The Bad Boys of Summer

Arsenio attacks, Leno cries foul, and Dennis coaches from the sidelines in the late-night wars

They're baa-ack. After a vacation for NBC's Olympic fortnight, Jay Leno returns to The Tonight Show to find his competition with late-night rival Arsenio Hall fiercer than any jock grudge match. Consider the events. The javelin backstab. The 100-m bad-mouth. Synchronized sniping. Follyball. And -- given Leno's 33% ratings advantage over Hall -- the uneven parallel talk shows. Who needs Barcelona? These are the games of summer.

Suddenly the midnight air is hot and stormy. Hall, whose syndicated show brought a young, mixed-race audience to late night, disses Leno for unspecified crimes against him. The two shows' staffs charge each other...

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