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Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Conan O'Brien on shrinking his talk show to 30 minutes "I’ve been pushing for this for a while"
Conan says his new show will still likely have a monologue and at least one celebrity guest, but he wanted to do "something that fits the modern landscape, that certainly fits the way I interact with my fans more. I was looking for something more lean and agile.” TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly pointed out that the 30-minute show wouldn't necessarily mean less content. There will be more opportunity to do non-show things like an upcoming live tour with his Team Coco comedians and "Clueless Gamer" segments, as well as "Conan Without Borders." “It’s not going to be a whole new Conan with a shaved head and an eye patch and a falcon on his shoulder,” says Conan.
- Conan says doing "Conan Without Borders" inspired him to make the change: "At this stage in my career I’d like to do much more of the stuff I love and am passionate about"
- Conan briefly considered an hourlong weekly format, but he ultimately "felt more comfortable" with a daily 30 minutes
- Watch Conan and Bill Hader tackle God of War for "Clueless Gamer"
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
Conan will shift to a 30-minute "less structured" talk show format in 2019
Conan O'Brien will continue to host his TBS talk show four nights a week, but the reduced workload will allow him to do more work outside the studio, including "Conan Without Borders" episodes that he has excelled at in recent years. The Conan makeover is part of TBS' long-term plan for the late-night host. “Since I inherited my Late Night show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially,” Conan said in a statement. “I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap. A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world. It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones.” ALSO: Conan's entire Late Night with Conan O’Brien NBC archives will soon be available on Team Coco -- including the Masturbating Bear.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Conan O'Brien relishes that he can show an Italy adventure while other shows are talking Trump
“There’s part of me that is delighted that everyone is talking about the raid on Trump’s lawyer, and what was seized, and what’s in those papers. And what’s Conan up to? He’s in Italy with one of his producers, torturing him,” he says of this week's Conan Without Borders episode, adding: “I love that this show is just a confection. It’s just pure silliness."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Conan in Italy is a celebration of late-night's longest-running rivalry
Tonight's one-hour Conan Without Borders special pairs Conan O’Brien with his longtime comedic foil, idiosyncratic associate producer Jordan Schlansky.
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Conan's trip to Italy to air on April 11
Conan O'Brien previewed the ninth installment of Conan Without Borders by surprising and annoying producer Jordan Schlansky, an Italy connoisseur.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Watch a preview of Conan in Italy, at Carnevale
Conan O'Brien and producer Jordan Schlansky visited Italy's Mardi Gras celebration as part of "Conan Without Borders."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
Conan O'Brien is already filming his next "Conan Without Borders" special in Italy
Conan shared some footage from his Italy trip on Instagram, including a language lesson he took with his longtime producer Jordan Schlansky.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Conan’s Haiti trip didn't focus on President Trump, nor did it focus only on the positive
Conan writer/producer Mike Sweeney says of the "Conan Without Borders" visit, which came together on “only three days’ notice”: “Our intent was always to try and present a balanced picture of Haiti, both the bad and the good, but primarily, through Conan’s one-on-one interactions, shine a light on the amazing strength, warmth, and wit of the Haitian people.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 10:20AM EST
Conan O’Brien had to win over Haitians who were suspicious about his visit
In a preview of Saturday’s “Conan Without Borders” special, Conan is shown having to charm a group of angry Haitians. “We’re being told through our interpreter that when Americans come here they only shoot the bad things, which obviously is not what we want to,” said Conan.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Haitians roast President Trump in the first glimpse of the “Conan Without Borders” special
Conan O’Brien wanted Haitians to “return the favor” after Trump reportedly called their country a “sh*thole.” Conan’s “Conan Without Borders” special airs on Saturday.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Conan’s Haiti trip is getting a fast turnaround time, premiering next week
Conan O’Brien boarded a plane to Port-au-Prince just yesterday to shoot his “Conan Without Borders” Haiti special, and today TBS announced it will air in primetime next Saturday Jan. 27. Previous installments of “Conan Without Borders” have taken much longer to produce, but presumably the timeliness of this trip (which was inspired by President Trump's reportedly negative comments about Haiti last week) hastened its airing. Conan posted his first video from Haiti this morning.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Conan introduces himself to the people of Haiti
“I am not an albino rooster come to life,” Conan O’Brien said, according to a “translation” of his remarks for the people of Haiti.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
Conan O’Brien explains why he’s going to Haiti
“I’m sure I’m gonna love Haiti, mainly because Trump hates it so much,” Conan said on his TBS show last night, formally announcing his “Conan Without Borders” episode.” “You see, what I’ve noticed is whenever that guy hates something, I wind up loving it.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Conan O’Brien is going to Haiti following President Trump’s “very negative Yelp review”
The Washington Post reports that there’s an internal debate in the White House over whether President Trump said “sh*thole” or “sh*thouse.” But regardless, Conan has announced that his “Conan Without Borders” series is headed to Haiti following the president’s controversial comments. “Still reeling from @realDonaldTrump’s very negative Yelp review of Haiti, which means I’ll love it,” he tweeted. “Headed to Haiti later this week to explore and make some new friends. Stay tuned for my report. #ConanWithoutBorders”
Posted Wednesday 9/20/17 at 2:21PM EDT
Conan O’Brien knew his Israel trip would be controversial, so it was no surprise that it was met with mixed reviews
Some on social media praised the late-night host for tackling serious issues in the Conan Without Borders special, while others found it didn’t go far in exploring the seriousness of the country’s divisive issues. “It is impossible to do justice in 40 minutes to the incredibly complex and polarizing country of Israel,” Conan said at the end of his program. “But I did accomplish my goal, which was to make friends wherever I went.”