With the recent news on Conan O’Brien’s return to late night television in the fall, one of the most noticeable aspects is that George Lopez will be getting his show bumped to midnight. This certainly is reminiscent of the way things went down at NBC, when O’Brien was asked to move to the midnight hour to allow Jay Leno back into his original time slot.
However, it should be noted that according to TMZ, not only did Lopez urge the deal to happen, but Conan had said he wouldn’t make a deal with TBS if Lopez wasn’t ok with it. After hearing this, Lopez called Conan and reassured him he had his blessing and that they would make great partners. Lopez added, “I totally support Conan’s decision…we’ll have the best hair in late night.”
Today, the New York Times also released a behind the scenes look at exactly how the deal went down. To sum up the proceedings, according to O’Brien’s manager Gavin Polone, the deal was made in about 10 days. The main focus O’Brien had was that Lopez was fully on board with the decision, so once the two talked over the phone, a deal was all but settled.
Lopez realized the lead-in from O’Brien’s show to “Lopez Tonight” will be great for his ratings. And with the shows preceding O’Brien’s show including reruns of “The Office” and “Family Guy”, O’Brien’s main demographic will already be tuned into TBS.
O’Brien’s new show is scheduled to start in the Fall, and TBS promises “the biggest promotional campaign in television history.” If this is true, expect to start seeing COCO promos in the near future!