NBC is risking losing “The Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien to Fox following the peacock’s big scheduling foul-up, reports FOXNews.com. NBC has confirmed that they plan to pull “The Jay Leno Show” from its 10 o’clock spot and put him at 11:35, pushing Conan and Fallon into the wee hours of the morning.
But Conan’s aren’t the only feathers the peacock’s rustled recently. Fans were stunned last October when the network cancelled “Southland,” a gritty cop-drama starring Massachusetts native Tom Everett Scott. NBC claimed that the show was “too dark and gritty,” but Scott told Blast in a recent interview that “the reason why NBC let it go I don’t think anyone really knows.”
“There’s a lot going on over at NBC that doesn’t really make sense right now,” Scott said. “I’m really not sure what’s going on right now.”
NBC censored the show heavily, said Scott, which was “beautifully written” and “very engaging” but had “a lot of graphic violence” and “a whole lot of cussing and swearing that NBC was bleeping out.”
Fortunately for Southland, and for Scott, TNT picked up the show and will be airing the first 13 episodes starting Tuesday. Should the show be a success, filming may continue. The cable network will presumably create more artistic freedom for this dark cop drama.
“I think being on TNT is going to enrich the show,” said Scott. “It’s gonna make the show the fans wanna see.”
Perhaps there is a happy trade to be had for Conan as there was for Southland. Will NBC lose another valuable show so soon? Let us know what you think in the comments section.