At long last, Conan O’Brien will be returning to the airwaves! I say that like it makes a difference to me, when lately I’ve been too tired to even watch the first segment of The Daily Show. Anyway, Conan is coming back to late-night, but it’s not going to be network television. He’s found a home at TBS, which is already home to George Lopez’s late-night show. Conan is taking Lopez’s 11 p.m. timeslot (sounds vaguely familiar) and Lopez is getting pushed back to midnight. So Conan will go back to having an our to fill every weeknight, starting in November. Wait… November? That far away? Weird.
Conan O’Brien, 46, is returning to nighttime TV on TBS, he confirmed to TVGuide.com Monday afternoon.
He’ll go head-to-head against Jay Leno and David Letterman. O’Brien’s show will air at 11 p.m., and George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight will bump to midnight to accommodate him.
“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,” O’Brien said in a statement, which ended speculation he’d go to Fox.
O’Brien stepped down in January after NBC revealed they would push his Tonight Show to 12:05 a.m. so Leno could return to the coveted 11:35 p.m. Slot.
The formal announcement about O’Brien’s show, which will premiere this November, will be made Monday afternoon.
[From Us Weekly]
I wonder if George Lopez minds being moved back? It would be a scandal for sure if Lopez “pulls a Conan” and refuses to be pushed back. I don’t even know if Lopez’s show is a hit – I think it was, although just a modest one. I’d like to say that Conan will probably do very well at TBS, but I’m not sure I’m seeing it. Most people I know that stay up to watch late-night television stay up for The Daily Show and then switch it to Letterman. If you were given the choice (and you will be, in November) of how to spend your precious 11 p.m. to midnight timeslot, wouldn’t you prefer Jon Stewart, then maybe switching back and forth from Conan to Letterman? Eh. Anything but Leno.
Oh, nevermind about the Lopez stuff, he thinks it’s cool.