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NBC Officially Ends The Jay Leno Show At 10PM, Wants To Keep Leno, O’Brien AND Fallon

The 10:00 p.m. primetime experiment with The Jay Leno Show has ended. The network has announced today that effective February 12th, The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10:00 p.m. NBC Universal Entertainment chief Jeff Gaspin released the first public statement on the late-night situation:

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Jay Leno Addresses Cancellation Rumors

During the taping for The Jay Leno Show, comedian Jay Leno addressed the cancellation rumors during his opening monologue.  On that point, NBC has responded to the cancellation / rumors of Leno moving back to 11:30 p.m.:

NBC executives held discussions with both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien Thursday about the future of the network’s late-night lineup. And while executives said that no final decision has been made, they did not deny that the network is considering moves that could include returning Mr. Leno to his old job as host of “The Tonight Show.”

And here’s TMZ‘s report about Leno moving back to 11:30 p.m.:

We’ve learned Jay’s 10:00 PM show will go on hiatus February 1. After the Olympics, Jay will take back his 11:30 PM time slot. What has not been decided — whether Jay’s show will be a half hour, followed by Conan, or whether Jay’s show will be an hour and NBC says sayonara to Mr. O’Brien.

Broadcasting & Cable reports that the network will come to their decision before a January 21st affiliates meeting. Watch the bit from The Jay Leno Show after the jump.

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NBC Announces 8 New Shows for 2009/2010 Schedule; Cancels Medium (Moving to CBS) and My Name Is Earl

NBC’s 2009/2010 slate of programming includes nine new shows.  The network picked up four dramas, two comedies and two alternative/reality series: 100 Questions, Day One, Mercy, Trauma, Community, Parenthood, The Jay Leno Show and The Marriage Ref.

The network also officially renewed Chuck which will remain on Monday nights.  In cancellation news, comedy My Name Is Earl won’t be coming back (although producer 20th Century Fox TV is said to be shopping it to other networks) and Medium won’t be coming back to the network’s lineup.  Apparently NBC was only willing to order 13 episodes while producer CBS-Paramount wanted 22.  That gave CBS the opportunity to swoop in and pick up the show.

Head on through the jump to see the fall and midseason schedules and read the full press release. Continue reading NBC Announces 8 New Shows for 2009/2010 Schedule; Cancels Medium (Moving to CBS) and My Name Is Earl