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The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1996


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.9 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bill Carter has done an excellent job of telling the tale of how Leno got the coveted Tonight Show gig over Letterman. Of course its much more than that because the selection of Johnny Carson's replacement is arguably one most important decisions made in TV history. Not only do get to meet Letterman and Leno up close and personal, we also get to be a fly on wall inside the offices and boardrooms of some of the most powerful people in America --the entertainment czars. We learn about the differences of philosophy between the East Coast and the Left Coast (California)and learn that there are actually some pretty decent suits among the snakes. Carter does a really good job at keeping himself out the story, but it still often reads like satire --funny and cutting. The people are fascinating especially Jay and Dave. I'm thrilled that NBC was forced to make the right --and most profitable-- decision by sticking with Jay (a truly nice guy -- I speak from experience having met him and he comes off that way in the book) even though at the time the book was finished it looked bad for the Peacock Network. The updated paperback edition is the one to buy because an added chapter tells about the Hugh Grant incident on Jay's show which of course was the turning point for The Tonight Show. This is a great book about the industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eringobragh on 28 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
I agree with the other reviews. Dated now, of course, but this is still an absolutely fascinating account of what goes on behind the scenes in US TV. Very well-researched and engagingly told, this is a brilliant book on modern entertainment and the business that goes with it.
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By A Customer on 8 Mar 1999
Format: Paperback
Amazing. Absolutely Amazing. There's somethign for everyone. Leno Fans tried of their hero's good guy image get to see him squatting on a box, spying on a GE Board Meeting. Letterman Fans get to see their hero angry as heck when NBC let's him know that they've given his lifelong dream to chin-boy, after 10 years of faithful service on their network. Johnny stuck in the center, with NBC begging for his help, obviously siding with Dave, but committed to stay out of it. There is no better story for E! True Hollywood or any fan of Late Night.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Johnny Carson will forever be KING OF LATE NIGHT, for 30 years his wit and charm set a standard in after evening programming. In this excellent book Bill Carter analyzes who will get the late night institution; "Nice Guy" Jay Leno or "Razor Sharp" Dave Letterman. It also explores how when Johnny left he not only set NBC on fire he put ALL of late night programming up in flames. GREAT BOOK! Must Read!
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By A Customer on 31 Mar 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a fun book. I don't know about the rest of you but there's nothing better than reading about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of white men who make way too much money for their own good. This is a well-researched book; no wonder the HBO movie was so on-target. An enjoyable read. One caveat: Carter does begin to repeat himself toward the end of the book which is why I didn't rate this book a 10.
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By Niels B. on 8 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well, not much to say actually. I'm satisfied with my book. Arrived on time, great reading (I'm halfway through it). Everything's cool.

Niels
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