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Turner Chief on Canceling ‘Lopez Tonight’ and What It Means for ‘Conan’

Aug 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

On the heels of TBS’s cancellation of "Lopez Tonight," Turner Entertainment chief Steve Koonin said he "could not be happier with ‘Conan’ as a show or Conan O’Brien and Team Coco as people and an organization," reports Joe Adalian at New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

The cancellation of "Lopez," Koonin said, was about "a business problem. You had a very big, very expensive show that was hard to sustain at those ratings. We had every intention of letting George find his audience. [But] it was on for over 200 episodes.”

"Lopez Tonight" also didn’t drive much digital traffic, which is important for TBS’s business model, Koonin said.

Adalian writes: "While Koonin could not have been more definitive with his declaration of support for O’Brien, the exec did admit that TBS hasn’t been able to give ‘Conan’ the most compatible and consistent lead-ins. He predicted that will start to change this fall when TBS will begin airing repeats of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ as ‘Conan’s’ lead-in on two nights of the week.”

TBS also plans to make announcements about original programming that could help O’Brien’s ratings, Koonin said.

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