Conan O’Brien is out of the night game and has replaced his daily show with a weekly HBO Max series.
The move means O’Brien will no longer be broadcasting the talk show for the first time in 28 years.
Conan, which airs on TBS since 2010, will end at the end of its tenth season in June 2021. It has starred in more than 1,400 episodes of the show, which began after the comedian’s rough departure The Tonight Show.
“In 1993, Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of his career: ‘Get to a streaming platform as soon as possible.’ “I’m glad I’m still doing what the hell I’m doing on HBO Max and I̵
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The move comes weeks after Jeff Ross, who is Conan’s executive producer and has worked with the former Simpson writer for many years, told Deadline that the couple is considering their future.
Ross told Deadline that he believed the evening shows were now “a kind of dinosaur in business” and said they wanted to do something different, as evidenced by the deal. “TBS and these linear cable networks, in particular, are just like death. You know there is no circulation, so you can’t do it forever. And [Conan] is ready for a change. “We have a lot going on between the podcast and the show and the digital business,” he said.
Conan, which was redesigned in half an hour in 2019, was previously renewed until 2022.
The Coco team, which will produce HBO Max’s new weekly show, is already working with the streamer, making special specials featuring comedians including Chris Redd and Moses Storm.
“28 years is a monumental achievement on television until late at night,” said Brett Weitz, general manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. “We are incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work that Conan and his team have done over the 10 years at TBS, and we are delighted to continue to be on the air with Conan Without Borders’ special offerings. We celebrate his success and look forward to seeing him grow in our WarnerMedia family. “
“Conan’s unique brand of energetic, connected and sometimes absurd comedy has fascinated late audiences for nearly three decades. We can’t wait to see what he and the rest of Coco’s team will come up with about this brand new, diverse format every week, “said Casey Blues, chief content officer, HBO and HBO Max.