Leno (and Conan) moving to Universal City? *

HousewivesAlex Ben Block reports at Hollywood Today that production of "Desperate Housewives" has been kicked out of Stage One at Universal Studios and that talks are underway for "The Tonight Show" to move there from NBC in Burbank. "This could seal the deal for [Conan] O’Brien to agree to host the franchise late night talk show from the West Coast," Block posts, saying renovation would give O'Brien — who takes over in 2009 — a spacious theater and a four-story office complex. An NBC-Universal flack cautions that while the move is under consideration, "no final decisions have been made." Stage One once housed the Jack Benny show.

* Email from the lot: "Stage One has been emptied out for the past week, floors freshly redone and painted a couple of times over, a lighting grid put up, including two huge chandeliers, and lots of round tables are awaiting placement. Definitely some sort of affair is about to happen there. After your post, maybe a 'Welcome to Uni' celebration."

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