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Dave Berg

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno comes alive in this book from an insider who describes the show’s inner workings from the monologue to the guest bookings and appearances. Leno was the late-night ratings leader for almost two decades, which is unprecedented in the modern era of television. He and his producers made the show number one by recasting Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show into Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Behind the Curtain takes an exclusive look at how they achieved it.

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  • Editeur : Pelican Publishing (10 juillet 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fun read! 19 juin 2014
Par David J. Vernon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Most of us have no idea what it takes to produce a successful television variety show five days a week, forty six weeks each year (who knew for example, that Jay only takes six weeks vacation a year, while Letterman takes twelve?). Rather than a 'tell-all' in the tawdry sense, Behind the Curtain describes in delightful detail what it takes to stay on top of the ratings wars in the hotly contested late-night talk show time slot, while booking the most sought after guests, and wrangling the most difficult ones. Told from the perspective of a true insider, Mr. Berg helps the reader come away after reading this book feeling like you really "know" Jay - his quirks and foibles - without the feeling that you're reading a valentine to the old boss.

There are plenty of celebrities exposed as difficult and high maintenance, yet learning the decisions that were made to present the now infamous Hugh Grant interview for maximum ratings effectiveness is genuinely compelling journalism. The problem with most Hollywood 'tell-alls' is that they are long on dirt and short on substance. Behind the Curtain was written by a former print and television journalist who has taken pains to explain why as well as what. It is a quick read because it is fun and well-written.
19 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Come out from behind the curtain, Jay--We need you. 15 juillet 2014
Par Nathan A. Gordon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Think about it: My review of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" co-producer Dave Berg's book about the inner workings of the broadcast is the 52nd for a book that has been available through Amazon for less than a week. This speaks to Jay's popularity among a certain "baby boom" demo that doesn't quite know where to go at late night anymore to get their needed jolt of humor.

Berg--for the most part--provides the reader with a substantial amount of the "behind-the-curtain" drama that went on behind Jay's NBC career. What was particularly interesting was Berg indicating that the producers had access to the television ratings at 15-minute intervals and they could tell who their nightly audience liked--and didn't like--as the show continued to 12:36. Those who caused a ratings decline would often find themselves locked out.

Berg--as expected--lasers off all or any of Jay Leno's warts as either a performer or person and gives him a near-perfect portrayal. Since the book provides many otherwise hard-to-get show biz snippets and inside takes, I found this transgression to not really get in the way of Berg's story especially since there is indeed lots to like about Jay.

Apparently, there is absolutely no room for error in the late night talk show game. A large part of the book describes the daily war that goes on among all of the shows for guest bookings. There was a constant concern that one bad show would cause the show to lose momentum and give its competitors a real boost. By the same token, it was important to sometimes be lucky (think Hugh Grant) which Berg, like many others, cites as the immediate reason why David Letterman lost his two-year reign as late night champ after only two years in 1995.

What I found most interesting in a book in which Jay wrote the Foreward (but indicated he hadn't read the book at that point) is Berg's and the show's obsession and resentment with David Letterman and his show. Frankly, I had thought that any animosity between the Leno and Letterman shows could be sourced at the Letterman camp but this book is evidence that this is not the case. For example, Leno would have worked every day of the year but was forced to take six weeks off; Letterman takes twelve weeks off. Leno taped every weekday while Letterman tapes five shows in four days because Jay thought it was important for the monologue to be fresh. There is a separate chapter called "The Audience" where Berg, based on his own research, claims that the Letterman people almost has contempt for its audience members while the Leno show treated audience members as if they were "customers." This summary is only a sample of what the reader will find on the Leno vs. Letterman front.

Jay's successor, Jimmy Fallon also gets a few digs. Berg claims that while Jimmy "excels at comedy sketches and musical numbers", he needs to work on his "interviewing skills." He indicates that Jimmy's "monologue was also a little weak at first, but it has improved." (Well, as a side note, it is my view that the monologue has not really improved; this is why so many of us don't know where to go for our late night comedy fix; David Letterman might as well phone in his monologue these days.)

Berg predicts that Leno will still show up somewhere on the dial, perhaps at CNN. I had thought that Jay would make an appearance or two on Letterman as Dave winds things up over the next year or so, but after reading this book, I really wonder if that is going to happen. I also wonder whether Jay will be a welcome guest on Fallon.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loving Leno 18 juillet 2014
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
As an avid viewer of Johnny Carson, I disliked guest celebrity hosts when Johnny went on vacation. Then Jay Leno became the permanent guest host and it was all good. I'm surprised David Letterman didn't see it coming when Jay was chosen to succeed Johnny. It's like NBC was grooming Jay for the job.

After hearing about the book, I couldn't wait for it to arrive. It's an easy read; funny, organized, and takes the reader right from the beginning in 1992 to the end Feb. 6, 2014. It was a book I couldn't put down until I was getting toward the end. Then like any good book, you read slower because you don't want it to end. Dennis Rodman and John Kennedy Jr. were the hit stories for me. Getting the "gets" shows how a producer works hard to make that sale. Apparently you have to know someone who knows someone, etc. to get that important contact. Dave Berg's rolodex must have been really, really big.

This book is a "must read" for anyone loving Leno. Dave really shows incite into the real Jay Leno, and I love him even more after seeing the personal side and the boss-employee side of Jay.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic read! Although 3 juillet 2014
Par Twinger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Fantastic read! Although, I don't think I should have read this book in public since there were many times I audibly laughed out loud at the stories shared. I highly recommend this book! Talk about an honest, behind the scenes (or curtain should I say?) look at one of the best produced shows on TV. Dave doesn't mix words and shares his stories and feelings on topics that typically are reserved for private family time. If you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall in Jay's world, this is the book for you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A happy walk down memory lane. 31 juillet 2014
Par Gotta Tellya - Publié sur Amazon.com
I had to review this book right now, even though I am at the 2/3 point in reading it. I LOVE this book! It is a wonderful trip down memory lane. I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the show during the long, successful Leno years. The book's content is clear and well-organized. The anecdotes re Jay and his guests are priceless. If you are interested in Tonight Show history and are a Jay Leno fan like myself, you will appreciate this book.

My only regret is that Jay Leno is no longer at the helm of the Tonight Show. The book heavily emphasizes the role of ratings in TV programming and network decisions. Given the long-term ratings success of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, I am stumped as to why he was replaced by Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy is a hilarious and talented performer and a decent host, but his humor is sophomoric, appealing mainly to younger audience members. Twenty-something's aren't the only viewers of late night TV. (In fact, "late night" is an archaic term. Thanks to DVR recordings and on-line streaming, people watch late night shows at all times of the day.) Mature viewers like myself were a big part of the Tonight Show audience. We have the leisure time to watch the show and the money to support the sponsors, so why the shift to a juvenile-behavior format? I tried many times to watch Jimmy Fallon's version of the Tonight Show and lost interest because of the constant silliness. Jay's version of the show was well rounded and more mature, while incorporating plenty of fun. I wish Jay was still on the job. Since that is not the case, I was able to console myself a bit by reading Behind The Curtain.
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