After all of that madness with NBC, The Tonight Show, and Jay Leno ended with Conan O’Brienwithout a job, we all knew he would eventually end up somewhere else. At the time, and equally as much since then, it appeared that the likely destination of O’Brien would be Fox, who had been trying to break into the late night talk show game for a long while now and had been courting the popular host.
It would appear now that something did not go right, as TBS has sent out a press release reporting that they have officially acquired Conan for a new show that will begin in November. The show will air Monday through Thursday at 11PM and will be followed by George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight, which will move back to the 12AM time slot. This sets up what many think to be a strong 1-2 combo for the TBS late night lineup.
Head on over to the other side to see a brief video ad for the new show.
In a statement from O’Brien, the Emmy winner had this to say:
In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.
And speaking of Twitter, Conan was sure to update that as well, saying: “The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I’ll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show.”
I for one am not sure how this move sits with me as a Conan fan. I’ve been angered by Fox many times, but for O’Brien’s sense of humor, that seemed the best fit for him. TBS doesn’t seem to have that same feeling, but we’ll see how it plays out.
Let’s just hope the advertisements for the show are better than Lopez’s, which were so unbearable I often had to change the channel when they came on. Because of this, we may have found an even worse following act for Conan than many people thought Carson Daly and Jimmy Fallon were, but that might just be me.