Revision 3 Offers Conan His Own Internet Show
Fox isn't the only network interested in the services of soon-to-be ex-Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien. Revision 3 has posted an open letter on its blog offering O'Brien his own show on the Internet television network.
"Rest assured, you'll be able to bring your set, band and even Andy (especially Andy) with you as you transition to our cutting-edge online TV network. We have room for the Masturbating Bear, FedEx Pope and even Mini Jay Leno here on the internet," reads the letter penned by Ryan Vance, Revision 3's vice president of programming and production.
The missive addressed to "Mr. Conan 'Coco' O'Brien" goes on to tout some of the advantages of working online, including no air time, no network censors and complimentary broadband.
"I know you don't have a big footprint in online media at the moment, but take our word for it: Internet television is the future. The space has seen a 35% average increase in advertising spending in 2009. (Just think how many cigars that would buy for Triumph The Comic Insult Dog)," reads the letter penned by Ryan Vance, Revision 3's vice president of programming and production.
What about salary? "You're going to have more money than Oprah from NBC, so what do you care?!"
Serious or not, the Revision 3 offer underscores O'Brien's popularity on the Internet, where hundreds of thousands of fans in the last week have taken to blogs, Twitter and Facebook to express support for the embattled host and direct scorn at NBC for pushing him aside to make room for Jay Leno once again at 11:35. The symbol of the pro-Conan movement online -- artist Mike Mitchell's heroic image of an orange-haired O'Brien with the words "I'm with Coco" -- illustrates Revision 3's open letter.
For his part, O'Brien has also reached out to the online audience in recent days, offering to sell the "Tonight Show" on Craigslist as well as using the show's Web site to link to items like a branded Victorinox carry-on bag he claims to want to sell.
A deal between for O'Brien to leave the show this week is expected to be finalized today, with NBC paying him and his staff an exit fee of about $40 million. The terms would also allow O'Brien to start a new late-night program by September. Fox has been vocal about potentially giving the deposed host a new home at the network since the "Tonight Show" controversy erupted.
But Revision 3 is doing its best to offer a compelling alternative. "You want to change our studio around? Done. Want to move any of our existing shows to 10pm? Please do. Want to give Andy his own show so he can finally truly control the universe? Done. You name the game, we'll make it happen," reads its letter.
Started in 2005, Revision 3 now offers a lineup of some 20 shows including programs such as "Diggnation," "Digg Dialog," and "HD Nation."