Jay Leno Comes to Primetime on Citytv

Citytv is thrilled to announce the addition of NBC Universal’s new untitled Jay Leno primetime show to its programming line-up. A first for broadcast television, Leno’s new one-hour comedy/talk show is set to air five nights a week at 10 pm in simulcast with NBC, starting this Fall on Citytv.

“Jay Leno at 10pm is an innovative idea that will provide viewers with consistent, quality, first-run programming in primetime,” says Malcolm Dunlop, Executive Vice President Programming, Rogers Media Television. “This is a fresh viewing alternative with a proven host and big name guest stars that will entertain audiences nightly.”

“As late-night television’s leader for more than a dozen years now, Jay Leno is bringing his top-rated act to primetime and we are truly excited that Citytv will be our broadcast partner for this new 5-day-a-week venture starting in the fall,” says Ron Suter, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Canada, NBC Universal Television Distribution and Executive Vice President, Universal Studios Canada.

Leno’s new show will showcase many of the features that have made him the late-night leader for so long. Signature elements will include his opening monologue and well-known comedy segments “Headlines,” “Jaywalking” and “Battle of the Jaywalking All-Stars.” Along with 17 years of experience in late night television, Leno brings with him a solid fan base and plans to incorporate more stunts, more newsmakers, and the opportunity to get out of the studio more in his new ten o’clock show.

Since becoming host of “The Tonight Show” on May 25, 1992, Leno has experienced numerous highlights, including winning the 1995 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series. Most recently, Leno was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for his popular Internet show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which allows fans a peak into his famous garage by logging on to http://www.jaylenosgarage.com.

The show will be produced by Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Media Studios. Debbie Vickers will serve as executive producer.