Do you like skinny red-heads and marionette-inspired dancing? Well do I have news for you! TBS has renewed their order of 'Conan' through the end of November, 2015.
Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show, his follow-up to his controversial six-months as host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show,' has proven a ratings giant over on TBS; many late-night viewers are "with CoCo," as the internet campaign states. November 2015 will mark 'Conan's five-year anniversary on TBS, at which point O'Brien will be free to reevaluate his career, his show, and whatever goals he wishes to set for himself next.
After his unceremonial ousting from NBC at the hands of timid NBC executives and the nefarious Jay Leno, O'Brien went on a tour of the USA, performing speaking engagements and a sort of quasi-live version of his talk show comedy. TBS won O'Brien's services in a bidding war with other stations; TBS' willingness to bring O'Brien's longtime sidekick Andy Richter on board and give O'Brien free reign to run his show the way he sees fit sealed the deal for the pale funnyman.
Michael Wright, TBS' Head of Programming, released the following statement when he announced the renewal of 'Conan:'
"When we invited Conan O’Brien to come to TBS, we knew he would bring with him a passionately loyal following of young adults. We are proud to extend our relationship with Conan as he continues to forge the future of late night. I just wish we didn’t decide to tell him on April Fools’ Day."
While 'Conan' is not setting any ratings records on TBS when it comes to late-night, O'Brien's show has a younger median audience age than any other late-night talk show; this is a sought-after demographic for advertisers, making 'Conan' a very valuable property. TBS is establishing itself in the late-night wars with a follow-up show to 'Conan' to be hosted by Pete Holmes, which will launch in the Autumn.