As many out there will undoubtedly remember, once upon a time a man named Conan O'Brien briefly hosted The Tonight Show. Early in 2010, NBC opted to switch around their late night schedule, and O'Brien – whether because he was let go or chose to leave – ended up departing the network. Since that time there have been numerable questions about where exactly he would end up, with many folks believing it would be FOX, a network which off-and-on for years has tried to establish a solid presence after the local news. Today we have learned that O'Brien will not be heading to FOX.
Basic cable network TBS has announced that Conan O'Brien will be joining their late night schedule sometime towards the end of the year (November was mentioned as the "expected" launch). TBS's announcement stated that O'Brien's as yet untitled show will air Monday thru Thursday at 11:00pm for one hour, pushing George Lopez's Lopez Tonight to midnight.
In TBS's announcement, O'Brien is quoted as saying, "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." It is assuredly a big move for the basic cable network, and TBS may perfectly suit O'Brien's brand of off-beat humor.
Few other details are known at this point, but we will be sure to bring you more news of O'Brien and this endeavor as we receive it.