TBS says it’s extending Conan O’Brien’s late-night show through November 2015. O’Brien premiered Conan on TBS in November 2010, some months after his departure from a short-lived stint as host of NBC’s Tonight show. He left NBC when Jay Leno was returned as Tonight host.
Although Conan averages just 900,000 viewers nightly, TBS says it leads the late-night pack in social media engagement and online activity.
Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m.
The Cure to headline Lollapalooza fest
The Cure will headline Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer for the first time in the festival’s more than 20-year history.
Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced the lineup of about 130 bands on Monday. It also includes headliners Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails.
The lineup includes Lollapalooza’s well-known mix of indie bands, singer-songwriters and country, hip-hop, rock and electronic acts. Musicians come from across the U.S. and the world, including countries like Australia, Brazil, Chile, Greece and Sweden.
The festival runs from Aug. 2 to 4 in Grant Park.
Maroon 5 to tour, cut new album
Maroon 5 says they’re working on a new album, but before that the pop-rockers will launch a summer tour that finds the fivesome playing outdoors.
The Grammy-winning band announced Monday that they will headline the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, which kicks off Aug. 1 in St. Louis and will feature Kelly Clarkson.
Frontman Adam Levine says the summer vibe is always different than the indoor arena tour because there’s less emphasis on production and more on live music.
Levine says he and his bandmates are riding high off the success of last year’s platinum-selling Overexposed. They’re also working on a follow-up, and Levine says they have some great songs in the can.
Bookseller, editor among prize judges
Prize-winning authors Charles Baxter and Gish Jen will be judges for this fall’s National Book Awards. But for the first time in decades, non-authors also will serve on the four panels that decide some of literature’s most prestigious honors.
The National Book Foundation announced Monday that Seattle-based bookseller Rick Simonson and former New York Times Book Review editor Charles McGrath will be among the journalists, bookstore officials and others recruited as judges. The foundation announced this year that it was expanding the pool of potential judges in response to publishers’ concern that some recent winners had been too obscure.