Television: Three-year renewal for Conan O'Brien on TBS


NEW YORK (LAT) -- Amid a flurry of changes in the late-night TV landscape, TBS is sticking with Conan O’Brien. The network announced that it has renewed "Conan" through 2018.

"Over the past four years, we have built a terrific relationship with Conan O’Brien and are thrilled to be extending his series for another three years," said Michael Wright, president and head of programming for TBS and TNT, in a news release.

Wright praised O’Brien, whose fans skew younger than those of most other late-night hosts, for bringing "an incredibly young audience to TBS."

O’Brien brought his off-kilter brand of comedy to the Turner-owned cable network on November 2010 after his acrimonious departure from NBC’s "The Tonight Show."

The program debuted strong to 4.1 million viewers but now draws a fraction of that number, averaging 796,000 same-day viewers nightly over the last 12 months. But the show has carved out a niche among younger fans of so-called geek culture. Next year it will become the first late-night talk show to tape at San Diego Comic Con, the annual confab that is a magnet for comic enthusiasts and lovers of genre fare.


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