Jay Leno May Return to TV
According to Variety and every other media outlet, including NBC, Leno may return to primetime. Yes, it’s on cable. Fortunately for Conan O’Brien, Leno’s potential new show will air on CNBC and will be about cars. Basically, CNBC has decided to ignore what could be considered its mission statement: to provide financial news. I guess they figure as long as they air Squawk Box no one’s going to mind Jay Leno’s car show after trading hours. (To be fair, CNBC has filled out their schedule with reruns of Late Night with Conan O’Brien in the past because a network wouldn’t last long if it only operated from 4am to 7pm.)
Unless you’re a car lover, you’re not going to care that CNBC may resurrect Jay Leno’s Garage, which was formally only a web exclusive, as a primetime show with a different name. Despite The Tonight Show fiasco, everyone forgot Jay Leno existed. No one missed him and it’s certainly not worth the energy to still hate him. Leno’s worst flaw is that he’s too faithful to a company that doesn’t care about him. Even so, it looks like Leno and NBC went to couples therapy and worked out their problems.
Regardless of what you think of Leno, I think we can agree that a show about cars is what he should have at this point. Cars are his niche. Late night television passed him by. CNBC is an odd choice for this kind of show, but Fox owns speed and Leno probably never left the NBC payroll.