Sunday, February 26, 2012

BC2012: The War for Late Night by Bill Carter

This book documents the recent past, "When Leno went early and television went crazy." The oddest thing about reading this book is that much of it took place only 2-3 years ago, but it seems like it was a decade ago. Maybe that's because the news cycles pass so quickly that it's hard to keep time and events in perspective.

Another odd thing about reading this book is that it seemed like it was going to take forever as I read the first half, but the end came quickly once I had passed the midway point. I wonder if it had something to do with BC2012 and my feeling that I'm way behind this month in terms of finishing books. This is one of several fairly long (300+ pages) books I've read in February.

Anyone looking for the inside story of what happened behind the scenes at NBC won't find a better book than this one. Not being a big fan (or hater) of Jay Leno or Conan O'Brien, I didn't really have a horse in this race. But The War for Late Night is full of the sort of TV network machinations that have always fascinated me, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Plus there's plenty about David Letterman, who I've watched for 25 years, and there's some background about Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert as well.

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