After more than ten years on the air, Conan O’Brien is about to bid farewell to his TBS late-night show Conan. Jack Black has been booked as the series’ final guest as the show approaches its finale on June 24.
Black’s appearance was announced alongside a line-up of celebrities that will guest during the show’s final two weeks on air. Beginning on June 14, Conan will host Patton Oswalt, Martin Short, JB Smoove, Mila Kunis, Bill Hader, and one more person that is still to be announced.. Dana Carvey will guest on the penultimate episode. Additionally, the final episodes will feature several surprise guests to help provide a retrospective on O’Brien’s late-night tenure.
O’Brien will be able to give Conan a proper send-off, as the final episodes will welcome a live studio audience for the first time in over a year. Vaccinations and masks will be required for all attendees. Conan had been filming remotely throughout the pandemic, though the show recently began inviting guests for in-person interviews.
Conan will end its run with a one-hour finale, which will air an hour earlier than usual at 10 p.m. ET. The TBS show regularly airs 30-minute episodes on Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. ET.
The finale will mark an end to a 27-year era of late night television. O’Brien has not gone a full year without hosting a late-night show since 1993, when he began his run on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Though O’Brien moved from Late Night to The Tonight Show in 2010, network politics brought an abrupt end to his tenure only a few months in. O’Brien quickly found a new late-night home on TBS.
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O’Brien is not expected to return to late-night hosting anytime soon. The comedian is working on an upcoming weekly variety show for HBO Max, though few details have been revealed. Additionally, O’Brien will continue to expand his production company and its podcast offerings.
Black’s appearance on Conan will likely be ceremonial as opposed to promotional. While Black has no films releasing in the immediate future, the actor has been cast as the voice of Claptrap in the upcoming Borderlands movie.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.
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