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Late Shift Author to Tackle Conan/Leno Drama

Sixteen years after his book The Late Shift shed light on the behind-the-scenes machinations involved in choosing Johnny Carson’s successor at the Tonight Show, New York Times TV industry reporter Bill Carter is now working on a sequel of sorts. His new book, for Viking, will focus on the recent Conan/Leno Tonight Show saga at NBC.

"I'm reaching out to everyone I possibly can to get every side of the story," Carter told Gawker. “I don't just pick one and stick with that guy."


Carter is still in the writing process, though he says he is going to try to finish "as soon as [he] can." Better hurry, Bill, before all evidence of Conan’s existence has disappeared completely.

New York Times' Bill Carter at Work on a Late Shift Sequel [Gawker]

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