April 12, 2010

Conan O’Brien Will Do a Late-Night Show on TBS

Posted: 08:01 PM ET



In a move that qualifies as a shocker, Conan O’Brien has made a deal to return to television in a new late-night show on cable — not network — television.

The former “Tonight Show” host has agreed to start a new show on TBS, the comedy-oriented cable channel in the Turner network lineup. The show will start in November and play at 11 p.m. four nights a week (Monday through Thursday), teamed with that network’s other late-night show, hosted by George Lopez. That show, now at 11, will slide to midnight.

The news comes as a stunner because Mr. O’Brien was known to be in talks with the Fox network, and most predictions had him moving there in September or January.

TBS was not known to be in the picture. But Mr. O’Brien’s representatives had been quietly talking with that cable network as issues continued to arise with the potential Fox deal.

The move will surely be closely examined for its implications for the future of broadcast vs. cable television, with one of the biggest stars of recent years in network television abandoning that side for cable.

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.”

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Joe G. (Illinois)   April 12th, 2010 8:19 pm ET

He should take the job of Obama’s Press Secretary. Robert Gibbs comedy routines is too bitter for TV and for laughing out loud.

hank & lee   April 12th, 2010 8:47 pm ET

we will not watch..Jay Leno is TOPS !

Scott Stodden   April 12th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Its going to exciting to see Conan back in the swing of things after the way NBC did him I always thought he could come back! I would've liked to see him go to Fox rather than TBS but this is such a hard time slot to fill and on TBS! He does have competition with Leno, Letterman, Monique and Wendy Williams! I hope he does well and I wish Conan all the best!

Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

Smith360   April 12th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Conan's is starting his concert tour tonight in a loud and raucous University town in Eugene, Oregon whom are really critical if the performing acts are not 110%. I hope Conan is hitting on all 8 cylinders tonight or he'll be booed and the audience will certainly tell him his material or delivery is severely lacking.

MsNomerNAzona   April 13th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Conan should just go back to writing and forget being a talk show host. With all his money he could move to India and retire.

victor   April 13th, 2010 11:49 am ET

he can be bitter @ times.

Theresa   April 13th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Why is everyone so concerned re: Conan O'Brien...when his show ended he left with a nice little severance package, he will have another show in the near future & will be working from now until then @ other projects. Now,time will tell..after the fury will those fans still be! Me thinks his humour needs a little adjustment please!!!!!

steve   April 13th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

he may have sm complexes RE being against Jay L who was very good to hm & promoted hm for yrs..Mr Leno would never hurt another about decency...Mr Leno is first class all the way...Conan can be arrogant at times.

Smith in Oregon   April 14th, 2010 3:59 am ET

Conan's final show was in my opinion his attempt to entirely bash the peacock network he was leaving. In Eugene during last nights live show, he continued in my opinion the bash the peacock theme.

After the huge severence payment from the peacock network, you'd think his maturity and sense of accomplishment would surface to provide him with some sense of respectability.

It seemed entirely missing last night, this comedy writer turned stand-up entirely appears to be a known liability who will very likely regret trashing a network that treated him with much greater respect than he was worthy of.

Ted   April 14th, 2010 8:40 am ET

I cannot understand this great uproar about Conan, I always found him less than average. Why do we pay millions for such a show?
The best part is when he plays with his hair! Big stuff!

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