Newly promoted TNT/TBS president/head of programming Michael Wright made a few new friends when he sealed a deal to pick up fan favorite comedy Cougar Town from ABC. After a quick negotiation, TBS ordered 15 episodes of the show, which will premiere its fourth season next winter. The network will also start airing Cougar Town repeats. Wright, who previously saved Southland after NBC canceled it, says there will be no changes to the sitcom. Meanwhile, over at TNT, Wright says he's eager to change the perception that the network's dramas only dabble in "self-seriousness or earnestness." Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir isn't ready to be ordered as a series, but Wright expects to air it on Sundays, where the network is specializing in genre shows like Falling Skies.
Until Conan O'Brien is legally able to appear on TV in the fall, he's trying a different way to make people laugh: a stage show.
Conan O'Brien debuts on stage with Self-Pleasuring Panda
O'Brien returned to Los Angeles over the weekend to perform at the Gibson Amphitheatre, which is just a few buildings away from his now-vacant Tonight Show stage. The proximity fueled the comedian further in taking on evil television executives, comparing NBC to Lord of the Rings' Mordor, the place where television the ring goes to die.
So how is Coco moving on, besides, of course, getting his own TV show on TBS?