Monday Night TV Thread: Jay Leno's Back

Jay Leno comes to primetime tonight -- and every weekday night, at 10 pm ET, 9 pm MT. The showpage is here. You can watch backstage setting up on the live webcam now.

The show is said to be different than the Tonight Show in that it will focus more on comedy.

Music tonight will be by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West. Kanye will also do his big mea culpa for his obnoxious behavior to Taylor Swift last night during the MTV Awards.

Tonight's big guest: Jerry Seinfeld. Tomorrow, Tom Cruise, Wedsnesday will be Robin Williams and Miley Cyrus, and Thursday, Halle Berry and for music, Eric Clapton and Bruce Hornsby.

Break a leg, Jay. This is an open thread for all TV stuff. Updates below:

The monologue was unimpressive. The Cheaters episode was different and ok as a change of pace. The first funny thing was the car wash, I loved it and think the guy Dan is really talented.

Were the network censors asleep at the switch a bit, or have they relaxed their prime-time standards? It was a little more R-rated than I expected, both in language and demonstration (the car guys with the hoses was one example.)

Seinfeld is on now.

Update: Seinfeld (and Oprah) seemed a little awkward, not too funny or interesting. But the Jay Leno - Obama faux interview was absolutely hysterical. Well done, Jay. If you missed the show, catch it on You Tube or tomorrow on the show's website. Getting Obama to recommend buying marijuana in dime bags was just one funny part.

Kanye, Jay Z and up next. At least they're not showing Jay Z arriving at LAX and making us follow along for the ride. (like last night on MTV.) I'd love it if they brought Taylor out as a suprise, but I think the show is too scripted and pre-planned for that.

Update: I didn't it would be possible but I actually felt sorry for Kanye. The musical number was pretty good, particularly Rhianna. It also seems like the show's sound stage and equipment are much better than at the old show.

That'a a tv wrap from me until tomorrow night's live finale of Big Brother. Go Jordan!

Here's the segment with Jay and Kanye tonight (unfortunately with a 25 second commercial at the beginning.)

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    20 yr. old Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by MO Blue on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:40:54 PM EST
    beats Roger Federer to win the 2009 U.S. Tennis Open.

    Exciting game.

    cool! (5.00 / 5) (#8)
    by cpinva on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:37:43 PM EST
    now i get to not watch him, but at an earlier hour!

    Does anyone want to wager... (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by EL seattle on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:39:11 PM EST
    ...on how many minutes will elapse in Jay Leno's brand new 2009 TV series before he tells his first Bill Clinton joke?

    Ha. I call dibs (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Cream City on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:41:31 PM EST
    on his first monologue tonight!  Clinton and Obama had lunch together today or something.  That ought to be enough for Leno to drag out overused old stuff.

    Nobody misses (none / 0) (#39)
    by Radiowalla on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:35:48 AM EST
    The Clenis more than Jay.

    America's Got Talent is in the finals (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:56:33 PM EST
    some really good performances.

    Mostly mediocre, I thought. (none / 0) (#19)
    by oldpro on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:15:02 AM EST
    And Grandma Lee was...um...unfunny and embarrassing.  

    It struck me that 'you had to be there' for a few of the acts which really don't translate well to telvision...much more suited to a live audience, ie. Vegas.


    Grandma Lee is my favorite (none / 0) (#20)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:32:53 AM EST
    I thought it was her best night yet.

    LOL...well, I guess that's (none / 0) (#22)
    by oldpro on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:39:38 AM EST
    why they make chocolate, strawberry AND vanilla!

    Not to mention rocky road and the rest of the 31 flavors...to each his/her own when it comes to taste.


    Ugh (5.00 / 2) (#18)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:47:17 PM EST
    Sharing my insurance nightmares with the purpose of helping people in Washington state who might be in the same boat.

    My insurance premiums soared through the roof, so I recently switched to a $3000 deductible plan.  Reading more, and asking BOTH the insurance company and the insurance commissioner's office, I determined that the $3000 deductible plan is considered catastrophic in WA state, and thus is not "creditable" for the purpose of waiving pre-existing condition clauses if I were to need to change coverage.  Panic stricken, I went through a huge rigamorole to switch to a $1000 deductible plan that would be creditable.  Finally today, the insurance company said they switched me to the $1000 deductible plan.  Phew, relaxed.

    My DH and I were discussing the HIPAA tonight (and BTW, HIPAA was enacted on Bill Clinton's watch) and I looked something up which triggered a new panic and the reality that I'd wasted my money changing to the $1000 deductible plan.

    The bottom line and if anyone in WA State wonders about this: When switching from an individual plan to a group plan, the HIPAA applies. The HIPAA is quite liberal -- ANY health insurance, including catastrophic coverage (but with the exception of things like accident riders on an auto insurance plan, and other half-hineyed insurance coverage) is considered creditable for the purpose of determining if  pre-existing conditions clauses can be waived.  It is only when changing between plans which are both on the individual market that catastrophic plans (defined in Washington as having deductible of $1750 or more) aren't considering creditable.  Of course, for me it's moot.  I can't switch to another provider.  I have 3 seemingly small conditions that result in my flunking the health questionaire so if I were to want to change plans, the new plan would like refuse me.  So, I just paid a bunch of money for retroactive coverage on the $1000 deduct plan when it makes more financial sense to stay with the $3000 plan....sigh.

    Gawl I hate insurance.

    Can you put this on an insurance or open thread? (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 12:33:32 AM EST
    This is an open thread about TV, thanks.

    Please delete my post. (none / 0) (#44)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 10:40:19 AM EST
    Oh no Buffalo! (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 07:58:12 AM EST
    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory yet again...that was almost as bad as the Bungles loss.

    Thank goodness (none / 0) (#25)
    by CST on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:29:01 AM EST
    not the most encouraging way to start the season but a win is a win and I guess it will take a minute for them to get used to each other.  This is a very different Pats team.  Brady definitely looked nervous in the beginning but I think he'll get over it.

    A win is a win indeed... (none / 0) (#26)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:32:07 AM EST
    but I'd be more worried about your defense than the offense...didn't look so hot, especially up front.  

    Yea (none / 0) (#27)
    by CST on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:34:37 AM EST
    although I didn't think our defense was that great the year we went 18-1 either.  They don't have to be when you put up 50 points a game and your offense always has the ball.

    That being said, they are clearly also not used to each other yet.


    I'm feeling good about... (none / 0) (#28)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:40:49 AM EST
    my squads chances next week...I think golden-boy Tom will be wishin' he stayed in bed with Giselle next Sunday when Bart Scott and the boys are down with him, and Moss ain't gonna sniff a hundo again with Darelle Revis covering him.

    I dunno (none / 0) (#32)
    by CST on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:52:41 AM EST
    I think we were super rusty.  But when it comes down to it, Brady is where he wants to be, where he should be.  And he's still got the intangible quality of being able to pull it off when it counts.  They just gotta get used to each other.  And you know Belicheck is gonna have plenty to work with this week.

    But why so rusty this year? (none / 0) (#35)
    by nycstray on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:16:46 AM EST
    I've had Brady on my fantasy team a couple times and I don't recall things looking like they did last night. I kicked some serious behind with the Brady 2 Moss combo.

    Next week should be interesting :)


    Remember... (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:22:02 AM EST
    Mr. Brady was out all last year with the blown-out knee.

    Brady was out (none / 0) (#38)
    by CST on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:30:17 AM EST
    and our defense is pretty new.  Welker has been injured for a while too.  They will get it together though.  They definitely got lucky with the Bills.  Let's not forget though, they also came through when it counted.

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#40)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:38:55 AM EST
    the Bills really came through in the clutch for ya...I hope their kick-returner got the game ball!...:)

    Heh (none / 0) (#42)
    by CST on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:50:02 AM EST
    I'm sure Merriweather had nothing to do with that either.  He pretty much gave the guy a love tap and he dropped the ball right :)

    Oh and the kick returner also scored two touchdowns in 2 min.

    It was an ugly win, and we got lucky, but there were some encouraging moments at the end.  We'll see what happens next week.


    Well played.... (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 10:15:39 AM EST
    when you're right you're right CST..it was a nice strip.

    But his blunders of not taking the touchback, and then not falling down at first contact, made it all possible.



    I guess I expected Brady to (none / 0) (#41)
    by nycstray on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:46:28 AM EST
    get back into it quicker, like the pre-season (high expectations!) Guess it's a good thing I went with Brees ;)

    The no-huddle prob didn't help with your newer D either. I have no doubt they will get it together though :)


    Almost... (none / 0) (#29)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:41:21 AM EST
    ...The Bills lost due to sheer stupidity (down the ball in the End Zone!!!11!) while the Bungles lost because of plain old bad luck.  

    At least the Bills/Pats game was exciting all the way through--the Broncos/Bengals game was a snoozefest for 59 and a half minutes.  


    I gotta watch the replay again... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:51:36 AM EST
    did a Bengals defender hit the ball last or a Broncos receiver before it fell in Stokely's lap?  If the former, its not all bad luck...defensive backfield 101 says "knock it down!"

    And where are the safeties?  No receiver should be behind anybody in that situation.

    Worse than not taking the touchback...just fall down at first contact!


    One of the DB's knocked... (none / 0) (#33)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:09:11 AM EST
    ...the ball up from what I saw (and I've seen the reply over and over and over).  I'm pretty sure that Brandon "show me the $ or I'm going to pout like Jay Cutler" Marshall didn't get a hand on it at all.  

    Either way, that's why the Bills and the Bengals are the Bills and the Bengals.  


    Couldn't have said it... (none / 0) (#34)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:15:32 AM EST
    better myself regarding the Bills and Bengals:)

    Just another "classic" Bills game (none / 0) (#36)
    by nycstray on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 09:18:07 AM EST

    I have a confession to make (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by CST on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 08:42:21 AM EST
    I love Kanye West.  I realize this won't be the most popular post, and he's kind of an @ss.  That being said, he never holds back, which can get him in trouble, but he's clearly an emotional guy, and that makes his music pretty fantastic a lot of the time.  Not every song he does is great, but there are some incredibly poignant and moving ones in the bunch.  And he made it ok for rappers to sing about something real and still get played on the radio.

    And for whoever wrote that the other day, the one thing he most certainly is not, is a "gangster" in his music, or otherwise.

    Sorry Jay, not watching (none / 0) (#2)
    by andgarden on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:52:56 PM EST
    Now, recorded F-Word.

    Huh? (none / 0) (#5)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:54:44 PM EST
    Now, recorded F-Word.

    ya lost me :)


    Gordon Ramsey show (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:56:55 PM EST
    lol!~ Got it :) n/t (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:07:17 PM EST
    Kanye West (none / 0) (#3)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:53:15 PM EST
    acted like a jerk, but he's going to be really good for Leno's ratings....I have a feeling his appearance will draw more than Seinfeld's.

    Kanye West's behavior (none / 0) (#15)
    by weltec2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:12:50 PM EST
    was waaay over the top. I will make a point of not watching.

    I agree (none / 0) (#16)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:14:57 PM EST
    I hope he's disallowed from going on stage at any award show for at least a year.

    But I'll bet I'm right about the ratings, because if I were wrong, I'll bet Leno would have cancelled him.


    I'm sure (none / 0) (#17)
    by weltec2 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:21:18 PM EST
    you're right on that... unfortunately, for what it says about what people will watch.

    I was going to watch Dream Girls (none / 0) (#4)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 07:53:17 PM EST
    but the football game is a bit better than I expected. Plus, I get more work done with sports on than a movie that I haven't seen. I've got hurry up and get it done 'like last week' deadlines . . . I love getting those, nothing like designing rush products for Christmas 2010, lol!~

    Not a Jay fan, but Robin Williams could make me watch :)

    I'm looking forward to some of the new shows and the returning. DWTS could be fun as this year's football player looks to have some spunk. A few new dramas have peeked my interest. Fall TV is looking good, have my reality shows (TC, DWTS), sports (Yankees going into post and the Jets/football in general), and some possible good new dramas along with the ones I already watch. Plenty to keep me company while I work {grin}. I'll be spending more day hours in the kitchen and at the park with the Dot ;)

    I'm with you. I'll watch Robin Williams (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by Cream City on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:40:20 PM EST
    anytime, but the rest o the lineup?  Ehhh.

    I heard that Leno is going to continue doing "Headlines" and "Jaywalking," though -- and those can be funny, if in such a sad way as a commentary on the level of intelligence out there. . . .


    Now why would I watch anything (none / 0) (#12)
    by nycstray on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:47:32 PM EST
    to confirm the lack of general intelligence?! {grin}

    Bills just scored again against the Pats!! WooooHoooooo!!!!!!!!


    Because "Headlines" does crack up (none / 0) (#14)
    by Cream City on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 09:15:58 PM EST
    this former headline writer, anyway.

    And from what I've seen of Leno's material so far tonight, it's so terrible that the horribly awful writing of those "Headlines" will be an improvement.


    Re TV: got on a flight in Atlanta tonight. (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 02:48:21 AM EST
    Lots of Chargers talk.  Then the Delta entertainment started.  Goodly portion of the people on the plane were all cheering at once.  Turns out they were watching Chargers @ Raiders game.  Who knew?  Oh--and also saw my first episode of Mad Men.