Rumors of Jay Leno’s departure are of course a dime a dozen, but FTVLive.com reports that NBC has made the decision to pull the plug on Leno at 10 p.m.
The TV industry site reports:
After a number of meetings at the highest level, NBC Suits have come to the conclusion that the experiment has failed and that they just need to move onto the next step.
According to FTVLive sources, even the NBC Bean Counters were asked to do a breakdown on how much the network saved or lost with the Leno show? One source tells FTVLive after factoring in the loss revenue at the O&O stations, Leno was not making money for the Peacock.
UPDATE: The affiliates board will trek to New York January 21 to help NBC decided how to reshuffle the 10 p, 11:35 p, 12:05 p, etc., lineup.
Us, we’ll be disguised as a waiter, delivering vodka and tonics to the board members during the meeting to get the scoop.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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