Conan O'Brien to shoot TBS talk show on Warner Bros. TV lot
Conan O’ Brien won’t be returning to his old Tonight Show sound stage to shoot his new talk show for TBS. Though his old custom-made stage on the Universal lot sits largely vacant since he stepped down as host in January, it was announced today that O’Brien will perform his new TBS gig from Stage 15 on Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, Calif. O’Brien’s hour-long, yet-to-be-titled show will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) starting in November, and will be followed by Lopez Tonight at midnight.
“I can’t wait to interview the cast of Jersey Shore on the same lot where they filmed Casablanca,” said O’Brien in a statement. He’s currently touring the United States and Canada with his live show, “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.”
It wouldn’t have been that shocking for O’Brien and TBS to rent his old Tonight Show space from NBC Universal. Entertainment companies rent studio space to the competition all the time: The CBS-owned lot at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, for example, is home to American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, two of the highest rated shows on TV. The lot also has enough space to accommodate (soon-to-be-canceled) The Wanda Sykes Show, Fox’s late-night talk show that airs on Saturdays, and CBS’ own The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Having O’Brien tape from the Burbank lot, however, keeps it all in the family since Warner Bros, like TBS and EW, are owned by Time Warner.