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Conan to Shift to Weekly Format

Conan O'Brien can't stop, but he can slow down.

Conan, the host's nightly hourlong TBS talk show, will be shifting to a weekly format at some point, Turner CEO John Martin tells The Wrap.

There are a few good reasons for the switch. Conan has been spending a lot of time on the road, visiting places like Cuba, Berlin and South Korea, and Martin says the episodes from foreign locales have been stronger creatively and ratings-wise. Switching to a weekly format would make traveling easier and play to the show's strengths.

TBS has also had great success in the weekly format with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,which has quickly became a reliable source of viral videos since its premiere last year. TBS thinks re-angling Conan to fit that slot would be good for the show.

Finally, Conan just doesn't do very well in ratings in the crowded late-night landscape.

This will be a big change for Conan O'Brien, who has been a daily late-night host since he took over Late Night in 1993 -- with one very famous interlude where he wasn't.

TBS is committed to Conan through 2018.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c -- for now -- on TBS.

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