''Conan'' is an American late-night talk show
airing each Monday through Thursday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time
in the United States. The show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer Conan O'Brien
, accompanied by his long-time sidekick Andy Richter
. Describing itself as a traditional late-night talk show, ''Conan'' draws its comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as aspects of the show itself
. For eight years, ''Conan'' aired as an hour-long show akin to O'Brien's previous NBC late-night shows. The show was reformatted to a half-hour length starting January 22, 2019. In November 2020, it was announced that the show will end in June 2021,
despite its renewal to 2022.
2010–18: Hour-long format
''Conan'' initially followed the established six-piece late-night format popularized by evening talk show hosts such as Ed Sullivan
, Johnny Carson
and David Letterman
, and previously executed during O'Brien's tenures as host of NBC's ''Late Night'' and ''The Tonight Show''. Each episode of ''Conan'' from its first eight years runs 60 minutes in length, including commercials, and typically consists of:
* Act 1: Monologue
* Act 2: Comedy Bit(s)
* Act 3: Celebrity Interview 1
* Act 4: Celebrity Interview 1 continued
* Act 5: Celebrity Interview 2
* Act 6: Musical or Stand-Up Comedy Guest, Signoff
Guests come from a wide range of cultural sources, and include actors, musicians, authors, athletes and political figures.
The original hour-long show opened with Richter proclaiming "Coming to you from Warner Bros. Studios
, it's ''Conan''!", and introducing O'Brien, The Basic Cable Band
, as well as the episode's guests. For the first several seasons, each episode had a title, which Richter would announce at the end of the opening sequence. The titles were in the style of old fashioned murder-mystery
radio shows, television sitcoms, or other assorted jokes. The episode titles were dropped in early 2014.
The original title sequence was designed by Rob Ashe, Dan Dome and Eric McGilloway.
There were several different variations of the opening credits, with the final product being inspired by graphic designer Saul Bass
. The opening design process was described by Ashe as utilizing "organic-looking textures made of construction paper, soak them in soda, and light them in Photoshop
O'Brien opens each episode with a monologue drawing from current news stories and issues. The monologue is sometimes accompanied by clips and brief comedy skits,
in addition to occasional interactions between O'Brien and Richter, and the audience.
Sketches and comedy bits
One or more comedy bits followed the monologue. Following the monologue, some comedy bits (such as those based on video clips) were presented from the monologue stage. Following the first commercial break, additional comedy sketches were typically presented from the desk area. Some sketches were original and appeared only once. Occasionally an additional sketch would air between the first and second guest.
2019–present: Half-hour format
In May 2018, O'Brien and TBS announced the show would be reformatted into a 30-minute show, with a looser structure starting 2019.
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In January 2019, O'Brien gave a more detailed description of the new format of his show. It would not feature a band or a desk area, and for the first time as host of a talk show O'Brien would not be wearing a suit. He commented, "I really don't miss the desk. It started to feel like I'm doing someone's taxes." The last hour-long regular episode aired on October 4, 2018. The new reformatted version premiered on January 22, 2019 on TBS. O'Brien's first guest for the new-look show was Tom Hanks
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic
, the program switched to a remotely-produced format from O'Brien's home beginning March 30.
In July 2020, it was announced that ''Conan'' would continue with this format, but would now be filmed with limited on-site staff from the Coronet Theatre
in Los Angeles and no studio audience — making it the first American late-night talk show to return to filming outside of the host's residence (albeit still not from its main studio). O'Brien explained that "I got started doing improv at the Coronet in 1986 and I'm glad we've figured out a way to safely keep that theater going during this lockdown."
Episodes on location
In the United States
*October 31 – November 3, 2011: taped at the Beacon Theatre
in New York City
. Guests included Jimmy Fallon
, Hugh Jackman
, Matthew Broderick
and Louis C.K.
*June 11–14, 2012: taped at the Chicago Theatre
in Chicago, Illinois
, as part of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival
. Guests included Jack McBrayer
, Andy Samberg
, Johnny Galecki
and Adam Sandler
*April 1–4, 2013: taped at The Tabernacle
in Atlanta, Georgia
, to coincide with the NCAA Final Four
being held a few blocks away at the Georgia Dome
. Guests included Seth Rogen
, Paul Rudd
, Steven Yeun
and Charles Barkley
*March 31 – April 3, 2014: taped at the Majestic Theatre
in Dallas, Texas
, to coincide with the NCAA Final Four
. Guests included Dirk Nowitzki
, Adam Sandler
, Seth Rogen, Simon Helberg
and Charles Barkley.
*July 8–11, 2015: taped at the Spreckels Theatre
in San Diego, California
to coincide with Comic-Con
. Guests included Elijah Wood
, Jennifer Lawrence
, Josh Hutcherson
and Peter Capaldi
*July 20–24, 2016: returned to the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con
. Guests included the cast of Arrowverse
shows, Will Arnett and the cast of ''Game of Thrones
*October 31 – November 3, 2016: taped at the Apollo Theater
*July 19–23, 2017: had live shows from the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con
for the third year in a row. Guests included the casts of ''Bright
'', ''Kingsman: The Golden Circle
'', ''The Lego Ninjago Movie
'' and ''Game of Thrones''.
*November 6–9, 2017: taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
*July 18–22, 2018: had live shows from the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con
for the fourth year in a row. Guests included the casts of ''Breaking Bad
'', ''The Predator
'', and ''Aquaman
*July 17–20, 2019: returned to the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con
for the fifth year in a row. Guests included the cast of ''It: Chapter Two
'', Tom Cruise
, the cast of ''Veronica Mars
'' and Orlando Bloom
and Cara Delevingne
from ''Carnival Row
''. Mark Hamill
, Thomas Middleditch
, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
, Norman Reedus
, Kristen Schaal
, Ben Schwartz
and Isaac Hempstead Wright
appeared in sketches. The Basic Cable Band also returned for these episodes.
O'Brien has filmed several specials abroad. These episodes do not follow the traditional talk-show format, instead following O'Brien as he attempts to engage the locals and experience the unique cultural aspects of the area.
*March 4, 2015: ''Conan in Cuba
'', taped in Havana
. With relations between the United States and Cuba improving
, O'Brien and a film crew went to Havana for four days around the weekend of February 14–15 to tape segments for an episode. Conan visited a cigar factory and learning the rumba. The episode marks the first time an American late-night talk show has filmed in Cuba since Jack Paar
interviewed Fidel Castro
on ''The Tonight Show
'' in 1959.
*November 17, 2015: ''Conan in Armenia
'': The episode centered around taking his long-time assistant Sona Movsesian
back to her homeland of Armenia to connect with her heritage.
*January 25, 2016: ''Conan in Qatar
'': Conan travelled to the Al Udeid Air Base
in Qatar with First Lady Michelle Obama
. The episode's alternative title was ''Mission Conan.''
*April 9, 2016: ''Conan Does Korea'': Conan traveled to South Korea
along with Steven Yeun
, the visit also included a trip to the Korean DMZ
, technically resulting in an additional trip by crossing the border into North Korea
*December 7, 2016: ''Conan in Berlin
'': Conan traveled to Berlin
along with Flula Borg
*March 1, 2017: ''Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico
'': Visit was made in response to actions and effort made by President Donald Trump
to build a wall across the southern border. Guests included Diego Luna
and Vicente Fox
, and stand-up performance from Sofia Niño De Rivera
*September 19, 2017: ''Conan Without Borders: Israel
'': Visit was made in response to Trump associate Jared Kushner
's attempts to further the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
. Guests included Lior Raz
and Gal Gadot
*January 27, 2018: ''Conan Without Borders: Haiti
'': Conan visited the island nation in response to President Donald Trump's alleged description of the country and parts of Africa as "shitholes".
*April 11, 2018: ''Conan In Italy
'': Conan and producer Jordan Schlansky visit Italy, with Conan hoping to expose Schlansky as a fraud.
*November 28, 2018: ''Conan In Japan
'': After finding out that the Japanese town of Hokuei, Tottori
is also well known as "Conan-Town" (named for the popular anime/manga character Conan Edogawa
, whose creator, Gosho Aoyama
, is a Hokuei native), Conan makes a visit to the country.
*April 17, 2019: ''Conan Without Borders: Australia
''. Conan travelled to Australia in response to a video sent by Hugh Jackman
in which he points out that Conan had not gone to his country yet.
*June 17, 2019: ''Conan Without Borders: Ghana
'' along with Sam Richardson
, following an invitation from the U.S. Ghanaian Embassy to visit the country during "The Year of Return", an initiative to bring awareness to African-American heritage, marked by the 400th anniversary of the African slave trade. The special aired on November 7, 2019.
*September 3, 2019: ''Conan in Greenland
'': When President Donald Trump announced his plans to buy Greenland, Conan decided to travel to the country to secure the purchase
Following the 2010 ''Tonight Show'' conflict
, O'Brien announced on the first day of The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour
that he had signed a deal with cable network TBS to host a talk show on their late-night lineup, beginning in November 2010. Before the deal was announced, O'Brien initially had reservations about the move, as it would place comedian George Lopez
's show, ''Lopez Tonight
'', one hour later to midnight, effectively doing to Lopez what NBC had wanted to do with O'Brien. However, Lopez reportedly called O'Brien and expressed his excitement about the move.
Lopez went on to state, "I can't think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in It's the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy."
''Lopez Tonight'' would be cancelled less than nine months later. In an official press release by Turner Broadcasting, it stated that O'Brien had only begun negotiations a week prior to the official announcement of the show.
Steve Koonin, President of Turner Entertainment Networks, went on to comment of the announcement, "Conan has been the comedic voice for a generation. TBS already has a huge audience of young comedy lovers, and Conan's show will give these fans even more reasons to watch our network."
In his own statement about the deal, O'Brien stated, "In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable
. My plan is working perfectly."
O'Brien's production company, Conaco
, reportedly owns all rights to the show. In addition to the announcement of the television series, TBS also announced a one-hour TBS Special, featuring several writers for ''Conan'', as well as comedian Reggie Watts
, who participated in O'Brien's Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.
The show was broadcast on June 27, 2010, leading up to the beginning of ''Conan'' in early-November.
Additionally, in preparation for the show, a 24-hour "Live-Coco Cam" was set up on October 20, 2010,
and featured various characters and staff members of ''Conan'', including Richie Rosenberg
, otherwise known as "LaBamba," as well as a short online broadcast from O'Brien's office entitled "Show Zero" on November 1, 2010. The show featured O'Brien as host, and was accompanied by Andy Richter, as well as Jerry Vivino, a member of the Basic Cable Band. The broadcast hosted several guests, including actor Jim Parsons
and indie rock band Steel Train
, and lasted a total of four minutes, and 51 seconds.
Weeks before the premiere, an orange ''Conan'' blimp
was introduced to further promote the show. Designed by Blue Sky, an Atlanta firm, the dirigible provided aerial footage for 2010 Major League Baseball
postseason games airing on TBS. It has since been incorporated into sketches on ''Conan'', including a running gag where the blimp would follow actor Gary Busey
around southern California, much to his chagrin.
The first episode of ''Conan'', titled "Baa Baa Blackmail",
premiered on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 11 p.m. EST
The episode's first guest was Arlene Wagner, the curator of Leavenworth
's Nutcracker Museum
Wagner's position as ''Conan''s debut guest was chosen by fans through a "rigged" poll at Conan O'Brien's official website, TeamCoco.com. The poll also consisted of Pope Benedict XVI
, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
, performers Justin Bieber
and Lady Gaga
, and actor Jack Nicholson
, among others.
Wagner's brief appearance was followed by actor and comedian Seth Rogen
and actress Lea Michele
, along with musical guest Jack White
, who performed "Twenty Flight Rock
", along with O'Brien himself.
Actor Jon Hamm
, appearing as his character Don Draper
from the AMC
series ''Mad Men
'', and talk show host Larry King
, of CNN
's ''Larry King Live
'', made cameo appearances in the show's cold open, with actor and comedian Ricky Gervais
sending Conan a pre-taped message expressing his well wishes on the new series, then going on to express condolences for future job losses.
Reviews of the premiere episode by television critics were positive, calling it "a looser, quirkier take on a late-night talk show, but still a late-night talk show."
James Poniewozik of ''Time
'' found the episode to be enjoyable, and compared it to O'Brien's tenure during ''Late Night''. Itzkoff went on to state, "The message, overall is that ''Conan'' the show is not so much about a reinvention of the talk show form as a restoration of Conan. He was doing something he wanted to do, a late-night talk show, and NBC made him stop doing it." He also praised the opening monologue, and Conan's performance with Jack White during the episode's conclusion.
Frazier Moore of ''Associated Press
'' went on to call the episode "a stylishly back-to-basics hour that radiated hard-won lessons from his brief stay hosting ''The Tonight Show''," in addition to admiring O'Brien's "appealingly stoked yet comfortable" appearance on the show.
Ken Tucker of ''Entertainment Weekly
'' also appreciated the Masturbating Bear cameo, and went on to call the show "pleasant, if a bit underwhelming."
Less positive assessments of the show included Tom Gliatto of ''People
'', who accused the show of being a "modest, lowkey and slightly awkward affair."
In overnight Nielsen Ratings
, the series premiere of ''Conan'' drew 4,100,000 viewers, leading all late-night talk shows, more than tripling the audience of its direct competition, ''The Daily Show
'' and ''The Colbert Report
'' on Comedy Central
. In the 18–49 demographic, ''Conan'' drew a 2.5 rating and 3,285,000 viewers. It was also watched by 2,451,000 adults in the 18–34 demographic. Ratings throughout the rest of the week fell, and ended with over 2.02 million viewers on Thursday, November 11, 2010. The fourth episode still led every talk show in the 18–34 and 18–49 demographics, however, delivering 980,000 adults and 1,361,000 adults respectively.
The median viewer age for the first week of shows was projected to be at 32,
significantly younger than that of ''The Tonight Show'' and CBS's'' Late Show ''.
The show also premiered in Canada, on The Comedy Network
at midnight, drawing 171,000 viewers, and the repeat broadcast at 1 AM on CTV
drew 302,000 viewers.
During O'Brien's second week, ratings remained somewhat consistent, and peaked on November 16, 2010, with 1.84 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings.
The week would go on to average 1.7 million viewers, and earn an average rating of 1.0 in the 18–49 demographic.
During the week of December 13–17, 2010, ''Conan'' has fallen behind in the weekly overnight Nielsen Ratings
, averaging only 1.3 million viewers, compared to NBC's ''The Tonight Show'' (4.2 million), CBS's ''Late Show'' (3.6 million), ABC's ''Jimmy Kimmel Live!'' (1.6 million), and Comedy Central's ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'' (1.6 million).
In January 2011, Michael Wright, head of programming of TBS, said the show was "landing right about where we expected it to. At this number, Conan will run as long as he wants it to."
For the month of June 2011, ''Conan'' fell for the first time to fourth among U.S. late-night cable talk shows, behind ''The Daily Show
'', ''The Colbert Report
'', and Chelsea Handler
's ''Chelsea Lately
''; ''Conan'' attracted an average of 743,000 total viewers, compared with 808,000 viewers for ''Chelsea Lately''.
Among viewers 18-to-49, O'Brien averaged 503,000 viewers vs. Handler's 559,000.
Following the cancellation of ''Lopez Tonight'', Steve Koonin of Turner Entertainment
stated he "could not be happier with ''Conan'' as a show or Conan O'Brien and Team Coco as people and an organization," going on to say that "what Conan has already won is the absolute mbrace
of young people."
In August 2011, TBS secured the cable syndication rights to ''The Big Bang Theory
'' at a reported $4 million per episode to serve as a lead-in to ''Conan'' three nights a week. "'Brien's
program is the signature show of our line-up and the centerpiece of our network," Koonin said in an interview with ''The Wall Street Journal
In March 2012, it was revealed that ''Conan'' draws more Hispanic
viewers than any other late night program.
On May 14, 2014, TBS renewed the show through 2018.
For January–October 2013, ''Conan'' attracted $67.4 million in advertising for an audience that is the youngest compared with seven late-night shows on CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, and E!.
Viewership in 2013 was 808,000, down from 914,000 in 2012.
''Conan'' does well in ratings among low income inner city
As a result, many of the show's advertisers often use ''Conan'' as a bridge to reach them.
By fall 2015, in the face of new competition from ''The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
'' and ''The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
'', ''Conan''s live audience had fallen to 299,000 viewers in the demographic of persons 18 to 49, the lowest of all of the major national late-night talk show
s. In contrast to its live audience, ''Conan'' boasts strong online revenues with a particularly young viewership that TBS has leveraged into lucrative advertiser relationships targeting digital and social media. TBS has also cited O'Brien's role as executive producer on shows such as ''People of Earth
'', ''Final Space
'' and a ''Clueless Gamer'' spin-off series as evidence of the host's value to the network as a brand and partner beyond the talk show, further stating, "We're going to be in business with him for a long time."
On May 16, 2010, it was announced that O'Brien would launch his new show at Stage 15 on the Warner Bros. lot
in Burbank, California
, the soundstage where films such as ''Calamity Jane
'', ''The Music Man
'', ''Blazing Saddles
'' and the ''Ocean's Trilogy
'' were shot.
Taping of each episode begins at 4:30 p.m. PST, which usually follows a rehearsal, lasting from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
O'Brien has made explicit that the staff has made an effort thus far to not to reuse any of the previous ''Late Night
'' or ''Tonight Show
'' sketches although noted this was sometimes difficult, and they were unsure if some sketches were going to work. However he stated in the past, such as in an interview with Larry King during his last week on CNN, that he possibly would bring back certain bits in time. Indeed, O'Brien has brought back several skits and characters he and his writers created on NBC, even if used less frequently than in the past. These characters and bits include The Masturbating Bear, Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, Celebrity Survey, The Audiency Awards, Clutch Cargo interviews, and an update on the "Late Night" sketch If They Mated called If They Melded. The final day of longtime writer/performer Brian Stack also saw the one-time return of one of his characters, The Interrupter.
Prior to the show's airing, interviews with O'Brien and Richter indicated that the show would more closely represent ''Late Night'' than ''Tonight'' in regard to content and material, meaning that edgier or questionable content excised as a result of the move to the earlier time slot will no longer be an issue at TBS. On the July 12, 2010 episode of Marc Maron
's ''WTF'' podcast
, Andy Richter said that they no longer have to "worry about living up to a respected franchise", and that on ''The Tonight Show'' certain sketches "that just felt too 12:30" would be cut and how "it'll be nice to not have to worry about that anymore". During an appearance at the 2010 San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, O'Brien told the audience he was "no longer interested in 'broadening' the audience or trying to reach everybody of all ages," further implying the content will not be toned-down. As the show is on cable, fewer restrictions will apply to the show in regards to explicit content, such as swearing and racier material.
On September 1, 2010, O'Brien officially announced via a YouTube
video that the new show's title was simply ''Conan''. ''Conan'' as the title could run into a consent issue with Conan Properties International
, the owners of the ''Conan the Barbarian
'' franchise, including a "Conan" trademark
covering certain types of TV series.
Prior to the show's broadcast, it was stated that the set for the show, designed by the same designers of Conan's previous sets, John Shaffner and Joe Stewart, would be inspired by The Legally Prohibited Tour, adopting more of a "theatre" appearance than the previous shows. Shaffner commented on the choice of the show's chair, stating, "You find one that you like and then you build it yourself to make it a little shallower and a little more upright and the cushion a little firmer But not too firm or every time the guest sits down they’ll say, 'Oooh this is a hard chair.'" The rest of the set has been described as being "filled with warm wood tones and electric blue screens," and has been compared to the set of his most recent stint on ''The Tonight Show''.
The new set features several differences, however, including a remote-controlled moon, and the backdrop being transformed into a giant blue ocean.
In keeping with a change made during ''The Tonight Show'', Andy Richter joins O'Brien during celebrity interviews on the main set rather than remaining behind a lectern after the monologue.
The first show of 2018 saw the debut of a new set design by production designer Christopher Goumas, which replaced the ocean backdrop with one depicting a studio backlot highly reminiscent of the Warner Bros. lot where the program shoots. O'Brien now enters through a doorway on the left of the stage rather than a curtain on the right. The host explained that the space is also deliberately tighter to promote a more "intimate" atmosphere, and humorously demonstrated the ability for the set to be moved even closer to the audience on demand.
With the new half-hour format, another new set was introduced with an even more compact design than before (which Richter jokingly compared to looking like "a strip club
from ''Grand Theft Auto
''"), and replacing the desk area with a series of armchairs around a coffee table
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States
and the associated lockdown
, the show relocated to the Largo
following several months broadcasting from his home.
On May 17, 2017, TBS renewed the show through 2022.
On November 17, 2020, it was announced that the show would end in June 2021 after the conclusion of its tenth season, with O'Brien planning to produce a weekly "variety" show on WarnerMedia
's streaming service HBO Max
Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band
Conan O'Brien's longtime band, originally known as The Max Weinberg 7, then The Tonight Show Band, and later as the Legally Prohibited Band, serve as the ''Conan'' house band, and are fronted by longtime guitarist Jimmy Vivino
The band also consists of Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg
, Scott Healy
, Mike Merritt
on bass guitar
, Mark Pender
and Jerry Vivino
s. When the group moved to Los Angeles to play for ''The Tonight Show'', they added an eighth member, James Wormworth
, on percussion. Max Weinberg
, who had served as O'Brien's bandleader and drummer since 1993, does not appear on the new program.
Weinberg was not a part of the Legally Prohibited Tour, and remained vague throughout most of 2010 about the possibility of his participation in the new TBS show.
Weinberg's decision was influenced by a combination of a major heart surgery
he had in February 2010, and the fact that his family never left their native New Jersey
, even during the ''Tonight Show'' period, both issues that he kept private until an October 2010 interview.
Percussionist James Wormworth, who often acted as Weinberg's on-air substitute, serves as the band's permanent drummer.
Following Weinberg's exit, O'Brien sought to revamp the show's title theme song. In an interview with ''New York Magazine
'', O'Brien expressed his desire to create a new introduction from the previous ''Late Night'' and ''Tonight'' compositions, which were used for O'Brien's entire 17-year relationship with NBC, and ultimately unveil a new signature sound for the show. The new theme song was co-written by bandleader Jimmy Vivino, and O'Brien himself. Despite no obvious copyright issues to continue using the previous theme, which was written by Howard Shore
and John Lurie
, O'Brien stated of the transition to a new composition, "it just felt like the right thing to do There's this feeling of, 'Let's try and build something new.' I came out to that theme for seventeen years and it does feel like, you know what? Let's try some new stuff. Let's try and change it up." However, the closing theme from his previous NBC shows was retained in a slightly altered form.
On October 4, 2018, it was announced that with the format change, Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band would not be returning in 2019.
Awards and nominations
In Australia, the program was aired on GO!
, a multichannel
of the Nine Network
from August 2012 following the 2012 Olympic Games
but eventually dropped by GO! mid-2014. Originally it was intended to screen within 12 hours after its original U.S. broadcast at 11:30pm weeknights,. The Comedy Channel
which aired the previous versions of Conan's shows announced it would not air the program as the Nine Network had exclusive rights to Time Warner programs. Between November 2010 to July 2012, Conan was aired on GEM
, the program began airing in early 2011 on the newly launched Comedy Central Israel
channel. episodes were aired 4–5 days after their original TBS broadcasts. However, the channel has discontinued airing ''Conan'' in October 2011.
From November 8, 2010 to August 30, 2013, the program aired in Canada on cable channel The Comedy Network
on Monday to Thursday nights (Tuesday to Friday mornings) at midnight ET/PT, with a repeat on broadcast network CTV
at 1:07 a.m. local time. The program was only initially announced for CTV, leading to some concern about the unusually late time slot, two hours after its airing in the United States for viewers in the Eastern Time Zone
(the program airs on CTV Atlantic
at 1:05 a.m. AT
/ 12:05 a.m. ET). This is due to local and national
newscasts in the 11:00 p.m. hour, and CTV's commitments to ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
'' at 12:05 a.m. and ''The Colbert Report
'' at 12:35 a.m.
CTV executives later said the program would likely air earlier on The Comedy Network, which is owned by CTV.
However, that channel also had a conflict, since it has long aired both ''Daily'' and ''Colbert'' during the 11:00 p.m. ET hour, simulcasting the Comedy Central feed.
The Comedy Network then attempted to move up both programs to 10:00 p.m. ET beginning in September 2010, presumably to make room for ''Conan'' at 11:00; however, there were intermittent "technical difficulties" with getting the shows in time for the earlier airing, particularly for a series of special live ''Daily'' episodes in late October, which meant re-runs were aired in their place. After viewer complaints about the missed episodes, Comedy elected to move both shows back to their previous timeslots, meaning that ''Conan'' was rescheduled on that channel to midnight, on a one-hour delay from TBS. On September 3, 2013, Much Music
began broadcasting the program every Monday to Thursday at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. Pacific),
though it was moved back to its time-delayed midnight airing the following month. The repeat on CTV was moved to 1:37 a.m.
On September 3, 2014, the program began airing on Much at 12:30 a.m. after ''@midnight
''. On January 9, 2017, ''Conan'' began airing at 11 p.m. ET again, only to again be moved back an hour to midnight in April of that same year. ''Conan'' aired on Much until September 1, 2017. The program aired solely on CTV until April 2020, when it began airing again on ''CTV Comedy Channel'' at 11:30 after ''The Daily Show
'' following Comedy Central's cancellation of ''Lights Out with David Spade
''. The show was pushed back another 15 minutes to 11:45 after Comedy Central expanded ''The Daily Show'' by 15 minutes.
Selling rights to a Canadian channel was necessary, since TBS ceased being available in Canada in October 2007. The local Atlanta station through which Canadian cable subscribers had previously received TBS programming then adopted a distinct schedule as WPCH-TV
. Some speculated that WPCH might pick up the program anyway, since the revamped station continues to air some of the same syndicated series as TBS, but WPCH later indicated explicitly that it had no plans to broadcast the new O'Brien program.
In the UK
, the show aired on the channel truTV
since its launch in August 2014, though it has been absent from the schedules as of August 2017.
, ''Conan'' is retitled ''Conan O'Brien''. The show is aired on SIC Radical
, in the same timeslot as his previous NBC shows, with daily broadcasts beginning on October 5, 2009.
The show airs Monday to Friday beginning around 20h45 to 21h30, following ''The Daily Show
'', with occasional reruns interspersed among new shows. New episodes air about two weeks after US broadcast. Although since January 2016, SIC Radical
stopped airing the show because of the show's international distributor has ceased shipping the show outside USA (answer from the Distributor Sic Radical).
The show is aired in Southeast Asia
and Hong Kong
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