TBS Keeping ‘Conan’ Around Until 2018

By May 14, 2014
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After TBS just picked up the police comedy series “Angie Tribeca” starring Rashida Jones, the network just solidified a deal to keep one of their strongest commodities in play for another few years.

TBS announced a renewal of their partnership with Conan O’Brien and his late night talk show “Conan” that will last through 2018. That means we’re due for at least four more years of Conan’s late night antics that are consistently pulling in more adults in the coveted 18-34 demographic than nearly all of the other late night programs like “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It appears the only late night show beating him in those numbers is the equally fresh “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

While it may not seem like Conan is one of the bigger players in the late night war, since his ratings as a whole don’t match-up with the major network shows, the comedian has made a perfect, niche home on the cable network that gives him the freedom and job security he’s deserved since NBC screwed him over for the inferior Jay Leno.

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We’re just glad Conan has a solid home as networks like CBS are shaking up their late night formula with Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman in 2015 (and Larry Wilmore taking the timeslot after “The Daily Show” in his stead), and Craig Ferguson leaving “The Late Late Show” at the end of this year. While we would have liked to see Conan head back to a major network, TBS just seems to be a perfect fit.

O’Brien keeps delivering plenty of viral content, and his show’s infamous recurring character Triumph the Insult Comic Dog just landed a new show at Adult Swim with Jack McBrayer. Plus, earlier this year we learned that “Conan” would be heading to Comic-Con in San Diego in 2015, as the first late night show to broadcast straight from the heart of the biggest pop culture convention in the country. Here’s some of Conan’s nerdy tomfoolery dealing with some rumored titles for Star Wars: Episode VII:

“Conan” airs Monday-Thursday at 11pm (ET/PT) on TBS. Are you glad he’s around for at least a few more years?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.