For those of you worried that Conan O’Brien was about to be unfairly given the shaft again, have no fear: The popular late-night comedian is not going to be moving to a weekly format in the immediate future.
The news first started to spread courtesy of a statement from Turner CEO John Martin to The Wrap that “Conan” could be adopting a format that was similar in many ways to “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” another popular show that has received a great deal of attention over the course of the past year. This format has served that show well, and it’s understandable that this could be in consideration … if it was.
Speaking to TVLine, Kevin Reilly, programming head of both TBS and TNT, made it clear that they don’t have intentions of doing this at the moment:
“At this time, we have no plans to change the format or frequency of [the show]. In addition to Conan’s daily responsibilities to his talk show, we continue to have very ambitious plans that will further broaden and evolve our relationship with Conan.”
Of course, it is our hope that “Conan” continues for many years to come, and not just because it is funny; he also does more experimental stuff than the majority of the other comics that are out there. His travel-themed shows are funny and informative, and he often does panels in a way that makes it seem like everyone has some sort of voice — which we imagine is not always an easy thing to execute. After the whole NBC debacle, our biggest hope was simply that we would get a chance to see Conan do his show somewhere for a lengthy period of time, where he would be able to make the show that he wants as opposed to what other people want from him. So far, he’s been able to do that at TBS.
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