Jay Leno to get 10PM show on NBC?

lenoRumors are swirling that NBC is *this close* to signing a deal with Jay Leno for a 10PM nightly interview show.  From the sounds of it, this is expected to be almost a replica of his current late night show, airing at 11:35 every weekday. 

What does that mean for the current NBC landscape, in light of the various layoffs that we heard about today?  That eliminates 5 hours of programming every week!  While some people might cry foul on the part of NBC, I am in the “minority,” believing that this could actually turn out to work in their favor (since they don’t seem to have a very creative group of people doing the work these days).

Think about it – they don’t need to craft a show to replace MY OWN WORST ENEMY, or ER.  They can shuffle Wednesday nights – LIFE at 8, LAW & ORDER at 9 (to replace soon to be defunct KNIGHT RIDER).  The sure to be cancelled CRUSOE gives up its Friday at 10 slot.  The only show that might take issue is the almost always gruesome or full-of-scantily-clad-people SVU on Tuesdays. 

What are your thoughts on the rumor?  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Are you ready to see Leno take a little breather?