Submit Content  |  Subscribe  |  Customer Service  |  Place An Ad 
* Weather * Events * Visitor's Guide * Classifieds * Jobs * Cars * Homes * Apartments * Shopping * Dating


CiN Weekly
Community Press & Recorder
Data Center

John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Powered by Blogger

Monday, October 24, 2005

Sorkin, Conan and more NBC nuggets

Miami alum and NBC late-night boss returned to Oxford Sunday with some great TV tidbits, as usual:
--Aaron Sorkin, the Emmy-winning “West Wing” creator and writer, has a 13-episode commitment for fall ’06 to do a behind-the-scenes drama series set in a “Saturday Night Live”-like sketch comedy show. It will be called “Studio 7.” Although the fictional show is set in LA, “in very other way it’s clearly ‘Saturday Night Live,’ “ said Ludwin, who supervises SNL and the Leno, Conan O’Brien and Carson Daly shows.
Think a “Larry Sanders Show” about “SNL.” Or a “Sports Night” look at a network comedy show?
--NBC already “is talking to some people now” about replacing Conan O’Brien, who will take over “The Tonight Show” in 2009. (Leno has 4 more years on “Tonight” in the 5-yr deal he signed a year ago.) The new “Late Night” host probably won’t be announced for two years, said Ludwin, who has been NBC’s vice president over late-night programming since 1989.
Fox made a run at Conan, and ABC (which went after Letterman a few years ago) probably would have too, Ludwin said.
--“The Tonight Show” likely will remain in California under Conan, as it has since Johnny Carson moved from NY in 1972. “It has not be absolutely determined yet, but Conan’s preference and my preference is to do the show in Burbank. It’s easier to get the calibre of stars you need in California,” Lundwin said.
--NBC has been kicking around a “Daily Show”-type infotainment spoof show that could air at 8 p.m. Mon-Fri, Ludwin says. One idea is doing a Mon-Fri spinoff of SNL’s “Weekend Update” faux newscast. NBC Entertainment Prez Kevin Reilly has asked Ludin: “Could you do a ‘Weekend Update’ 8-8:30 pm 5 days a week, and what would that look like?”
It's still all in the talking stage. One worry: If the show bombed, it could damage NBC ratings all 5 nights!


at 12/09/2005 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that the Comedy Duo out of Chicago, Competitive Awesome, was being considered for this pilot. They are Amazing. I hope this is true! They are the best Comedy Duo in the Nation!

at 12/27/2005 3:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they are up for it as well...I saw them in Philly last April. They ROCK, big time!

Post a Comment*

* Our online blogs currently are hosted and operated by a third party, namely, You are now leaving the Cincinnati.Com website and will be linked to's registration page. The site and its associated services are not controlled by Cincinnati.Com and different terms of use and privacy policy will apply to your use of the site and services.

By proceeding and/or registering with you agree and understand that Cincinnati.Com is not responsible for the site you are about to access or for any service you may use while on the site.

<< Home

Jim Borgman
Today at the Forum
Paul Daugherty
Politics Extra
N. Ky. Politics
Pop culture review
Who's News
Roller Derby Diva
CinStages Buzz....
The Foodie Report
Classical music
John Fay's Reds Insider
High school sports
UC Sports
CiN Weekly staff

Site Map:   Cincinnati.Com | |  Enquirer |  CiN Weekly |  CincinnatiUSA
Customer Service:   Search |  Subscribe Now |  Customer Service |  Place An Ad |  Contact Us
Classified Partners:   Jobs: |  Cars: |  Homes: HOMEfinder |  Apartments: |  Shopping:
Copyright © 1996-2005:   Use of this site signifies agreement to terms of service and privacy policy updated 10/05/2005