The Late Shift 2: Electric Boogaloo

Maybe I’m just a bit jaded, but this seems like a perfect setup for a sequel to The Late Shift. O’Brien to take over for Leno on NBC’s ‘Tonight’ in 2009

NBC announced Monday that Conan O’Brien will take over from Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show.” But he’ll have time to write his jokes — the planned succession won’t happen until 2009.

The announcement solves a delicate problem for NBC, which realized O’Brien was getting antsy in his “Late Night” time slot (12:35 a.m. Eastern) and wanted to keep him from jumping to another network.

Leno planned to make the announcement on Monday’s edition of “Tonight,” a special celebration of the talk show’s 50th anniversary.

“In 2009, I’ll be 59 years old and will have had this dream job for 17 years,” Leno said. “When I signed my new contract, I felt that the timing was right to plan for my successor and there is no one more qualified than Conan.”Speaking of The Late Shift, here’s an intersting piece on John Michael Higgins who nailed the Letterman role.

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