Conan O’Brien’s late-night show could switch to a weekly format, after TBS decided that the network could benefit more from such a change.
O’Brien is definitely a living legend, being the longest-reigning host in late-night television, but TBS believes that the competition nowadays is too much for Conan to bear. Chief executive John Martin is the one that made this detail public, in an interview for TheWrap, at the Consumer Electronic Show, in Las Vegas.
The Turner boss said that this is just a proposal, for the moment, but it seems to be the best solution for the network and O’Brien, given the fact that people have so many options when it comes to late-night shows. Martin also said that the show will air once a week, but without specifying an exact day.
Conan O’Brien replaced David Letterman at NBC in 1991 and since then he has been fabulous and delicious with his jokes. Just last year, in an interview for The Washington Post, O’Brien kid around about the enormous number of late-night shows.
“What does it mean that there are literally more talk-show hosts than active jurors in America right now?”, said the 53-year-old TV host. Although O’Brien brought some genuine elements to his show, like remote bits and traveling around the world for special episodes, this year he fell behind regarding the numbers. O’Brien averaged about 734,000 viewers a night, while other shows, like “The Daily Show” or “The Tonight Show,” surpassed 1 million.
While a weekly format isn’t too bad for a late-night show, this would be the first for O’Brien, who is very appreciated online. In recent years he has made many viral videos, including the ones with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. However, he surely is a person that can reinvent himself and we’re convinced that a change to his show, although huge, can’t erase his charm as a host.