Maybe his ratings on NBC weren't that great, but Conan O'Brien seems to be doing pretty well in Chicago.
First, there was the hundred-strong "I'm With Coco" march on NBC's downtown headquarters, protesting the comedian's dismissal from his role as "Tonight Show" host.
Clark's idea: get Conan his own talk show. On WGN.
From the mission statement:
New York was too late. L.A. was too short. But we think Chicago will be just right for Conan and his masturbating bear! Chicago has what Conan needs -- plenty of stars and plenty of fans. What is lacking is a major network with a local show in place for him. Enter WGN ...
For years WGN and TBS have been battling for supremacy as the cable superstation. TBS has clearly been winning and has recently upped the ante by premiering The George Lopez Show. WGN should counter with an all new late night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien and brought to you from downtown Chicago (both Block 37 and the Sullivan Center are looking for tenants and could easily provide real views of downtown from a specially built studio).
So until Conan finds a new home it will be the stated goal of 'Chicago Wants Conan' to convince both Conan O'Brien and WGN that his new home should be Chicago!
The bloggers at Gapers Block expressed a similar opinion on Wednesday.
But they also expressed that perennial Chicagoan anxiety about entertainers: "Or are we just fly-over country?"