Conan O’Brien to End Nightly TBS Show, Head to HBO Max for Weekly Variety Series

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Conan O’Brien‘s run of hosting a late-night talk show will come to an end soon, marking the first time in 28 years that the lanky, irreverent funnyman won’t be found on a television screen every night.

That’s the result of a big decision O’Brien made to end his nightly TBS show Conan, swapping it for a weekly variety series on HBO Max, per reports on Tuesday. His current show, Conan, began on TBS in 2010 (after a move from NBC) and reformatted to a more concise 30-minute package in 2019.

Joked Conan O’Brien of this news, per a statement: “In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform.’ 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.”

More on this upcoming shift, per Deadline:

The move comes weeks after Jeff Ross, who exec produces Conan and has worked with the former Simpsons writer for many years, told Deadline that the pair had been considering their future.

Ross told Deadline that he believes late-night shows are now “kind of dinosaurs in the business” and said that they were looking to do something different, as evidenced by this deal. “TBS and these linear cable networks, especially, are just like death. You know there’s no circulation, so you can’t do it forever. And [Conan] is ready for a change. We’ve got a lot of stuff going on between the podcast and the show and the digital business,” he said.

As this news is still pretty fresh, it’s unclear just what O’Brien’s HBO Max series might entail, but one has to imagine it’ll allow him a bit more creative flexibility than regular broadcast cable provided.

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