Ain't It Cool News (www.aintitcool.com)
Coaxial

Updated With TBS Release!!
Conan O'Brien Finds A
New Late Night Home!!

I am – Hercules!! It looks like George Lopez will now serve as Conan O'Briens’s Jimmy Fallon on TBS. TBS!! Conan's show will run Mondays throught Thursdays at 11 p.m. Lopez' show, which currently occupies the 11 p.m. slot, will shift to midnight. Conan's touring live show kicks off tonight, so hopefully we'll have reports on that as well. Look! Press release!
Conan Picks a Home – And It’s TBS Comedy icon Conan O’Brien is joining TBS to host a late-night talk show that is expected to debut in November. The EmmyÒ-winning comedian’s new program will be followed by Lopez Tonight, which will shift to a midnight time slot. O’Brien began talks in earnest with TBS just last week, after George Lopez personally called him to ask that he consider joining the network’s late-night line-up. “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.” Said O’Brien: “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 and Lopez will give TBS a dynamic lineup in late-night television. TBS – which has built a programming slate that appeals to a young, diverse audience – expects O’Brien to be a long-term addition to the network’s late-night landscape. O’Brien will host his hour-long, yet-to-be-titled show Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). “Conan has been the comedic voice for a generation. TBS already has a huge audience of young comedy lovers, and Conan’s show will give these fans even more reasons to watch our network,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. With the addition of O’Brien’s show, TBS will establish two hours of late-night talk. Lopez Tonight, while just a few months old, has already become a destination show for a diverse audience. The Lopez Tonight audience is young as well, with a median age of just 34. “For decades, late-night TV has been dominated by broadcast television,” 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.” O’Brien is well-known from his many years in comedy. He grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family in a suburb of Boston . His love of comedy began at an early age and carried on when he entered Harvard University , where he earned a degree in history. During his years at Harvard, he also wrote for the legendary Harvard Lampoon publication, eventually serving as its president. After leaving Harvard, O’Brien went to Los Angeles , where he found several writing jobs for television, including HBO’s Not Necessarily the News. After returning to the East Coast, O’Brien joined the writing team at Saturday Night Live, earning his first Emmy in 1989. He was writing for the hit show The Simpsons when Lorne Michaels approached him about a new late-night series for NBC. In 1993, Late Night with Conan O’Brien launched. The show ran for 16 years, ending when O’Brien briefly took over The Tonight Show. O’Brien is currently touring the United States and Canada with his live show, Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns, as well as the upcoming Neighbors from Hell and Are We There Yet?; the hit late-night series Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like The Office and Family Guy; and specials like Funniest Commercials of the Year; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases. TBS also presents major live events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago and Las Vegas . Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. -30-
Merrick here...
Conan O'Brien's new late night TV show will appear on TBS, starting in November. This detail has been confirmed via Conan's Twitter Feed. “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.” ...said O'Brien about his new digs. The TBS move is interesting as that particular option wasn't on the radars of many, if any, observers. The show will run Mondays-Thursdays.
--- Follow Merrick on Twitter! ---

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • April 12, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Yay

    by ChookChutney

  • April 12, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Way to go CoCo

    by tiltandflip

    nice

  • April 12, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    TBS? For all that he should have went to HBO.

    by runawayboulder

    Good for him though.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    George Lopez getting the axe?

    by theBigE

    Isn't he on TBS too?

  • April 12, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Will it broadcast from Atlanta?

    by bc1970

    He's doing a show at The Fox Theater. Maybe Ted Turner can be a recurring character, sneaking around in a Buffalo skin trying to fondle Conan.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Heartbreaking

    by jimmy_009

    Seriously? TBS? Conan should be on Fox or at worse Comedy Central. TBS? I don't even know what channel that is. Major bummer.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Not FOX? Talk about a let down.

    by santoanderson

    From major network to Basic cable. This had better be edgy.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    George wants Conon

    by eric haislar

    He called Conan and told him to come to tbs. They are moving George to midnight with Georges blessing. he wants coco for his lead in.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    How's he going to beat...

    by sorbosity

    ...Stewart and Colbert who own the younger demos on cable at 11p.m.?

  • April 12, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Good for Conan.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Not only will he be back on the air but he won't be whoring himself for those fascist, corporate, devil-cocksuckers over at FOX.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    sorbosity

    by eric haislar

    Nobody has to beat anybody it's cable.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Live stream on tbs.com? Or at least hulu?

    by symphy

    I don't get TBS :(

  • April 12, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Are you all serious right now?

    by TheFanboy

    It was a joke. It was OBVIOUSLY a joke. Do any of you even READ his Twitter feed?

  • April 12, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    The full Tweet:

    by TheFanboy

    "The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I'll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show." Really? You all think that's a real statement?

  • April 12, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Oh.

    by TheFanboy

    Just checked ACTUAL news sources. Apparently it's real. And apparently I'm a douche.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Dude it's been confirmed by TBS.

    by eric haislar

    It's happening.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    TBS Confirmed it

    by jimmy_009

    Unfortunately it's real.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I digs me some Conan, but TBS is a bad BAD move.

    by SpyGuy

    There are only two basic cable outlets that people pay attention to at 11:00 p.m. EST, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Anyone that enjoys Conan's brand of humor is either going to be watching THE DAILY SHOW or FAMILY GUY reruns, so Conan's new show will quickly fade into background noise. As much as I hate FOX, at least people pay attention to that network.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I Still Equate TBS with Full House

    by Crow3711

    Even if Full House wasn't on TBS. This is sad.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    4 nights a week... on basic cable? ... ... ...

    by Veraxus

    This is career suicide. I don't understand. :(

  • April 12, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I was really hoping

    by reTARDIS

    comedy central was going to make a move, something along the lines of stewart,colbart and coco would own. Remember there little skit during the writers strike? pure gold.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    So what do Leno's numbers look like lately?

    by castor778

    Curious considering how AICN followed how bad his numbers were on his 10pm failure, but now they don't even mention him anymore. Regardless though, just happy Conan is coming back to TV - even though I have no idea what channel number TBS is on DirecTV.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    One thing he can count on, though.

    by CatVutt

    TBS will promote the ever-loving fucking shit outta the thing. To this day, if I ever see Frank Califuckingendo again, I'm probably going to punch him right in the mouth.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    TBS has 4th highest ratings on basic Cable

    by mjgtexas

    It's not like he's starting on Logo or some fledging faggot station. Leno is doing good 49+, but losing out more on the 18-49.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    tbs?????

    by brabon300

    this has gotta be a joke

  • April 12, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    ok....didnt read all your posts

    by brabon300

    hope he beats the crap out of fox

  • April 12, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The CoCo Hobo Show?

    by CashGozere

    I'm in, if I can get that channel here in Mauritius.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    This is great news!

    by Indiana-Joe

    Hopefully the Stewart / Colbert conflict is taken care of by everybody throwing Conan on Tivo and watching it at 12:00. Basic cable is better than network TV for Conan now too. He'll be able to get away with a lot more. HBO would have been a mistake because he would have either had to get more vulgar or risk being viewed as too clean. TBS seems like a happy middle ground. It also seems like a better opportunity to have more interesting guests. The empty headed morons that get on to the network shows probably won't want to "waste" their time by doing basic cable. Bigger names that have a history of funny appearances (Will Ferrell) will still be on Conan. And the rest of the time will be lesser known people that are actually interesting. I guess everybody's a winner when team CoCo can get back to people in animal suits jacking off and puppets that vomit while team big jaw can enjoy whatever it is they enjoy about that show.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Conan Is The Best Late Night Host Since Carson & Arsenio!

    by Merlin_Ambrosius

    And fuck Fox. He'll have less interference on TBS! Way to go Conan!

  • April 12, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    TBS still exists?

    by Bouncy X

    i thought it turned into Peachtree TV?

  • April 12, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Peachtree TV is local to ATL

    by bc1970

    TBS still has a national channel, I think.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    TBS SUCKS!

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    Bad choice, I don't have cable.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Good for Conan, a shame it's TBS....

    by CCon99

    I was hoping Conan would go to FOX or ABC to get revenge on Leno and NBC. On TBS the only way he'll get revenge on NBC now is by trashing Psych.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    so canada may be screwed?

    by Bouncy X

    cuz yeah Peachtree is an ATL station but so was TBS or least the TBS we got here in canada. and when the change happened, it was basically just a name change as the shows it aired and even the exact same lineups stayed. so hmmm, wonder what this means for us up north regarding Conan.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Herc: Where is the "Leno Beaten by XXX" bits?!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    I am still just wondering where your "friendly" updates disappeared to?!

  • April 12, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    TBS channel info

    by bc1970

    <http://www.tbs.com/tbs17/>

  • April 12, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    considering time warner owns hbo

    by majortom25

    Time warner owns hbo so this leaves conan open to do specials on hbo. Tbs is an interesting choice? Does this mean conan can go back to the type of humour he had on his first show?

  • April 12, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Fox has cancelled too many good shows

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>Although it has "prestige" as a network, it is notorious for developing, then canceling, unique or groundbreaking shows. Signing with Fox is like signing with a record label back in the 50s.</p> <p>If he goes against the Daily Show that could hurt him... but maybe the Daily Show has had its day. Maybe people will listen to Conan's "don't be cynical" message and will choose him over the smarmy, liberal elitism that is the Comedy central fake-news shows.</p>

  • April 12, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    TBS stations...

    by bc1970

    Comcast chan. 39 Direct TV 247 Dish 139 TBS = TBS "Funny" WTBS = Peachtree TV

  • April 12, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Killing time?

    by BlueYoda

    I'll be interested to see what the duration of Conan's contract is at TBS. I wonder if he took a shorter term deal to leave himself some wiggle room in the hopes that Letterman will retire in the near future. And yeah, anyone planning on watching the MLB playoffs this fall should prepare for Coco advertising overload.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    same reason i don't watch Lopez..don't even know where TBS is

    by AshesOfDonnie

    only Aziz's nephew watches that show!

  • April 12, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    What happened to FOX?

    by mistergreen

    It might be for the best. Those FOX boneheads don't know how to run late night. But TBS seemed like a really risky move to me. I wouldn't mind if Letterman kicked Craig Ferguson off late night for Conan. Sorry Craiggy, you're a good guy and all but Conan is funnier.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    TBS presents: Tyler Perry's Conan O'Brien

    by SlimButNotreally

  • April 12, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Lopez airs on a latino station in canada

    by Bouncy X

    until this article i had no clue he was with TBS. so yeah, if that peachstree station doesnt play him, it dont bode well for Conan's canuckian fanbase.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Killing time?

    by BlueYoda

    I'll be interested to see what the duration of Conan's contract is at TBS. I wonder if he took a shorter term deal to leave himself some wiggle room in the hopes that Letterman will retire in the near future. And yeah, anyone planning on watching the MLB playoffs this fall should prepare for Coco advertising overload.

  • April 12, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Killing time?

    by BlueYoda

    I'll be interested to see what the duration of Conan's contract is at TBS. I wonder if he took a shorter term deal to leave himself some wiggle room in the hopes that Letterman will retire in the near future. And yeah, anyone planning on watching the MLB playoffs this fall should prepare for Coco advertising overload.

  • April 12, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    But will Triumph still be on the show?

    by Jamie McBain

  • April 12, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Jeez...

    by BlueYoda

    First post is a triple. Way to make a good first impression. Sorry about that.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Blue Yoda

    by hippie_killer

    is right. I think Coco is just killing time. How much longer is Dave going to do this? He hasn't been the same since the late 90's. Taking over for Letterman (again) has to be his dream gig.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Cable

    by enderandrew

    If you're going to cable, why not just go over to Comedy Central? If you had a 2 hour block of Conan/Daily Show/Colbert Report, you're telling me that wouldn't kill in the ratings with the 18-30 year old demographic? And I think he could push the envelope more on the South Park network than he could on TBS. Plus, do you want to be associated with George Lopez's show in any way whatsoever?

  • April 12, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Triumph Walking?

    by Bouncy X

    he should get his own reacuring thing where he talks to morons on the street like Leno does, only it be even funnier because he isn't afraid to tell them they're morons.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    tbs

    by Charger

    I could care less where he ends up, just as long as he and his people keep doing their thing.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    RE: Fox has cancelled too many good shows

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yeah, they need to start cancelling their really bad shows...like that whole FOX News show thing. I mean, as long as we're talking about fake news and stuff...

  • April 12, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    11 PM Conan conflicts with Family Guy on Adult Swim!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Yeah, I'm not too concerned, either...

  • April 12, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Atlanta is the last stop on the tour...

    by bc1970

    That should be a Champagne Jam at The Fox.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I'll be there at Coco's show tonight in Eugene!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I'll be happy to tweet about it while it's going on, Hercules. Should be awesome.<p>As for the TBS move, I'm thrilled. First, he has George Lopez' blessing, which is awesome. Second, TBS should have realistic expectations for this since it's basic cable. Third, George Lopez will get more viewers from this (heck, I'm Latino, and I've never seen his show...). Fourth, he should be able to be more edgy than he could ever be on network.<p>All I know is Conan is coming back and that rules!!

  • April 12, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Well that sucks

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    In Canada, I don't get TBS anymore, Peachtree took over so I guess I won't be able to watch his show, this is shit!

  • April 12, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    owns the show

    by lowman

    The report said that Conan gets to own his show vs FOX owning it if he had gone there. That right there tells me we could very well see Conan taking over for Letterman in a few years when Dave retires. He can take his whole show over to CBS when the time comes.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    bc1970, I wholeheartedly agree...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    mostly because my wife and I actually got our Atlanta tickets. Teehee!

  • April 12, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    "Sons of Tucson never had a chance..."

    by James_O'Nasty

    A bientot, Sock.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Is Conan staying in LA? Or going back to NY?

    by Rev. Slappy

    It was reported a couple of weeks ago that if Conan went to Fox they might lease his old studio on the Universal lot to broadcast from. Lopez is in LA, will Conan be in LA too?

  • April 12, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Coming up tonight..Family Guy..followed by

    by skimn

    The Office..then Conan at 11 on TBS...very funny.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Stewart will get Letterman's show.

    by Rev. Slappy

    I think I read that somewhere, that Dave wants Jon Stewart to replace him.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    So how bad is the George Lopez show?

    by Series7

    Anyone???? Anyone??? Yeah thats what I thought, no ones ever watched the fucking thing.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I didn't even know Lopez had his own talk show.

    by Mike_D

    That guy is lame.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    He'll get ratings on TBS

    by terry1978

    People watch that channel. I mean average people, not the "everything mainstream sucks" types that we are on here.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Conan couldn't go to Comedy Central

    by fastcars

    They already have Stewart and Colbert. Another talk show would've been overkill. If Conan was doing another type of show, they probably would've been down. But Conan wants to a nightly talk show, for the biggest possible audience. FOX would have been "biggest" network...but think about it. It would take years for all of the syndicates to clear him. And even in the sticks for cheap-cable, everyone has TBS. The idea of Conan on TBS sounds lame until you think about it. ....oh, and FUCK JAY LENO.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Goddamn It

    by DutchRudder

    I love Conan but TBS isn't going to work. Lopez sucks.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    poses an interesting math problem

    by tibbar

    conan > tbs conan + tbs = -conan conan + tbs = +tbs conan + tbs = (conan = tbs) looks like the superstation just got more super, but conan has gotten more lame

  • April 12, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    i sincerely hope his show is INSANE

    by smudgewhat

    super balls-out, in completely poor taste, unleashed comedic glory. b/c i wanna laugh my asshole off.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Primetime Leno was cancelled... Get over it.

    by Chewtoy

    If you can't figure out why Leno updates are no longer covered with the rest of primetime ratings, then... well, I'm actually not surprised you're a Leno fan.<br><br> Still, if you absolutely must have Leno ratings updates, then for his return month the Tonight Show's ratings were up 50% (thanks in part to re-surging primetime ratings now that there isn't an anchor weighing down the 10pm slot), which was still 18% less than Leno was getting last year. The average age of his audience is the highest in late night, at 56 years old (ten years higher than Conan's average). Plus he's hemorrhaging viewers in the 19-49 year old demographic which is all advertisers care about.<br><br>Don't worry though, I'm sure he can suddenly become hip and turn those trends around, making it clear that he was the right choice for the long-term future.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Rev. Slappy

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    He's staying in L.A. No point in moving all his crew back to NYC since they're already in L.A. Plus, he'll get better guests here.<p>What's gonna be crazy is if they lease the studio NBC built for him at Universal Studios. It's totally possible, as it would just be a business transaction... networks lease other studios facilities all the time.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    His audience...

    by sorbosity

    ...this may sound weird, but it sounds like TBS is trying to become Comedy Central 2.0 or Comedy Central Lite? Everything on that network is comedy sitcomes, syndicated or otherwise. Maybe CoCo just wanted job security for the next decade, so he went the cable route.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Merrick, stop stepping on Herc's toes with this shit. Late night is his beat.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Stupid and strange move by Conan

    by snowpuff

  • April 12, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    So Conan/TBS did to Lopez what Leno/NBC tried

    by SithMenace

    to do to him. That's interesting.

  • April 12, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    So I guess Conan is just holding on..

    by collectors_edition

    to whatever comes his way and then take over the late show once letterman retires.. atleast i hope so

  • April 12, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    CoCo Returns! For The First Time, For The Last Time: The Movie P

    by Deviant Apex

    I love the fact Conan is coming back with a vengeance. I doubt it will matter which network hes on because he will still get great ratings either way. Its funny that their planning on pushing Lopez back though even though it was his idea to bring Conan over. Either way Im still excited for him to get back doin what he does best. BTW, yeah, Box_Bruceleltner that sucks you cant watch CoCos new show in Canada. If I were you Id start a petition or go apeshit on the channel that replaced it.

  • April 12, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Kind of wished

    by Series7

    He went to USA, they got pretty much better programming then most networks, but USA is also pretty much NBC's little bitch. I don't remembet the last time I turned on TBS? But yeah a lot of average people watch it. Like people who don't really fucking care. I had co-workers all the time telling me of new office episodes they saw...on TBS. I had a roomate tell me about a brand new episode of Family Guy he was watching on TBS, turned out to be the very first epsiode of Family Guy.

  • April 12, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    About TBS

    by Come_ON

    For everyone bitching and screaming going "What is TBS? I don't even know what station that is." Maybe you could...I dunno FUCKING LOOK IT UP. Not that hard. The future looks bright when fucktards can't even look up a TV station without mommy to help them.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Conan now owns his own show

    by buffywrestling

    a la Letterman. That's a big fucking deal, people. Plus he's now the tent pole for the network. And TBS has the 2nd highest cable 18-49 demo plus has a range almost as wide as regular network TV. There is nothing wrong with this deal. At all.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    He did not do to Lopez and Leno did to him

    by beeman31

    If you read the story, it very specifically states that George called Conan personally and begged him to take it. Does that sound like someone who is being forced out?

  • April 12, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Another thing I don't understand

    by Come_ON

    Who cares if you don't like what is on TBS? Are you that impaired that you can't turn to his show and then turn to another channel when it's over? Pathetic.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Come_ON

    TBS is #2 in 18-49 on cable. So it's not all that strange he would choose to go there.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I get muthafuckin Peachtree TV too, FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKK

    by Tall_Boy66

    Here in Canada, or at least Ontario, we get the local Atlanta affliiate for our TBS broadcast - instead of the actual station we just get whatever the local Atlanta station is. So when they bailed on TBS, and went Peachtree, at least we got it. It's okay, SOME Canadian network has to pick it up. right? Or maybe through some sort of a fuckin Miracle Peachtree TV will stop showing fucking the second movie broadcast of Phantoms and actually show CoCo. I mean, it's plausible, right? Right? Shit, otherwise I may have to download every single night off eztv.it And I really, really, really don't want to do that. It'll be like a Canadian bootleg system. As long as I get the show, I don't care who broadcasts it, but TBS makes life hella complicated. Fuck!

  • April 12, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Fox is the devil

    by TheSplinter

    Conan is liberal politically, and his brand of humor probably doesn't sit well with the higher ups at Fox. Fox is Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck bullshit. Conan is too smart to be on Fox. TBS may just work. Either way, it's a coup of epic proportions for TBS.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Will Conan still be bitching about his lead-in?

    by slder78

    I mean reruns of The Office and Tyler's House of Payne? Seriously? If ever there was a reason for Conan to fire his agent, now is the time. Oh and +1 on the calling out Herc as a hypocrite. It was one thing to report on the absurdity of the whole fiasco, it was another to just take shot after shot at Leno while deifying Conan.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    TBS may be the used car dealship of cable nets

    by skimn

    But if you build it they will come...AMC was known for what? Old westerns and so-called "classics" before Mad Men and Breaking Bad opened peoples eyes. I remember when all that FX ran was Buffy repeats and airings of Die Hard. The same with USA and TNT...original programs put these channels on the map. Hell, even Fox began with the worst programming..Werewolf anyone? If Conan is given carte blanche, he can create appointment television no matter what channel he's on. I'd like to see Andy as his sidekick AND Joel..that creepy fuck, as his announcer.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Confirmed: Peachtree TV is NOT picking up the show

    by Tall_Boy66

    http://tinyurl.com/yexoe6k Well, Van Sun said in it's article that "Conan Will Air on Peachtree TV" and then (Update: Peachtree TV will NOT AIR the show.) Shows how great the fact-checkers are at the Vancouver Sun when they went to press saying Peachtree will air it. Dumb fucks. Fucking Peachtree. Fucking cable picking up a fucking ATLANTA LOCAL STATION! Fuck, fuck, fuck. I think CITY TV/CHUM is the last option here, cause CTV shows Daily Show/Stewart (which is odd because they show it also on the Comedy Network too.) and CBC wouldn't air it, and Global is... well, it's fucking bankrupt Canwest. I should know, I work for them. FUCK!

  • April 12, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    LOL WUT?

    by FrodoFraggins

    That's really depressing news for conan. He deserved better than TBS.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    SithMenace

    by slder78

    Wow I hadn't even realized that! Probably cause I don't watch Lopez or TBS all that much (not since they stopped airing The Brady Bunch. I wonder if Lopez will balk at the move like Conan and use the whole, "keeping the integrity of the show" for not wanting to move.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    April 12th is the new April 1st

    by FrodoFraggins

    And no one told us.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Great Move, Conan on FOX would have been a disaster

    by zillabeast

    Will they be willing to push the limits...a la FX, AMC, and Comedy Central?

  • April 12, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    TBS>Fox

    by deelzbub

    TBS is not a step down. Fox is probably only seen here in the states, while TBS is broadcast ALL OVER THE WORLD! That's why they watch the Braves in Sri Lanka! This is a GIANT step for Conan!

  • April 12, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Just read the full release...TBS "top rated COMEDY network"??

    by skimn

    because they added "very funny" as a tag line? I thought that was just to seperate TBS from TNT? Comedy network?? Come the fuck on...

  • April 12, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    What about the real news?

    by FrodoFraggins

    Were FOX affiliates unable to fit Conan in due to previous commitments next Fall?<br> Were FOX affiliates unwilling to make room for Conan?<br> Did Conan get bad vibes from FOX and the control they may exert?<br> We used to get inside info and now just get reprinted press releases.. :(

  • April 12, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by radjac31

    Happy Birthday Mr Letterman! (sarcasm folks)

  • April 12, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    TheSplinter

    by enderandrew

    You're right. Fox would never allow any Liberal humor shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Cleveland Show, etc.<p>Oh, wait.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    slder78

    by SithMenace

    It would be interesting to see how Lopez feels about it, but he doesn't have the power that Conan had, so he'll probably just keep his mouth shut for years. I don't watch Lopez Tonight either, but I would be interested to know if all parties were agreed about the time shift.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    George Lopez convinced Conan to go to TBS

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Seriously. Read the NY Times article about it. TBS came to Conan and offered him 11 p.m., and he wouldn't do it BECAUSE he didn't want to fuck over Lopez.<p>But, Lopez isn't stupid... currently, he probably does OK. But, with Conan as a lead-in, he suddenly gets a LOT more eyeballs in his direction, PLUS, it establishes a one-two late night schedule for TBS. It's pretty genius, if you ask me.<p>Plus, if Conan gets to OWN HIS SHOW, there is nothing better. That means he calls the shots, his production company can run the whole damn thing... and if ONE day Letterman decides he's done and CBS wants Conan, they can take him.<p>Seriously... a lot of bitching going on here for what is honestly a pretty sweet deal for Conan and his fans!!

  • April 12, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    @slder78 Probably not...

    by fastcars

    ...because before, he was hosting an 60mn talk show, and was following someone hosting a 60mn talk show that got shitty ratings. Re-runs of The Office and Family Guy seem to be doing pretty well, so Conan likely won't bitch. But if you follow a show that gets shitty ratings, you get to complain about your lead-in. And if your lead-in is "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," you ALWAYS get to complain about your lead-in.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Tall_Boy66 RE: Vancouver media

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Is depressingly inept. I'm constantly having issues with them, especially their flagship news/talk radio station CKNW. I work in media as well and am always on the horn with them regarding their constant fuck ups. You would think that a major metropolitan news center would have their shit together but... anyways, sucks about Peachtree not picking up Conan's show, I hope Canadians aren't getting the shaft on this.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Bob Loblaw

    by SithMenace

    I didn't read the article. So Lopez begged Conan to take the 11 pm timeslot?

  • April 12, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Xen11

    by Come_ON

    Right, it's exactly like that, except not at all. And clearly it is run by rednecks which is why Tyler Perry and George Lopez have shows on their, because rednecks can't get enough of blacks and latinos.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    enderandrew

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It's interesting to note that all those shows you listed are scripted cartoons.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I associate TBS with Alice reruns in the '80s

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    But that doesn't mean it can't have a shiny makeover and rise to a level of sophistication that the big networks have attained. Good on the Superstation for bringing our red headed boy back on the tube where he belongs. I'll be watching it ever night it's on. And fuck that shit hole NBC — the only thing I watch there is The Office, nothing else is worth the time.

  • April 12, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I like watching The Office and Family guy on TBS

    by SithMenace

    But always change the channel when Lopez Tonight comes on. So if those run directly into a new Conan show I will be very happy.

  • April 12, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Oldie Olson is Spinning in His Grave

    by Jack Shepherd

    Awful news. TBS fucking blows. I'm with Chuck_Chuckwalla: I associate TBS with Atlanta Braves baseball, WCW and everything that sucks with TV. I have to wonder if Conan settled on TBS because it means he'll never have to face Leno and Letterman on an even playing field and be compared apples-to-apples. If so, that was a pussy move, CoCo -- and I fucking love you, man!

  • April 12, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Shoulda went to FX

    by Nerd Rage

    Conan would've had alot more freedom there.

  • April 12, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    it's not the channel, it's the show. AMC case study...

    by bc1970

    If someone said 10 years ago "AMC will have a string of kick-ass dramas" you would've said, "AMC? The channel that cuts up all the (stupid) movies they air? But now we're waiting for zombie carnage. TBS has been around for decades. Longer than Fox. Change happens all the time. TBS can change. If someone said a year ago, "Conan will leave NBC." You wouldn't have bought that either. We live in the fast forward age.

  • April 12, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Conan back on the Tonight Show

    by nemov

    Is this movie a play so Conan can come back to the Tonight Show? Jay doesn't have too many years left. If Conan went to FOX there's no way he could go back to NBC.

  • April 12, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Any word on any Canadian networks picking it up?

    by Royston Lodge

    The A-Channel network, owned by CTV, runs The Tonight Show.<p> So, I presume that means neither A-Channel or CTV will run Conan 2.0.<p> That leaves Global or CityTV (owned by Rogers). I don't think Global or Rogers own channels in every Canadian television market, but I might be wrong about that.

  • April 12, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    If memory serves right Tyler Perry made a

    by skimn

    shitload of money from his deal with TBS..doesn't Perry have his own studio, his STUDIO, set up in Atlanta?

  • April 12, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    TBS?

    by WilliamZabkaRox

    This is a very strange decision by Conan. Does anyone even watch George Lopez's talk show? If I were ABC I would've tried hard to get him and have his show before Kimmel. TBS is a massive step backwards for Conan. Comedy Central or even HBO would've been far better options.

  • April 12, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    SithMenace

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Yep. Conan did NOT want to screw Lopez over. But, Lopez isn't dumb. He realizes that with Conan as his lead in, he is going to up the chances that people watch his show.<p>Here's the article that proves Conan is one of the classiest acts in showbiz: <p>http://nyti.ms/d9F9de

  • April 12, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Where's Team Lopez? Yeah right! Haha!

    by Orionsangels

    It's a smart move on TBS's part. This will help boost ratings for the station and help take it into the mainstream. At least that's the plan. Lord knows George Lopez can't do it haha!

  • April 12, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The problem is TBS exist in the outskirts of TV land.

    by Orionsangels

    Where ABC, CBS, NBC & FOX are all bunched up together as prime time stations. The elite stations that compete. Then you have the stations that live in the outskirts of TV. Your TNT, TBS, USA Network. They're loser stations. That's just the mentality most people have, so it feels like Conan is leaving the big city. The big boys, to go host his late night talkshow on a deserted island in front of a small tribe of natives.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    WilliamZabkaRox

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    It's not that strange. Look at all the pros Conan gets by moving to TBS:<p> 1) He will OWN his new show, just like Letterman. That means he will own the intellectual property that comes with it, plus, he will get to make all the production decisions. It was a genius move when Letterman did it to go to CBS, it's a no-brainer for Conan.<p> 2) He gets incredible advertising opportunities with Major League Baseball and the NBA. Those are eyeballs who are watching for content and NOT for the channel... which means they know how to find TBS when it has the programming they want.<p> 3) TBS will not have any expectations for him to get crazy ratings because he doesn't have to on basic cable. He'll get good ratings, but now it won't be compared to Leno's numbers, which basically includes the most mainstream of middle America (which means crappy, lame comedy).<p> 4) The rules for basic cable are WAY different than those for networks. Conan will get to be edgier than he could EVER be on Fox or NBC... and, my guess is that TBS will encourage it. I read that when South Park wanted to do the episode where they said "shit" 150+ times, all Comedy Central cared about was not pissing off the advertisers who signed on for that episode (which they didn't, because they found sponsors who knew people would WANT to see that for the spectacle).<p> 5) It allows Conan just incredible amounts of freedom. TBS knows he got screwed over by NBC... but that he still has TONS of fans who want him back (the fact that I'm attending the opening night of his tour in just FIVE HOURS is a testament to that!!). Conan goes from being the jilted NBC employee to basic cable hero. Colbert and Stewart have made it work for Comedy Central... and I see Conan making a lot of money for TBS.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    They couldn't get PBS to pick him up?? Really?

    by Mike_D

    that sucks

  • April 12, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Peach tree tbs fuck

    by ndally

    I knew it was to good to be true. We get Lost 2 hours early but now as Canadians w are getting screwed because TBS turned into peachtree. Fuuuck! Common let's hope the ass holes at the CRTC let our 3 major tv providers carry TBS. They are getting better for American import channels which we saw with AMC and TCM. Ugh come on Conan way to think of your Canadian fans. You should have stayed at network At least we get Fox

  • April 12, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    We have to pay to watch Conan? Should've been HBO.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    It sucks that Conan will not be on a free over the air broadcast. I'm guessing that FOX thought they had months to prepare, but TBS comes in and saves the day... What the hell is a TBS?

  • April 12, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    TBS: Terrible Bowel Syndrome.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • April 12, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    PBS: Public Bowel Syndrome

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • April 12, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I'm happy for Conan

    by BumLove

    Judging by how Fox turns on their shows and pulls the plug...this move makes a lot of sense...especially since TBS will be thrilled to have him and will welcome him with open arms....but he will have to bare the weight of the network on his shoulders like an albatross. As long as he can make jokes at the expense of TBS, and television in general...he'll do fine. Conan now has a pretty warped history with television...and he exists within the eye of a storm...and is positioned perfectly to lampoon the lunacy of it all....in a funny way. <p> It might take a while for the horrid taste of Frank Caliendo to leave TBS, however...

  • April 12, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Bob Loblaw

    by SithMenace

    That's really cool. I always liked Conan, but to find out that he's also a decent person is great.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    CTV could possibly pick it up

    by buffywrestling

    then air it on Comedy network after Daily Show/Colbert. Stranger things have happened. I think someone will definitly pick it up in Canada though. I'm not in a panic about. Like I was about Justified.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Public broadcasting television! No commercials! No Mercy!

    by Orionsangels

  • April 12, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Como estan, beetches? Spanish language news network!

    by Orionsangels

  • April 12, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I killed a man, with a trident. I saw that.

    by Orionsangels

    I've been meaning to tell you Brick. You may wanna lay low for a while, find yourself a relative or safe house. You maybe wanted by the police.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    jesus! read the damn article before u bitch!

    by ToMonicker

    George invited Conan... enough already. For those who think Conan should go HBO... Why? He isn't a blue or x-rated comic.. PG-13 at best, maybe a soft R on occasion. No need to go DARK! LOL! He's not dark.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    This is PERFECT for Conan! Now when he gets a 0.5 rating

    by Coughlins Laws

    and comes in sixth place behind Leno, Letterman, Nightline, Stewart, and Seinfeld re-runs, he won't be fired because all he has to do is get better ratings than Lopez got!!! This is absolutely perfect! I think this is really funny that after all of this and all of you people crying he ended up on TBS!!! I'll bet he loses to Mythbusters and Cake Boss in the ratings...

  • April 12, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    He will CLASS UP THE ENTIRE NETWORK...

    by SK229

    bc1970 had it right about the AMC case study. It only takes ONE HIT show to change the direction of an entire network. It just has to get a foot-hold in a certain genre or type of programming and then it opens the doors for all kinds of other programming. I just hope they let in a few good dramatic, experimental shows as lead-ins to Conan. That's what is great about basic cable, networks can and often do change their identity to fit successful programming. Look at Bravo... it wasn't that long ago that they didn't have ANY of their current reality slate. Now they're a major player with shows like Top Chef, franchises like Real Housewives, and at least have the best-LOOKING reality shows on t.v., even if you hate it and think it's trash, the network now has a certain cache that it slowly developed. TBS could turn into something completely different with Conan going forward.

  • April 12, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    What's TBS?

    by Brannagins Law

  • April 12, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    He's gonna "CLASS UP THE ENTIRE NETWORK"?

    by Coughlins Laws

    You mean NBC is going to let him bring his Masturbating Bear Skit with him?

  • April 12, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    And yet, Jay Leno still isn't funny.

    by fastcars

    Meet Coughlins Laws, General of the Jay Leno Army. If you would like to be a soldier in the Jay Leno Army, please make sure you fit the requirements: 1) You love bland, lowest common denominator humor. 2) You are over 50. 3) You think Nielsen ratings mean something, when everyone under 50 uses DVR or Hulu. 4) You are lonely, so you like a talk show host that's "a nice guy," instead of "a funny guy." 5) You've never heard of these "John Steward," "Steven Calbert" and "Craig Farrison" hooligans, but find the idea them terrifying. (Oh, and don't lazily reply to this and call me a member of the Conan O'Brien Army. The Daily Show, Colbert Report and Craig Ferguson are my favorite talk shows, and I don't take glee/schadenfreude in however they or their competitors do in the ratings. Thanks.)

  • April 12, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Good news/bad news

    by daggor

    I agree that Conan may be biding his time before FOX or CBS give him a call to jump back in the big-kids pool. The bad news? Lopez isn't being canceled. How do we make that happen?

  • April 12, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Conan!

    by Jubs

    He's back, bitches!

  • April 12, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    So, fastcars, the Masturbating Bear Skit is Highest Common

    by Coughlins Laws

    Denominator? Is that an example of High Brow Humor? Really?<p>Here's my question, why do people who watch things that are unpopular need to trash everyone else's sense of humor? Does it help you with your bruised ego and make you seem smarter when you're in such a small minority to trash everyone else?

  • April 12, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    And sorry, fastcars, millions of people disagree with you...

    by Coughlins Laws

    That doesn't mean they're better than you or you're better than them. You laugh at different things. But look, if you think a creepy old insult comic who fucks girls 40 years younger than him and a sophomoric Dane Cook clone are really funny, well, that's your cup of tea. Why can't people watch Leno without you calling them names? I'll let you in on a little secret, most of them couldn't care less about what you think and don't spend a fraction of the time on character assassination for those with different tastes like all of these insecure Coco fans. I just like to pile on cause it's funny how nasty you people can be for no reason. I personally don't even dislike Conan that much. He just looks in over his head and I've never really heard him say anything funny. He might be a pretty good writer (The Simpsons and some of his sketches prove this), but his monologues are stupid, his puppet-string routine is BEYOND OLD, and he's NOT a good interviewer. But you know what, if you like watching him, knock yourself out. Be part of the 1.2 rating he's going to get. Congratulations on being superior mentally to Leno fans...

  • April 12, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    RE: "spend...time on character assassination..."

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Oh, you mean like you do, Father Coughlins?<P>You're such a hypcrite about this it's not even funny. But then again, you like Jay Leno. So, funny isn't really your bag.

  • April 12, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Just so we're clear, TBS is the network

    by smackfu

    That actually censors Family Guy and Simpsons episides by removing what it perceives as potentially offensive jokes from the episodes. I'm pretty sure I've even noticed them changing the word 'sex' to intercourse on a few Office episodes. And they're going to have Conan's show? Yikes. Get ready for the 'scratching his crotch' bear.

  • April 12, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    "Stay Tuned for an All-New Conan...

    by JackBauer@CTU

    Immediately following all new episodes of 'Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns', 'The Bill Engvall Show', and 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne!'

  • April 12, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Conan will be funnier on TBS

    by Dapper Swindler

    His Tonight Show was so watered down to appeal to the moronic Leno masses who can't get smart humor. Hopefully he can just be his funny self while not having to worry about ratings.

  • April 12, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Broadcast TV is dead, and hopefully Jeff Zucker

    by BeerIcecream

    will be too soon

  • April 12, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    CoughlinsLaw

    by tlyel37

    Who do you perceive to be a sophomoric Dane Cook clone? Because no matter which of the three it is, I'm prepared to tell you how very wrong you are.

  • April 12, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    more FACTS: Fox had trouble clearing

    by mrgray

    Another issue that I don't see many people bringing up (though Bob Oblaw's points are really the only ones necessary to make the argument in my opinion, good job Bob) is that Fox was having trouble clearing their affiliate 11pm slots. TBS, meanwhile, had none of those issues. So, *in addition to Bob Oblaw's salient points that totally make the case on their own*, Conan doesn't have to worry about getting shut out of an area because of affiliates. <p> And sure, this cuts out people who only watch over-the-air, but isn't that like .2% of the TV-owning public?

  • April 12, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Meh.

    by fiester

    His desired demographic all watches The Daily Show/Colbert Report in that broadcast window and have for years now. This will not change things.

  • April 12, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    For those of you saying this sets up Conan to takeover for Lette

    by HughJass

    Nikki Finke's article says Conan's deal with TBS is "very long-term," so I'm not sure how realistic that is.

  • April 12, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Fox is probably pretty pissed about now!

    by HB_Dad

    Fox is probably pretty pissed about now! I'd be glad to have him back even if he was on the Lifetime man-hating network for bitter old ladies! Sure Fox would have been the best home for him but I think he will kick ass on TBS and probably will be responsible for TBS becoming more of a legitimate channel with original series instead of being as it is currently, a rerun dumping ground. My question is, why only 4 nights a week instead of 5? What's wrong with Fridays? He is basically handing his viewership to other shows on Fridays which isn't smart...

  • April 12, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Smart. Fox Wouldn't Have Given Him a Chance.

    by kevinwillis.net

    They would have short-changed him of marketing, pre-empted him, canceled him after two months. TBS will stick with it.

  • April 12, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Stupid

    by Waspo

    Really, Fox wasn't in the least bit interested? Or ABC? Or hell even the CW wasn't interested? Good God TBS. No one watches TBS now, and no one watches George Lopez Tonight. Stupid. Take less money to be on Fox, and then make a killing in 4 years with a new contract.

  • April 12, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Kevinwillis.net is right

    by JoeSixPack

    TBS won't have the same huge expectations of Fox. The only evidence you need is the fact that George Lopez is still on the air. Conan will be able to do what he wants on cable, is on at a good time, and doesn't have to put up huge numbers. I was a little shocked at first, but TBS sounds like the perfect home for Conan.

  • April 12, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for...

    by EastcoastAvenger

    Conan's weekly interviews with actors from Tyler Perry shows. TBS, really? Very funny indeed Conan.

  • April 12, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    And sorry, CoughinsLaws, millions of people disagree with you...

    by fastcars

    Ratings don't equal quality television, just as box office results don't equal quality movies and record sales don't equal quality albums. I really couldn't care less about the ratings my favorite TV shows get - especially when it's an antiquated one like Nielsen, that doesn't take into account DVR and Hulu - aka how I and almost everyone I know under 30 watches TV. Letterman's gone soft and I don't watch him much anymore. But he's not an insult comic or creepy; that's a pretty poor description of him. He're more sarcastic and silly. Or at least, he used to be. Now it seems like he's way too nice and not trying. The last time he made me laugh was when he was riffing on The Late Night Wars, or maybe some of self-deprecating jokes about his "sex scandal" (which was really a "blackmail scandal.) He actually handled that with a lot of class and grace, and I care about him fucking someone 40 years younger than him about as much as I care about TV ratings. And I have no idea who you might be referring to as a "Dane Cook Clone." It doesn't apply to Craig Ferguson, John Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carson Daly, Joel McHale or Chelsea Handler. Maybe it's George Lopez? I've never seen his show, so to me that's the only possibility. Wait, no - Jimmy Fallon? It has to be Jimmy Fallon. Anyway, You might want to torrent/rent the Late Night With Conan 5th Anniversary Special or 10th Anniversary special if you want to see Conan's best clips. I'm not really convinced you've seen his show. You sound like you just caught a couple monologues, which were always the weakest part of his show. Oh, and I never said I was "mentally superior" to all Leno fans. His form of humor is just bland and lowest common denominator, skewing to an audience of incurious old people. It's pretty fair to say that the average Leno fan likes Jay because "he's a nice guy," and doesn't watch Comedy Central. But next time you rush to Aint It Cool to post some angry Leno Internet Soldier Manifesto, you might want to check out Craig Ferguson, because he has the best late night talk show right now.

  • April 12, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    11pm=Daily Show/Colbert

    by j2talk

    TBS.....what a joke.....Cant imagine Leno or Dave is worried all that much

  • April 12, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Yes!!!!

    by MonsterKilledThePilot

    Awesome news! There aren't enough exclamation points in the world!

  • April 12, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    CoughlinsLawls is completely wrong again?

    by ebonic_plague

    It must be a day ending in "Y". <p> All I have to say about this news 11 pm on TBS news is, thank god I have a DVR now. Daily Show vs. Conan is not a choice I could easily make.

  • April 12, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    What good is owning his own show if it's on TBS?

    by kevred

    There must be aspects of this which are unquestionably great, but everyone I know had the same reaction to this news: "Huh?" TBS just seems to equal low-rent forgotten-part-of-the-dial cable for a lot of people, me included. I don't even know what number it is on our local cable service (which I don't subscribe to, so I won't be watching the show).<p>I'm kind of baffled that this is the best he could come up with. Hard to see how this will leave him in higher standing than ABC or Fox would have. Or Comedy Central, running after Stewart & Colbert. I'm afraid this is where he fades to obscurity, which would be a great shame.

  • April 12, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Hopefully Conan's first guest

    by deelzbub

    is Bill Tush. TBS's main funnyman in the 70's. Hopefully Conan gets access to all the old Gomer Pyle and Sanford and Son shows for some funny clips like he did with Walker:Texas Ranger. That would rule!

  • April 12, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Coughlin's Laws

    by deelzbub

    Your weekly check is in the mail! <P> Love, Jay Leno

  • April 12, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Dudes, TBS is worldwide!

    by deelzbub

    Expand your mind! Conan will get WORLDWIDE exposure. Just because he's not on one of the big 3 here in the states, means very little.

  • April 12, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Oh boy!!!

    by lonniebeale

    Another late night talk show for me not to watch. There are almost as many of them as there are Judge shows. We need more of them too!

  • April 12, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    How will be get big name actors as guests?

    by ShabbyBlue

    Seems like there's a lot less incentive for them to appear on a TBS talk show versus a main network talk show when it comes to plugging their latest movie.

  • April 13, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Conan go to Adultswim.

    by dixieflyer

    Get a Futurerama style revival and head back to the top!!!! Or stay at Adultswim and write really funny stuff. Either way I win : ) TBS owns Cartoon Network right?

  • April 13, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I only watch these shows for the guests...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...so hopefully Dish Network will eventually display who the guests are. Right now they don't do it consistently for Lopez's show.

  • April 13, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    friday's off

    by blackhole4140

    Wonder if there's a chance Conan will write a little on the side now? The Simpsons sure could use him.

  • April 13, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Why all the Doubting Thomases?

    by eveelcapitalist

    TBS is a great move for Conan. Fox would only be able to get him on 60% of their stations initially and even then there would not necesarily be a consistent start time what with the affiliates and their syndication contracts. TBS gets, I believe, 87% of TV watching households. Hey, good enough. Fox might have wanted him badly, but couldn't make any guarantees and that's a problem. As for competition, forget it. Family Guy repeats are a nonissue since TBS repeats the shit out of Family Guy, too. I think it's safe to say most viewers would rather see new shit over repeats of garbage. Secondly, TBS will repeat Conan once or twice after the initial airing. They do that with Lopez. It'll go Conan, Lopez, repeat of Conan, repeat of Lopez. Late night viewers will have not one but *two* chances to see Conan every night. Most importantly, being on cable, this means fewer restrictions. He didn't have the same freedom hosting The Tonight Show as he in Late Night and it showed. I think he let loose more on Friday nights when fewer people were watching, but otherwise he was clearly being held back doing Tonight to appeal to a broader audience. Now, on cable, he's got more creative freedom then ever. I foresee hilarity on a massive scale. Conan's only real competition at 11/10 will be Stewart and Colbert and local news. Otherwise, this is great news for fans like me and for Team Coco. Now I just need to know if Max, his band and Andy Richter are coming along. I certainly hope so.

  • April 13, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    "...Fox is Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck bullshit..."

    by eveelcapitalist

    This is one of the fucking dumbest things ever uttered. Fox? Fox Broadcast? Fucking lowest common denominator Fox Fucking Broadcasting Company? Are you fucking serious? Sure, Fox NEWS might tilt to the right, but Rupert Murdoch has no qualms selling tits and ass and mindless violence to anyone willing to buy. Christ, do you have the Teleprompter Jesus's dick stuck in your mouth? Get the fuck out of the house every once in a while. Meet some people. Make friends. Take a step back and realize not everything can be reduced to partisan political shenanigans. "Conan would never do Fox cause he's a righteous Democrat and they're *evil* Rethuglicans, derp derp derp." Fucking pathetic.

  • April 13, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    0.1 rating on TBS will be a huge success!!!

    by FlandersBum

    Conan has zero pressure on ratings on basic cable at least, unlike his last gig. He has no worries about cancellation now. So I guess that's one good thing about this move.

  • April 13, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    CASTLE gave a nod to Conan O'brien.

    by Ozy

    During the "The Late Shaft" episode Castle is the guest on a talk show and the host has a General Dwight D Eisenhower coffee mug on his desk just like the one Conan had on his desk on Late Night and The Tonight Show.

  • April 13, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST

    eveelcapitalist.....thank you.

    by FlandersBum

    It's still trendy with the Daily Show kids to label everything Fox does as evil. They have a very narrow-minded view of the world, unfortunately. Conan going to Fox would have been 'selling out' somehow.

  • April 13, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    The Point: Hercs Updates WERE massively Slanted

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    That is what I was refering to. I dont profess to watch Leno regularly, and I can absolutely respect those that cannot stand his brand of humour. However, once Leno moved back to 11:30 PM and beat up on Letterman again, Herc ceased to provide Leno updates.... That was awfully petty of the fella.

  • April 13, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Might be considered a temporary setback

    by The McPoyle Clan

    but this is all about the future. Ownership, lower expectations, artistic freedom, and being positioned to take advantage of the slow, but steady decline of the broadcast networks. If Conan's audience is 1/10th as loyal as they're made out to be, they'll follow him wherever he goes. A man's got to know his limitations. A smart man will take advantage of them.<br><br>In the end, the Robot Skeleton Army will rule everything anyway.

  • April 13, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Just watched The Great Buck Howard last night,

    by skimn

    loosely based on the career of The Amazing Kreskin, and in light of all the recent events, Malkovich's portrayal of the character's hatred of Jay Leno is even funnier...(after being bumped on The Tonight Show)," I will not work for the DEVVVIILLL!!!"<p>A sweet movie, and Malkovich is great (referring to David Blaine as David Blainefield...).

  • April 13, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Riley Martin is right

    by NoHubris

    TBS will eventually have to split the network with Conan and put him in their logo.

  • April 13, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Regarding George Lopez...

    by NoHubris

    ...dude is clearly a stand up guy and class act.

  • April 13, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    So, it's OK to call the daughter's of vice presidential

    by Coughlins Laws

    candidates whores if it's Sarah Palin? Got it. It's really hard to keep up with the ever shifting double standards liberals attempt to get away with. Did you ever think that maybe if David Letterman WASN'T a creepy insult comic who fucks little girls 40 years younger than him then he might be able to beat Leno in the ratings?

  • April 13, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that's another thing, why is it OK for Conan

    by Coughlins Laws

    to bump Lopez back an hour later? I'm really struggling to understand the double standards that some of you apply...

  • April 13, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Bumlove, really? I'm obsessed with sexual revelations?

    by Coughlins Laws

    Have you ever watched Letterman the last 5 years before it was revealed what a completely creepy scumbag he was? He couldn't shut up about the sex-lives of others, and was obsessed with calling the teenage daughters of a former Vice Presidential Candidate whores. Aren't you defending the sexual deviant?

  • April 13, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Coughlin, pay attention and read

    by mrgray

    How many times do people have to re-report what has been stated in the trades: that Lopez directly ASKED Conan to come aboard? Whereas Conan never ASKED Leno to have his prime-time show and never ASKED Leno to return to 11:35. No double standard exists.

  • April 13, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Coughlin, there's no correlation

    by mrgray

    Nobody gives a shit about the sex lives of their late night hosts. Letterman's failure to beat Leno has NOTHING to do with his sexual proclivities and everything to do with his failing sense of humor and standoffish attitude. If anything, Letterman INCREASED his numbers after his sex scandal made headlines. But it's one tiny fraction of a sliver of what affects ratings.

  • April 13, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Leno

    by Come_ON

    Isn't Leno an insult comic too? Just one that gave up trying to be funny or edgy 20 years ago? Aren't all late night hosts basically insult comics?

  • April 13, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Coughlin, stop using the plural

    by mrgray

    Letterman didn't say A-rod knocked up Palin's "daughters", he said "daughter", and he was *clearly* talking about the recently-pregnant Bristol. And at no point did he call her a whore, he just said that A-rod knocked her up. Get your facts straight, for crying out loud.

  • April 13, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Anyone else find it ironic....

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    That Conan was totally incensed that his show was being pushed back because the high and mighty chin was taking over his slot....</p><p>And now the high and mighty co co is pushing back George fucking Lopez because he's taking over his slot?</p><p>Not that I give a fuck about George Lopez, I'm just sayin'. It seems a little hypocritical.

  • April 13, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    FETT....Lopez welcomed him with open arms..with good reason

    by BumLove

    I'm not sure what Lopez's ratings are....but I'm pretty sure they're pretty low...and that his show would have died a slow death. He is thrilled to have Conan as his lead-in and welcomed him with open arms. Seeing how much Lopez benefits from the move...I'm pretty sure his embrace of Conan was sincere.

  • April 13, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I wonder

    by Come_ON

    I wonder how many more times people will say "isn't it ironic that conan pushed lopez back just like jay did to him?" and think they are the first person to say it instead of the 12,347th

  • April 13, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    COCO TO GOGO ON TOBS-O? WHOA, HO!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 13, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    LOPEZ ASKED CONAN TO COME TO TBS!!!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Good God, some of you are dense. <p> Conan refused to take over George Lopez' spot because he has integrity. He told TBS that he would not shove Lopez out of the way to get a show on TBS. <p>Jay Leno, on the other hand, didn't give a damn and kept saying, (while wagging his head, I'm sure...) "Well, in this business, you're here one day and you're gone the next," during the whole Tonight Show debacle. He didn't give a damn about Conan or The Tonight Show legacy.<p> Seriously, the next person who says, "Why were Conan fans so pissed off when Jay was gonna push him out, but they're fine that Conan's gonna push out Lopez" is officially the biggest DUMBASS in this talkback. <p>I already posted this, but here it is again... the story of how the whole Conan-Lopez-TBS deal came down and how Conan ABSOLUTELY DID NOT screw over Lopez. Conan WAS NOT a hypocrite, he was a professional who respected Lopez' place on the network. Lopez made the call to Conan and convinced him that together they could build TBS a late-night schedule. <p> Knowledge is power... and reading isn't that hard: <p>http://nyti.ms/d9F9de

  • April 13, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    You're a weird man, Coughlins Laws

    by fastcars

    All the talk show hosts make fun of Famous People With Indiscretions. And really, you don't think the Masturbating Bear is funny? There's a world of difference between the Masturbating Bear and the Dancing Itos. (Mainly being that one of them is funny and one isn't.) I don't understand why you keep fantasizing that I'm some sort of smug elitist, or imagining that Conan is "unpopular." It's really bizarre how you have this angry vendetta against David Letterman, condescending hatred of Conan O'Brien, and slavish, militant loyalty to Jay Leno. The guy's show is full of bland, easy humor. He's According To Jim, and Conan is The Office. Get over it and move on. All that you accomplish in your countless Jay Leno Talkback posts, is people thinking you are weird, angry and irrational - and by extension, so other Jay Leno fans. I don't necessarily think so, but the more you post here, the more convincing it seems.

  • April 13, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    George Lopez is on Larry King Live tonight..

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    King tweeted that he will ask him about the whole TBS deal. I will be watching that.

  • April 13, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I've been watching Lopez Tonight the past 2 nights

    by American Mythos

    I've never seen the show and thought I may as well watch to see what he was all about in late night. I was never really a fan of his standup and I outright hated his sitcom, but his show on TBS is serviceable. He's got an easy manner and comes off as a natural with guests. I haven't seen enough to judge the comedic sketches on the show, but on tonight's show he had a couple guys famous for making corny commercials for small businesses, and I found them amusing enough. <br> <br> Lopez's monologues have at least had me LOL'ing a few times, which is more than I can say for Leno, and he delivers them without any nervous ticks, unlike Fallon. I guess that's the standup in him. My favorite guys in late night are Conan and Ferguson, but Conan and Lopez will make a good team. <br> <br> Lopez is already calling them Team Loco. Hah. Lopez, who has a history of health problems and even needed a kidney transplant a few years ago, said the first thing he did was make sure he and Conan are the same blood type. This is a good move for Conan. TBS mostly runs syndicated rerurns of shows like Family Guy and My Name is Earl and the Office, so I'm sure they'll be willing to let Conan develop some material for the network beyond his talk show. <br> <br> This will surely be interesting.

  • April 13, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I was never a big fan

    by FSJGuy

    of Lopez, but he's won me over, he was honest about Leno and Conan, and was legitimately glad to give up his spot to Conan, thats class, no bashing of Leno, no stunts like Kimmel, just honestly disagreeing with what Leno did without saying "Leno's an asshole"

  • April 14, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Lopez said he hopes Conan moves to WB Studios

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    That's where Lopez Tonight tapes. George Lopez said on Larry King Live that he and Conan had talked about doing some combined stuff together here and there to build some synergy for TBS' late-night schedule.

  • April 14, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    mrgray, he was talking about the daughter that went

    by Coughlins Laws

    to the game with Palin. That was the 14 year old. You can backtrack all you want but even Letterman admitted that his joke was stupid and worded wrong. And he made TWO jokes about Palin's daughters. He never mentioned a name so how the Hell do you know which one he was talking about. Defend him all you want, but at the very least you're saying it's funny to joke about an 18 year old being "knocked up" by a 35 year old in front of 40,000 people. You're pretty sick...

  • April 14, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Coughlin, "apology" and the joke

    by mrgray

    First of all, of course he "admitted" the joke was stupid and worded wrong. Because he was taking heat from pretty much every every angle. Which is funny considering how he made his reputation. It was damage control, not an admission of wrong-doing. But then I'm sure you'll find some way to make that a statement of Letterman's evil, even though pretty much every TV personality ever has said something stupid that they had to make up for in some way. <p> Second, it's obvious from prior posts that you have a certain slant and/or agenda, so it's no surprise that you're focusing on the fact that it was a slam on Bristol (I say the context was the fact of Bristol's pregnancy, you say the context was the fact that it wasn't Bristol who attended) as opposed to the fact that it was as much if not more a slam on Alex Rodriguez. But since talking trash about A-rod doesn't offend your political sensibilities, I guess you ignored that. <p>Further, you're putting your own read on the joke. He said that A-rod knocked her up at the game. The joke was not, "In a packed stadium, in front of thousands of baseball fans, Alex Rodriguez had sexual relations with a teenager." He could have knocked her up under the bleachers, in the locker room, whatever. And I find it *immensely* funny to imply that not even politicians' daughters are safe from A-rod's man-whoring.

  • April 14, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    letterman joke

    by TheBaxter

    you guys are still talking about that letterman joke from like a year ago or something? really? let it go, man. let it go.

  • April 14, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Pay no attention to Coughlin

    by American Mythos

    The "joke" is all he ever talks about. It's really tiring. Pay him no attention. If you want to see how the argument will turn out, simply go back to every single late night talkback ever posted and read them. He posts the same exact stuff every time, verbatim. I think he's Trig, talkbacking from the future.

  • April 14, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    anyone know where this will film?

    by Meadowe

    I hope it's still soCal so I can see it live.

  • April 15, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Meadowe: Conan is staying in L.A.

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    There is speculation that he'll tape at Warner Bros. since Lopez does his show from there too. He could also end up back at his old studio on the Universal lot, with Conaco/TBS leasing the studio since it's probably just sitting empty.<p>Lots of options... but he's staying in L.A.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Conan O'Brien invites doppelganger on stage.

    by MattJan9th85

    http://tinyurl.com/23wzca7

  • June 22, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by orcus