Turner chief John Martin told TheWrap on Wednesday that they’re planning to shift the talk show from nightly to weekly. He was inspired by Conan’s recent remotes in countries like Cuba, Berlin and South Korea, which have proven to get the host’s creative juices flowing. The overseas shows also didn’t hurt ratings, which could use a B12 injection overall.
However, those plans have since been downplayed by TBS president Kevin Reilly, who says no decision has been made on the long-term future of Conan:
“Conan remains an invaluable franchise, partner and producer for our TBS brand and we’ll be in business with him for a long time. As the media landscape continues to evolve, Conan will continue to lead the evolution of what a talk show will be in the digital age. At this time, we have no plans to change the format or frequency of his popular TBS show. In addition to Conan’s daily responsibilities to his talk show, we continue to have very ambitious plans that will further broaden and evolve our relationship with Conan.”
Will Conan cut back on air time for Season 9, or could the talk show call it quits altogether and depart for the TV afterlife? Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the survival status of Conan…