NBC’s ‘Dateline’ to Help Fill Leno Gap

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

When David Corvo, executive producer of NBC’s “Dateline,” heard rumblings at the beginning of the year that “The Jay Leno Show” was on shaky ground, he knew he had to prepare.

“I wasn’t born yesterday, so I’m always thinking, ‘Be ready, be ready,’ ” Corvo said. “We’re the guys who come off the bench.”

As NBC tries to patch together a new lineup for the 10 p.m. hour, it has called on “Dateline” to fill in the gap on Fridays by stretching the program to two hours, from 9 to 11 p.m., an expanded format that was originally slated to begin in May. That means the newsmagazine has 12 extra hours this spring. More…

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