If Michael Moore had his druthers, his off-kilter newsmag “TV Nation” would have stayed on NBC rather than making the move to Fox. Not that Moore didn’t have his problems with NBC, including a clash over a segment on extremists in the anti-abortion movement that was supposed to be part of “TV Nation’s” year-end special. It’s simply that Moore would have preferred the wider distribution that NBC enjoys.
But TriStar TV, where Moore has inked a two-year overall development deal, put the kibosh on reupping with the Peacock web. Why? Because part of the “TV Nation” deal with NBC included Moore doing periodic short films for “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and NBC brass insisted that he sign a non-compete clause forbidding him from developing a latenight show at TriStar. That clause, according to sources close to the negotiations, was the deal breaker and Moore signed his foxy pact.