Conan O’Brien is set to host a new series on TCM – his current talk show airs on TCM’s sister channel TBS.
The new series Carson On TCM will showcase the best of Johnny Carson’s Hollywood interviews from his time as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show.
Carson On TCM will begin on the 1st July with a Drew Barrymore interview from 1982. Other interviews to be featured throughout the series include Kirk Douglas, Mary Tyler Moore, Doris Day, Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, Ronald Reagan, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor.
TBS have renewed Conan for a further year putting it on air through 2015.
The previous deal had the show expiring April 2014 so this now adds an extra year to the agreement.
Conan O’Brien’s basic cable talk show has been averaging almost 1 million viewers per episode and particularly grabs the younger audience which TBS have been striving for.
EW.com quotes Michael Wright – president & head of programming for TBS – “Conan and his colleagues at Team Coco have gone far beyond that by making Conan the top late-night brand in the digital arena. We are proud to extend our relationship with Conan as he continues to forge the future of late night”.
Conan O’Brien stops by the Ed Sullivan Theatre this Thursday for a chat with Dave. This will be the first visit between the two former Late Night hosts since Conan’s appearance on Dave’s show 13 years ago.
This will be a very interesting interview considering we all know how Dave and Conan feel about Jay Leno after he took The Tonight Show back from O’Brien in the controversial move by NBC.
Conan now hosts his own talk show on cable channel TBS.