Conan inks new four-year deal at TBS

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NEW YORK — Turner says TBS has closed a new deal with Conan O'Brien that extends through 2022.

TBS and sister Turner network TNT plan to launch a total of six new series from stars such as Snoop Dogg, Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Moore. CNN has four new series in the works.

And TNT is working with filmmaker Ridley Scott to develop a night of original science-fiction programming.

These announcements were made Wednesday as the Turner networks unveiled to advertisers their plans for the season ahead.

Talk-show veteran O'Brien's new four-year pact with TBS keeps him at the network where "Conan" debuted in November 2010 after his abrupt exit from "The Tonight Show" when NBC reinstated Jay Leno as host.

But the format and distribution strategy for O'Brien's talents will evolve from his current Monday-through-Thursday hour. He will "expand the boundaries from a talk show to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences," according to TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly.

With Ridley Scott ("The Martian," ''Alien: Covenant"), TNT will develop an evening-long programming block of original science fiction in many forms, serving as a showcase for hour-long series, short form and other formats.

Meanwhile, TNT has announced "Who Run the World?" — a documentary series executive-produced by Sarah Jessica Parker and Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"). Slated to premiere later this year, it will focus on the issues that women face in today's world.

And in late fall, TNT will debut "Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse," a nonfiction series from the Oscar-winning filmmaker that promises to blow the whistle on everything from Washington politics to Wall Street shenanigans. Moore will star in the series as well as direct and produce.

TBS has given the green light to these four new series:

- "Miracle Workers," a heaven-set workplace comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson.

- "Close Enough," an animated series from "Regular Show" creator J.G. Quintel.

- An update of the durable game show "The Joker's Wild" hosted by Snoop Dogg.

- An untitled series from the comedy trio The Dress Up Gang, whose viral videos include the "My Roommate, My Friend" series.

In addition, TBS is developing a fully interactive late-night programming block with the multiplatform studio Super Deluxe.


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