TV Junkie: Conan to TBS-It-Up; Pilot Production Leaving LA
Earlier we had written about Conan O'Brien starting his comedy road show this week while continuing negotiations with Fox who had wanted him as a show host for the 11pm-12am slot but that is obviated as today's announcement by TBS means that Conan's show now has a home. The new show will bump "Lopez Tonight" from 11pm to 12am with supposedly little complaint from Lopez as following O'Brien will most likely provide him with a much larger lead-in audience. We look forward to finding out more details, such as the show's format and budget (Conan's "Tonight Show" was reportedly a $90 million/year show). Congratulations to both Conan O'Brien's team and TBS.
Did you watch the premiere of "Treme" on HBO last night? What did you think? It seemed like a winner compared to "The Pacific", a series that appears to only be updating classic films like Guadalcanal Diary, The Naked and the Dead, or The Sands of Iwo Jima by injecting random graphic sex scenes into the action.
Variety reports that production of TV pilots is leaving not just the West Coast but also NYC. Despite the uptick in orders for pilots (think: recovering economy, oh, and NBC now needs to fill the 10pm slot five days a week) production is leaving LA and heaving to Chicago, Hawaii, Dallas, New Mexico, and, of course, Canada.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "How I Met Your Mother", "Rules of Engagement", "24", "The Daily Show" (Bryan Cranston guests!), Ferguson (Tim Gunn)