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Fox Gives Reilly Three More Years

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 27th 2010 10:35AM
kevin_reilly_fox_TVLast spring, Fox TV did something pretty radical. It decided to air the first episode of a new fall series in May. That was a long lead time for a series, but Fox was confident in the new program. The show was called 'Glee' and the success of that preview coupled with the breakout status when it officially re-premiered in September made Fox's year.

And the guy who gets credit for that and now a new three-year extension is entertainment chief Kevin Reilly. Here's an executive who was dumped by NBC -- great move, Jeff Zucker -- and has done really well at Fox. It's not only 'Glee,' but that's the most flashy, current ratings and pop culture hit.

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Kirstie Alley Says Conan O'Brien's Ouster is 'Karma' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 26th 2010 12:00PM
Kirstie Alley said it's difficult appearing on the late-night circuit when many talk show hosts have made a career out of telling jokes about her weight. And there's one host in particular who's now paying the price for his jabs, she said on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

When asked by Rachael Ray whether it's hard guesting on a show with a host who's poked fun at her, Alley replied, "It is. Sort of. But, you know, really, most of those people have ... been in some pickles themselves. And some people overdo it a little bit. I don't want to say names -- Conan O'Brien -- and I don't want to say the word 'karma,' but, he doesn't have a show and I do."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Fox Gives Conan 'American Idol' Invite; NBC Says No

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 22nd 2010 10:30AM
After weeks of speculation following Conan O'Brien's abrupt and messy dismissal from 'The Tonight Show' by NBC, reports are emerging that Fox has officially offered O'Brien a role on its network. Not for his own talk show, though.

For 'American Idol.'

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the lanky redhead has been approached by Fox to appear on America's top-rated TV show.

Before you get your hopes up, though, this isn't the latest Ellen DeGeneres-style shock hire, and O'Brien won't be replacing Simon Cowell next season, either. In fact, even though the offer was simply to appear on 'Idol's' annual 'Idol Gives Back' charity special (airing April 21), O'Brien won't be appearing on 'Idol' at all. Why? Because NBC has refused to give O'Brien permission for the guest spot.

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Conan and Fox Still Talking with 'Idol Gives Back' in the Mix

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 22nd 2010 9:02AM
Conan O'BrienThe jury is still out as to whether Conan O'Brien will be starting a new late night talk show on Fox. Talks are still progressing on that front. However, in an interesting wrinkle, the producers of one of Fox's biggest shows, 'Americal Idol,' have approached Conan to appear on their charity special 'Idol Gives Back.'

Unfortunately, Conan had to decline the appearance because it would still be in breach of contract (he is prohibited from appearing on television until September). You'd think NBC would be willing to allow for a one-time waiver for charity, but at the same time it's unlikely they would allow for such a ratings bonanza on a rival network.

For now, Conan still has his 'Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on TV' tour. It is interesting to note that the day of May 17th was left free on the tour, which is the same day as the Fox upfronts in New York City. Coincidence?

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Conan O'Brien and Fox Take Baby Steps Toward a Deal

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 18th 2010 12:00PM
Conan O'BrienBoth Conan O'Brien and Fox would love to be able to have a deal in place for a late-night Coco talk show starting this fall that Fox could announce by the time it makes its annual splashy upfront presentation to advertisers on May 17.

But so far, there's no deal, no dollar figures being discussed, and in fact, no talks at all between Fox and Team Coco over the past two weeks, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Still, according to the Reporter and the Los Angeles Times, the two sides have agreed on a basic framework for a deal. Now all they have to do is figure out the money and how to get all of Fox's local stations to agree to bump their current late-night programming to make way for the former 'Tonight Show' host. "We'll get there," a source close to O'Brien told the Times on Tuesday.

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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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A Few Details About the New Conan Road Show

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:02PM
Conan O'Brien tour posterThe rumors of a Conan O'Brien road show, called the 'Legally Prohibited from Being on Television Tour,' were finally confirmed today (see our post earlier today), but few details have been announced. TV Squad spoke with longtime Conan writer Brian Kiley a couple of weeks ago, when the rumors first started popping up, about what the show might be like. The show was still in the planning stages, and probably still is. But there are a few details we can relate.

First of all, don't expect the road show to be a carbon copy of the 'Tonight Show' or of 'Late Night'. "[On] TV, things can be very small," said Kiley. "This stage show is going to have to be big. So I don't think he's going to come out and do a long monologue about current events, for example. I think it's going to be a romp. I think it'll be kind of fun, wacky things. Things we can't do on TV. It should be a very loose, fun show."

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Conan O'Brien Announces Live Tour Dates

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 11th 2010 11:00AM
Conan O'BrienAs expected, Conan O'Brien is taking his show on the road.

O'Brien, who was booted from the 'Tonight Show' at the end of January, will headline the 'Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,' beginning Apr. 12 in Eugene, Oregon, according to his Twitter. The 30-city tour will feature additional stops in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, among others.

No word yet on whether Twitter BFF Sarah Killen will attend.

For full details on the tour, check out PopEater.

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Letterman Tops Leno ... For Good or For Now?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 9:00PM
Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey and David LettermanDoes NBC have something to worry about now that Leno is back in the 'Tonight Show' chair or is this just a case of settling the new guy in ... uh, again?

Dave Letterman's 'Late Show'
scored a 1.3 in the demo ratings while Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' scored a 1.1 on Monday.

What's to blame? It's the lead-in's fault. CBS had the highest prime time lead-in while NBC finished a distant fourth or as Conan O'Brien would call it, "payback."

Can Leno pull things around or is this a sign of things to come?

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Jimmy Smits Back in Court on New NBC Drama

by Erika Milvy, posted Mar 10th 2010 1:38PM
Jimmy SmitzJimmy Smits played a congressman who became president on 'The West Wing' in 2006, and now, he's slated to return to TV drama as a Supreme Court Justice who becomes a lawyer.

Smits, who came to prominence in the '80s as one of an office full of hunky lawyers on 'LA Law,' is back with a new legal drama -- this time, NBC's untitled drama pilot from Conan O'Brien's production firm, Conaco, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Smits will star as a "by-the-book" Supreme Court justice who excuses himself from the bench to go into private practice and fight constitutional injustices. The NBC pilot is co-produced by John Eisendrath, who produced such hits as 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Felicity.'

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Andy Richter Has Ill Will Toward NBC and Jay Leno (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 9th 2010 1:00PM
Andy Richter had plenty to say today about NBC's late-night talk show debacle on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). The former 'Tonight Show' announcer pulled no punches and blamed NBC execs for not honoring their commitment to Conan O'Brien and 'The Jay Leno Show' for failing to command ratings and provide a strong lead-in.

When asked by Kelly Ripa whether Richter harbors ill will toward the network or Leno for the shake-up which put Leno back in the 'Tonight Show' seat and resulted in O'Brien's ouster, Richter replied, "Yes. Yes, I do. Well, why wouldn't I? I mean, my god, I'd be like some sort of self-hater."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Live from Phoenix, Arizona, It's Conan O'Brien!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 8:27AM
Coco might be unemployed, but he's not spending his days half-naked in a bean bag chair and hitting a bag of Doritos like he's trying to earn "Nacho Miles."

He's hard at work on a new live show, the big loophole in his contract that precludes him going on television for some time, starting with Phoenix, Arizona.

TMZ confirmed that Conan is holding a stage show at the Dodge Theatre on April 30 and tickets go on sale today. Ticketmaster started selling seats for the soon to be sold out show but took the listing down when TMZ broke the story. A theater representative confirmed the show will still go on as planned.

There isn't any word yet on what the show is exactly, but expect a lot of angry puppets, a heavy dose of death humor and 1,001 cracks at Jay Leno that would have gotten him thrown in FCC's "Naughty Word Jail" until the end of the next century. In other words, the depth of your standard NBC contract.

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Betty White May Host 'Saturday Night Live' Solo After All

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Good news, bad news: The bad news is, while 'Saturday Night Live' will indeed have a "Women in Comedy" special in April, Betty White won't be part of it. The good news is, 'SNL' producers are still in talks with her about the solo hosting gig that her nearly half a million Facebook fans have been clamoring for.

The news came from a panel discussion in New York on Tuesday night about 'SNL,' whose attendees included longtime 'SNL' executive producer Lorne Michaels and 'SNL' head writer/'Weekend Update' anchor Seth Meyers. "I think it's happening," Meyers told Jezebel.com, about a White hosting gig. "We would love to have her."

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Lorne Michaels' Take on Conan

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 3rd 2010 11:38AM
Lorne MichaelsDuring a discussion in NYC called 'Live From New York,' Lorne Michaels offered some opinions on the entire Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien situation/fiasco. Michaels stated that he was sure Conan would land on his feet and indirectly stated that NBC handled the situation poorly. In short, it was nothing that hasn't been said before by other sources.

Given that he was one of the forces behind 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' (and its Jimmy Fallon-hosted successor), his comments strike me as somewhat bland and politically correct. Undoubtedly Michaels took O'Brien's replacement on 'The Tonight Show' as something of a personal affront, but he has also long since learned that it's a bad idea to bad mouth the people that sign your paycheck.

Of course, this is the man from whom both Jack Donaghy and Dr. Evil were based. Whatever happens to Conan O'Brien, Michaels will undoubtedly still own a piece of his soul.

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Oprah Grills Jimmy Fallon About the Late-Night Shake-up, Conan (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 26th 2010 8:13PM
Oprah Winfrey asked Jimmy Fallon for his take on the NBC late-night wars on Friday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated). "I never heard what you had to say about Jay vs. Conan. Where were you in all that?" Winfrey asked. "We had a show to do while all that was going on," Fallon said in a satellite feed from Vancouver. "So I just concentrated on being funny and keeping my head down. I'm just happy to have a job." And how's Conan doing? "Horrible, horrible, he has a beard now," Fallon cracked. "No, really, he's going to figure it all out." We certainly hope so -- O'Brien has the time ... and the money.

Watch the video after the jump.

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