Conan O’Brien pulls a “Leno” on George Lopez


Conan O'BrienGeorge Lopez’s TBS late-night talk show ‘Lopez Tonight’, strong across key demos, will have to move time slots to make room for cancelled talk show host Conan O’Brien. Sound familiar?

In a surprise announcement, TBS revealed this morning that the former “Tonight Show” host would join the cabler in the 11 p.m. time slot this November.

“Lopez Tonight,” which currently airs there, will shift to midnight. Like “Lopez,” the as-yet untitled O’Brien show will air four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays.

“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.”

News was timed to the kick off of O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour, which starts Monday night in Eugene, Ore.

O’Brien had been widely expected to seal a deal with Fox — and execs at the broadcast network remained optimistic last week that a deal could eventually be hammered out. Variety

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