Conan O’Brien Returns To TV On TBS

Conan O'BrienWell this is surprising.  We might be the last site to report the news that Conan O’Brien is coming back to TV this November (I was in a Dentist chair).  Joe Adalian at TheWrap.com (and Conan himself on Twitter) confirm that he’s going to do a late night show on TBS (the same network that brings us 9 episodes of Friends a day).  Everyone was thinking FOX and now it’s TBS, which does seem like a big change.  There comes many perks with this move, it being not such a big network would give him more room to stretch those comedic skills and get away with more; less pressure for sure not being on a bigger name network.

“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.”

O’Brien’s show will be followed on TBS’ schedule by George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight, which will move to midnight.  And before people start talking about how Conan got his way and Lopez got moved…Sources tell TMZ the idea of bringing Conan to TBS was hatched by Turner’s entertainment chief Steve Koonin.  We’re told Koonin went to George Lopez and said he would only approach Conan if George gave his blessing.  We’re told George immediately figured out that having Conan as an 11:00 PM lead-in would be nothing short of amazing for a midnight show.

With Lopez on board, we’re told Koonin then approached Conan with the idea.  Conan’s first reaction — he didn’t want to do to someone else what was done to him, referring to NBC’s decision to blindside Conan. Koonin told Conan that George had signed off, but Conan wanted to make sure.  George then called Conan to reassure him he was on board and thought they would be great partners.  You hear that Jay?  They have buttons on phones now.  As for why Conan chose TBS …. the average age of a “Lopez Tonight” viewer is 33, decades younger than the other late-night shows.  TBS is the future … so thought Conan.

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