News Of The Weird

I recently finished Bill Carter’s book The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy. From the Wikipedia page:

The War for Late Night chronicles the 2010 conflict surrounding the American late-night talk show The Tonight Show involving Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno. As host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, O’Brien had decided to remain with NBC after generous attempts by ABC and Fox to woo him to their networks – as NBC executives had instructed him that he would be installed as host of The Tonight Show after the retirement of Leno.

The book was pretty good. Like The Late Shift, Bill did an outstanding job obtaining a tremendous amount of information from many of the people directly and indirectly involved. He also presented everything relatively well so that the who, what, where, why and how could be understood. I imagine this wasn’t easy since there were a ton of people at many levels entangled in this mess.

I recommend the book, especially if you’ve already read The Late Shift.

– Ben