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Fox and Conan Getting Closer to a Deal

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 17th 2010 12:31PM
Conan O'Brien and Jay LenoThe late night wars have just gotten more interesting. Fox and recent short-term host of 'The Tonight Show' Conan O'Brien are closer to hammering out a deal that will bring a brand-new late night talk show starring Coco to Rupert Murdoch's network.

Haven't we seen this situation before sometime in the early '90s? Hopefully we'll read more about this situation in the upcoming sequel book.

It would certainly change the whole late night landscape, but it depends on several factors that haven't yet been determined. For example, what would be Conan's start time? 11 P.M.? 11:30 P.M.? Also, it appears his Fox show would start with smaller budget from his 'Tonight Show' run, but that would likely increase in the future if the show gets good ratings.

So, assuming this deal goes through, when you watch late night you will have a choice of Letterman, Leno, O'Brien, Kimmel, Fallon, Stewart, Colbert, or Ferguson. If you're a total insomniac, you also can watch Carson Daly. Who will you be watching? Who should bow out at this stage?

[via TVWeek]

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It would be great to see Conan back on the air! He really got screwed in this deal.


March 19 2010 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Conan has a niche audience. He might get the same ratings at Fox that he got at the Tonight Show, and probably not even that. Let's see who his fans blame then.

Conan should go to Comedy Central and do a Dave Chapelle type sketch show, anyway. He is wasting his talent doing a talk show.

March 18 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

No conan please come to senses and stay away from Broadcast networks they havenot treated you well in the past and your edgy brand of comedy would be much better suited for HBO or possibly Comedy Central

March 18 2010 at 1:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dish runs the East Coast feed of CC out here, so we get Stewart and Colbert at 8 & 8:30. As a consequence, I forget that they're considered late night. Needless to say, they're on the must-watch list.

As for other late-night preferences, I'll watch Craig and Coco for them, Kimmel and Fallon if they have a can't-miss guest, and I don't even look at who's on Jay anymore.

March 17 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

conan does not want to heir what j has to say huh...lol


March 17 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been saying for years that Fox should make a deal with Comedy Central to move The Daily Show to broadcast TV. It would be a lot cheaper than all the hoops that need to be jumped through to bring Conan over.

Part of this deal would allow Comedy Central to air Daily Show repeats throughout the day, as they do now. The Colbert Report would still be on at 11:30 on Comedy Central, with the previous night's rerun on at 11. Fox would also be required to promote Colbert during The Daily Show.

This would be a lot cheaper for Fox, since they would be licensing an already existing brand, as well as easier for the affiliates to accept, as only a half hour of their valuable syndicated time would be taken, and would be a good lead in for, say, Seinfeld reruns.

March 17 2010 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jimmy's comment

Everyone isn't interested in watching Jon Stewart and his writers kiss Obama's ass. There is more than enough of that on the broadcast networks already.

March 18 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cap\'n Bludd

Chelsea gets in my dvr every new show, Craig on occasion, Himmel I watch 2-3 times a year at most, Fallon now and then, same for Dave.

I don't plan on ever watching Leno again due to the screwing over of Conan, and I LIKED Leno.

March 17 2010 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

I too watch Ferguson--and only Ferguson. He's very funny and totally outside the cookie-cutter formula for late night. (Well, I do try to catch Jay's Headlines segment, and I'll certainly flip to Letterman from time to time, but rarely stay for more than the time it takes to do a Top Ten or something.)

Not that I watch him, but I note that TBS' George Lopez show doesn't seem to be getting enough traction to merit a mention here.

March 17 2010 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

coco, colbert, and craigyferg.

March 17 2010 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Craig Ferguson ROCKS!! He also has Johnny's Exec Producer Peter Lassally onboard. But he's on too late for most. It's too bad more people don't have DVR's. The puppets are amazing, and the interviews can hardly be called that, it's just two people having fun, among the folks that do shows like this, his is considered the most fun and relaxed. If you've never watched his show, catch him on the CBS website, or on YouTube.

And NO, I don't work for CBS.

March 17 2010 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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