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Conan O'Brien just accepted a $33 million (plus $12 million for his staff) deal to leave NBC and The Tonight Show after a heated debate over the future of the show. The Jay Leno Show faltered in prime-time and the network plans to move Leno back to Tonight.
With more than 30 networks, including NBC, airing the celebrity telethon for Haiti Friday night, the network has decided to shift its programming accordingly, and air an edition of “Dateline” that focuses on the country at 10 p.m. ET.
This inadvertently cuts Jay Leno’s remaining nights in the 10 p.m. timeslot by one.
Since it happens to be the same night as Conan O’Brien’s last “Tonight” show, some wondered if Leno was trying to lay low on O’Brien’s last day.
That’s not the case.
“(The network) felt it appropriate to follow up the Haiti telethon with news of the situation,” said one person involved with the lineup change.
Leno is back Jan. 25, with Mark Harmon as a guest.
Tiger Woods spotted in airports
There’s still a chance to see Tiger Woods’ Accenture ads if you’re traveling through airports in the coming weeks. A spokesperson for the company says that it will take until the end of the month for all of the signage to come down.
What’s taking so long? Sheer volume: The golfing great’s image was used in an ad campaign that spanned 28 countries.
Accenture was among the first of Woods’ sponsors to drop him, and according to the spokesperson, the Woods camp has not reached out since the relationship was severed.
“We haven’t heard a word from them since,” said the spokesperson.
Weekend box office
This weekend the “tough-guy in kiddie movie” genre will attempt to come out atop the box office with the release of “The Tooth Fairy.” The Dwayne Johnson-led flick stands to have a strong opening — many industry estimates put it near the $20 million mark.
Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid and Tyrese Gibson star in “Legion,” which will speak to the action-thriller audience, but in no way will top “The Tooth Fairy.”
It will, however, beat out “Extraordinary Measures,” the first film out from CBS Films, starring Brendan Fraser has had heavy promotion, has a family friendly PG rating, but critics haven’t been kind to it. Couple that with a grim subject matter—a father desperate to find a cure for his dying kids—and the odds of a big weekend are slim.
All that said, it’s looking like a sixth consecutive win for “Avatar.” At this pace, expect “Avatar” to best “Titanic’s” domestic box office record by February.
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