Over the weekend, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the theatrical release of Back to the Future (oh yeah, there was that whole declaring independence from Great Britain thing too). Talk show host/writer/comedian Conan O’Brien commented on the big anniversary on his Twitter account. If you missed it, you can read a screencap of his tweet above.
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The past few months have been a fascinating journey for late-night host Conan O’Brien. After a bruising battle with NBC, which ended with an agreement stating that he could not publicly disparage NBC nor appear on television for about six months, O’Brien is finally ready to make the return to late night. TBS has just announced that Conan’s new show will premiere on the station on November 8, 2010 at 11 PM. It will be followed by Lopez Tonight. Hit the jump for the original TBS promo. Movieline has a rundown of some of O’Brien’s jokes from TBS’s upfront presentation.
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In yesterday’s edition of video of the day, we posted Conan O’Brien‘s interview from 60 Minutes, the first time he could contractually talk on television about what happened since leaving the Tonight Show. While his verbal answers said one thing, his expressions said a lot more. Funny Or Die have put the interview through a futuristic though analyzer to reveal Conan’s real inner monologue. Watch it now, after the jump.
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If you missed it over the weekend, you can now watch Conan O’Brien‘s full interview from 60 Minutes embedded after the jump. This is the first time since leaving The Tonight Show that he has been able to talk on the record about Jay Leno, NBC executives, his beard and his new TBS cable television show.
When Conan was asked whether or not he believes that Jay Leno acted honorably during the NBC scheduling fiasco, he hesitated before responding “If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well, I would not have come back six months later. But that’s me. Everyone’s got their own way of doing things.”
If you haven’t yet checked it out, watch the interview below.
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When Conan O’Brien left/got pushed out of The Tonight Show spot, everyone assumed the he would be relocating to FOX. Wrong. Turns out that Coco’s new show will be on TBS. TBS is likely gambling a lot of money that Conan will bring over millions of viewers. This is no late April fools day joke. TBS has even released a teaser video and press release, both of which you can see after the jump. O’Brien will host an hour-long, yet-to-be-titled show Mondays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).
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When Conan O’Brien parted ways with NBC not long ago, he became bound by a clause that says he can’t host a new television show until September. There’s nothing in his exit contract about a comedy tour, however, so last week Coco announced a string of dates for live shows across the country.
Fortunately for him, the clause also doesn’t prohibit appearing in a film, and ‘The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,’ as his outing is being called, may now be documented as the basis for a feature film. Read More »
We don’t usually report of stuff like late night TV talk shows, but they’re usually not as entertaining as the past two weeks have been. We’ve known that this week would likely be Conan O’Brien‘s last as host of The Tonight Show, and today details of his exit package from NBC were released. Indeed, Friday will be his last night hosting the show, with guests Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Neil Young. Details of Conan’s deal follow. Read More »
So the late night wars continue and on Thursday night Conan O’Brien dedicated a segment to putting The Tonight Show for sale on Craigslist. The ad is actually online, and can be found under the for sale/wanted > collectibles category in Los Angeles. Titled “4 SALE: BARELY-USED LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW,” Conan’s looking for the best offer, but is also “willing to trade for Coldplay tickets.” You can watch the segment embedded after the jump.
Meanwhile, the Jay Leno Show, which has consistently drawn higher average ratings than the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, lost to O’Brien last night as fans are rallying behind Coco. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Based on preliminary metered-market estimates, on Thursday night O’Brien drew a 1.9 in the adult demo — nearly double his usual average. That’s 27% higher number at 11:35 p.m. than Jay Leno, who drew a 1.5 using the same type of measurement, earned at 10 p.m. NBC research is unsure, but this might be the first time O’Brien has ever beat Leno in their current slots. NBC Universal sports chairman Dick Ebersol may have picked the wrong day to bash O’Brien’s show as “an astounding failure.”
Watch the clip from last night’s show, after the jump.
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