Comedian Conan O'Brien has been a late-night television staple for almost 26 years. He began hosting NBC's Late Night in 1993 and then moved on to the network's Tonight Show in 2009. However, his new gig didn't go as smoothly as planned and he was forced to quit the show in January of 2010 after just seven months on air. Several months later O'Brien was back on top, though, hosting Conan on TBS. His beloved eponymous show is about to kick off its ninth season — and there will be some radical new changes.
The revamped Conan will make its debut on Tuesday, January 22. It will air in the same time slot as before — at 11 p.m. four nights per week, Monday through Thursday — but the length of the show is being cut in half from one hour to 30 minutes, according to a TBS press release posted on the Futon Critic website.
Longtime fans of Conan can expect to see O'Brien's signature brand of comedy and celebrity guests, but the new version of the series will not feature a house band and is designed to "evolve the genre by challenging conventions, taking creative risks, and discovering and fostering new comedic talent."
"My three-month absence can only mean one thing — radical cosmetic surgery. Tune in January 22nd for a true freak show," the 55-year-old joked about the revitalized show.