Monthly Archives: January 2010

Did a Legal Loophole Allow NBC to Get Rid of Conan?

Contracts in the entertainment business have their own language and legal interpretation.

Courts impose the customs and standard practices of the industry in agreements, if the language does not specifically contradict them.

This means that if Conan O’Brien’s contract with NBC didn’t say anything about the time the “Tonght Show” was scheduled to air, NBC could determine the timeslot for the show.

Conan’s contract reportedly had no specific provision that guaranteed the show would air immediately after the local affiliate news.

Television networks routinely change program air times, as fans of numerous dramas and sitcoms are fully aware.

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Jimmy Kimmel Ambushes Jay Leno

Jimmy Kimmel gave a set to set interview to Jay Leno Thursday night for the Leno Show’s 10@10 segment.

Kimmel surprised Leno by redirecting the answers to every one of the ten questions that were asked. The segment turned serious and even hostile as Kimmel revealed that he is part of Team Conan.

When Leno asked Kimmel if there was anyone he wanted to interview.

“You and Conan together,” Kimmel answered.

When asked to name the best prank he ever pulled, “The best prank I ever pulled was I told a guy that—five years from now—I’m gonna give you my show. And then when the five years came, I gave it to him, and then I took it back almost instantly.”

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Conan Says No to NBC

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Conan O’Brien has explicitly rejected NBC’s planned move of ”The Tonight Show” to a 12:05 am start so that Jay Leno could have his 11:35 pm slot back.

O’Brien issued a statement pointing out that NBC only allowed seven months for the red-headed comedian to get his version of the show off the ground.

His statement began:

“People of Earth:

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Will Conan Move from NBC to Fox?

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The Fox network is apparently pouring cold water on NBC’s plans to keep Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon on its late night slate.

Fox execs have leaked to media sources that the network would be interested in a Conan-led late night franchise.

A Fox source indicated that there was interest in O’Brien but acknowledged a legal impediment, that being O’Brien’s contract with NBC.

NBC and O’Brien continue in their efforts to, in essence, renegotiate O’Brien’s deal.

And entertainment contracts are notorious for not necessarily being ironclad.

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