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By Robert Lloyd, Television Critic Monday night brings the nonevent -- "anti-event," one might even say -- of TV's winter season, the return of Jay Leno to "The Tonight Show," marking an end to the Late Night War of 2010. (Casualties: one.) That fracas focused attention not only on the two main combatants but on the rest of the relatively small, essentially homogenous group of men who make up broadcast television's late-night comedy-'n'-chat front line: Past Jay and, formerly, Conan, there are only Dave, Craig, Jimmy, Jimmy and Carson, kind of, holding down the desk or filling the comfy chair for the original big three networks. But it doesn't end there. Farther down the dial one finds shows whose hosts are not all straight white men (Wanda Sykes, who has a weekly show on Fox, is none of those things), and other variations are played on the old established forms. Herewith, a field guide to some of the rarer -- and newer -- birds of late night.
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