If any members of Team Coco have been worrying whether TBS was happy with the performance of Conan's third late night talk show at 11pm, you can now feel free to (to borrow a line from the maestro himself) "keep cool my babies." Deadline Hollywood is now reporting that TBS has officially renewed "Conan" through at least April 2014. With the show having premiered in November 2010, this would guarantee that Coco's show gets at least a 3.5 year run on the cable network. I think we can all agree that's much better than Conan's prematurely ended Tonight Show run on NBC, which barely lasted seven months total.
I've been watching Conan regularly since his Late Night days, and I am pleased that the move to TBS has worked out so well for him and his staff. True, the ratings are obviously down after the move to basic cable, and the crew doesn't make quite as much, but Conan is now getting paid handsomely for his work, owns anything he creates on TBS, and was able to bring his entire staff with him to the show's new home.
The Conan Vs. Jay battles of 2010 captivated the country, and in the end it seems that both comics came out ahead. Jay got back the job he never really wanted to leave, and his loyal audience got their safe Tonight Show back. Conan moved on to a network where he has much more creative control and retains the intellectual rights to his material. That's a win-win situation if I ever saw one.
Are you happy about Conan's renewal? Do you think TBS made the right call? Do you think Coco has dropped in quality since the move? Do you want Puppy Conan to be it's own series? Answer these questions and more in the comments section below.