In what could only be described as a surprise, the former Late Night Show host Conan O’Brien is heading over to TBS to host his very own late night show. While some of the terms are still not available, one source confirms that the deal with Conan O’Brien is his biggest financial deal as of yet. Another words the folks at TBS have paid a huge sum to land the late night host.
According to one source it also stated:
The news is being announced on the same day O’Brien opens a nationwide live comedy tour in Eugene, Oregon. It’s also the opening day of the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas — ironic, given the shift of a major broadcast brand to the wired world.
“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. “My plan is working perfectly.”
O’Brien’s new show, based in Los Angeles, is expected to air original episodes four nights a week, one night less than when he was on NBC but in line with the production pattern for [George] Lopez, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel.
The deal with TBS is the latest stunning development in what’s been a nearly four-month rollercoaster ride for the artist now known as Coco. There’d been talk about O’Brien shifting to cable, but most of the buzz had him considering a shift to Comedy Central or FX.
Though George Lopez also hosts a comedy show on TBS, Conan O’Brien’s show could be a bigger draw. Conan has a following that I am sure will follow him anywhere. Plus there is one other thing about O’Brien. The man is funny. He will pose a real challenge to the network TV stations who have traditionally dominated late night TV for comedy content.
But will O’Brien be able to pull in a large audience? What do you think?