Conan will still be a late-night talk show, and will not be shifted to a weekly format like what earlier reports claimed.
According to TNT/TBS president Kevin Reilly, the reports regarding O’Brien’s show be turned into a weekly format is not true. He clarified that there is no plan about it.
“At this time, we have no plans to change the format or frequency of Conan,” Kevin Reilly told TV Line. “In addition to Conan’s daily responsibilities to his talk show, we continue to have very ambitious plans that will further broaden and evolve our relationship with Conan.”
Turner CEO John Martin Misquoted About the Fate of the Late-Night Show
Reports raised that Turner CEO John Martin’s statement was misquoted. The news about the TV show being scrapped from its daily format and will be turned into a weekly one was just misquoted by The Wrap.
“Conan is an invaluable franchise and that they will be in business with O’Brien for a long time.” – Kevin Reilly
The Wrap reported how the longtime running talk show has become “too congested” and that a weekly show might be better for Conan. He was interviewed last Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Change of Format for the Show is Not Confirmed
However, what was confirmed was that O’Brien, Reilly, and O’Brien’s producer Jeff Ross have been in the talks of changing the show’s format, Vulture said.
“There is no deal,” Jeff Ross clarified. “There is no decision. And nothing is going to happen in ’17.”
He added that Reilly, as well as O’Brien, have been discussing the growth of the show. O’Brien has evidently made single-topic shows and went to different places like Cuba, Berlin, and South Korea.
He then went to Reilly to suggest if they can do more of it. They then discussed the possibility of having a weekly hour show, a four-day-a-week 30-minute show or just producing few weeks of originals.
Ross still said that there has not been any final decision yet about the show’s format.
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