Conan O'Brien Heads to TBS
Don’t beat yourself up—we didn’t see it coming, either. Conan O’Brien, who just today kicked off his half-assed comedy and music tour while on hiatus thanks to the drama over at NBC, signed a deal to return to late-night TV—on TBS. That’s right, even though we’d all gotten used to the idea that good old Coco would be reintroduced to our late-night lives via Fox this fall, TBS’ eight-figure deal was apparently a little too good to pass up.
“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable,” O’Brien said in a press release. “My plan is working perfectly.”
And TBS seems thrilled with their new ginger addition. With a focus on comedy (their slogan is “Very Funny,” after all) and a relatively young audience, Turner president Steve Koonin sees O’Brien fitting right in. “Conan has been the comedic voice for a generation. TBS already has a huge audience of young comedy lovers, and Conan’s show will give these fans even more reasons to watch our network,” Koonin said in a statement.
Beginning this November, you can start reprogramming your TiVos to record O’Brien four nights a week at 11 p.m. George Lopez’ show, Lopez Tonight, will be bumped to midnight.
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