The Late Shift Reviews
The biggest name is this is Kathy Bates ("Titanic"). There are also John Michael Higgins ("Community") and Daniel Roebuck (Arzt from "Lost").
An entertaining story about the first late night debacle. I have no idea how accurate it is, regardless, it doesn't even place Leno in a negative light.
If you're curious about what happened between Leno and Letterman it's worth a watch. 3/5 stars. (1/24/10)
Though their interpretations can, at times, border on caricature, particularly Little, it's only fitting to see such larger-than-life television fixtures stuck in distressing situations. Bates is understandably amazing in the role of Kushnick (what isn't she great in?) and Treat Williams exudes the charming power one could expect from a media mogul.
In all, it's endlessly fascinating to see what happened behind the scenes, even if the outcome is apparent before you even know the movie exists. One almost has to wonder if the film doesn't gain more prevalence due to making several high-powered executives not look particularly good. Though it doesn't deserve any awards, it's well worth going out of your way to watch if you have even a tacit interest in late night television.
Even though the characters may not completely look or act like Jay Leno and David Letterman, or some incidents may have been dramatize; the main concept on how Leno got The Tonight Show over Letterman, including the controversy & spiteful feelings that occurred thereafter are DEAD ON! If you are a fan of late night television, this film is extremely entertaining and even educational. The acting by Kathy Bates is amazing & memorable.
NBC's complete mess of the 1992 succession of Johnny Carson is the exact reason why Jay Leno is peacefully and respectfully handing over The Tonight Show to Conan O'Brien in 2009.
Funny I saw this on David Letterman's 62nd birthday also the guy who played Jay Leno Was born in Bethlehem PA.