For O’Brien’s ninth season on TBS, the series will get a new format but will still appear at the top of its regular time slot. Conan will now run four nights a week starting on January 22. While the show will be transitioning from one hour to a half hour, Conan will still showcase celebrity guests and comedy bits as usual.
From the Emmy-winning travel series, CONAN: Without Borders, to O’Brien’s new podcast Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend (which debuted on the top of the podcast charts earlier this year), Team Coco has been busy. O’Brien also embarked on a stand-up tour called Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, which sold out 18 cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. On top of all of this, Team Coco introduced their new comedy pop-up, Team Coco House, as part of the New York Comedy Festival.
Possibly reducing the show’s nightly run time may be an attempt to make time for other creative ventures from the late night host. A statement from Conan hinted that the new format will come with new online content saying, the “fan experience will define a new era in multi-platform comedy.” As digital content becomes more and more valuable in entertainment, TBS recognizes O’Brien’s strength in creating viral video content.
In a teaser for the new format, the narrative lists off many of O’Brien’s impressive new achievements and new content from Team Coco.
O’Brien downplayed his busy schedule by joking, “My three-month absence can only mean one thing: radical cosmetic surgery. Tune in January 22nd for a true freak show.”
You can watch the full teaser here. Conan returns to TBS January 22nd at 11:00 p.m. ET.