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Jay Leno Gets Primetime 10PM Spot on NBC

jayleno-72308He may be losing his late-night hour on NBC, but Jay Leno isn’t leaving the network.  NBC today announced that The Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be moving into primetime with The Jay Leno Show. The five night a week series will begin fall 2009 and air from 10-11pm ET.

“As broadcast television continues to change, success demands a new paradigm,” said Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal. “For the past few years, we’ve been very vocal about two things: Transforming broadcast television for today’s media landscape, and keeping Jay at NBC. In this one announcement we have done both. It’s great for NBC, for our viewers, and for our advertisers.”

“Jay has played a major role in defining NBC’s brand of high-quality entertainment,” said Silverman. “The 10 o’clock hour will bring Jay a whole new audience and provide a great lead-in both for our local affiliates and for Conan O’Brien, the next great host of The Tonight Show.”

Jay Leno signs off as the host of The Tonight Show on May 29, 2009.  Late Night host Conan O’Brien will take over hosting duties on June 1, 2009, while Jimmy Fallon will take over O’Brien’s spot on March 2, 2009.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Jay Leno’s Exit from NBC Finalized

Jay Leno’s exit from The Tonight Show has been finalized.  Leno’s last Tonight show will be Friday, May 29, 2009.  Conan O’Brien, the announced new host of the talk show, will start the following Monday, June 1st, NBC executives told gathered press at the Television Critics Association.

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Casting Bites: Caprica, Eureka, 90210 and Fallon Confirmed as Conan O’Brien Replacement

Eric Stoltz (pictured right) is the latest addition to the cast of the SCI FI Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.  The actor has been cast as Daniel Graystone, a wealthy computer engineer.  In other SCI FI channel news, Frances Fisher has signed onto the drama/comedy Eureka for an eight episode run.  The actress will play Samantha Thorne, aka “the fixer”. [Sci-Fi Wire]

What’s old is new again as Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jennie Garth has been cast in the CW’s spinoff.  The actress will reprise her role as Keylly Taylor from the original series and will play a guidance counselor at West Beverly Hills High, her alma mater. [THR]

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live” Returns on January 2

Following the footsteps of NBC’s announcement of the return of their late-night lineup, ABC has announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live is returning with original episodes on Wednesday, January 2.

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Jimmy Fallon May Replace Conan

According to multiple sources close to Broadcasting & Cable, Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live) may return to NBC to serve as the replacement for Conan O’Brien when he moves on to Jay Leno in 2009.

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ABC and Kimmel Close To New Deal

According to Broadcasting & Cable, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel are close to signing a multi-year extension which will keep Kimmel with the network (and the network in the late-night market) past the 2009 season.

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