It's no surprise talk show funnyman Conan O'Brien is ready to set up late-night shop again. The surprise is the well-kept secret: he's launching on TBS.
TBS confirms that serious talks began last week with O'Brien, and they set a deal with him to restart his hosting duties Monday through Thursday at 11 PM ET this November. TBS will shift "Lopez Tonight," starring George Lopez, to the midnight slot.
The comedian left his prestigious "Tonight Show" gig in January, following a very public battle with NBC, who restored Jay Leno to the seat he had exited in 2008.
O'Brien has been courted by other networks since that time; most reports claimed he would most likely head over to FOX, but barring that arrangement, many thought O'Brien would do a syndication deal.
The news comes on the same day O'Brien starts a two-month, nationwide, live comedy tour in Eugene, Ore. "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 matter-of-factly in his statement. "My plan is working perfectly."
O'Brien also just recently 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."