Do you like watching Conan O’Brien react (and overreact) to video games in his Clueless Gamer segments? It seems you’re not alone – the segments are popular enough to warrant their own separate series.
After rumors that Conan would be going from a daily late night show to a weekly format, TBS president Kevin Reilly spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and denied the rumor and confirmed that a Clueless Gamer series is in the works.
“We’ve gotten to the point where video game companies are sending us their product for us to play and make fun of because it’s been such a huge success. We’re going to go into production on a series of that,” Reilly said.
Conan has found success in avenues alongside his show, such as his frequent trips to other countries, his yearly trip to San Diego Comic-con, and the popularity of his videos on YouTube. Reilly says the format of Conan isn’t changing yet, and he’s is optimistic about the partnership being renewed upon its 2018 expiration, but does say the show may evolve.
Whatever it is, Reilly says that “all of this is going to lead to more activity for [Conan], not less.”
According to Reilly, Conan has the youngest audience profile of any talk show host on television, so a gaming-focused show, whether online or on television, seems to make sense. I’m looking forward to seeing how the segment evolves into a series-length show and what happens once Conan is exposed to video games enough that they aren’t immediately baffling.