Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Evanier Takes it on the Chin

As you know, the various goings-on in the late night scene remain of interest to me even as my actual viewing of the late night scene dwindles substantially (these days I've even taken Conan off my DVR rotation, and pretty much stick to The Daily Show and that's it). Mark Evanier is a lot like me in that regard, but with boatloads more in-the-trenches time accumulated in the TV industry. Over the past few weeks, Evanier has taken to his blog to defend the soon-to-retire Jay Leno from the various accusations about chicanery and deviousness that have swirled around him for seemingly time immemorial, but most especially since he reconquered The Tonight Show after its brief Conan-hosted interregnum in '09-'10. The result is a most fascinating series of posts offering a candid take on the inner workings of the industry from someone who's about as "in the know" as it gets. You can find links to all ten parts of "Taking it on the Chin" below (after the jump), and if you have even the barest interest in this stuff, I suggest giving 'em a look:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

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