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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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Two heads fighting for the late night crown - One head's gotta roll. 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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According to John Michael Higgins, after he was cast as David Letterman, he avoided watching Late Night with David Letterman (1982) because he did not want to do an impersonation of Letterman. See more »

Goofs

On several cell phone calls, there is an audible dial tone when one caller hangs up on the other. Cell phones do not have audible dial tones. See more »

Quotes

Reporter #3: Are you gonna kick Jay Leno's ass?
David Letterman: I'll kick your ass.
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References Cheers (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A great look behind the scenes
18 December 2004 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

as a former TV editor, I can say this is as authentic as it gets. It even led to Letterman's producer (thought to be a source) resigning (eventually) in real life. Letterman was outraged (OK, so one goofy thing is it has him throwing softballs at a tire swing on his estate; total fabrication) but the main information is hilariously true, from the silly bidding war for Letterman once he decided to leave NBC to Leno's problems with an agent who was not ready for big time, but who he let run the show (almost to a disastrous exit) out of his famed loyalty. If any of you kids don't grasp the idea of why Letterman is jealous to this day, see this tape.


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