Fox Closing In On Deal With Conan O’Brien for New Late Night Show

     March 17, 2010

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If you’re jonesing for more Conan O’Brien but can’t afford to buy (or even find) tickets to his 30-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny tour, the good news is we might not have to wait long at all for Coco to be back on TV.

According to the L.A. Times, key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are keen to sign him up for his next late night gig, and hopefully in time to announce it when the network’s fall lineup is unveiled May 17. It’s not yet a done deal, however. Some issues that remain to be hashed out are just how much it might cost, how willing affiliates would be to give up sitcom reruns to latch on to this new venture, and whether it would launch in fall or January.

If I were a betting man, however, I’d certainly put my money on this happening, and very soon. The buzz from his almost completely sold out tour should be enough to hook Fox at whatever price it takes, and certainly many people will tune in to give him the chance to soundly kick Jay Leno’s sorry ass. Hit the jump to see a list of the dates for Conan’s tour and hear about the plans for a feature film about it.

Conan OBrien (1).jpgConan O’Brien has just embarked on his 30-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny tour, but most of the shows have already sold out or are coming close to it. If you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket, filmmaker Rodman Flender (Idle Hands), is about to sign on to make a feature film that centers on it. And if you’ve got a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket or are lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket through ticketmaster, here are the tour dates:

04-12 Eugene, OR – Hult Ceter for the Performing Arts
04-13 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theatre
04-14 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theatre
04-16 Spokane, WA – INB Performing Arts Center
04-17 Enoch, Alberta – River Cree Resort & Casino
04-18 Seattle, WA – Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
04-19 Seattle, WA – Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
04-22 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center
04-23 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center
04-24 Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater
04-25 Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater
04-29 San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre
04-30 Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
05-01 Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Concert Theatre – Palms Casino
05-04 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Grand Theatre
05-05 San Jose, CA – San Jose State University Events Center
05-06 Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
05-09 Boulder, CO – Mackey Auditorium
05-13 Dallas, TX – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium – SMU Campus
05-14 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
05-15 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
05-16 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
05-18 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
05-19 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
05-20 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
05-22 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
05-30 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Center
06-01 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
06-02 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
06-04 Boston, MA – Wang Theater
06-05 Boston, MA – Wang Theater
06-06 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
06-07 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
06-08 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall
06-11 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
06-14 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

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