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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

The scenes in Michael Ovitz's office were filmed in Ivan Reitman's actual office. 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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References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

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There's No Business Like Show Business
Performed by Ethel Merman
Written by Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin Music Company
Courtesy RCA Victor Red Seal Division of BMG Classics
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Enjoyable Behind-the-Scenes Look at Television
11 August 2002 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

Although a made for cable film by HBO, it is an enjoyable movie and a fascinating look at the back-stabbing and double-dealing world of television. Allowing the viewer to peek behind the scenes of the so-called late night talk show wars in the early 90s, as Jay Leno and David Letterman competed for the coveted position as host of the Tonight Show. Kathy Bates gives a bravo performance as Leno's mercurial manager Helen Kushnick and one can feel empathy for what Leno/Letterman endured at the hands of tv executives. It is just as timely now, considering the recent events involving the failed attempt by ABC to replace Nightline with Letterman. No matter how many times I have seen this film, I still find it as much a pleasure to watch as I did when it first aired. If this should ever be released on DVD, I would certainly add it to my collection.


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