Conan O’Brien, who hosts a nightly late night talk show called “Conan,” might not be on nightly for long.
In an interview with Variety, Turner Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Kevin Reilly said:
“[Conan] has a very full plate in things that we’re going to be going the next step on in the next six months, and that led him to ask me, ‘Well, how do we balance this with the talk show?'”…” He’s going to have a show on TBS for many years to come. Right now what form that takes in relation to these other endeavors is in flux. Is going to once a week a possibility? It is. That’s going to come from him when he’s ready to get his hands around that.”
John Martin, CEO of TBS’s parent company Turner told the Wrap that “Conan” will be “retool[ed]” into a weekly program instead of a nightly one. The change is supposedly being made due to an overly-packed and highly competitive late night lineup on television.
TBS recently released a statement from Reilly saying that if the change happens, it won’t be for a while:
“As the media landscape continues to evolve, Conan will continue to lead the evolution of what a talk show will be in the digital age. At this time, we have no plans to change the format or frequency of his popular TBS 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.”
O’Brien’s show, which premiered on TBS in 2010 after his failed attempt at hosting NBC’s “The Tonight Show”, ranks last among other late night talk shows on broadcast and cable networks.
Reilly recently told the Hollywood Reporter that the host will “continue to have a daily relationship with an audience.”
He also said, however, “I don’t know whether that will be on a number of different services, including TBS. That’s the part we’re trying to figure out — how does that all work together?”
(H/T The Hollywood Reporter)