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Stuck at home, Conan O’Brien to film episodes of ‘CONAN’ on his iPhone

Published Mar 19th, 2020 11:18PM EDT
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  • Conan O’Brien announced that his show CONAN will resume production next week, albeit at the comedian’s home.
  • O’Brien noted on Twitter that he will film the show by himself using an iPhone and that guests will be interviewed via Skype.
  • O’Brien isn’t the only host adjusting to an environment where nearly every production is on hold. In recent weeks, late-night hosts have continued to record shows in-studio, only without a live studio audience.
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The coronavirus is forcing many in the entertainment industry to improvise and come up with novel ways to keep that sweet content flowing. While some comics started releasing video clips on Twitter and Instagram to help satiate the masses, late-night hosts like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon started recording episodes without a live studio audience.

In a similar vein, Conan O’Brien is planning to bring his popular TBS show CONAN back to the air, albeit with a coronavirus-inspired twist. As first detailed via a tweet from O’Brien himself, the former host of The Tonight Show said that he plans to shoot new episodes of CONAN from his house using a trusty iPhone.

“I am going back on the air Monday, March 30th,” O’Brien said. “All my staff will work from home, I will shoot at home using an iPhone, and my guests will Skype. This will not be pretty, but feel free to laugh at our attempt. Stay safe.”

Commenting on the matter in an interview with Variety, CONAN executive producer Jeff Ross said the following:

[O’Brien] “likes to work. He likes to make stuff – as we all do. We are in the business of making content and this what we do. The idea that we can’t do it is a little frustrating. We have a staff that wants to work, that doesn’t want to not get paid, and you just want to keep the business going.

While O’Brien recording an episode from home may seem a bit odd, the novelty of it all will undoubtedly attract eyeballs. Indeed, the ratings for late-night programming in recent weeks — all filmed without a studio audience — have been high. This, though, may not be all that surprising given how many people are staying at home and watching TV for hours on end these days.

As to which iPhone Conan will be filming the show with, well, that remains unknown. Suffice it to say, it’s easy to make production quality content with an iPhone given the device’s increasingly impressive camera performance. To this point, you may recall that Apple a few months ago released a commercial that was shot entirely with an iPhone 11 Pro. Dubbed Snowbrawl, the commercial illustrates the type of quality work one can achieve with a mobile device:

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.

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