‘Conan’ Returns with a Shortened Format This January
Team Coco gets its show back
Conan O’Brien is returning to host “Conan” this winter with a brand-new format. The late-night series is returning for its ninth season on TBS with a new thirty-minute format, and the show will only run four nights a week. The series will return to its regular timeslot beginning on January 22, 2019.
“My three-month absence can only mean one thing – radical cosmetic surgery. Tune in January 22nd for a true freak show,” added O’Brien.
The show’s new format will continue to feature celebrity guests but will cut musical guest performances and other time-fillers. In my opinion, it’s a brilliant move. With YouTube already being a perfect place for late-night hosts to showcase skits, which is how most viewers watch those segments, there’s no reason to have them air during the show itself. Late-night has always been pretty dreadful after the commercial break of the first guest, Conan is just trimming off the fat.
Team Coco will continue the travel series, “CONAN: Without Borders,” which won an Emmy in 2018. Fans of those adventures will still be able to follow the host as he tours some of the most beautiful places and cultures on Earth while sticking out tremendously.
In the past few months, Conan launched the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast. It debuted in the top spot on the Apple charts on November 19th with his special guest Will Ferrell. The podcast has continued to grow week-over-week with millions of downloads. If you haven’t check out the podcast yet, you can find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.
Team Coco has been on the road with a live tour, “Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips,” selling out 18 cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. During the tour, Team Coco launched the second iteration of its sold out, multi-day, pop-up comedy club “Team Coco House” as part of the New York Comedy Festival.