Looks like FOX won’t be entering the late night wars after all—at least not with Conan O’Brien. The former Tonight Show host announced today that he’ll be hosting a late night show on TBS in November. “In three months, I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable.” Coco said in a statement. “My plan is working perfectly.”
While O’Brien will be bumping George Lopez from his current 11pm slot on TBS to 12am, the Lopez Tonight show host doesn’t feel slighted—in fact, Lopez courted O’Brien for TBS with a personal phone call. Said Lopez, “I can’t think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in…It’s the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy.” It’s also certain to be a brand new era for the network, who were barely acknowledged as a possible new home for Conan, in part due to their recent hiring of Lopez. Can cable hope to compete with the major networks in late night, or will Conan no longer pose a threat to the aging Leno-Letterman kingdom? Even if the move makes him negligible, he’ll surely be one of the richest negligible talk show hosts in history.