Back in May, TBS said Conan O’Brien’s late-night show would become less traditional, less structured and 30 minutes long when it returned this month. Tonight is that night. Check out the first video from the retooled Conan above.
The set has changed. Also gone is the traditional three-celebrities-plugging-something format. It remains based in Los Angeles, though it will go on the road more often.
During the opening of tonight’s show, which welcomed Tom Hanks as the guest, O’Brien celebrated the makeover by announcing “the 3 month Conan Shutdown is over!”
“President Trump, this is how it’s done, right?” he said.
So why the new 30-minute format? When the announcement was first made, O’Brien pointed out that the format has always been “Guest 1, Guest 2 and Guest 3 and maybe two acts of comedy.” He then predicted just one behind-the-desk celebrity interview a night.
TBS announced about a year ago that changes were being mulled for the show, including the possibility it would air one night a week, like TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. “We looked into that and, turns out, America would not put up with it – the economy would crash,” O’Brien joked at the time.
Conan now airs 11-11:30 PM Monday-Thursday.