NEW YORK – The late-night guessing game is over, with a startling twist: Conan O’Brien has chosen TBS as his future talk-show home.
Expected to debut in November, the as-yet-untitled show will return O’Brien to the air after an absence that began in January when he abruptly left NBC, his employer of 17 years.
O’Brien’s new program will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. Eastern, which will shift “Lopez Tonight,” starring George Lopez, from 11 p.m. EDT to midnight.
O’Brien’s show will originate from Los Angeles, where he moved from New York for his short-lived stint hosting “The Tonight Show.” For the second half of each show, he will face off against Jay Leno, who replaced him.
The five-year contract gives O’Brien ownership of the show, according to a person familiar with the deal.
TBS said that talks with O’Brien accelerated last week after Lopez called O’Brien to ask him to come aboard.
With his own show just months old (it began in November), Lopez agreed to have “Lopez Tonight” pushed back an hour.