Conan O'Brien is ready for his close-up on TBS

The wait is over. He’s finally back.

Conan O'Brien returns to late-night television tonight after more than nine months away, as “Conan” debuts on TBS.

The show will air Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET, 35 minutes earlier than NBC's “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Multiple reports state that Arlene Wagner, who opened the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in the state of Washington 15 years ago with her husband, George, will be O’Brien’s first guest. No, I had no idea who she was either.

The first guest was chosen via a poll on O'Brien's website, Teamcoco.com. Actor Seth Rogen will also appear and the musical guest will be Jack White.

Andy Richter will reprise his role as O'Brien’s sidekick, a role he held on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” from 1993 to 2000 and during O'Brien’s short stint as host of "The Tonight Show."

You will not see Max Weinberg Monday night, however. O'Brien’s longtime band leader elected not to come back to the show. Jimmy Vivino will lead Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band. He was the associate music director, arranger, guitarist and vocalist for O’Brien’s previous shows.

So even if the Monday night game between the Steelers and Bengals is intriguing, be sure to check out what should be a fun night as Conan returns to our televisions.

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