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This "gripping" New York Times bestseller from the host of CNN podcast Behind the Desk tells the true story--and backstage drama--of late-night comedy (Los Angeles Times).
When beloved host Johnny Carson announced his retirement after thirty years on The Tonight Show
, millions of Americans mourned. But inside the television industry, the news ignited a battle between two amazing talents--Jay Leno and David Letterman--who both yearned to occupy the departing legend's chair. For NBC, it would be a decision with millions of dollars at stake. Soon these two comedians with strikingly different styles, who had once shared a friendship as they worked the clubs together, would be engaged in a fierce competition for the prize.
Based on in-depth reporting and interviews with those involved, and updated with a new introduction by the author--a producer of CNN series The Story of Late Night
--The Late Shift
is a "vivid, behind-the-scenes, blow-by-blow account" of the fight that ensued, as stars, agents, and executives maneuvered for control of the most profitable program in TV history (Chicago Tribune
"Remarkably gripping . . . Takes us deep into the bizarre high-stakes world of broadcasting . . . A powerful story, and ultimately a sad one, filled with casualties as well as winners." --The New York Times Book Review
"Solid reporting, based on extensive interviews with the principals, lifts The Late Shift
into a class of its own. . . . The insights into the people involved are what make the book] a page-turner." --Orange Country Register