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TBS shocker: Andy Richter joining Conan on new late night show

TBS announced Tuesday that Andy Richter is going to join Conan O'Brien on his new TBS late night show, "Conan."

Wow - totally didn't see that one coming.

TBS noted that the two men began collaborating on-air Sept. 13, 1993, when Richter debuted as Conan's sidekick on NBC's "Late Night" and that their collaboration continued "through two late-night franchises."

The second being NBC's "The Tonight Show."

From which Conan walked.

After NBC decided to move Conan and his show, to around midnight.

In order to give him a lead-in show starring a bigger late-night name: Jay Leno.

Because NBC thought they could pop a bigger number with an established star in the first hour of late night than they were getting with Conan.

Which, the network pointed out, would boost Conan's numbers.

Over the years, TBS noted, Conan and Richter have "developed a comedic chemistry that few performers have achieved."

In Tuesday's announcement, Richter revealed he is "thrilled" to be going back to work with Coco and "very excited" to be working on a "whole new venture on TBS," adding, "However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again."

To which Conan O'Brien added, "This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this."

And yet, NBC let these guys go.

"Conan" premieres Monday, Nov. 8.

At 11 p.m.

In George Lopez's time slot.

After TBS decided to move Lopez and his show, to around midnight.

In order to give him a lead-in show starring a bigger late-night name: Conan O'Brien.

Because TBS thought they could pop a bigger number with an established star in the first hour of late night than they were getting with Lopez.

Which, the network pointed out, would boost Lopez's numbers.

Why does that sound familiar?

Here's Conan and Richter's comedic chemistry in action:

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 12, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
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Really working that journalistic impartiality, eh?

Posted by: nuttyturnip | October 12, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Nutty - allow me to direct your eyes to the largest letters on the page. Some of those letters are the following letters; Column. This is a highly technical journalism term which means the author may be imparting their opinion into the piece. In this case, the author has do so effectively I believe. It was informative, and made me grin. So.. what else is bugging you, eh?

Posted by: AlexVa1 | October 12, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

As I'm sure nuttyturnip would point out, since everything that WP prints is hugely slanted to the left and cannot be trusted, the very word "Column" that heads the piece must be viewed with suspicion if not rejected outright, and thus his critique Lisa's journalistic mores has to be considered valid, as for all we know, this may be a news report deceptively labelled as a column.

Or he's just one of those clowns who felt his strident and unwaveringly correct voice was not being heard on the crowded comment lists of actual news stories reported elsewhere in the WP today and decided to be the big annoyingly obnoxious fish in this tiny pond of feedback.

Choose your own adventure...

Posted by: Old_Mose | October 12, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

You're obviously no fan of Team Coco.

Posted by: maestrojmk | October 12, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Just at a guess, I would say it's more clear that she's not a fan of newtworks -- I mean, "networks" -- treating people like dirt. However, I think there's a big difference between NBC's back-and-forth programming vacillation, compared to wooing an established star to originate a show and thereby necessitate rescheduling.

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 12, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

No, I'm just waiting for the inevitable comment that blames this on Bush or Obama.

Posted by: nuttyturnip | October 12, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

You do a lot of texting, don't you?

Posted by: dcc1968 | October 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I blame Bush or Obama. And Johnny Carson.

Posted by: DC2LA | October 12, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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