Conan O’Brien will shake up his late-night show on TBS in favor of a more freewheeling half-hour format that allows him to curate content from a host of comedy-focused ventures he has as part of a broader partnership with the Time Warner cable network.
“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. 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,” O’Brien said in a statement. “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.”
Under the terms of a deal unveiled in 2017,TBS and O’Brien’s Conaco LLC were supposed to create more content for non-traditional venues: digital media, podcasts, mobile games, pay TV and live tours. O’Brien and TBS are also partners in other projects,such as the TBS comedy “People of Earth” and the animated series, “Final Space.” O’Brien’s production teamalso creates content for advertisers.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Conan O'Brien attends the 2017 Turner Upfront at Madison Square Garden on May 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Conan O'Brien is seen on May 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter attend the Turner Upfront 2017 green room at Lugo Cucina Italiana on May 17, 2017 in New York City. 26617_005 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 16: Conan O'Brien greets fans on February 16, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.
OSLO, NORWAY-DECEMBER 11: Conan O'Brien speaks to the audience and celebrate this yearï¿½ Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Telenor Arena on December 11, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Liza Powel O'Brien, TV personality Conan O'Brien, and honoree Jack White attend the P&E Wing Event honoring Jack White at The Village Studios on February 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
OSLO, NORWAY-DECEMBER 11: host Conan O'Brien of United States attends the press conference ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Tonight's Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be hosted by Conan O'Brien to honour this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on December 11, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Liza O'Brien (L) and Conan O'Brien arrive to the Children's Defense Fund-California's 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Conan O'Brien arrives to the Children's Defense Fund-California's 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Honorees Destiny Novillo and Cierra Gunderson, host Conan O'Brien, and honorees Alexandra Flores and Jose Aceves onstage during the 26th Annual Beat The Odds Awards, hosted by Children's Defense Fund - California, at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Children's Defense Fund )
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 19: Television host, Conan O'Brien, speaks onstage during 'Our Brands, Ourselves' at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Conan O'Brien is seen at LAX on October 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Conan O'Brien attends the TBS For Your Consideration event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: (L-R) Kevin Pereira, Conan O'Brien and Jere Burns attend TBS Night Out LA at The Theater at The Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 26162_001 (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: Comedian Conan O'Brien attends TBS Night Out LA at The Theater at The Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 26162_001 (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
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Of TV’s many wee-hours hosts, O’Brien is presently the medium’s longest-serving. He first came to broader renown as the host of NBC’s “Late Night,” which he inherited from David Letterman on September 13, 1993. He had been a comedy writer for shows like “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live,” before Lorne Michaels put him forward as a potential candidate for host.
In recent years, O’Brien has placed new emphasis on a series of specials that have him traveling to different countries, like Cuba or Armenia. And he’s acknowledged an interest in trying new things. “I still love the form,” he said of late-night shows in remarks made in 2015, but in a world where there are more and more and more and more shows, there actually is an impetus to — all right, I want to keep changing,” he said. “I want to do something radically different than I would have done 10 years ago.”