Conan O’Brien is one step closer to moving his production shingle over to Warner Bros. TV.
O’Brien’s Conaco production company is still set up at NBC Universal — a remnant from his days at the Peacock — but that deal is set to expire at the end of the TV season.
Conaco wasn’t expected to remain there after O’Brien and NBC parted ways in January. And after O’Brien sealed a deal to move his talkshow to TBS, Conaco was expected to follow.
Turner’s Steve Koonin has even told several outlets that as part of being in the O’Brien business, he expects to develop several projects from Conaco.
Turner doesn’t make production deals, however, which is why sibling Warner Bros. TV quickly became the leading contender to land the shingle run by former Universal TV topper David Kissinger.
Insiders close to O’Brien confirmed on Saturday night — as the host’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour came to Los Angeles — that a deal was imminent with Warner Bros., although nothing is official yet.
Under Conaco’s previous setup at NBC, the company still has a pilot in contention at the Peacock: an untitled legal drama from scribe John Eisendrath.
Kicking off the first of his two Los Angeles dates, O’Brien admitted it was a tad “awkward” that the Gibson Amphitheater, where the event took place, was just 400 yards from his old “Tonight Show” studio. It was O’Brien’s first time back at Universal City since his “Tonight Show” gig ended.
If you listen carefully,” O’Brien said, pointing back to the Universal lot, “you can hear the sound of bad ideas being greenlit.”
O’Brien also quipped that he chose the Gibson — out of all the possible L.A. venues for his tour, it’s the only one actually on NBC Universal land — because his Cobra insurance was about to run out.
NBC gags, however, were kept to a minimum, as most of the jokes were directed at O’Brien himself.
Special guests included Jim Carrey, who wore a spandex Superman costume and sang as a duet with O’Brien (Five for Fighting’s “Superman”).