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Conan To End TBS Show

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Conan To End TBS Show

Post by sfpcc » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:23 pm

Conan O' Brian will end his TBS show at the end this season. He''s moving on to HBO Plus for some kind of variety show. When his show went to a half hour I stop watching it, (I kind of moved on to Jimmy Fallon.)



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Re: Conan To End TBS Show

Post by TheForce » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:54 pm

Conan was a good talent. His move from NBC was a mistake I think.



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Re: Conan To End TBS Show

Post by Calvert DeForest » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:36 am

His choice at the time was to remain with the Tonight Show, which would have been backed up to a 12:05 start (NBC planned to move Jay Leno to 11:35 for a half-hour show). Conan balked at the idea because he felt it compromised the integrity of the Tonight Show, which started no later than 11:35 since its inception. Had he taken the NBC deal, Leno would have been inched out at the end of his contract and Tonight would have resumed its 11:35 start. Conan's other complaint was that the NBC censors were more stringent about the content when he moved up from 12:35. The TBS contract, although it paid much less than his NBC deal, basically gave him free reign. That being said, the move to a cable network gave him nowhere near the audience he had at NBC.

That whole situation was mishandled from the get-go. NBC signed Conan to a multi-year contract with the guarantee that he would get the Tonight Show after (I believe) two more years hosting Late Night. Only problem was Jay Leno wasn't ready to retire and leave the game. When Leno entered talks with Fox and ABC about a possible competing slot, NBC got spooked and offered him the 10 pm slot with a new contract. His prime-time show tanked, so they had to move him back to a late-night slot or take a bath on the contract and risk him popping up on a competing network. It was a debacle that never should have gone down the way it did.


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