Published May 03, 2018There's nothing TV executives love more than to mess with Conan O'Brien. Following his famous 2010 fallout with The Tonight Show, his ongoing TBS show continues to be retooled. Following news that the show might go weekly, we've now learned that Conan will be cut down to a half-hour runtime.
As The Hollywood Reporter explains, TBS will shorten Conan in 2019. That said, the network plans to expand the online presence of O'Brien's Team Coco content while also ramping up his touring plans.
"Since I inherited my Late Night show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially. I'd like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it's time to take the next leap," O'Brien said. "A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world. It's still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones."
With its new 30-minute format, the show will continue to air four nights a week. It will include a mix of guest appearances and segments from Conan's Team Coco content.
Further, Conan's entire Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Conan catalogue will eventually be placed online in a partnership between NBC and TBS.