TBS has announced that its late-night talk-show staple, “Conan,” will stick around for four more years, a deal that takes it through 2022. Conan O’Brien made his late-night hosting debut on NBC’s “Late Night” in 1993, so by the end of this deal O’Brien will have been in the talk show business for 29 years, longer than any late-night host currently on the air. But “Conan” isn’t just coming back. It will be expanding and evolving to take advantage of modern multimedia platforms. The new deal includes podcasting, mobile gaming, and live tours.
TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly said in a statement, “Conan continues to prove his vibrancy night after night and his incredible command of the digital and social space has only built on his young, connected audience. This next chapter will provide support for Conan and Jeff to expand the boundaries from a ‘talk show’ to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences.”
O’Brien himself said, “The TV landscape has changed dramatically since I inherited the traditional talk show format in 1993. In the past few years I’ve stumbled across many new and exciting ways of connecting with my audience, and I’m eager to evolve my show into something leaner, more agile, and more unpredictable. I also want a pony.”
In addition to his televised talk-show, O’Brien also has a strong online presence. His “Team Coco” YouTube channel has almost five million subscribers, and he has more than 23 million followers on Twitter. On its own, his “Clueless Gamer” web series, in which he stumbles his way through unfamiliar video games, has accumulated hundreds of millions of online views.
O’Brien has won three Emmys over the course of his career. Two of those were for Best Variety Writing (“Saturday Night Live” in 1989, “Late Night” in 2007). Then he won Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media in 2012 for his “Team Coco Sync App,” and he was subsequently nominated for Best Interactive Program in 2013 and 2016.
Are you excited for more “Conan” and the imminent expansion of the Coco Cinematic Universe?
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