Entertainment – Fox may take Conan O’Brien on board
MUMBAI: Fox is contemplating to pick up Conan O’Brien for a rival late-night show, It is U.
It is said that talks between O’Brien and Fox could start soon.
For long, Fox has wanted to create a late-night show and also a morning show to compete with NBC, ABC and CBS. What is new is word that Fox wants to complete a deal with Conan quickly.
Today and Tonight, for instance, are cash cows for NBC and together they bring in around $800 million a year in revenues. But starting flagship shows like those has been next to impossible.
Fox’s last attempt to crack late night with The Chevy Chase Show was canceled in 1993 after just four weeks. Joan Rivers lasted less than a year on Fox late night in 1986-87.
But more things are in Fox’s favour now than in the past. O’Brien’s young appeal is a better fit at Fox than at NBC, which was used to the larger-but-older audience that Jay Leno had been getting at 11:30.
Fox is the top-ranked network now and thanks to shows like American Idol, it has the clout to promote Conan better. And, most attractive of all, Conan’s salary will be paid in large part by NBC, thanks to the $32.5-million settlement he received last week to get out of his Tonight show contract.
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