r.-.»-»i- r< .(j * .? .*>.«•• J< * I fif * •>..'-• • » ; '* • :' * v ? ; -.» * c r. r •"?: I •!•' • ' •> ( t < r • V '«*; /• '• ; October 13-19,1996 LISTINGS FOR NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST KANSAS The Associated Press Jay Leno hams It up during a recent monologue on "The Tonight Show," which airs weeknights at 10:30 on NBC. Leno capitalizing on success Comedian has taken Tonight Show' to the top of late-night ratings By JENNIFER BOWLES The Associated Press BURBANK, Calif. — Let's get one thing straight from the beginning: Jay Leno's new book is no autobiography. Any reader might logically think so. First, there's the baby picture of Leno on the back cover. Then, there's the adult one on the front below the title, a reference to his most prominent body feature: "Leading with My Chin." TV Guide even calls it an autobiography. "It's more or less, I mean, some of it is autobiographical, obviously,"- Leno says. "But it's not a bitch-and-moan rehab story. I'm a little tired of that. I think it's all positive, funny, silly." Indeed, the book is a collection of humorous tales from Leno's childhood in Massachusetts and his life on the road as a standup comic. And it features downright endearing memories of his late parents — his thrifty Scottish mom and his Italian dad, an insurance salesman. It's about 6 p.m. on the "The Tonight Show" stage and Leno has just wrapped up a Monday night taping. But he seems hurried, even after the show is over. You would think he could take a moment to relax. After all, Leno has beaten Letterman in the ratings for more than a year now, and recently taped his 1,000th episode. "You're only as good as your last show," he insists. "That's why we've never missed a day nor taken a vacation in five years." But, he concedes, "That's what the job is. Sooner or later, you get thrown out of television. Then you'll have all the time you want to sit around. But while things are going well, you might as well capitalize on it." Things didn't start off so well when Leno, now 46, first took the baton from Carson on May 25,1992. "Before, we were trying to copy what Johnny did, and nobody can do that," Leno says. "You either try to be a pale imitation of somebody else or you try to be your own person. And that's what we've tried to do." Enter Hugh Grant. When Leno snagged the British actor's first major appearance after being caught with a prostitute, ratings more than doubled for that night. Leno's leading question, "What the hell were you thinking?" has become part of the vernacular. "It's finally getting to be able to do the show the way I wanted to do it," Leno explains. Like adding Kevin Eubanks, who has an excellent rapport with Leno. Like extending the monologue to 20 minutes and spending time with the audience. "I like being able to go into the audience and shake people's hands or fool around with people or whatever," he says. That's obvious. Before each taping, an energetic Leno warms up the audience. He invites some on stage, jokes with them about their professions or hometowns, then poses with them for Polaroid snapshots. That's Leno. Always working. This week's highlights Everything to Gain 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS Sean Young portrays a successful New York art director who has her life shattered by a random act of violence. Sudden Terror 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC A SWAT team pursues a school bus seized by a deranged hijacker who threatens to kill the driver and her emotionally handicapped children. Night Visitors 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC Faith Ford portrays a graduate student who stumbles onto a bizarre military coverup after her brother is killed. A Kiss So Deadly 8 p.m. Monday, NBC A middle-aged man (Charles Shaughnessy) becomes obsessed with his daughter's roommate — and finds himself a suspect in his daughter's eyes after the girl is brutally murdered. Masterpiece Theatre: Moll Flanders 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, PBS Daniel Defoe's tale of a notorious, much-married-heroine. Coneheads 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fox Pan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin reprise their "Saturday Night Live" roles as the alien couple Beldar and Prymaat who settle in suburban New Jersey. Every Woman's Dream 8 p.m. Tuesday, CBS Jeff Farley portrays a charismatic, conniving adulterer who juggles two wives — and two separate lives as a CIA operative and a high-powered entertainment-industry executive. Presidential Debate 8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, Fox, PBS President Clinton and GOP candidate Bob Dole square off in their second (and final) debate on the University of San Diego campus. We the Jury 8 p.m. Wednesday, USA Kelly McGillls portrays a Key juror in the trial of a talk-show host (Lauren Button) charged with killing her husband. Chief* vs. Seahawks 7 p.m. Thursday, KMBC, TNT Kansas City aims to snap a two- game losing streak when the Chiefs entertain Seattle at Arrowhead Stadium. C&P9 Fear 8 p.m. Thursday, USA Robert De Niro portrays a sadistic ex-con who seeks revenge against his former attorney.
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