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The Talker: Late-night TV wars heat up

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The late night TV wars are on again and much of this one is another civil war.

There is infighting at NBC and Jay Leno is in the process of getting dumped, according to widespread reports.

Network bosses are said to have picked Jimmy Fallon to take over the iconic "Tonight Show" sometime within the next year-and-a-half. Fallon's current show, which airs on NBC after Leno, is considered a hipper show that can attract a younger audience.

NBC has replaced Leno before. Four years ago, it gave the "Tonight Show" to Conan O'Brien. Then, it reversed course and found itself in a public and ugly war with O'Brien.

The network is said to be desperate to make this new transition smooth, but so far it hasn't been. Leno has made a few jokes in his monologues this week about NBC's low ratings in primetime that reportedly got him a not-so-friendly email from a top NBC executive.

Leno could end up with the last laugh. The latest part of all this is that FOX could be interested in giving Leno a show if he leaves NBC. The New York Post, which is owned by the same company that owns FOX, reports the head of FOX's affiliate-board wants to hire Leno to do a show.

The thought is to air Leno at 10 o'clock Chicago time, right after the local news. That means it would start before the "Tonight Show" and other late night shows, possibly giving it a leg up.

According to the New York Post, if, and when, Jimmy Fallon moves into Jay Leno's slot, the frontrunner for Fallon's spot is the Evanston native and current "Saturday Night Live" member Seth Myers.

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