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Conan O’Brien considering a documentary?


So Conan O’Brien’s upcoming, 30-city “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour isn’t coming to your town? Never fear. You might be able to catch Coco’s act on the big screen.

Deadline New York’s Mike Fleming reports that “early talks are underway” to film the tour for a documentary. Fleming writes that Media Rights Capital has discussed financing the project, which could be directed by Rodman Flender (“The O.C.,” “Ugly Betty” and “Gilmore Girls,” to name just a few).

O’Brien’s name is popping up in other outlets, as well. The Los Angeles Times’ Meg James reports that Fox executives “are on board” with a plan to bring O’Brien back to late night, and that they 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.”

At the same time, The Wrap’s Josef Adalian reports that “serious interest from at least two major syndication companies” waits in the wings should O’Brien’s deal with Fox fall through.

Needless to say, O’Brien has options. This 30-city tour likely will end up being a victory lap around the country, with O’Brien returning to live television shortly after the trip concludes. Where O’Brien ends up remains a mystery, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • March 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    It’s not surprising that they would film it to make a documentary….the reality is that it probably will do well if they release it due to the recent political uproar and because he just has that many fans

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