Conan O’Brien will be returning to television in November, but it won’t be on the network everyone expected it to be. The Emmy-winning late night talk show host will begin airing on TBS in the fall Monday through Thursdays at 11 p.m.
The announcement of Conan O’Brien’s new show came on the same day he launched a nationwide comedy tour in Eugene, Oregon. (Tickets are still available through StubHub.com.) Many had expected Conan O’Brien to hook up with Fox for his next television project or go directly into syndication.
O’Brien reportedly began serious negotiations with TBS only last week, eventually settling on a deal that would put him on at 11 p.m., bumping Lopez Tonight to midnight. Host George Lopez reportedly asked personally if O’Brien would consider hopping aboard the TBS train.
â€œI canâ€™t think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in,â€ Lopez said.Â â€œItâ€™s the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy.â€
“The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November!” O’Brien posted on his Twitter feed Monday. â€œIn three months Iâ€™ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now Iâ€™m headed to basic cable.Â My plan is working perfectly,â€ O’Brien joked.
Conan O’Brien ditched NBC in January after a late night shake-up threatened to bump his show to a later time slot he was uncomfortable with. NBC’s settlement deal with O’Brien on his departure included a clause to keep him off the air until at least September.
â€œConan has been the comedic voice for a generation.Â TBS already has a huge audience of young comedy lovers, and Conanâ€™s show will give these fans even more reasons to watch our network,â€ said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks.
We look forward to seeing what Conan’s new show is going to look like and whether he’ll be able to get the ratings on TBS heÂ struggled to achieve on NBC.
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