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Premiere November 8, 2010
Airs Monday-Thursday at 11PM
Creator Conan O'Brien
Host Conan O'Brien
Network TBS
Style 60-minute late-night talk show
Company Conaco
Seasons 4
Episodes 510 (through season 3)
Status Currently airing season 4
Renewed through season 8 (2018)
Origin USA

For the 1997 fantasy series, see Conan (1997)

Conan is a late-night talk show that airs on TBS, starring former Late Night and Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien. O'Brien left The Tonight Show in early 2010 after NBC executives attempted to move the series back 30 minutes in order to give Jay Leno, then host of the flagging The Jay Leno Show, his old late night time slot. O'Brien refused the proposition and was released from his contract, allowing Leno to resume hosting The Tonight Show.

Due to contractual obligations, O'Brien was not allowed to appear on television until late April and couldn't host a new series until September. Initially, O'Brien was expected to establish a nightly late night talk show at FOX, the first of its kind since the failure of The Chevy Chase Show. However, due to difficulty securing the timeslot--the 11 p.m. hour being occupied by profitable syndicated programming on most FOX affiliates--a deal could not be struck. O'Brien also said that he'd be afforded more freedom on cable. The deal with TBS was finalized after 10 days of negotiations between the network and O'Brien's team. Despite the fact that TBS's first foray into late-night talk shows, Lopez Tonight starring comedian George Lopez, already occupied the time slot, Lopez called O'Brien personally to encourage the deal. Following Conan's premiere, Lopez Tonight was move back one hour to 12 a.m.

Conan airs Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m., a full half hour earlier than The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. He is joined by long-time partner Andy Richter and his previous house band, with the exception of Max Weinberg who decided not to follow. Weinberg was replaced as leader by Jimmy Vivino and as drummer by James Wormworth. The series is produced in California, where O'Brien moved in anticipation of hosting The Tonight Show, at the Warner Bros lot.



Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Conan O'Brien Host 1 2 3 4 5
Andy Richter Announcer 1 2 3 4 5
Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band House Band 1 2 3 4 5


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One November 8, 2010 December 22, 2011 189
Season Two January 3, 2012 December 20, 2012 161
Season Three January 7, 2013 December 19, 2013 160
Season Four January 6, 2014
Season Five January 2015
Season Six January 2016
Season Seven January 2017
Season Eight January 2018


DVD Releases

There has not been a DVD release for this show.

External Sites