Conan O’Brien announces his new late-night show on TBS

Conan O' Brien showed his support for his fans as he ran with the crowd from Lankershim Blvd. to Universal Studios on foot!

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.

He’s baaack!

Conan O’Brien, 46, is returning to nighttime TV on TBS, he confirmed to 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.

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  1. Dani says:



  2. Obvious says:

    i HATE Lopez, but am excited for Conan to make a comeback!!!

  3. Kayla says:

    I LOVE Conan, I really do, but this is a Jon Stewart house.

  4. canadianchick says:

    Congrats to Coco! Maybe that’s why Lopez was at Sandy’s house-to visit and discuss the time slot change.

  5. lucy2 says:

    Yay! I’m looking forward to it.
    I do watch the Daily Show, but I typically DVR it and watch it the next evening. I don’t like to think about stupid politicians before going to sleep.

    Lopez will probably benefit from it too, as a lot of people will tune in for Conan. I’m surprised he ended up on TBS, but hopefully it all works out. They must have made a great offer for him. I bet his crew will be glad to go back to work!

  6. Bec says:

    I’ve never, ever thought Conan was cute, but how adorable is in with a beard? Who knew?

  7. GossipG1rl54 says:

    So happy this is true!!!!
    I’ve been following this forever here:

    I think I finally have a reason to watch TBS for things other than repeats now 🙂

  8. Tia C says:

    Wow, this makes me like him even less than I already do. I am enjoying George Lopez’ new show but I won’t be staying up that late to watch it anymore. Sorry, George. You can thank Coco for what will undoubtedly be a significant dip in your ratings.

  9. Jeri says:

    Conan made sure Lopez was cool with it before he would discuss it. Lopez called him. Conan didn’t want to do a Leno.

  10. Kelbees says:

    Aww, lame. No cable for me </3. Guess it’s time to step into this century and pony up for the standard package…or hope some kind soul uploads them to the ever resourceful intrawebs.

  11. Popcorny says:

    Helluva team/line-up, I’m onboard.
    I like George Lopez, never watched him -and I’m pretty lazy about shutting off my tv, so George and TBS will score with folks like me.
    Will Andy Richter be there?
    Also, I’m glad Conando isn’t going to Faux, I can continue my (going on a decade) boycott of that travisham of a broadcast network.

  12. lucy2 says:

    Kelbees, check hulu and the tbs website, maybe it will play on one of those? Or youtube.

    Does anyone know if the show will be in NY or LA? I kind of hope he goes back to NY, I always loved when they’d go film out into the city.

  13. Mihaela says:

    So, team COCO,I wonder if Coco thought he would ruin Lopez’s dreams…

  14. Cea says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see him again on TBS! Conan just seemed too damn cool to be hosting the Tonight show, after Jay leno ruined it with his watered down pandering to the right version.

    I hope Andy Ricter, Max Weinberg 7 (one of the best late night show bands ever!) will be there.
    Stewart and Colbert are going to have to be recorded when that time comes. 😉

  15. The Bobster says:

    Just another time slot where he can kiss Obama’s ass. I’m glad I don’t have cable.