Conan O’Brien will make his return to Late Night TV on TBS. Last night we reported that Conan O’Brien and FOX’s relationship may be in jeopardy due to unhappy affiliates. Now TVGuide.com reports that in an unexpected move, Conan has gone to TBS, which is a huge “get” for the Atlanta-based network. The announcement comes the same day as Conan begins his nationwide comedy tour in Eugene, Oregon. His new TV show will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. EST and move George Lopez’ talk show to midnight. However, Conan’s deal with NBC prohibits him from being on TV until September. On his Twitter feed, Conan says he’ll return in November following the World Series. Here’s his post from Twitter:
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.
Hit the jump for another statement from Conan and my excitement over his move to TBS.
Here’s what Conan said in a tounge-in-check statement:
“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.”
No one expected TBS to get Conan and that may be because all eyes were on FOX. This is a huge get for TBS but then it makes more sense when you consider that the last stop on Conan’s comedy tour is Atlanta. To Conan’s publicist, please let me interview this man and by interview I mean let me spend a half-hour telling him how awesome he is.
I honestly do think that this is a good fit for Conan because while basic cable has a smaller audience, it also allows for more creative freedom for late night hosts (see: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report). Also, as part of Turner Broadcasting, he could possibly have more access to Turner’s other popular late night programming: Cartoon Network’s [adult swim]. However, I’m 99% sure that Conan will remain in Los Angeles.
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