Leno makes his primetime debut
Chris Forrester

The new nightly Jay Leno Show, broadcast at 10pm on NBC, is based on much of the old Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which aired at 11.35pm nightly on the same network.

Viewers late on Monday night watched Leno deliver a 10 minute opening-monologue, as part of what his fans would have seen as a very familiar routine, which included his ‘Headlines’ comedy news-clippings slot.

There were new elements, most of which trade mag ‘Variety’ didn’t much care for. A celebrity interview with Jerry Seinfeld also helped (and delivered the best line, saying “In the '90s, when we quit a show, we actually left"). Leno’s near-trademark desk has gone to be replaced by a pair of easy chairs for his interview spot.

Leno and his team have the rest of this week to bed the show in, but the other networks have their new shows airing next week when the competition really begins.