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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Carter Narrator: Sean Kenin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A dramatic account of the politics and personalities behind NBC’s calamitous attempt to reinvent late-night television.

When NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O’Brien to host The Tonight Show—a job he had been promised five years earlier—skeptics anticipated a train wreck for the ages. It took, in fact, only a few months for the dire predictions to come true. Leno’s show, panned by critics, dragged down the ratings—and the profits—of NBC’s affiliates, while ratings for Conan’s new Tonight Show plummeted to the lowest levels in history. Conan’s collapse, meanwhile, opened an unexpected door of opportunity for rival David Letterman. What followed was a boisterous, angry, frequently hilarious public battle that had millions of astonished viewers glued to their sets. 

In The War for Late Night, New York Times reporter Bill Carter offers a detailed behind-the-scenes account of the events of the unforgettable 2009/2010 late-night season as all of its players—performers, producers, agents, and network executives—maneuvered to find footing amid the shifting tectonic plates of television culture.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donkey21 | 2/15/2014

    " I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read about what really went on in the whole Leno/Conan debacle. Carter does a good job being objective, but it didn't convince me to hate Leno any less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James | 2/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Great insights about the entertainment industry, and some good thoughts on how to manage "talent" personalities, and how (and how not) to introduce change. Fascinated by how the author seemed to be inside the boardroom so much of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mr. Kim | 2/6/2014

    " The War for Late Night is a fascinating, in-depth look at the debacle that was late night programming at NBC a few years ago. Most of us, from all age groups, know the major players involved, so the story has a much greater visceral impact. Ultimately, what the reader comes away with after reading this account is that when personal relationships take a back seat to business, everyone loses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eddie McCreary | 2/4/2014

    " A fun read and chock full of details. I wasn't taken with it as much as "The Late Shift", mainly because I was a huge Letterman fan at the time and now I just don't have the time. But it was interesting to see how the landscape has changed and how big executive and still screw things up. "

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