film / tv / politics / social media / lists / web / celeb / pajiba love / misc / about / cbr
film / tv / politics / web / celeb


Conan O'Brien's Late-Night Show Will Be Cut To 30 Minutes (And This Is a Good Thing)

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 3, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 3, 2018 |


TBS’s late-night Conan is changing formats and going to half-hour episodes beginning in 2019. The show will continue to air four nights a week (instead of once per week, as rumored last year).

Old-school folks might consider this a demotion. Or a way to cut the budget for the low-rated talk show.

It is not.

Conan doesn’t get huge Nielsen ratings, but it does have a huge online presence, boasting 3.4 billion video views. Among the late-night hosts, it also has the youngest demographic. A half-hour episode is a better way to tailor it to those young, online audiences, who already have plenty of television options. Like most everyone these days, we watch late night talk shows in 5-minute clips on YouTube the next day, anyway, and I very much doubt this change will result in fewer buzzy video clips.

Plus, let’s be honest: When is the last time that you watched the entire hour of a late-night talk show? Does anything worth mentioning happen in the last half hour? Sam Bee and John Oliver have found immense success with the half-hour format, as has The Daily Show for over two decades, and I suspect it will allow Conan and his staff to concentrate all of their energy toward a solid 22-minutes, which means less filler.

The show will still feature guests and the usual array of Conan comedy bits. “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,” Conan said. “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.”

I think this is great, and I suspect that it will eventually lead to similar changes in late-night on network television. I also suggest that he have Timothy Olyphant on once a week.

Source: THR

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

Previous Article


The Last 12 Hours of the Political News Cycle Reduced to 12 Tweets