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Conan

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Conan
Conan logo.jpg
Premiere November 8, 2010
Finale
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 5
Episodes 643 (through season 4)
Status Currently airing season 5
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.

Contents

Cast

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

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
TBS
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
Season Six November 2015
Season Seven November 2016
Season Eight November 2017

In-Depth

DVD Releases

There has not been a DVD release for this show.

External Sites