A lot of folks probably didn't know this, but before Conan O'Brien and the rest of Team Coco inked a deal to bring the Irish comedian and his masturbating bear to TBS, there was a mad scramble at Microsoft to try to get him to work on an Xbox Live show. The problem: No one really knew what the show was.
As Gamasutra reports today, the negotiations were centered around riding the viral wave of Internet support that O'Brien received after his unceremonious departure from NBC.
But, as Jeff Ross, executive producer of the new not-quite-hit show Conan, puts it:
"The Xbox thing--a lot of the conversations were 'Well, it's a show, but it's not a show and there are no breaks, but maybe there are breaks and it's not 60 minutes, it's this' and nobody really knew what it was. So it was really going to be a leap of faith to jump in with these guys and figure something out which we didn't know. Plus there were 100 people who were out of jobs and that didn't bode well for that. It was interesting to sit and look at it and say 'It would be great to be involved in this,' but at the end of the day, we had some eventual television offers and we basically shied away from the other."
Microsoft and Xbox Live may have lost out on a Conan show, but apparently the two sides are still interested in doing, well, something together. Whether that amounts to making old Conan episodes available for download, creating a playable Conan character for Halo, or something more exclusive and substantial, only time will tell.