Conan finale in Oz

The final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien can be seen on the Comedy Channel.

Conan O’Brien is so keen to go out with a bang that his show on Wednesday (to air in Australian on Thursday) contained content that impacted on music rights. The inclusion of the Rolling Stone’s “Satisfaction” prompted NBC to contact all broadcasters outside of the USA to advise that the scheduled episode was to be withdrawn and must not be aired.

The Comedy Channel was contractually obliged to follow suit and aired a repeat episode in its place.

The final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien airs on Friday (US) and can be seen this Monday at 10.30pm and repeated on Thursday January 28 at 7.30pm on The Comedy Channel.

Several networks are said to be interested in O’Brien including FOX, FX, USA, TNT/TBS, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. His deal allows him to resume on air from September 1st. Characters created by O’Brien on Late Night and Tonight are owned by NBC.

Meanwhile, a short term programming change takes effect to Comedy Channel weeknights from Wednesday January 28 to Monday February 1 as follows:

10.30pm Saturday Night Live
11.15pm Jimmy Kimmel Live! (off satellite)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman are on USA hiatus next week and will be back in the schedule when they recommence Tuesday February 2, 2010:
10:30PM – Late Show With David Letterman
11:15PM – Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
12AM – Jimmy Kimmel Live!
(all off satellite)

The Jay Leno Show contines at 7.30pm until it reaches its final episode on Friday Feb 12.

The schedule for March is currently being revised.

That is all…

21 Responses

  1. I just heard on the radio that the final may not be aired on The Comedy Channel because of cost reasons and this is why the one with Adam Sandler was not aire.

    Not because of copyrights but the cost of the music Coco used.

  2. On the new schedule i would be swapping The two Jimmy’s around.Jimmy Fallon why he still has a job i have no idea,and Conan gone.Maybe NBC can answer this question,because no one else can

  3. Conan said on the show last night he has lots of love for the Australian people, and Australians have a great sense of humour.

    On the Tonight Show site there are lots of well wishes from Aussies, perhaps he’s noticed.

  4. @Lou NBC did the same with Letterman.

    They had a character called Larry “Bud” Melman.

    When they moved to CBS, the character name couldn’t be used as it was NBC’s IP, so they simply used his real name instead.

  5. I think it also shows how ridiculous some of these copyright laws are.. I’m glad Conan is showing them as examples.

    Also couldn’t comedy channel have just edited that bit out like they cut to s**t Chelsea Lately on the E! channel here?

  6. Thanks for the update!

    He managed to spend US$4.8M of NBC’s money last night by having a champion racehorse, wearing a Snuggie, watching restricted NFL clips…

    Good new re: more SNL episodes – but what would be really awesome is if Comedy played current ones off the satellite.

  7. So NBC keeps all copyright of every character? I hardly see why NBC would want to keep (or ever re-use) Conan’s skits including “in the year 2000” or masturbating bear, unless this move was done purely out of spite.

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