O'Brien re-ups with TBS; 'Big Bang' gets spinoff

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 18, 2017

So with a new 4-year deal he's signed with TBS, the Irish American comedian could be hosting a podcast, going on live tours and generally making more digital content - including gaming stuff. The agreement includes a four-year renewal of TBS's popular nightly late-night show CONAN, continuing O'Brien's reign as late-night television's longest-serving host through the year 2022.

The networks are being rebranded, and 100% of the series that were put on the air previous year by Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment, were renewed.

"The TV landscape has changed dramatically since I inherited the traditional talk show format in 1993", O'Brien says in a statement. "It's is a distinct possibility that the show may evolve, but that's going to come from Conan as more of these things take shape. I also want a pony", O'Brien said.

These announcements were made Wednesday as the Turner networks unveiled to advertisers their plans for the season ahead. But Turner said the format and distribution strategy will evolve from his current talk show to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences. O'Brien previously hosted Late Night and The Tonight Show on NBC. That figure includes 218 million views for the series' "Clueless Gamer" segments and another 70 million for Team Coco's branded content, while clips from CONAN's nightly episodes, worldwide excursions and Comic-Con shows have drawn 1.3 billion views. Two of those were for Best Variety Writing ("Saturday Night Live" in 1989, "Late Night" in 2007).

In addition to his televised talk-show, O'Brien also has a strong online presence. Then he won Best Creative Achievement in Interactive Media in 2012 for his "Team Coco Sync App", and he was subsequently nominated for Best Interactive Program in 2013 and 2016. In previous years, O'Brien has also done special shows from Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

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