Late-Night Television’s Longest-Serving Host Calls for a Shakeup of the Format

Nov 8, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The TV host who has been a part of the late-night landscape longer than any other current host would like to see the relatively immovable format move past some of its familiar trappings.

“Conan O’Brien, who is slated to return to late-night in early 2019 with a revamped half-hour program on TBS, says he wants to have fewer guests who do nothing more than hype their latest movie or TV project and focus instead on creating moments during which viewers ‘can see me have fun,'” Variety reports.

O’Brien has been hosting in late-night, first on NBC and now on TBS, for a combined 25 years, the report notes, adding that O’Brien “says much of the traditional late-night TV format had its roots in TV’s earliest days and is no longer relevant to an audience that often watches comedy clips on phones and tablets.”

Variety adds: “He described a TV program that might be seen as a ‘linear’ version of a taping that could also be seen online with extra footage of O’Brien talking to the audience and taking part in behind the scenes  banter. The new program will have no band, he said, and be more ‘loose’ and ‘playful’ than his previous shows.”

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