Conan’s Back: The Boston Native Announces Return to TV With New Show
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In 2021, Brookline, Massachusetts, native Conan O’Brien signed off from his nightly talk show, set to begin work on a new, weekly show for HBO Max (now simply known as “Max”).
A lot of time came and went, until finally, one of Conan’s staffers confronted the longtime Late Night host about not making the show.
This week, O’Brien took to Twitter to announce the debut of Conan O’Brien Must Go, a series that focuses on the remotes for which O’Brien is famous as he visits fans and friends from across the globe.
In the trailer, O’Brien is seen visiting places such as Norway and Thailand, surprising guests from his popular podcast and giving it a go with their culture and homelands.
O’Brien, who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons prior to his long run as a talk show host, made sure to note that work would not be completed until the Writers Guild of America strike is over. Ironically, Warner Brothers Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who also oversees Max, will be in the area this weekend to speak at Boston University’s graduation – an appearance that’s expected to be heavily picketed by film and television writers. It's fair to say O'Brien's alma mater made a better choice for their graduation speaker.
O’Brien is one of four late night hosts with New England ties whose careers were altered forever by a curious network decision back in 2004. After a chain of events that essentially left NBC with two Tonight Show hosts, Conan departed for TBS, where he hosted the aptly-named Conan from 2010-2021.
He most recently appeared on TV at New Hampshire native Adam Sandler’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony.