Returning: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Hands up the Leno fans still standing? He's back this week on the Comedy Channel.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno returns to television at 12am Wednesday (that’s straight after Tuesday’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon if you prefer) on the Comedy Channel.

Leno returns to the helm the show following his much-publicised run on The Jay Leno Show, which led to the exit of Conan O’Brien.

The new show features a new-look set design and Kevin Eubanks and his band.

The Comedy Channel says “The series return sees heavy-hitting special guests seated on the couch including Jamie Foxx, Sarah Palin, Matthew McConaughey, Chelsea Handler, Morgan Freeman, Olympic Gold Medal Snowboarder Shaun White, and musical performances from Avril Lavigne, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert and more.”

22 Responses

  1. I thought Kevin Eubanks wasn’t returning?????

    That was the news a few weeks back in the entertainment sphere…. interesting…

    Letterman’s line up for the next two weeks blows Leno’s out of the water which is nice to see. I’ll be recording both shows to see what’s going on.

    It sucks to see Kimmel off our airwaves. His entire episode as Jay Leno was really well done, and just generally I like his show and his humour.

  2. I was in the audience of Craig Ferguson last month… .even got a few headshots of myself on air (I stuck it on You Tube…. look for the Don Rickles episode).

    Fantastic show. Very entertaining and hilarious (in a slightly sarcastic way).

    For those who have never seen the show, there are bits of it elsewhere on YouTube.

  3. Interesting post, David. Jay Leno (part of Baby Boom Generation, born 1942-1953) vs. Conan O’Brien (part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965) reflects a broader battle happening throughout Western cultures: the emergence of Generation Jones leadership vs. Boomers clinging to power. GenJoneser Obama’s ascendance following 16 years of Boomer Presidencies is the most visible example, but we find it throughout the West, where more than two thirds of EU leaders are part of GenJones (following two decades of Boomer dominance).

    Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten lots of media attention, and many prominent commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press’ annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009.
    It’s important to distinguish between the post-WWII demographic boom in births vs. the cultural generations born during that era. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. And most analysts now see generations as getting shorter (usually 10-15 years now), partly because of the acceleration of culture.

  4. I won’t be watching Leno simply because I don’t find him entertaining… Never have.

    I’m biding my time waiting for Coco to return my reading his daily tweet to see what he’s been up to (he’s up to tweet no. 5 day)…

  5. @Johnny 1P5
    I have never seen Craig Ferguson’s show before until I watched the Stephen Fry episode. It was really good, not sure if that was mainly due to Fry though. Foxtel need a talk show channel rather than up to 5 “New to Foxtel” channels and “FBO Preview”. Yes I know it is the same stream on multiple channels, my point is that they dont need it especially on 5 channel numbers.
    Foxtel obviously have the bandwith if they were able to run the Olympics on multiple 16:9 SD and HD channels.

  6. I am on the get Craig Ferguson on Aust TV as well, been asking through Twitter as well (which Craig is on as CraigyFerg). Be good if Channel 10 could get to go with Letterman (especially if the rumoured 3rd Ten station starts).

    I would love too see him on air here, the episode of Feb 23rd where Craig interviewed Stephen Fry was most excellent, no studio audience and Stephen for the whole show. It was insightful, intelligent and down right entertaining in a way that showed another side of Ferguson (and that he is willing to switch things around), great for Television.

  7. Letterman came back from break early just so he could play against Leno, and his guest list — including Bill Murray for the first show, Mitt Romney up against Leno’s Palin, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks, and Matt Damon — looks aggresively fantastic.

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