As you may have heard (if not, you’ve somehow managed to avoid the ubiquitous ads), Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show debuts on TBS a week from today (in an interesting promotional move, “Show Zero,” the rehearsal for the actual show, debuts on the web tonight 11pm ET/8pm PT), initiating the next battle in the war to determine who the king of late night.

O’Brien appears on the cover of the new Rolling Stone. The just-released December issue of Vanity Fair runs an exclusive excerpt of The War for Late NightNYT journalist Bill Carter’s look at what led to O’Brien’s leaving the Tonight Show.

Some of the magazines that didn’t get the excerpt are contenting themselves with excerpting the excerpt; Time lists the five best revelations and New York magazine’s “Vulture” blog, picks the best quotes.

The book releases on Thursday.

The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
Bill Carter
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2010-11-04)
ISBN / EAN: 067002208X / 9780670022083

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