A last bit of news before I go on my honeymoon:
Conan O’Brien is close to settling with NBC so he can leave. The dollar amount is huge: in the range of $30 to $40 million, according to the New York Times. He may be able to start a new show on another network as early as September. The report said O’Brien will probably tape one more week’s worth of shows.
Fox is the most likely future home for Conan though affiliates may balk at giving up the local ad time. ABC and CBS are happy with what they have. At 11 p.m., Comedy Central is home to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. E! has Chelsea Handler. TNT has George Lopez. It’s a crowded field. Conan may have to be flexible as he ponders his next move.