“Conan” host Conan O’Brien
“Conan” host Conan O’BrienBryan Bedder/Getty Images/file

Beginning next year, “Conan” on TBS will look quite different. The hourlong late-night show, on TBS since 2010, will be cut down to a half-hour per episode.

Conan O’Brien told Variety that the new format will not include musical performances, and the show’s music booker, Roey Hershkovitz, will be leaving. That’s a shame, since the show has provided an outlet for plenty of bands in need of attention. At the same time, shaking up the stale old late-night format has to be a good thing, especially as HBO and Netflix have gotten into the talk show game.

Back in May, O’Brien, currently the longest running late-night host on the air, about to reach his 25th TV-versary next month, said he plans to feature fewer guests — possibly only one per episode — and more taped location segments. Let’s see what he winds up with. O’Brien’s show is low rated, but it does quite well among younger viewers.


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