Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Leno: He's `laid back' as prime-time debut looms

LOS ANGELES – With less than a week to go before "The Jay Leno Show" begins on NBC, Leno describes himself as "laid back" — especially compared to his debut as "Tonight Show" host.

In a teleconference Tuesday, Leno took a jab at NBC, noting its fourth-place position in the network ratings and suggesting his show couldn't do any worse. It debuts Monday, Sept. 14.

Leno also made light of his role as network TV's potential savior. He said a Time magazine story calling him the future of TV was "hilarious," and shows how much trouble broadcasters are in as they confront dwindling viewership and rising costs.

Leno said his show, to be taped hours before it airs weeknights at 10 p.m. EDT, will offer immediacy. That's what viewers want, he said.

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