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Conan tweets tease for new TBS late-night show name

"I was going to announce the name of my new show today, but my lawyers tell me
'The Return of Nanny McPhee' is taken. Tune in tomorrow," Conan O'Brien tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

TBS has already been running promos for the show, which is scheduled to debut in November, but without naming the program. Those promos say only that "Conan is coming this November to TBS."

But, the Hollywood Reporter's legal correspondent reports that TBS can't use the name "Conan" for the show, because the Patent and Trademark Office Web site reveals that the trademark on "Conan" for "entertainment" purposes is owned by a company called Conan Properties International, which for decades has used the "Conan" mark in connection with the Conan the Barbarian films.

THR speculates that TBS will throw some money at that company for the use of the name. But the distributor of those films was Universal, now owned by NBC Universal -- the company from which Conan departed in a huff about seven months after debuting as host NBC's "The Tonight Show" when NBC unveiled a plan to push the show 30 minutes later into the night to squeeze Jay Leno back into its late-night lineup.

(Here is one of Conan's latest promos.)

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 31, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
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