NBC has been busy dealing with a rumored new late night conundrum involving Jay Leno supposedly being removed from The Tonight Show in favor of Jimmy Fallon. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a few years since the network last had a debacle with the staple late night talk show as Jay Leno decided he wanted his job back after being replaced by Conan O’Brien.
Thankfully, the headline making entertainment struggle resulted in a huge outcry of support for Conan by way of fans calling themselves Team Coco (based on nickname from Tom Hanks) and TBS used that to strike a deal with O’Brien for his own show, appropriately called Conan, that has turned into a moderately successful program, especially with younger crowds. Fans will be pleased to hear that the talk show will be around for at least a couple more years.
Deadline has word that TBS has renewed Conan through November 2015, which will actually mark the show’s five-year anniversary on the network. Though Conan may not rake in the high ratings of other late night talk shows on the big networks, the coveted young demographic is larger than any of those other shows and they continue to make waves with how they engage their fans online and involve them with the show.
TBS’ head of programming, Michael Wright, says, “We are proud to extend our relationship with Conan as he continues to forge the future of late night. I just wish we didn’t decide to tell him on April Fools’ Day.” Though a more cruel joke would have been for NBC to offer him The Tonight Show again.
Conan has enjoyed an interesting career from early stand-up to writing for series like The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live before becoming the late night personality that we all know today. It’ll be interesting to see if his profile and audience grows should Leno fall out of The Tonight Show and viewers who aren’t fans of Jimmy Fallon look for a different late night option. Plus, Conan will be joined by a new late night talk show hosted by comedian Pete Holmes, so TBS is still looking to compete with NBC, CBS and ABC (not to mention Comedy Central) in the late night game.
Conan airs weeknights at 11/10c on TBS.