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Primetime Television: Programming Drama

Tonight marks the debut of Jay Leno’s new comedy show, weeknights at 10PM on NBC.  His show has incurred the wrath of many in Hollywood – namely people who would be otherwise working on scripted TV series in that time slot.  Think about it.  Jay Leno goes on every weeknight at 10PM.  That’s FIVE scripted network shows that will never be made.  That’s FIVE costume designers who don’t get jobs.  Multiply that times the entire crew required for a scripted show, and you see why people might bristle at the proposition of relatively low-cost entertainment like Leno’s show replacing scripted programming.

The LA Times has a nice article about the Brouhaha in today’s edition.  Read the article HERE.


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