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Conan Extended At TBS Through November 2015
While we continue to hear reports, rumors and humorous snipes regarding the status of Jay Leno on The Tonight Show at NBC, it looks like Conan's spot at TBS is secure through late 2015. TBS made the announcement today that the redheaded late night talk show host will continue his duties through November of 2015, adding that Conan is a hit with TBS' core audience of young adults and scores a younger median age than any other late-night talk show.
“When we invited Conan O'Brien to come to TBS, we knew he would bring with him a passionately loyal following of young adults," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Conan and his colleagues at Team Coco have gone far beyond that by making CONAN the top late-night brand in the digital arena. 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."
That's a good point about it being April Fools' Day, though something tells me this news is legit. As TBS points out, the late night talk show, which airs weeknights at 11:00 p.m., is popular among the young people and has a solid internet presence, with more than 8.3 million Twitter followers, 2 million fans on Facebook, 2 million unique users each month to TeamCoco.com, and 15 million video viewers each month between TeamCoco.com and the show's YouTube channel.
As a Conan fan, it's great to learn that TBS is sticking with the high-haired comedian for another couple of years. O'Brien and his sidekick Andy Richter are a great comedic team and the series is a pretty fantastic alternative to traditional late night talk shows. For recent evidence of that, which this funny video of Conan confronting one of the producers about the way he lords over the fancy espresso maker.
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