I woke up this afternoon to a little bit of a shock. Famed and damned late-nite talk show host Conan O’Brien, whose following here on the web has grown exponentially since the big shake-up at NBC took him from the big chair on The Tonight Show to the big unemployment recliner in his living room (where he’s been hitting the halls of Twitter with ginger-vengeance for weeks), has found himself a new channel. It’s not FOX, where he was previously rumored to be headed. No, Conan will have a new show… on TBS.
As a fringe fan of Conan’s work, I’m happy to see the guy land on his feet — not that there was ever a doubt. He’s funny, and if given the choice, I would prefer him to any of the other late night hosts — save for Craig Ferguson or Jon Stewart, of course. Which is where things get tricky. Conan’s new show will debut this fall, and it will air at 11 p.m. four nights per week. That of course, runs in direct competition with The Daily Show. Kudos to TBS for having the balls to put Conan on against Jon Stewart, but it’s certainly a gamble. The question is this — will Conan’s faithful, those who have supported him in exile, follow him over to TBS and translate into quality ratings? Enough to warrant the reported 8-figure deal that he got?
Will you follow Conan over to TBS? And does the following promotional video help?