TV networks threaten Leno boycott

BILL HARRIS - Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:00 AM ET

Get over it and see the bigger picture for the sake of network TV.

That basically is Jay Leno's response to threats by rival networks that their stars will boycott The Jay Leno Show, which debuts Monday at 10 p.m., on NBC and Citytv.

"It's trash talk," Leno said yesterday. "They all vowed none of their guests will be on our show. Okay. But if the show does reasonably well, look, we're all here to benefit television.

"Television is dying, it's not doing well. We either can all support one another or we can all go back into our little cave and pretend like we're the only thing on."

The other networks claim to be upset because the new Leno project is hijacking five hours of scripted drama per week from network primetime.

"To me, (ABC's) Lost is the best show on television, I like the CSI shows (on CBS), I think they're all well done," Leno said. "I have no problem promoting those shows on my show, because, first of all, just get the people to network TV. Once they're there, then you can argue about what's best.

"I think it's disingenuous to say, 'None of our people will be on there.' Really? Why don't we all just promote one another and see if we can stay in business."


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