By now I’m sure everyone’s heard that Conan O’Brien will be returning to television on TBS this November. As George Lopez’s lead-in. I mean, I would be happier, but did anyone really not expect Conan to be back on TV by the end of the year? He was just supposed to land a pioneering new show on Fox or innovate synergy or something. TBS?
I hoped he would somehow end up on Comedy Central. We already saw what great rapport he has with Colbert and Stewart during the writer’s strike, and then I would hardly ever have to change the channel. But I guess that would probably have Conan doing a show at midnight again, which we know he hates. And it’s not like Comedy Central would tell its most popular dudes to move for another potentially more popular host. Comedy Central knows better than to pull an NBC.
Instead Conan will be another entry in the crowded 11 p.m. field. Hopefully he can find an audience and make this work. But this certainly isn’t ideal.