Conan O'Brien not an Easy Sell to Fox's Local Stations

Posted: January 19, 2010 by Matthew Casey in Articles
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Although NBC has not officially released any details on the fate of its newest “Tonight Show” host, many people seem to believe the host will leave NBC and settle in on the FOX network perhaps as early as next September.   However, this may not be as easy of a move as people might think.  According to sources in the entertainment world Fox will have a lot of convincing to do in order to be able to start up a late night show with Conan O’Brien.

Currently, Fox does not have a late night show. Instead its local stations air reruns of sitcoms during its late night hour after 10pm.  These reruns are often stable profit generating shows for the local stations.  This reliability may be hard to give up, especially in a year when local TV has been struggling to turn a profit.   In order for the network to be able to offer O’Brien a late night venue the network’s executives will have to somehow make an offer lucrative enough to convince its 205 stations to drop current money making programs and gamble with a late night show that may or may not make money for the network.

Even though the hype about O’Brien moving to Fox is just that, some of the stations at Fox are already voicing their concerns over the potential to lose money if the network takes on a late night talk show.

So this is definitely an interesting situation, with O’Brien most likely to wrap up his “Tonight Show” this Friday January 22 his future in the late night scene seems very uncertain.   A night without Conan in the television line up is like cookies with no milk.

—Matthew Casey

  1. brenw23 says:

    Looks like it’s over to QVC for the Cone Zone!

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