The one thing missing from Jay Leno’s new NBC talk show? Stars from competing networks.
If Jay Leno wants to succeed in NBC’s prime time this fall, he’ll have to do it without the help of ABC and CBS talent. Insiders at both networks confirmed to EW that they’ve told their stars to just say no if bookers attempt to recruit them for The Jay Leno Show, which will air five nights a week at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning Sept. 14. The reason? It makes no sense for the stars of scripted series from ABC and CBS to appear on Leno, which directly competes with…scripted series on ABC and CBS. ”It’s nothing personal toward Leno,” says one network source. It remains to be seen whether the newest edict will hurt Leno‘s chances, though CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler recently quipped at a press conference, ”NBC will declare victory [for] whatever ratings he gets, so it really doesn’t matter.” A spokesperson for Leno declined to comment. For Hollywood publicists, meanwhile, the latest booking rule adds another turn to the labyrinthine system of when and where stars can appear on network and syndicated talk shows. For instance, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien don’t want to book A-listers who’ve just appeared on the other’s late-night show. (The same goes for Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson, though newbie Jimmy Fallon is ”the nicest of all” and will ”pretty much take anybody,” offers one publicist.) Daytime shows have their own list of demands as well: Live With Regis and Kelly, for instance, will take a guest who showed up on Good Morning America, but not The View, while The Ellen DeGeneres Show doesn’t want stars who’ve already been on Rachael Ray or The Bonnie Hunt Show. ”[The rules] are arbitrary and capricious,” says another public relations exec.
— Lynette Rice
Glee to release two cast albums
Fans who can’t get enough of the Fox series’ show-choir songs will have a treat this holiday season: two separate soundtracks. ”We’re coming out with our first album in November and then our second album in December,” says Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, who handpicks most of the tunes, to EW. The recently wrapped production amassed a whopping 70 songs in its first 13 episodes, including covers of Rihanna‘s ”Take a Bow,” Jill Scott‘s ”Hate on Me,” and Avril Lavigne‘s ”Keep Holding On.” Other songs you might hear? Upcoming guest star Eve, who plays the glee coach of a girls’ reform school, tells EW that her ladies do a rollicking version of Destiny’s Child‘s ”Bootylicious.”
— Tim Stack