TV Bites: Reintroducting Jay Leno, Your King of Late Night


· Coco Nation should sit down. Jay Leno, the Tonight Show host who bagged Conan O'Brien's dreams by reclaiming the 11:35 p.m. territory, has already resumed his number-one ratings position thanks to an audience that is "older than ever." So old that the median age of Leno-viewers (56) tops the age of Nightline's senior viewers (55). Take that, ABC. [Variety]

A husband-and-wife acting duo find network pilots, NBC finds a way to subtract fun from the iPad, and more TV Bites after the jump.

· Husband-and-wife acting pair Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin have been cast in two pilots this season. Duane as a friend to Paul Reiser's main character in NBC's Next. Meanwhile, Campbell-Martin has been cast in ABC's Wright vs. Wrong, which stars Debra Messing as a strong-minded political personality who appears tough and espouses a right-wing agenda but behind the scenes is consumed by her foibles and flaws. Phew. [THR]

· NBC made a last-minute decision to not allow episodes of its shows to be watched in entirety on the iPad. [NYT]

· BET is considering a revival of The CW's The Game on their network with a new showrunner Salim Akil. [THR]

· Jim Parsons, Ty Burrell and Peter Facinelli will present awards at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's 31st College Television Awards on Saturday. The Tom Bergeron-hosted event honors undergraduate and graduate student work in video, digital and film production. [THR]

· On Friday night, over 7 million viewers tuned into NBC's series premiere of Miami Medical, making it the most-watched program among adults 18-49. Meanwhile, ratings for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution fell over 40% from last week's premiere. [TVbytheNumbers]


  • Lisa Marie says:

    Yeah he bagged the old bagg's alright, right along with his old self, it's all he can get. Conan reigns KING of the young to College to middle aged viewers. And he didn't "bag" Conan's dreams either. NBC (NEVER BELIEVE your CONTRACT as Leno himself said) was behind the switch from Leno to Conan and when Leno's 10:00p.m. show bombed and Conan refused to go along with the time change as it had always been that way and he didn't want to do anything that might compromise the show or change it from Johnny's Carsons original format and why should he? NBC wanted to change it back to Leno hosting. Conan's MUCH, MUCH, MUCH, MUCH, MUCH ,MUCH MUCH FUNNIER THEN Leno. And as Leno said, NEVER BELIEVE NBC's CONTRACT'S, "OR THEIR WORD!"