‘Conan’ to air on UK TV from August on TruTV

Conan O’Brien’s hit TBS talk show is set to hit UK TV screens this summer for the first time.

ConanThe talk show ‘Conan’ had been broadcast on Irish TV previously (on 3e) but has never aired on any UK TV channel.

The programme will air on new free-to-air channel TruTV which will launch on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media. ‘Conan’ will begin on TruTV on the 4th August and will be shown Mondays to Thursdays at 11pm.

Conan O’Brien has released a statement:

“I’m very excited my show will appear in the UK because my sense of humour has been so inspired by the English – from Python and Black Adder to Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and comedy legend Gordon Ramsay. I think my self-deprecating, improvisational style should fit well with the UK sensibility, and my pale, freckled skin will remind your viewers of either a dear old friend, or that irritating man in the pub who won’t stop singing Abba tunes”.

TruTV in the UK will be the sister channel to its US counterpart which originally launched as Court TV and is owned by Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner) – the same company that runs TBS which airs ‘Conan’ on basic cable in the US.

It’s been a while since Conan has been promoting a talk show to a UK/London audience:

Digital Spy – “Conan O’Brien’s talk show coming to the UK on truTV”

“Shake-up” for The Jonathan Ross Show later this year

The Jonathan Ross ShowJonathan Ross has been speaking to The Sun about his ITV chat show, and has revealed that when it returns later this year there will be a shake-up to the programme.

The Jonathan Ross Show has suffered from declining ratings compared to his old BBC1 chat show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and compared to his Friday night BBC1 successor Graham Norton.

It’s been announced the seventh series of The Jonathan Ross Show will air this year with Jonathan Ross telling The Sun “we’ll be shaking up the format of the show in October… that will be the first big shake-up in a while… we do it every six years to keep the show fresh”.

It was thought the programme was going to be cancelled by ITV in 2013 until they announced they had commissioned it for a further two series.

Some would say the decline in ratings is down to the guests booked to appear on the programme. Speaking of this, Ross told The Sun “we’re still striving to get top guests” and we should “expect a few new surprises”.

He also said “it will be a shorter run this time, so I’ll get a little time to rest”.

The Jonathan Ross Show debuted on ITV in September 2011 with the first episode attracting an audience of 4.25 million viewers – series six finished in March this year with an audience of 2.72 million.

Digital Spy – “Jonathan Ross: ‘Shake-up will keep chat show fresh’”

Jay Leno’s appearance on BBC1′s The One Show

Jay Leno appeared on BBC1′s The One Show earlier this evening, Tuesday 13th May.

He was on the programme to talk about his life past & present, his time on The Tonight Show and his love of cars – including details of his new driving challenge.

Jay also had a go at playing the bagpipes at the end of the show, to honour his Scottish heritage.

Watch the episode in full below (available for the next 7 days, and available for UK audiences only):

Jay Leno to be a guest on The One Show tomorrow night

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be a guest on BBC1′s The One Show tomorrow evening.

It’s not clear what Jay is on the light entertainment programme to talk about, but this should be interesting as he’s rarely been seen on TV anywhere since he stepped down from NBC’s The Tonight Show earlier this year. I would guess the most likely subject on the menu will be his love of cars.

The One Show featuring Jay Leno will air at 7pm tomorrow (13th May) on BBC1 and BBC1 HD, and will be available to UK viewers on BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.

Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert with The Minority Report

Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore will take over from Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, when Stephen leaves at the end of this year to host the Late Show on CBS in 2015.

The current “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart will begin his new show called The Minority Report in the 11.30pm timeslot on Comedy Central in January.

The Minority Report was created by Daily Show host Jon Stewart and will be produced by Stewart’s company Busboy Productions.

Jon Stewart joked, in the official press release, “while Larry Wilmore is a brilliant comic and showrunner, this is all just a complicated ruse to get him to move to New York and turn him into a Knicks fan”.

Wilmore said “I’m beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart… I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker T-shirts when I’m layering”.

Larry has been on The Daily Show since 2006, and has been a writer for In Living Color, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show. He also co-created The PJs with Eddie Murphy and The Bernie Mac Show with the late Bernie Mac.

Click here to read the Comedy Central press release in full
LA Times – “Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert with ‘The Minority Report’”
A.V. Club – “Larry Wilmore will take over for Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central”
The Daily Beast – “Meet Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert’s Replacement…”