Comedian Conan O'Brien returns to late night television on Monday night.
According to the Dallas Morning News, one year after O'Brien left NBC's The Tonight Show, he is returning to TBS on Monday night for his new show titled Conan. According to the New York Daily News, said O'Brien's show will have a new time, a new bandleader, and some other new features.
The Dallas Morning News said that him being forced out of his dream job, The Tonight Show, has turned O'Briend from a gangly, goofy host to a "folk-hero leader." After getting his dreams snatched away from him by Jay Leno, former and once again The Tonight Show host, he went to the Internet and created a website for his fans, teamcoco.com. He even sported his new nickname, CoCo, which was dubbed to him by actor Tom Hanks.
The New York Daily News added that although O'Brien returning to television on a cable network, TBS, rather than his orignial broadcast network, NBC, can be seen as a step down, it plays to O'Briens comedy better. He can now be the "wacky, cutting-edge" Conan rather than the restraine Conan from the "Tonight Show." However, NBC still does own many of O'Briens fictional characters.
The Dallas Morning News reported that O'Brien's tale of defeat and further triumph tells a story of "Media Land." After O'Brien was booted, he created his own CoCo network, started YouTube videos, his own concert tour, and his own comedy tour. Since O'Brien left television, his flame has never burned brighter.
The New York Daily News added that O'Brien will once again be working with Andy Richter, his sidekick, and his executive producer Jeff Ross.