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    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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    NBC (ended 2014)
    Jay Leno follows in the footsteps of legendary NBC late-night hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Leno has created his own unique late-night style with a combination of humor, talk and entertainment each night at 11:35 p.m. ET - the wee hours when viewers want to wind down with a few laughs before drifting off to dreamland. Considered by many to be a "variety" show, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" features a nightly monologue and news-making guests, as well as ongoing comedy segments including "Headlines," "Tonight Show Side Show," "Jaywalking," and "Battle of Jaywalking All-Stars." The result is a unique look at today's pop culture. Honored for Emmy Awards in 1995 and 1996, "The Tonight Show" was also voted by readers of "TV Guide" readers as 'Favorite Late Night Show' in 1999 and 2000. Other notable achievements include: Leno's exclusive interview with Senator John Glenn and the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery; a pay-per-view wrestling match between Leno and Hulk Hogan; "The Tonight Show Unplugged" in response to California's recent power crisis; a sum of $360,200 raised for The Twin Towers Fund from auctioning Leno's celebrity-signed motorcycle; and a special 2001 Thanksgiving show broadcast live on Armed Forces Radio and Television Services to entertain U.S. military personnel worldwide. In addition, the program continued to make history in April 1999 when it became the first television series to be broadcast nightly in HDTV (high-definition television). The program has also proven to be a barometer of political clout. In 2000, the "Los Angeles Times" noted that "The road to the White House apparently leads through Burbank," as each presidential candidate -- Al Gore, George W. Bush, Bill Bradley and John McCain – appeared to demonstrate their relaxed, good-humored side during the presidential elections. Many of the world's most popular celebrities, musical guests and newsworthy names have recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" including: Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, Billy Crystal, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Sharon Stone, supermodel Heidi Klum, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Vice President Dick Cheney, Mrs. Laura Bush, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaquille O'Neal, Elton John, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Enrique Iglesias, Mel Gibson, 'N Sync, Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks and John Travolta. In addition to the star-power, the "Tonight Show" production team searches for the most interesting "civilian" guests such as kid inventors and individuals with quirky talents and funny stories. Guitarist Kevin Eubanks is the show's bandleader. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is from Big Dog Productions in association with NBC Studios. The show has its finale in May 29, 2009 before it was taken over by Conan O'Brien for 7 months. After a brief network drama, the show is now returned to Jay Leno, who hosted the Jay Leno Show in primetime for 5 months. Jay hosted his final show on February 6, 2014.moreless
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    Real Time With Bill Maher

    Real Time With Bill Maher

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    HBO
    "Real Time with Bill Maher" is a weekly HBO talk show series hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. Episodes include an opening political sketch, a monologue, a panel of three well educated celebrities, two guests (live or via satellite), and at the end, "New Rules."

    The panel members normally represent a wide spectrum of American politics, which results in an interesting discussion and a fair presentation of the current events. While Bill Maher acts as the panel's head, he doesn't hide his ideological viewpoints. He'll end up agreeing with and attacking both sides of the political spectrum.

    The last segment, "New Rules," is political satire and covers Bill Maher's personal peeves of the week.

    The fore-runner of this series is the series Politically Incorrect (shown first on Comedy Central and then later on ABC).moreless
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    Maury

    Maury

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    Maury Povich, who continues to post record ratings on his hit syndicated talk show Maury, returned Sept. 13, 2004, for a seventh season of NBC Universal Domestic Television's daily one-hour series. As always, Povich will continue to explore the compelling issues that impact teens, their parents, and society as a whole. A veteran journalist, Povich is well known for his ability to get to the heart of any matter.moreless
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    The Soup

    The Soup

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    E!
    With this new satirical series, the E! Entertainment Network returns to a format they helped create with the popular '90s show Talk Soup. Only this time instead of just poking fun at talk shows, they're setting their sights on all things in entertainment, reality TV, pop culture, and politics.moreless
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    The Steve Wilkos Show

    The Steve Wilkos Show

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    Steve Wilkos, better known as long-time head of security on The Jerry Springer Show doles out advice in this hour-long talk show.
    Wilkos' assets as a host include morals instilled by his Marine training and street smarts garnered from his experience as a police officer.moreless
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    The Merv Griffin Show

    The Merv Griffin Show

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    (ended 1986)
    The Merv Griffin Show first aired on NBC (1962-1963, then again 1965-1968), CBS (1969-1972) and in syndication afterwards. Merv Griffin became a television host after filling in for Jack Parr on the Tonight Show in 1962 which impressed NBC enough to develop The Merv Griffin Show. Originally airing in black and white the first color telecast on The Merv Griffin Show was on August 24, 1967. Merv interviewed celebrities, politicians and some very interesting people over the years. A charming, eloquent host Merv had this wonderful interest in people which usually displayed itself in his signature expression of OOOOO and rapt attention to his guests.moreless
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    Attack of the Show!

    Attack of the Show!

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    G4 (ended 2013)
    Attack of the Show (or "AOTS")--the self-proclaimed "show that gets it before it gets out"--is a signature show of G4, the video game network. There's the inside track, and then there are those who pave the inside track. Attack of the Show gets you inside, underneath, around, and behind the newest tech, the hottest games, the fastest-breaking news, and the oddest oddities from the fringe. In addition to reporting the hot Internet memes of the day, AOTS features interviews with both famous and internet-famous celebrities, the most-blogged news of the day, coverage of alt-events like the Geek Prom and the Modern Drunkard Festival, and the latest games and gear for PCs and consoles. AOTS is also well-known for its regular weekly segments such as "Gems of the Internet," "DVDuesday," "It Came From eBay," "The Feed," "User Created," "AOTS LAN Party," "Free Play Friday," and "Damn Good Download."moreless
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    The O'Reilly Factor

    The O'Reilly Factor

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    FOX News Channel
    Known for its direct, confrontational approach, Bill O'Reilly tells it like it is and never fails to report things that are important to the people. Guests and viewers alike, can agree that that he's determined, be that good or bad in some cases. As soon as guests enter the no-spin zone, they better buckle up and get ready, because he takes no prisoners in looking out for us. Sometimes using the word "pinhead" is even neccesary. Mix all these elements, and you come up with The O'Reilly Factor. The show was previously known as the O'Reilly Report.moreless
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    Monday Night Football

    Monday Night Football

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    ESPN
    "Monday Night Football really got on the air because of Pete Rozelle," recalls former producer Don Ohlmeyer. Indeed, it was Rozelle's reputation for public relations and marketing that created a prime-time venue for the National Football League. The prototypes for Monday Night Football were those annual Monday night games staged from 1966 to 1969 inclusive on CBS. St. Louis hosted three of them, and it seemed natural for the NFL to make Monday night their regular turf. The only trouble was, Rozelle couldn't get a network to agree. CBS did not want to lose Gunsmoke. NBC had Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, TV's highest-rated show the past two years. Even ABC, floundering in third place in the ratings, was unsure. Rozelle then threatened to put the Monday night package in syndication via the Hughes Television Service. So ABC bought in. NFL owners themselves weren't keen on Monday Night Football. Some thought the gates would be dormant. But then-Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, who knew a thing or two about marketing himself, agreed to host the first MNF game. He asked that the Browns face the Jets to maximize ABC's first-night audience. The result was a smashing success. For 36 years, Monday Night Football would air on ABC at Mondays at 9pm ET/6pm PT ever since (except for when it aired at 8pm ET). Though two teams would always meet on the field, viewers often got their fill from watching the original ABC broadcasters. Don Meredith and Howard Cosell were, along with Keith Jackson, part of the original team that started in 1970. After Jackson returned full-time to ABC's college football broadcasts, the network hired Frank Gifford away from CBS. From there, Monday Night Football began its most memorable years. It got ratings thanks to the wide appeal that Cosell, Meredith, and Gifford collectively garnered. Except for a shift in the mid-70s that sent Meredith briefly to another network, ABC played a strong football card for twelve years. The separate departures of Meredith and Cosell left the Monday Night Football booth in a shaky transition period during the mid-80s. Though they sometimes got it right on the field, with the high-water mark being Miami's romping of the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears in 1985, it was plain that the booth could not work with three ex-players (what Howard Cosell had labeled "jockocracy"). The likes of Fred Williamson, O.J. Simpson, and Joe Namath were quickly disposed. The second-most-stable team was assembled in 1986, when veteran ABC sportscaster Al Michaels joined Gifford. Rounding out the booth was future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf. They would share more than a decade of prime time football coverage, including three Super Bowls. For all its considerable charm and novelty, one thing Monday Night Football did not achieve was a proper farewell to Frank Gifford. After the 1997 season, the booth welcomed the recently-retired Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. Gifford was cramped in a studio to introduce pregame and halftime stories for the 1998 season. Neither change worked, as Gifford was out of ABC after one year and Boomer Esiason agreed to a contract settlement in 2000. The next two years were the least successful. Joining Al Michaels was ABC college football analyst Dan Fouts and, of all people, Dennis Miller. Even though their first season had an abundance of nail-biters (witness the Jets' Midnight Miracle over the Dolphins), the new recruits were unable to get in focus. Miller in particular was over-rehearsed in the hours leading up to a broadcast. Both he and Fouts were out of the booth after January 7, 2002. ABC needed a lift for the show, and thought they had it when John Madden (who had recanted on his offer to join ABC in 1994) came over from another network. Monday Night Football went from planes to buses for the next four years. Again, though, the players were meant to be bigger stars than Madden or Michaels. Sometimes it showed, such as the Colts' stunning comeback over the defending World Champion Buccaneers in 2003. But in all honesty, the hundred forces that had emerged after 1970 to compete with Monday Night Football, were collectively getting the better of ABC. Thus, on April 18, 2005, a new eight-year contract sent Monday Night Football to ABC's adopted sister network, ESPN.moreless
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    The Maury Povich Show

    The Maury Povich Show

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    The Maury Povich Show deals with every day life drama's. From "Who is your baby's daddy to is it a man or a woman. Maury deals with real people with real problems. He helps try to solve mysteries of guests who have no where else to turn to get answers.moreless
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    ESPN First Take

    ESPN First Take

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    ESPN2
    Start your day with ESPN First Take every morning at 10 AM. Cari Champion moderates the debate between Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. ESPN analysts and big name guests will also stop by to join in on the basketball and football discussion.moreless
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    Watch What Happens: Live

    Watch What Happens: Live

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    Bravo
    Hosted by Andy Cohen, this show will feature guests each week from Bravo's most popular shows as well as other celebrities. It will include debates and discussions about their shows and their opinions on pop culture. Broadcast History: Watch What Happens: Live premiered on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 12:00am (ET). New episodes premiered Fridays at 12:00am (ET) for the remainder of the season. The second season premiered on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:00am (ET). New episodes premiered Fridays at 12:00am (ET) for the remainder of the season. The third season premiered on September 9, 2010. The fourth season premiered on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 11:00pm (ET). New episodes currently air Sundays and Thursdays at 11:00pm (ET).moreless
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    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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    NBC (ended 2014)
    Saturday Night Live veteran Jimmy Fallon takes the Late Night reins from Conan O'Brien when O'Brien as the new host. The Roots are the house band with Steve Higgins as the announcer. The show features comedy sketches, interviews and whatever other antics the Late Night crew can come up with.moreless
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    amc

    amc

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    (ended 1952)
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    Chelsea Lately

    Chelsea Lately

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    E!
    "Chelsea Lately" can be referred to as a successor or replacement of the "The Chelsea Handler Show". The show is based nearly around the same premise, where comedian Chelsea Handler spoofs celebrities, TV, movies, news, while dishing out her personal views on current events, while letting the public participate by phone, e-mail, or by text message. Just like "The Chelsea Handler Show", each episode of "Chelsea Lately" is an half-hour long. The show airs every weeknight on the "E!" network.moreless
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    106 & Park

    106 & Park

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    BET
    106 and Park is a live countdown of the ten most requested rap, hip-hop, and R&B videos. 106 and Park also interviews actors, singers, athletes, and many more in the the industry.

    Other highlights include Wild 'n' Out Wednesday and Freestyle Friday.moreless
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    Red Eye

    Red Eye

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    FOX News Channel
    The New York Times said of "Red Eye" that, "Dark Humor Meets the Camera Lights." The show is officially titled "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" and is set up as a discussion group akin to "The McLaughlin Group." The similarity ends there. On this late night show, the outrageous and outspoken gather with Greg Gutfeld to discuss the news and the hottest topics of the day. Among the regular panelists are recurring guests Bill Shultz, Kevin Godlington, Will Durst, and Rachel Marsden. Greg Gutfeld's mother 82 year-old serves as "Senior Correspondent" and phones in her reviews from California with the senior citizen perspective. Andrew Levy serves as Ombudsman and Futurist. In the former role, Levy critiques the reviewers at the half hour; in the latter role, he predicts tomorrow's big stories.

    Fox News Channel host choice, Greg Gutfeld, was a veteran of Dennis Publishing, edited the U.K. edition of Maxim from 2004-2006, and edited Stuff magazine before hosting "Red Eye." Gutfeld has been a blogger on the Huffington Post, and has his own blog, "The Daily Gut," which he runs with former Dennis Publishing editorial director, Andy Clerkson. The New York Times described Greg as "a compact but enormously animated man ... 'a drugged-up turtle' ... known for injecting his dark, absurdest humor into a series of magazines he edited. ..." and "... stood out like a drunk who crashes a cocktail party." He leads a full-time staff of eight. There are no writers on a this show stated to be not "incredibly well financed."

    In addition to his role as host, Gutfeld adds a bizarre sense of humor with his drawings of unicorns and a cat that represent the days stories. The drawings are forwarded to the viewer with the best comment for the episode.

    Rachel Marsden is a columnist for The Toronto Sun.

    Fox News contributor Bill Schulz is a friend of Mr. Gutfeld's from their days at Stuff Magazine.

    Andrew Levy is former publicist for the Directors Guild of America.

    As for the cast, John Moody, an executive vice president at Fox News, said, "It's sort of like making a sandwich late at night. You just grab what's in the fridge and put it all together."

    Fox stated early on that "Red Eye" will "react to the news of the moment with lively discussion in an unscripted fashion." It has. "Red Eye" was one of two recent initiatives "to broaden the definition of a news channel." "24" writer-producer, Joel Surnow's, "The Half-Hour News Hour" was the other. Both were picked up after successful initial pilot runs. In March 2007, "Red Eye" averaged 309,000 viewers for the time slot. These numbers beat MSNBC's crime programing and CNN's reruns of "Anderson Cooper 360" in that time slot. Thus "Red Eye" successfully replaced a repeat of "The Fox Report" with Shepard Smith.

    The show was envisioned in the summer of 2006 by Mr. Moody and Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News. It was designed "to fill that unexploited time slot with something aimed at 20- and 30-somethings. Scott Norvell, the network's London bureau chief, suggested Greg Gutfeld, who was living in London at the time and working on a book, as a possible host."

    "Red Eye" gives a wacky view of the news that "Slate," the on-line magazine, "called it the most bizarre hour of programming on any major news channel."moreless
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    NBC Nightly News

    NBC Nightly News

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    NBC
    Currently anchored by Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News is NBC's evening news program, watched by millions of Americans every night. NBC Nightly News originated from the Huntley-Brinkley Report, but when David Huntley retired, they changed the name and format. You can catch the show every evening at 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT.moreless
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    The Phil Donahue Show

    The Phil Donahue Show

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    (ended 1996)
    Welcome to The Phil Donahue Show guide at TV.com. The precursor to all the daytime talk shows that arose during the 1980's and 90's. Phil Donahue's show started off similar to other shows of its day, featuring celebrities and musical acts, but he soon started pushing the envelope by discussing health and social topics previously considered taboo. Eventually, the popularity of this approach proved to be his downfall, as he was soon competing with host such as Oprah Winfrey, Sally Jesse Raphael and Geraldo Rivera, who were willing to stoop to new depths in search of sensational topics. The Phil Donahue Show debuted in November 1967 as a local affairs talk show in Dayton, Ohio. It's host, Cleveland native Phil Donahue, was previously a news reporter for the small station on which it premiered. The show would premiere nationally on January 5, 1970 and run an astounding 26 years until September 13, 1996.

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    SportsNation

    SportsNation

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    ESPN2
    Michelle Beadle, Marcellus Wiley, and Max Kellerman host the show which features a more light-hearted look at the day in sports. Previous co-hosts include: Colin Cowherd and Charissa Thompson.
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