TMZ, for what it’s worth, is now reporting that NBC has signed a contract with Jay Leno to take over the 11:35 - 12:35 “Tonight Show” slot, replacing Conan O’Brien, who will be removed from the schedule. Next week, according to Bill Simmons’ Twitter, is expected to be the last for Conan on NBC. No word on his future. NBC, however, is denying that an agreement is in place for Leno’s restoration to “The Tonight Show.”
Meanwhile, NBC has also announced it’s post-Olympics 10:00 schedule, naming the five programs that will fill Leno’s old slot. “Law and Order” will take the Monday slot; “Parenthood” will take the Tuesday slot; “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” will take the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, while re-runs of “SVU” (from The USA Network) will take the 9 p.m. slot. Jerry Seinfeld’s “The Marriage Ref” will follow the comedy-block on Thursdays, and “Dateline NBC” will return to the 10:00 slot on Fridays. “Friday Night Lights” will also return to Fridays on April 30th. Two other new reality shows will also debut on the schedule post-Olympics: “Minute to Win It” on Sundays, before two-hour editions of “The Apprentice” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” on Fridays.
Finally, in renewal news: “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town,” and “The Middle” have all been renewed for a second season (and word is, either “Better of Ted” or “Scrubs” may fill the other half hour in the Wednesday comedy block). On CBS, both “NCIS: LA” and “The Good Wife,” unsurprisingly, have also been renewed for a second season.