TBS has just announced breaking news that Conan O’Brien will be the host of a late night talk show on that cable network.
The show will start in November and play at 11 p.m. weeknights. This will move George Lopez‘s show to midnight. Hopefully THAT won’t cause another “timeslot” debacle.
FYI – the show is not until November because, under his departure deal with NBC, O’Brien is barred from appearing on TV until September.
In a release accompanying the announcement Mr. O’Brien said: “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.”
Mr. O’Brien begins his live concert tour in Eugene, Ore., Monday night.
In the statement, Steve Koonin, the president of Turner Entertainment Networks, emphasized the change from network to cable.
“For decades, late-night TV has been dominated by broadcast television,” Mr. Koonin said. “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.”