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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.
|Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band||House Band||1||2||3||4||5|
|Season One||November 8, 2010||November 3, 2011||165|
|Season Two||November 7, 2011||November 1, 2012||162 + 1|
|Season Three||November 5, 2013||October 31, 2013||159|
|Season Four||November 4, 2013||October 30, 2014||155|
|Season Five||November 3, 2014||October 29, 2015||154|
|Season Six||November 9, 2015||—||—|
|Season Seven||November 2016||—||—|
|Season Eight||November 2017||—||—|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series