Somehow and someway the two-time host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC has found a way to stay in the network family. It comes across almost as if it was planned to go that way.
Jay Leno will return to television hosting a new show in the primetime hours for CNBC. Based on his ongoing web series, the tentatively titled "Jay Leno’s Garage" will start sometime early next year.
"This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise," Leno said. "We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century."
When Jimmy Fallon took over "The Tonight Show," it was the first time since Johnny Carson was the host that Leno wasn’t the main host of the show. If you remember in a failed experiment that Leno had his own five-days-a-week show in the last primetime hour on NBC when Conan O’Brien was on "The Tonight Show" after a long stretch on "Late Night." NBC dumped O’Brien and gave Leno is old desk back on "The Tonight Show."
After a few months off, Leno launched the Emmy-Award-winning web series based on his long-time love of cars, and has more than a million subscribers on YouTube.
This new series will air one night a week.
"Jay will add tremendous star power and exceptional content to CNBC’s primetime at the perfect time," said CNBC president Mark Hoffman.
"CNBC at night has real momentum and Jay’s personality, tremendous fan base and his passion for the subject will contribute mightily to our burgeoning primetime. We’re really excited Jay will continue his storied career with the NBC family and with us at CNBC."
CNBC, which launched a more entertainment-style night time that strays from its business and news format in the daytime, is one of the fastest growing networks. The cable outlet is strong among the 18-49 and 25-54 demos in primetime, according to Nielsen ratings.
"From classics to supercars, restoration projects to road tests, ‘Jay Leno's Garage’ is the place where Jay shares his passion for all things automotive, including best investments, valuations and the inner workings of the car collector’s market, CNBC reported this week.
Leno hosted a one-hour special for the network in August, "Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week," which marked Leno’s first return to hosting since "The Tonight Show." The new series is produced for CNBC in association with Big Dog Productions. Leno is the executive producer.
EBOLA: The "Kelly File Investigation: Ebola in America," which airs tonight on Fox news at 8, will feature the latest breaking news on the virus and analyze what the government has done to prevent new cases from arriving into the U.S.
Show host Megyn Kelly will trace the CDC’s efforts to prevent the current infections from spreading as well as question whether hospitals have properly educated their teams to keep them from becoming carriers of Ebola.
ECONOMY AND ELECTIONS: Fox News will present a "Fox News Reporting: American Payday – The Big Squeeze," at 9 p.m. this evening. Bret Baier will host the program and will analyze how income inequality has affected the economy and whether or not it will play into the upcoming 2014 midterm elections.
Throughout the special, Americans across the country will share what their payday means to them and if it rewards their efforts or falls short.
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