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The Late Shift (1996)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Talk-Show  |  24 February 1996 (USA)
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A dramatization of the rivalry to be the successor of Johnny Carson as the host of "The Tonight Show."

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HBO movie about the behind-the-scenes network politics responsible for the changes in late-night talk-show hosts, after the retirement of Johnny Carson from the Tonight Show on NBC. Jay Leno and David Letterman were both vying for the position, but Leno's tough manager Helen Kushnick got him the spot. In the wake of her 'stepping on the toes' of powerful network executives and 'playing hardball' tactics with guest bookings, she found herself being pushed out of her job as Tonight Show Executive Producer and Jay's manager. Letterman, devastated by his being passed over, brought in superagent Mike Ovitz to negotiate on his behalf, resulting in his move to CBS. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Letterman, Leno and the battle over the Tonight Show. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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24 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Bob Balaban who played NBC President Warren Littlefield, played the character Russell Dalrymple on the series, Seinfeld who is an NBC executive who was inspired by Littlefield. See more »

Goofs

When Letterman is complaining to Morty about how bad he sucked on the air, Morty's hair is curly before the get in the elevator, but it turns to straight hair after they exit the elevator. See more »

Quotes

David Letterman: [embarrassed] How can a television show be worth all this embarrassment?
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Connections

References The Arsenio Hall Show (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Written by Paul Anka and Johnny Carson
Chrysalis Standards, Inc. / Here's Johnny Music / Songs of Polygram Int'l
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Good movie for an overview of what happened
16 August 1998 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

While The Late Shift is in no way as good as the original book that describes in detail what happened to David Letterman, Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, Helen Kushnik and the rest of the late night cast of Characters, it is quite enjoyable, a good ride, and a fun time. Both Leno and Letterman are played well, if not a wee bit over-acted. It's worth renting.


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