Conan Taking His Show on the Road; TNT and TBS Announce New Projects

May 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Conan O’Brien will be taking his TBS late-night talk show on the road for the first time later this year, the network announced today, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

O’Brien will do the show in New York in late 2011, and will also take it to Chicago, in 2012. The show originates out of Los Angeles.

The networks also made a number of programming announcements in connection with today’s TBS/TNT upfront presentation in New York. Among them, TNT has a new series in the works, “Major Crimes,” which will star Mary McDonnell and will premiere after “The Closer” ends its run in 2012. The crime drama is based on the LAPD.

“The two Turner networks also announced a slate of new projects from the likes of Mitch Albom, Thom Beers, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Richard North Patterson, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Joel Silver, Arthur Smith, Scott Turow, Bertram van Munster and John Wells,” THR reported.

TBS said it is placing an emphasis on half-hour comedies, while TNT is renewing its interest in TV movies–an area that did well for the network in the past, including earning Emmys for TNT. Among the movies in the works are “Deck the Halls,” from Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, and “Innocent,” based on the Scott Turow book.

TBS has ordered 10 episodes of “The Wedding Band,” an hourlong comedy starring Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller and Melora Hardin, with a target premiere date of summer 2012.

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