FX chief Landgraf: We'd kill for Conan
Winter TV Press Tour 2010 and the Conan O'Brien Tragedy continue to intertwine as they wind their way to their ends. Today we learn that people who hail from the Fox family of television networks seem to think Conan is moving into their house.
FX chief John Landgraf, who shows up Sunday for the Press Tour's traditional FX Critics Genuflect (TV critics love the basic cable network's dark and heavily serialized drama series like the recently wrapped "The Shield," as well as "Damages," "Sons of Anarchy," "Nip Tuck," etc. ), is asked if he'd like to have a late night show. Critics no longer even bother to mention the name of NBC's soon-to-be-former host of "The Tonight Show" as they ask The Late Night Question of each and every TV suit who takes the stage at the tour. It's a given.
"We'd love to have a 'Daily Show' as good as Conan, or 'Daily Show', or [Stephen] Colbert," Landgraf says, cutting through the coy.
"It's very rare that a comedy talent can pull off a show like that. Now, [Fox broadcast network] and FX are siblings with the same father, metaphorically," Landgraf says. He is referring to Peter Rice , the chief of Fox broadcast network's entertainment operations who, earlier in the tour, was promoted to add FX and Fox Movie Channel to his responsibilities. Sadly news of his promotion seriously eclipsed by the Simon Cowell Is Leaving "American Idol" and Conan Is Getting Shafted by NBC stories.
Rice is standing in the back of the room during Landgraf's Q&A.
"He gets to decide whether Conan goes to Big Brother [Fox] or little brother [FX]," Landgraf says.
"Conan is one of the great comedic talents of our time and if he ever becomes available o basic cable we would go after him in a heartbeat...You never know -- we'll watch this thing play out."
Lisa de Moraes
January 17, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
Categories: TV News , Winter TV Press Tour 2010
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