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Fox Could Announce
By Its May Upfront??

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“Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O'Brien back to late night,” begins Meg James’ story in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times. The second paragraph:
Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan and would like to finalize a deal in coming weeks so they can make a splash on May 17 when the network unveils its fall lineup. Several significant issues remain and the Fox talks could fall apart, according to people close to the negotiations who asked anonymity because the discussions were meant to be private.
According to the piece Fox appears to be looking to spend less than $60 million annually to mount a new Conan show, compared to the $90 million per year earmarked for O’Brien’s version of “The Tonight Show.” Interestingly, there’s talk of leasing the old “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” stage on NBC’s Universal City lot for any new show O’Brien might undertake, according to the article. NBC Universal, which spent nearly $50 million renovating the facility for the short-lived talk show, appears to be good with this idea. (Jay Leno is now hosting “The Tonight Show” from his old “Jay Leno Show” stage on another lot a short distance away.) Under the terms of his multimillion dollar NBC settlement package, O’Brien is prohibited from launching a new TV show until September. Find all of the Times’ story on the matter here.
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