Team Coco coming to TBS; SOAPNet going away
As part of its Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs comedy showcase in Chicago in June, TBS will present a special featuring O'Brien's sidekick, Andy Richter, comedian Reggie Watts and several of O'Brien's writers performing live on stage. "Team Coco Presents Conan's Writers Live" is set to tape on June 17 and air 10 days later.
Richter was O'Brien's side man on "Late Night" for seven years and returned to serve as his "Tonight Show" announcer. Watts has been serving as the opening act on the Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, winning fans with his off-kilter standup and musical stylings.
- Disney is shutting down its SOAPNet cable channel in 2010 in favor of a new channel for young kids and their parents.
The new channel, Disney Junior, will offer 24-hour programming aimed at preschoolers. It will be stocked with current Disney shows like "Imagination Movers," "Handy Manny" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," along with new titles. The brand will get a soft launch on the Playhouse Disney block prior to the changeover.
SOAPNet offers nightly repeats of daytime soap operas along with originals like "Being Erica" and repeats of series like "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "One Tree Hill."
- USA is getting into the half-hour comedy business with a pilot called "Driven."
Written by Linda Bloodworth ("Designing Women"), the pilot will star "Blue Collar Comedy" veteran Ron White as a man who starts a limousine service after losing his job, according to several reports.
USA hasn't done a half-hour show in some time, but several of its hour-long series, particularly "Psych" and "Royal Pains," mix in liberal amounts of comedy with their procedural elements.
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