In a move absolutely no one who’s even looked at a television would’ve predicted, Conan O’Brien will host a one-hour talk show on TBS as an 11 pm lead-in to Lopez Tonight which will be bumped to midnight with George Lopez’s blessing. TMZ reports:
Sources tell TMZ the idea of bringing Conan to TBS was hatched by Turner’s entertainment chief Steve Koonin. We’re told Koonin went to George Lopez and said he would only approach Conan if George gave his blessing. We’re told George immediately figured out that having Conan as an 11:00 PM lead-in would be nothing short of amazing for a midnight show.
With Lopez on board, we’re told Koonin then approached Conan with the idea. Conan’s first reaction — he didn’t want to do to someone else what was done to him, referring to NBC’s decision to blindside Conan. Koonin told Conan that George had signed off, but Conan wanted to make sure. George then called Conan to reassure him he was on board and thought they would be great partners.
In related news, Lou Dobbs’ head violently exploded today after checking his Blackberry during a volunteer border patrol. However, authorities are hesitant to rule out his necklace of live grenades as a potential subject….