Conan O'Brien kicks off his new, self-titled talk show tonight at 11 p.m. on TBS.
The move is an interesting one for Conan, who reportedly turned down a big offer from Fox to do his show there.
This, of course, comes several months after Conan stepped down as host of "The Tonight Show," following NBC's disastrous plan to move Jay Leno to the 10 p.m. slot last fall.
Going to TBS has both positives and negatives for Conan. On the one hand, the ratings' expectations won't be very high, and Conan will have much more artistic freedom to do whatever he wants than he would on a network.
On the flip side, Conan's budget will be much smaller than it would have been on a network, and he won't have much of a lead-in for to bring an audience to his show. In his time-slot, he'll be facing local news broadcasts, but more importantly, he'll be going up against "The Daily Show," which has been soaring in the ratings and caters to the same audience.
"The Daily Show" has been soaring of late, beating Leno and David Letterman in the all-important 18-34 demos. Whether "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" will hold those numbers with the election season over and no more hype from the Washington rally remains to be seen.
With the move, "The George Lopez" show, which had been doing decently at 11 p.m., is pushed back to midnight, but gets a stronger lead-in as a result.
Conan is in the process of re-acquiring the rights to most, if not all, his characters from the old show, so viewers shouldn't expect too much different when the new show begins.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: NBC interviews former President George W. Bush in a news special tonight at 8 p.m. It's followed by new episodes of "The Event" and "Chase."
Amber Tamblyn begins a guest run on "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) as 13's temporary replacement, while "Lie To Me" takes place with trapped miners (filmed before the Chilean mine incident).
CBS has an all-new night of comedy, followed by "Hawaii Five-0" at 10 p.m. I'm liking the new version of that show, but please, let's give Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park some more stuff to do.
There's two hours of "Dancing With The Stars," followed by a new "Castle" at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Someone named Joe Jonas, who apparently is big with the kids these days, guest stars on "90210" (CW, 8 p.m.), which is followed by a new "Gossip Girl" at 9 p.m.
If you missed it the first time around, Ken Burns' "10th Inning" (PBS, 9 p.m.) is being repeated tonight.
On cable, "Weeds" and "The Big C" are both new on Showtime from 10-11 p.m.