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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2009
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3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

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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. 50
    Leno's funny, but in the safest way. He's adheres to the center of the exact middle road, so it's wrong to expect a revolution here.
  3. Jay was Jay last night--hands in pockets, blue suit, solid monologue. Pleasant, likeable, funny, a guy you'd invite to your barbeque.
  4. 50
    The boilerplate talk format was reminiscent not only of Leno’s “Tonight Show,’’ but of almost every other late-night talker on the air right now.
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    42
    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. From its looks so far, the new Leno show is the old Leno show. Even so, much remains to be seen of this enterprise, described as the hour that may change the nature of television.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 13 out of 28
  1. DonSmith
    Jan 19, 2010
    10
    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 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
    9
    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
    8
    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 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
    4
    Nothing new, just rehash of late show only earlier.
  5. SallyB
    Sep 19, 2009
    3
    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 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
    2
    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 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
    0
    Not funny or interesting.

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