The cable network announced today that O'Brien's new show will debut in November. O'Brien, who grew up in Brookline, was booted from his job hosting "The Tonight Show" in January, when NBC decided that Jay Leno's 10 p.m. nightly show wasn't working out and the network gave Leno back his old slot after only eight months. Rather than head back to his 12:30 a.m. show -- or even to 12:05 a.m. -- O'Brien left NBC.
It was widely expected that O'Brien, who is hitting the road today for a two-month standup comedy tour, was going to end up at the Fox network. TBS wasn't even a rumored destination.
Ironically enough, O'Brien's new talk show, which will air at 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, will displace George Lopez's show, "Lopez Tonight." Lopez will move to midnight.
In a statement about today's announcement, O'Brien was typically self-deprecating: "In three months, I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."