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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Leno returns to NBC but at the 10 p.m. time slot after being pursued by other networks. The talk show will feature his popular Tonight Show segments, but expect them in the later half of the show.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 88
    Jay returned with that smart and smartass mix of talent and controversy that separates the pros from the bores.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    The blandness is lulling whenever it isn't irritating. Unlike David Letterman, for example, Leno is assiduously apolitical.
  3. 50
    Frontloaded to high heaven or not, it was still a solid premiere. Now, that bad news: None of the standard building blocks of the show seemed that impressive on their own--so that when you tried to imagine the show without an overload of starpower and star-drama, it didn't seem that exciting.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Murray
    With an abundance of pre-taped video segments and satellite interviews, Jay Leno wraps a very old-fashioned sensibility within a modern package. It's an interesting presentation.
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    NBC has been telling us all summer, was "comedy at 10," not simply a second Tonight Show. Instead, what we got was a monologue, a couple taped comedy bits, an interview, a musical act, another interview and Headlines.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    The only moment anyone’s likely to remember from the colossal dud of The Jay Leno Show's opening night--which felt more like an off night of the old Tonight Show--was a moment where no joke was cracked, indeed where no word was spoken.
  7. The set was slightly different, and Mr. Leno spoke with his guests in matching armchairs, not across a desk, but the content and tone of the premiere looked and sounded like any ordinary “Tonight” show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28
  1. DonSmith
    Jan 19, 2010
    Jay is a great entertainer and comedian and cannot be replaced by Conan. I have submitted material for Jay to use as he saw fit. Jay still belongs on the team and any attempt to replace him is an effort in futility. The best simply cannot be replaced and I will rest my case there at this point. Expand
  2. LesM.
    Sep 24, 2009
    Excellent to have him back. Funny stuff and a relaxed look to the interviews. Better than the other talk shows.
  3. KenS
    Sep 18, 2009
    The premier was a bit stilted but the show seemed to get more fluid as the week wore on. I think it will be a solid performer for NBC and a great pilot for the business model. Expand
  4. GaryG.
    Sep 15, 2009
    Nothing new, just rehash of late show only earlier.
  5. SallyB
    Sep 19, 2009
    I didn't like the format of equal time spots to every segment, and most of his pretaped segments were less than funny. Jay has to stop yelling at his audience after every segment about who and what is coming up next. He sounds like an infomercial guy selling his product. Expand
  6. Fantasy
    Dec 15, 2009
    I love Jay but this reworked show is simply awful. He doesn't stand a chance. The King of Late Night TV has been reduced to a 2nd stringer at a time and place where the show does not belong. I feel sorry for Jay. Expand
  7. bobp.
    Sep 15, 2009
    Not funny or interesting.

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