Former late-night host Conan O’Brien has launched Conan Must Go, a four-episode international travel series that has him returning to Warner Bros. Discovery after signing off in 2021 following an 11-year run.
The new series, already in production, will feature O’Brien’s travels across the globe to visit new people he has met through his podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Fan.
“My fans around the globe never asked me to visit them, so I did,” O’Brien said in a statement announcing his new series. The project was formally unveiled during Warner Bros. Discovery’s upfront presentation — where O’Brien was a staple during the company’s former Turner presentations predating the Warner Bros.-Discovery merger.
O’Brien’s Conaco will produce the series, with his longtime executive producer Jeff Ross also involved.
“Conan is a national treasure … at least that’s what he keeps telling me said HBO executive vice-president of programming Nina Rosenstein. “It’s been an absolute dream to work with him, Jeff and the whole Conaco team. They’re everything you’d hope for — insanely smart, ridiculously funny and nicer than they’d probably want to admit.”
The travel series is not virgin ground for O’Brien, who previously won an Emmy for his TBS series Conan Without Borders (currently streaming on Max). He has visited 13 countries and his podcast has nearly 430 million downloads since its launch in 2018.
O’Brien first previewed the Max travel show on his podcast in early 2022, noting that he’d hoped to return to doing remote segments à la Conan Without Borders.
Max (which is being rebranded from HBO Max) first announced plans to re-team with O’Brien in late 2020 when corporate sibling TBS announced that Conan would end in 2021 and that the veteran of late night would segue to a weekly variety series for the streamer.
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