‘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”

Conan renewed by TBS

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”.

Inside TV – EW.com – “Safe: Conan O’Brien’s talk show renewed”

Conan signs new two-year deal with TBS

ConanConan has signed a new deal with TBS to keep him with the channel through to April 2014.

The new two-year deal will keep him on the basic cable channel with his popular late night talk show which premiered in November 2010 following his popular theatre tour and of course prior to that the furore that was his controversial Tonight Show axing by NBC.

A press release from TBS says “Since premiering in November 2010, CONAN has been a hit with TBS’s core audience of young adults. The show recently charted its third consecutive month of audience growth. The success of CONAN also extends well beyond the show’s TBS telecasts to include widespread DVR, online and mobile viewing; interaction through Twitter, Facebook and TeamCoco.com. In the past year, CONAN has conducted special events throughout the country, including a week of shows from the Beacon Theater in New York and fan art exhibits in New York City and San Diego. In June 2012, CONAN will travel again, this time for a week of shows in Chicago”.

The network’s executive vice president Michael Wright said “night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged like no other show in late night”.

Conan O’Brien has announced “I am excited to continue my run with TBS because they have been fantastic partners” and joked “this means I’ll be taping episodes of CONAN well into the Ron Paul presidency”.

The power of “Team Coco” has attributed to the show’s success. Team Coco was dreamt up by fans of Conan after his axing from the NBC talk show The Tonight Show to make way for Jay Leno’s return to the programme.

The TBS press release continues – “Conan O’Brien is a true powerhouse when it comes to online activity and engagement. He has amassed 5,020,000 followers on Twitter, more than any other late-night host. Video clips from CONAN presented through TeamCoco.com, viral players and YouTube attracted more than 83 million video views in 2011. And the Team Coco Facebook page has drawn more than 1.8 million fans, nearly doubling the page’s January 2011 figures”.

“In its first year on TBS, CONAN earned three Emmy nominations, including one for Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Series and another for the show’s outstanding team of comedy writers. In addition, Conan O’Brien won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show Host. Meanwhile, the Team Coco website has garnered a wide array of industry recognition, including a 2011 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media and a 2011 Webby Award for Best Fan Site”.

Conan will continue to air Monday-Thursday on TBS at 11pm.

Turner Newsroom – “TBS Extends CONAN through April 2014″

Highlights of Conan’s week in NYC

Conan took his TBS talk show to the Beacon Theatre in New York last week.

This is the first time he’s hosted a talk show from New York since NBC’s Late Night programme.

Click here to watch some highlights of last week’s NYC shows.