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NBC, Leno and Conan: Late Shift Timeline


NBC, Leno and Conan: Late Shift Timeline

It seemed like a gamble well before NBC announced that it was canceling the 10 p.m. primetime experiment, The Jay Leno Show, and moving Leno back to 11:35 p.m. It seemed like a gamble nearly 5 years ago, when NBC announced that Jay Leno would depart The Tonight Show and Late Night host Conan O'Brien would take his place.

At the time - and all the way up until the moment he signed off as Tonight Show host - Leno held the No. 1 spot in late night TV. So why bump your No. 1 guy and replace him with O'Brien? It just didn't make sense then.

And as the wheels fall off the NBC late night bus and the network scrambles to keep the bus on the road, it's making even less sense now.

So how did this all come about? And where is it going? Here's a quick timeline of events:

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