Deadline Hollywood reports:
Conan O’Brien’s departure from late-night linear television after 28 years is shining a spotlight on the sustainability of the nightly format outside of the broadcast networks.
O’Brien, who will end his TBS show in June 2021, is heading to HBO Max for a weekly variety show. It comes after a storied career hosting NBC’s Late Night, between 1993 and 2009, followed by a controversially short tenure on The Tonight Show and the last ten years spent hosting his eponymous show on the WarnerMedia-owned network.
Last month, Conan showrunner Jeff Ross told Deadline that he’s questioned the future of the genre and believes late-night shows are now “kind of dinosaurs in the business”, adding that linear networks are “just like death” due to lower ratings.
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