Even though Conan O’Brien gave a brave face during his last week as “The Tonight Show” host, we thought on the inside he must have hated the network’s guts. After the treatment he received from them over the past few months, how could he trust their business decisions again? According to THR, O’Brien will have another show on NBC, but it’s not as bad as you think.
The trade states that NBC has picked up an hour long pilot for a show from O’Brien’s production company, Conaco. The show is called “Justice,” and is described as “a new take on a law show with a larger-than-life character at the center, it follows an ex-Supreme Court justice who quits the Court to start his own legal practice.” It’s written and executive produced by John Eisendrath, and the irony in this decision speaks volumes to me.
NBC has been trying to fill the void left open by their failed attempt at “The Jay Leno Show,” and now they need their one hour dramas back. You know, all those hard hitting shows that have been the backbone of the network for decades? It’s just ironic that a Conan O’Brien production will be one of the properties taking over Leno’s former time slot. Even though this is an awkward situation, Conan is really taking NBC to the cleaners, first with his 32 million dollar settlement, and who knows how much he’s getting for this pilot?
What do you think about Conan continuing a working relationship with NBC? Is it a smart choice?