"Conan" shifting to a weekly show, according to Turner boss

Katie RamirezJan 06, 2017

Talk about a plot twist.

The chairman spoke to TheWrap at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night and explained that the show has worked best with O'Brien on the road.

"Turner CEO John Martin told The Wrap that they are looking to get more mileage out of each Conan episode, citing how well the show has done with ratings when the show has "[traveled] to such locales as Cuba, Berlin and South Korea". "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".

The new Conan will be a weekly, one-hour show, though it's not yet known when the switcheroo will occur.

"At this time, we have no plans to change the format or frequency of [the show]".

None of the executives involved in O'Brien's arrival at TBS are with the network anymore.

Conan O'Brien can't stop, but he can slow down. In the recent fourth quarter of 2016, Conan averaged 638,000 total viewers in Nielsen's Live + 3 Day numbers.

Of course, the real mission here is getting Conan to step away from the direct competition he faces, and gets thumped by in the ratings, on a nightly basis with The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

O'Brien first emerged as a TV personality when he became NBC's surprising choice to succeed Dave Letterman on Late Night back in 1993.

It's worth noting that "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee, who launched her program on TBS past year, has enjoyed success on the network in the weekly slot.

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