CTV picks up Conan O'Brien talker

Broadcaster could park show on Comedy Network

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CTV has picked up TBS' new Conan O'Brien talker for late-night viewing north of the border.

The acquisition makes Canada's late night talk show market an even more crowded field.

CTV already has "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and and "The Colbert Report" on its main network, and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on its secondary A channel network.

So CTV could park O'Brien's new show at 11 p.m. on the Comedy Network, Canada's cable comedy channel, which currently runs repeats of "The Daily Show" and "Colbert" at 11 p.m.

O'Brien's Canadian fans will welcome the CTV acquisition, as TBS was recently replaced on the Canadian airwaves by Atlanta-based TV station Peachtree TV.

Rival broadcaster Rogers Media, which simulcast NBC's Jay Leno's five-nights-a-week primetime talker last year, currently airs the "Late Show with David Letterman" on its Omni-branded stations, in simulcast with its CBS slot stateside.

TBS' George Lopez's "Lopez Tonight" show, which will follow O'Brien's talker after it bows in November, currently airs here on Telelatino, Canada's Latin superstation.

CTV is set to reveal its fall 2010 primetime schedule on June 3.
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