It’s official – Conan O’Brien is coming back to US TV for the first time since The Tonight Show. Conan will host a new talk show on US cable channel TBS – not Fox as was once rumoured. In a press release, TBS says:
Comedy icon Conan O’Brien is joining TBS to host a late-night talk show that is expected to debut in November. The Emmy®-winning comedian’s new program will be followed by Lopez Tonight, which will shift to a midnight time slot.
O’Brien began talks in earnest with TBS just last week, after George Lopez personally called him to ask that he consider joining the network’s late-night line-up. “I can’t think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in,” Lopez said. “It’s the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy.”
Said O’Brien: “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.”
Lopez Tonight currently airs at 11pm, but this will move to midnight and Conan O’Brien’s new talk show will air in the 11pm timeslot. This will give Conan the edge over Leno and Letterman whose shows don’t start until 11.35pm.
TBS – “Conan O’Brien Joins TBS!”
The Guardian – “Conan O’Brien to host late-night show on cable channel TBS”
Facebook – “I’m with Coco – Conan O’Brien”
Twitter – Conan O’Brien’s post about the move to TBS