. Leno hosted “The Tonight Show” from 1992 to 2014. He is also a noted collector of classic cars, and will debut his. »

- Joe Otterson

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Sponsored: Jimmy Fallon’s Interactive ‘Tonight Show’ Gets Emmy Recognition

17 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

When the 2015 Emmy nominations were announced on July 16th, it was to no one’s surprise that “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” garnered several nods, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Since Fallon took over for Jay Leno in February 2014, the show has not only strengthened its position at #1, but reinvented and reinvigorated the entire late night landscape.  Fallon has put a unique spin on the late night TV portion of America’s daily routine. With videos that get tens of millions of views on YouTube, Fallon’s Tonight Show bits live on long past the 11:35pm NBC broadcast and spread to audiences worldwide. Those who don’t stay up to watch it live can pick and choose which parts they view online the next day.  The program maintains the delicate balance of old and new with content that is fun, funny, and incredibly appealing. Lip Syncing with Tom Cruise, »

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Ratings: CBS Tops Thursday Full of NFL Preseason Preemptions

14 August 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS scored a cloudy win on Thursday night, as broadcast networks were impacted by NFL preseason preemptions in local markets. NBC came in second place, according to early data. ABC and Fox tied for third in the key 18-49 demographic, with the former topping the latter in the total viewer tiebreaker in preliminary numbers. The story for fifth place was similar, with the Spanish-language nets knotting up; Univision bested Telemundo in total viewers. The ratings credited to individual networks and shows below are subject to change. Also Read: Jay Leno on Why He Thinks Jimmy Kimmel's Ratings Aren't Higher: 'He Has a Mean. »

- Tony Maglio

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Jay Leno on Why He Thinks Jimmy Kimmel’s Ratings Aren’t Higher: ‘He Has a Mean Streak’

14 August 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jay Leno may not be on late night TV anymore, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry is over. The former host of “The Tonight Show” said he knows the reason Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t have higher ratings: he’s too mean. “The most important element you can have in doing a late night show is kindness. Because the show makes you arrogant,” Leno told TV Insider at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, “I think that’s Jimmy Kimmel’s problem.” Also read: Jay Leno on Donald Trump: He 'Has His Head Up His Ass' “I think he’s a talented guy, »

- Reid Nakamura

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Jay Leno Slams Jimmy Kimmel, Blames His 'Mean Streak' For Lower Ratings

14 August 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jay Leno may still be smarting from that time Jimmy Kimmel slayed him during the Jay/Conan "Tonight Show" feud, since he's now dissing Kimmel's "mean-based" humor as the source of his not-quite-"Tonight" ratings. It's time for a late-night catfight!

Jimmy, a huge David Letterman fan, was probably already anti-Jay after the first "Tonight Show" feud between Jay and Dave, when they fought for Carson's chair. When Jay ended up in a late night battle with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy appeared to back Team Coco. Jimmy broke out his not-so-flattering Jay impression on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," then pretty much destroyed Jay -- to his face -- as Jay's own guest on "The Jay Leno Show." Here's how that went:

Jimmy Kimmel Destroys Jay Leno as a guest on... by Giagantor

Fast forward to 2015 and Jay Leno is returning to TV with "Jay Leno's Garage" on CNBC. TV Insider talked to Jay about his stand-up, »

- Gina Carbone

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Donald Trump Jokes Highlight Television Critics Association

13 August 2015 5:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Critics Association’s summer press tour came to a close on Thursday night, igniting plenty of conversation on topics like diversity, violence on TV — and Donald Trump.

The presidential candidate and former “Celebrity Apprentice” host came up during several panel’s Q&A sessions at the nearly three-week long event. Here are some of the highlights.

Stephen Colbert, during promotion for CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”:

“I’m not going to name any names, but let’s just say, I want to do jokes on Donald Trump so badly, and I have no venue. So right now, I’m just dry Trumping …  I want to actually tweet that one, too. Hold on a second. (Pulls out his phone and types) “Can’t wait to get on air September 8th. Until then, #dryTrumping.”

“I just want to say that every little boy grows up believing that »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Jay Leno Calls Out Jimmy Kimmel for His "Mean Streak" and Reveals He's Saving His Donald Trump Jokes

13 August 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jay Leno might have been off the air for a while, but now he's back and slamming his former competitors of the late-night talk show world. While promoting his new show, Jay Leno's Garage, the former Tonight Show host opened up about the changing dynamic of late-night television and why he thinks some shows do better than others. In an interview with TV Line, Leno slammed Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the title host because of his purported "mean streak." "The most element you can have in doing a late night show is kindness. Because the show makes you arrogant," Leno explained. "I think that's Jimmy Kimmel's problem. I think he's a talented guy, I think he's funny. But he has a »

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Jay Leno Cracks Trump Joke 

13 August 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Once a comedian, always a comedian.

Jay Leno may have stepped back from the comedy spotlight, but the former "Tonight Show" host still has a few zingers on standby.

Leno was promoting his new CNBC series "Jay Leno's Garage" at the NBC Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday, but took time to weigh in on the current political climate.

Photos: 'The Tonight Show': Jay Leno & The Stars

"It's interesting to watch this whole thing unfold," Leno said of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. "He and Jeb Bush are frontrunners. … It's kind of like a ...

Copyright 2015 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

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Jimmy Fallon Is Your Tonight Show Host for the Next 6 Years

13 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Tonight Show won't be starring anyone else until the next decade at the earliest: NBC has extended Jimmy Fallon's contract through 2021, making him the show's host for at least six more years. There's no word yet on whether the Roots will also stay on as Fallon's house band for the next six years. (Though we're sure U2 would be more than happy to fill in.) Fallon took over for Jay Leno in 2014. At this rate, by the time he has to sign his next contract, he'll have only four fingers. »

- Dee Lockett

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Jay Leno: Donald Trump Got Medical Deferment For “Intrarectal Cranial Inversion”

13 August 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Donald Trump got his medical deferment because he suffers from “Intrarectal Cranial Inversion” Jay Leno joked this morning at TCA. Leno came to TCA to talk about debuting his Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, debuting October 7 at 10 Pm. But, one reporter asked Leno if he had any Trump jokes, noting new CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert had, days earlier, told TCA he was desperate to debut on CBS, calling his online cracks about the Gop frontrunner just so much… »

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Jay Leno Isn't a Fan of Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean-Based" Humor

13 August 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

The most important skill for a future late night talk show host, according to Jay Leno? Kindness. The retired Tonight Show host said that's why he thinks incoming Late Show host Stephen Colbert will do well when he takes over David Letterman's desk on Sept. 8. "I think Colbert will be good," he told TV Insider of the new class of late-night hosts. "He’s a truly nice guy and decent human being."  And while Leno, 65, said he is a fan of his replacement, Jimmy Fallon, and Fallon's [...] »

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Jay Leno on Donald Trump: He ‘Has His Head Up His Ass’

13 August 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jay Leno hasn’t delivered a “Tonight Show” monologue in more than a year, but he evidently has the material for one. Appearing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Thursday to promote his new CNBC series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the comic was asked if he had any jokes about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He responded in the affirmative. Also Read: USA Sets 'Colony,' 'Donny!' Premiere Dates and Announces Fall Line Up “It’s interesting watching this whole thing unfold,” Leno said. “He and Jeb Bush are the frontrunners. It’s kind of like watching »

- Daniel Holloway

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Jay Leno On Bill Cosby Scandal: “I Don’t Know How He Comes Out Of It” – TCA

13 August 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After the TCA session for his CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage, the former late-night talk show host fielded reporters’ questions about fellow iconic comedian Bill Cosby. “Bill Cosby is a wonderful comedian and has always been a nice man, I feel bad about this as anybody does,” said Jay Leno, “but I don’t know how he comes out of it.” The comedian’s advice to Cosby: “I think you admit what went on.” Leno then criticized the media and how they have reported on the allegations… »

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Jimmy Fallon Inks New Deal To Host ‘The Tonight Show’ Through Fall Of 2021

13 August 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement at the top of NBC’s TCA Summer Press Tour presentation that Jimmy Fallon has inked a six-year extension to host The Tonight Show, a deal that extends his contract through September 2021. Fallon took over the gig from Jay Leno in February 2014 and NBC’s staple has been late-night’s top-rated show, averaging an 1.11 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million total viewers for the 2014-2015 season. "Jimmy… »

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Jay Leno Takes Swipe at Late Night Diversity, Stephen Colbert Hire: ‘A White Guy on Late Night, This Is Revolutionary’

13 August 2015 9:53 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When asked about Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Show,” former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno quipped, “A white guy on late night, this is revolutionary.” Leno made the comment during his appearance at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to promote his own new CNBC series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” but took the time to put in his two cents about the ongoing public discourse about the lack of diversity in late night hosts. “I would like to see a bit more diversity in late night,” he continued. “We’re certainly ready for a female host, »

- Linda Ge

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