Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dave vs. Jay: Get ready for the rematch

David Letterman is ready to compete against the relaunched "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," according to USA Today. A previously scheduled vacation week was moved from March 1-5 to Feb. 22-26 so that Leno will have to go up against fresh "Late Show"s, and Dave will also be bringing the A-list guests, including Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.

Hanks seemed pretty solidly on Team Coco, but Seinfeld is a bit more surprising. Not only was he Leno's first 10 PM guest, but his "The Marriage Ref" is an NBC show. Maybe he didn't want to be seen as choosing sides in the late night battle.

No word yet on who will be on "Tonight" during its premiere week, except for a confirmed appearance by cast members from "Jersey Shore." Rumor has it that Jamie Foxx may turn up.

Meanwhile, Leno's return to "Tonight" is getting far less hype than the promo blitz that led up to the premiere of "The Jay Leno Show." NBC "is opting for a low-key echo of the commercials that launched Leno," reports USA Today. "Last fall, he was shown driving a race car emblazoned with a 10, a reminder of his new slot. In spots that began airing during the Olympics Wednesday night, he's driving the same car, only the 10 is replaced by 11:35... as the Beatles song urges him to 'Get back to where you once belonged.'"

Sadly, NBC nixed an idea that would have featured Leno and Victoria Principal in the shower, an homage to the prime time soap opera "Dallas'" "it was only a dream" plot line.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Jay's ideal first night back would go something like this: JAY TO TIGER: What the hell were you thinking. ~