Conan O’Brien’s highly anticipated TBS show finally gets a name! He’s going with the simple – and to the point, Conan.
“I’m just using ‘Conan’ and dropping the ‘O’Brien’ because I want to get away from the whole Irish thing.”
O’Brien did have a few other names for the new gig up his sleeve.
“I was going to announce the name of my new show today, but my lawyers tell me The Return of Nanny McPhee is taken,” he joked on Twitter yesterday.
Conan premieres Nov. 8 on TBS at 11 p.m.. and comes eight months after CoCo quit The Tonight Show rather than make room for the late-night return of Jay Leno. Four months and a $45 million severance package later, TBS made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: basic cable.
His new show will now go head-to-head with Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live! TBS, meanwhile, has pushed back its other marquee late-nighter, The George Lopez Show, to midnight.
Halt the moving trucks! Conan O’Brien confirmed on stage Sunday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA that he won’t be returning to New York City. He won’t be buying peanuts anytime soon from the street vendors in Manhattan, but it was evident that he has a peanut gang of his own.
Some of Conan’s funny friends made cameo appearances during his “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.” Jim Carrey made an encore appearance, reprising his rendition of “Superman” by Five For Fighting. Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, and Jonah Hill also joined the fun.
Two faces from NBC shows even pledged their support for Coco. “Parks and Recreation”‘s Aziz Ansari and the hilarious Kenneth the Page from “30 Rock,” Jack McBrayer, dared to reunite with their former network-mate.
Since parting ways with his post at “The Tonight Show,” Conan will be debuting a new late-night show on TBS in November.