Television’s late-night drama now shifts to Conan O’Brien’s state of mind: Would he be happy to again have the after-midnight spot on NBC or could he find a comfortable home at Fox an hour earlier?
O’Brien’s decision is key to whether NBC’s fragile compromise plan to mollify angry affiliates and return Jay Leno to his old 11:35 p.m. time slot will work. NBC confirmed it wants Leno to do a half hour show, with O’Brien to follow at 12:05 a.m. EST under the “Tonight” show banner.
Fox, whose executives meet with reporters Monday to talk about the issue, has expressed some interest in O’Brien and could offer him a show that starts at 11 p.m. EST.
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