Conan is coming to TBS! Nope, not the Barbarian, the other Conan. News of Conan O'Brien taking his fabulous head of hair over to TBS has official flooded the Internet. It was such a surprise, even Atlanta TBS employees only just found out this morning.
Starting in November, Conan's yet-untitled show will fill the Monday - Thursday, 11pm time-slot that Lopez Tonight currently holds on TBS. Lopez Tonight will move back to midnight, giving all night owls a full two-hours of Very Funny late-night comedy.
Speaking of Lopez, George himself called Conan to convince him to come on-board. "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." After O'Brien started talks with the network only last week, TBS announced the unexpected news this morning. "For decades, late-night TV has been dominated by broadcast television," says Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin. "Now, with a young audience and a growing late-night lineup, TBS is set to be the choice of comedy fans for years to come." O'Brien adds, "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."
Atlanta-based TBS employee's couldn't't be happier to hear the news. "I'm thrilled that Conan has decided to come to TBS. I've never been prouder of being a part of this network! Conan O'Brien is someone I really admire as a comedian, writer and performer. It's just fantastic news", says a writer/producer for TBS. Susan Owen, Assistant Media Manager for TBS Marketing, adds, "I was completely overjoyed to hear that Conan will soon be joining our happy little cable family. It's a home-run for everyone. TBS gets the equity in the Conan brand to strengthen the late-night line-up, and Conan gets to come home to a place that will cherish his spirit and talent."
Before you check out O'Brien on the Very Funny network, catch him touring around the U.S. and Canada for his live show, Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.