TBS' Conan Coming To An End, New HBO Max Show In Development
The late-night host is already developing a new weekly show for HBO Max.
After 28 years as a late-night host that included a much-publicized revolutionary move to a half-hour format in 2019, Conan O'Brien will be concluding his run at the end of his TBS' show's tenth season in June 2021. However, this is not the end for O'Brien--according to a release, the comic performer is already developing "a new, weekly variety series" for HBO Max. His Conan Without Borders travel specials, which also air on and , will reportedly continue.
"In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: 'As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,'" O'Brien joked in the release. "I'm thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription."
Striking a more sober, celebratory, and decidedly corporate tone, HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys added, "Conan's unique brand of energetic, relatable, and at times, absurdist, comedy has charmed late-night audiences for nearly three decades. We can't wait to see what he and the rest of Team Coco will dream up for this brand new, variety format each week."
It's unclear how this move will impact, if at all, the burgeoning constellation of podcasts O'Brien has begun as an apparent measure to counterbalance the reduced television time the 30-minute format: has been a fantastic source of insightful and entertaining interviews with other performers, and longtime Conan sidekick Andy Richter's dabbles in similar tones with a heavier dose of philosophy.
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