There are few specifics on this reveal from Turner CEO John Martin other than Turner is retooling Conan based off of the successes of Conan O’Brien going to different places like South Korea, Cuba, Berlin, Armenia and doing special episodes of the show from there. There’s no word as to when this will happen or what exactly a newly formatted Conan show will be like
So, this could very well mean getting one night of Conan a week, but him going out of the studio much more often, perhaps like an Anthony Bourdain style show.
We love the idea of him being out in “the elements” as that’s where he has every other late night talk show host beat, but we’d be curious to see if and how other parts of his show like the amazing absurdist sketches will figure into whatever this new format ends up being.
UPDATE: Kevin Reilly, Turner’s Entertainment Chief, in speaking to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety cleared up the notion that TBS would be making Conan go weekly. The format switch has been discussed, but Reilly says nothing is changing right now.
That being said, they’re developing Conan’s very popular segment, Clueless Gamer, as a spin-off show. Given the existence of Lip Sync Battle and various spin-offs of segments on Corden, this move could TBS’ show born out of a viral late night segment.