February 22, 2019

Conan O’Brien Shakes Things Up

“Conan O’Brien doesn’t want to spill all the beans about his revamped TV show, which returns to TBS on Tuesday after being on hiatus since October. Pressed for details, the longtime late-night host reveals a little and deflects a little. The reformatted “Conan” will air Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m., for half an hour instead of an hour. Mr. O’Brien won’t sit behind a desk and normally will have only one guest a night. Stand-up comedians will still perform regularly but not musical acts.

In test shows, he says, “we’ve been pulling the audience closer, making it more intimate, a bit of a theater feel. I wanted it to look like a Dutch experimental play.”

The set is pared down to appear less showbizzy. “I want Andy [Richter, his sidekick] and I to look like a depressed older couple in a small apartment. That’s the look America wants,” Mr. O’Brien says.”

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