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Conan O'Brien Has Mouths To Feed, Too, Y'Know (And It's Not Just Andy Richter's)

By Rob Payne | Industry | September 13, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | September 13, 2011 |

Conan O’Brien has at least two kids, and even if you don’t want to watch “Conan” on TBS, the network is still willing to pay him American Dollars for more television programming. (I’m not on a high horse, guilt just loves company.) Like the unfortunately canceled “Andy Barker, P.I.”, O’Brien is producing a half-hour sitcom, but unlike that ahead-of-its-time series, this untitled project’s logline doesn’t, how you say, jump off the page:

“[C]enters on a family man who quits his day job and returns to the neighborhood where he grew up. While there, he reunites with his former best friend. Production on the project will begin later this year.”

Oh, excuse me. I seem to have left a piece of news in that description due to a copy/paste fiasco. Many apologies.

Anyway, thankfully David Kissinger, who also produced “Andy Barker,” will be co-executive producing this new show. Conan the O’Brien will need all the help he can get battling the forces of evil writers from two equally bottom-of-the-barrel and lowest-common-denominator series. Ben Wexler from the Fat Dad standard “Still Standing” and, from human tragedy “Secret Girlfriend,” Ross Novie and Jay Rondot will help pen the show. In fairness to them, good writers don’t always come from great series, so, I hope they can come up with something to surpass the road’s middle here. Those hopes aren’t all that high, of course.

Interesting, weird series are kind of “in” right now to varying degrees, so maybe they can come up with something as bizarrely fun as “Andy Barker, P.I.” was. Which, did I mention, was sort of before it’s time? Watch the show’s Pilot as proof and call me in the morning (don’t call me). At the very least, it would be nice for Conan himself to make an appearance at some point in this venture, ala his perfect — yes, perfect — cameo in Andy Richter’s other failed, prescient awesomeness, “Andy Richter Controls The Universe.”

In short, the guy who wrote the best “Simpsons” episode ever could use your support, and if the prospect of a sitcom doesn’t do anything for my fellow I’m With Cocoers, here’s a picture of Conan O’Brien with his kids to blatantly pluck those heart strings:



Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and has been to known to geek out on the Twitter machine @RobOfWar.

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