1996’s The Late Shift is a fun little TV movie about the transition in the late-night TV world from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno over Dave Letterman. It’s not the flashiest movie, the production quality is pretty noticably cheap (especially by modern TV movie standards), but ultimately it’s an interesting story and the actors play effective caricatures of some of the most iconic TV personalities for a generation.

It’s especially interesting watching this film in light of the 2009-2010 failed transition between Leno and Conan O’Brien – I’d imagine there might be some interest in new film covering the more modern iteration of the late night battles for the legendary Tonight Show.

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