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Leno gets 10 p.m. gig at NBC

December 8, 2008 |  4:43 pm

Not sure if he's leaving Burbank. But Jay Leno isn't leaving NBC -- and will get an even better time slot when Conan O'Brien takes over the 11:35 "Tonight Show." According to the New York Times, Leno will get a Monday-Friday 10 p.m. show. That's a big programming shift for NBC, which has been financially struggling (and been in the ratings cellar of late). From NYT's Bill Carter:

No broadcast network has ever before offered the same show in prime time five nights a week. Such so-called “stripped shows” have been a staple of daytime broadcasting. The offer of a new weeknight show for Mr. Leno at 10 p.m., an idea that NBC executives said Monday came from the NBC chief executive, Jeff Zucker, not only allows NBC to retain Mr. Leno’s services, but also means the network may be able to greatly reduce costs of developing and producing other prime-time shows.

--Shelby Grad

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