Conan O’Brien is coming back to TV, but not with Fox as everyone assumed. No Coco will be heading over to Atlanta based TBS, reports TVGuide.com.
“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable,” O’Brien said in a statement. “My plan is working perfectly.”
O’Brien also tweeted: “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.”
The show is not currently titled but will air Monday-Thursday evenings followed by George Lopez’s “Lopez Tonight.” The program is rumored to debut November at 11/10c after the World Series. Having Conan certainly raises the profile of TBS which is generally considered a second or third string player.
If there weren’t enough signs already, here is another one. TMZ reports that Fox executives are putting pressure on affiliates to put Conan O’Brien on between 11pm and midnight.
Sources say that Fox and Conan’s people are currently having “serious conversations” about doing a deal. However some affiliates are hesitant to pick up the show as they make more money running reruns of sitcoms during that time slot.
Additionally many people at the local affiliates are saying that a deal is “imminent.”