Andrew Belonsky

Commentary: ‘Messenger’ Sarah Palin Hints at 2012 Run

Sarah Palin rode a thin line between concerned citizen and politician on ‘Fox News Sunday‘ this morning. And that’s because she’s far more than an either or. During her first Sunday talk-show appearance, Palin told host Chris Wallace that she “won’t close the door” on a 2012 presidential bid. But she also very cleverly qualified […]

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O’Brien, Now a ‘Free Bird,’ Keeps It Classy on Last ‘Tonight Show’

Conan O’Brien ended his seven-month stint as host of ‘The Tonight Show‘ Friday night, and, in doing so, he cemented himself as one of the classiest, most impressive entertainers today. O’Brien took the stage to an uproar of nearly unstoppable cheering, which, in all his self-deprecating humor, he said would “have to last me a […]

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Kimmel to Leno: ‘Leave Our Shows Alone’

Jimmy Kimmel didn’t pull any punches on ‘The Jay Leno Show‘ last night. Appearing in Leno’s 10@10 segment, which I imagine will be trashed when Leno returns to ‘The Tonight Show,’ Kimmel used NBC’s late night drama as a reliable punch line. And Leno played along. Mostly. Leno got the ball rolling early in the […]

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Late-Night Wars Reaching Saturation Point

The programming war over at NBC has indeed become the big late-night joke this week. It seems everyone’s getting in on the action, not least of all Conan O’Brien, who Tuesday night unleashed his biggest torrent of frustration yet on ‘The Tonight Show.’ With O’Brien and the rest of the gang piping in, I wonder […]

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Leno’s Time Slot Joke Proves Host’s Power

As rumors continue to swirl about NBC’s late night line up, one almost feels bad for Conan O’Brien, who looks like the odd man out in the network’s negotiations, because Jay Leno’s obviously holding far more power than anyone wants to let on. Including most of the network’s on air adversaries. It was O’Brien who […]

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