Conan O’Brien Goes to TBS

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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.

Please give us your thoughts on Conan’s move to TBS in our comments section.

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  • CletusVanDamme

    B-B-But what happens to George Lopez?

  • Droncz92

    YES! I CANT WAIT!

  • JaySin420

    I read that his show will be moved to after Conan's.

  • junierizzle

    I was hoping he would go to FOX, but anywhere is fine as long as he is back on TV. I can't wait. I have watched COCO since I was a kid. It has honestly been kinda weird not watching him every night. I love the MOn-Thurs schedule too. I typically miss the Friday Night show.
    I kinda feel bad that G. Lopez gets bumped back. I've been watching GLO since COCO went off the air. But, I'm a COCO guy all the way. Thanks for filling the void Lopez.

    You're right about TBS being a better fit.

  • Chuckowsky

    I just read the piece that you guys published on Conan possibly moving to Fox like two hours ago and now you him me with this. I mean, I thought that if there's no word on that on the Internet, than he's not in negotiations with other networks it means that he's dealing only with Fox right now, so all that came to me as an enormous surprise.

    I hope he'll do fine and will be able to give an enjoyable show, I guess that's possible on TBS as well, right?

  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    Awesome!

  • kc

    All smiles here, I am glad he will be back an TBS is a great fit.

    Im with coco baby

    NBC' failure and kiss ass to the washed up Leno, and NBC Is lost and Leno sucks as always..

    one thing, short youtube shorts don't count as watching Leno, Leno is still stale and washed up.

    Cant wait till Nov.

  • JaySin420

    I read that his show will be moved to after Conan's.

  • junierizzle

    I was hoping he would go to FOX, but anywhere is fine as long as he is back on TV. I can't wait. I have watched COCO since I was a kid. It has honestly been kinda weird not watching him every night. I love the MOn-Thurs schedule too. I typically miss the Friday Night show.
    I kinda feel bad that G. Lopez gets bumped back. I've been watching GLO since COCO went off the air. But, I'm a COCO guy all the way. Thanks for filling the void Lopez.

    You're right about TBS being a better fit.

  • Chuckowsky

    I just read the piece that you guys published on Conan possibly moving to Fox like two hours ago and now you him me with this. I mean, I thought that if there's no word on that on the Internet, than he's not in negotiations with other networks it means that he's dealing only with Fox right now, so all that came to me as an enormous surprise.

    I hope he'll do fine and will be able to give an enjoyable show, I guess that's possible on TBS as well, right?

  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    Awesome!

  • kc

    All smiles here, I am glad he will be back an TBS is a great fit.

    Im with coco baby

    NBC' failure and kiss ass to the washed up Leno, and NBC Is lost and Leno sucks as always..

    one thing, short youtube shorts don't count as watching Leno, Leno is still stale and washed up.

    Cant wait till Nov.

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