The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for by Bill Carter

By Bill Carter

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Publish 12 months note: First released 1994. reproduction is first paperback edition.

The foundation of an HBO cable-television motion picture distinct, the behind-the-scenes tale of the scores Carter, a media reporter for the hot York occasions , offers an within account of 1 of the most popular behind-the-scenes energy struggles within the heritage of tv: the conflict for Johnny Carson's vacant seat at the this night Show.

As Leno nears the tip of his run at the this night exhibit, every body has to be reminded of the way he controlled to get that activity within the first place.

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