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New era begins for ‘Tonight Show’

New era begins for ‘Tonight Show’

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Published by: Jarod Clarke on Jul 20, 2010
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New era begins for ‘Tonight Show’
By Jarod Clarke
Reporter – Chariton Valley News Press – Column – June 9, 2009
Transitioning from a large chin to a bright orange pompadour, NBC’s “The Tonight Show” definitely hasa new look.On June 1, Conan O’Brien took over hosting duties of “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno, who hostedthe program for 17 years.Talk to anyone who knows me well, and they will explain about my somewhat of an obsession withO’Brien and his former show, “Late Night.”I’m always retelling jokes that I saw on the program the night before to friends. I own more than oneConan O’Brien T-shirt, one which I wore while writing this. I rarely miss his show and I recentlydesigned a Conan O’Brien magazine cover for a class project.It’s probably starting to sink in what I mean by an obsession.Last year I went to New York and had a chance to sit front row at “Late Night” in Rockefeller Center onSt. Patrick’s Day. O’Brien made a joke about the custom shirt I designed to wear on the show and I evenshook his hand.This experience in New York boosted my obsession with O’Brien, and you can imagine how excited I amfor the new “Tonight Show.”I’ve discussed the change with others, and several longtime “Tonight Show” viewers are a little upset tosee Leno go.I understand why people are disappointed to see Leno’s reign over “The Tonight Show” end. I enjoyedwatching Leno show how ignorant some Americans are with “Jaywalking,” and I especially enjoyed allthe hilarious newspaper headlines on Monday nights in the “Headlines” segment. But I’m ready to seewhat O’Brien has in store for the show.I am old enough to remember when Johnny Carson finished his time with “The Tonight Show” back in1992, and I remember the reaction of my parents being similar to what people feel now.Not to worry, Leno fans. He is coming back soon.Leno will host a new prime time comedy show, “The Jay Leno Show,” beginning Sept. 14, according toNbc.com. The show will air weekdays at 9 p.m. before the local news and will feature those well-knownsegments like “Headlines” and “Jaywalking.”I’ll admit, watching the opening week of O’Brien as host of “The Tonight Show” was a little hard to getused to.Most of the original members of the “Late Night” crew made the move to Los Angeles for the show, butthere are a few differences.The first part of the show I had to get used to was the intro with former “Late Night” sidekick AndyRichter as announcer. I think the “Late Night” announcer Joel Godard would be a much better choice and

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