In case you haven’t been keeping track, it has been nine and a half long months since we last watched Conan O’Brien from the comfort of our own sofa and footie pajamas. After his fallout with NBC — and the endless promotion of his new show Conan from TBS — it’s understandable that O’Brien wants everything about tonight’s premiere to be just perfect. Ever the true team player, Coco is not above carrying out the most minute details himself, even if that means getting his pretty white pants a little dirty. (White after Labor Day? For shame, Coco.) After the jump, watch Sir Conan, man of the people, travel to India to haggle with fabric sellers and trade gossip with local women in a new ad for American Express. Considering tonight’s first guest might be the curator of a nutcracker museum, this doesn’t seem too far off from what we can expect from the new Conan, right? READ FULL STORY »
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Conan O'Brien gives you five reasons to watch his new show: 'Reuniting Led Zeppelin is a goal of mine'
late-night talk show on TBS. Looking for a reason to watch his fresh start? Well, you’re in luck: O’Brien gave EW.com five good ones.In just a few short hours, Conan O’Brien ends his hiatus from the tube with the debut of Conan, a
1. ”There may be a cash giveaway. And I repeat may.”
2. “Late in the first show, I’m choosing a second wife — someone who’s independently very wealthy, so if I go through this kind of bulls— again, I’m really well taken care of. I mean, I’m talking about someone with hundreds of millions of dollars, because then I’ll really walk the walk.”
3. “You’ll get to see whether I kept the beard or not. And I don’t think I’m self-centered, but I think it’s more important to America than this election.” READ FULL STORY »
Revving up for the debut of his new TBS show on Monday, Conan O’Brien made a surprise visit to George Lopez — the guy whose time slot he’ll be taking next week. “It’s thrilling, basic cable,” said O’Brien, before requesting to switch the conversation to a different language. “I don’t know if people are aware of this, but Spanish is my native tongue,” O’Brien declared. Next thing you know, he’s launching into an translator’s nightmare of bungled phrases. “Yes. I have many shoes,” he trilled in lovely sounding Spanish. “And we hope that the boat has more dog eyes in the future.”
The two then switched to German for more lines of goofy nonsense, wrapping up just in time for a band of mariachi guitarists and alpine-looking tuba players. What all this has to do with Conan’s new show, we’ve got no idea. But it was pretty funny. Check it out below, and then sound off in the comments: Are you excited for Conan’s new gig on TBS? (Feel free to post your thoughts in as many languages as necessary.) READ FULL STORY »
teamcoco.com at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, or you can keep reading to see what the former host of Late Night and The Tonight Show has to say about launching his new show.The countdown to Coco is almost over: One week from today, Conan O’Brien unveils his new late-night talk show on TBS, mysteriously titled… Conan. To get a taste of what’s to come, you can check out “Show Zero” on
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you feeling as you prepare for your return to TV? Nervous? Nauseated? Tingling sensation?
CONAN O’BRIEN: Highly medicated. I’m on something that they use to euthanize racehorses when they break a leg. I walk around with an IV bag full of this stuff, so it’s going to be a different Conan that people see. It’s going to be a Conan that really has trouble moving, and shows very few facial expressions.
What can fans expect from the TBS version of a Conan talk show?
This is the show that someone does after they’ve survived a serious car accident. There’s a little bit of — and I think in a good way — a “let’s just go for it” kind of feel. I’ve been doing one show or another for about 17 years, and then you have this razor’s edge nine months that I’ve had recently and you think about things a little differently. So, there’s more of a feeling of “Screw it, I’m not going to second-guess anything” and “If it makes me laugh, I’m just going to go for it.” And that, I think, is going to serve me well for about 3 months.
recent interview with Rolling Stone: “I won’t be denied my Masturbating Bear!” he says in the article, daring NBC to sue him, since the network still owns all his Late Night characters and bits. “What I really wanna do is be sued over the bear and then appear in court with the Masturbating Bear. ‘Your Honor, this bear can’t help himself!’”Conan O’Brien had some fightin’ words in his
A rep for NBC declined to comment on whether the network would pursue legal action against O’Brien should ursine onanism make an appearance on Conan’s upcoming TBS series. READ FULL STORY »
Twitter followers), phoned EW earlier this afternoon for a quick chat and sounded relaxed and ready to return to the late-night ring.Conan is coming. Today, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter shoot the first of four test shows in preparation for their Nov. 8 premiere on TBS. Richter, currently waging an “all-out war” against his sinuses with antibiotics and Prednisone (that’s for his
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We spoke near the end of the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour, and you said you and Conan hadn’t begun discussing the TBS show. What can you tell us about it now?
ANDY RICHTER: It’s a talk show. I’d say that between Late Night and The Tonight Show, on The Tonight Show there was a little less absurdity — humor that was kind of absurd for absurdness sake. We felt we needed to tailor the humor to an earlier hour, which basically means, you’re gonna be the same person, but now grandma’s in the room. [Laughs] That’s sort of what it was. This is probably gonna be like a mix of the two. It’s hard to say: It’s not like we have big planning meetings where we think “This is what the personality of the show is gonna be like.” We have discussions about it, but mostly they’ve been things like, “Let’s give the impression that we don’t give a s—.” [Laughs] “Let’s give the impression that we’re having fun.” Because that’s how we feel. We went through this thing, which certainly in the grand scheme of things was a tempest in a teapot, but it was a stressful thing — to get bumped off of The Tonight Show or take yourself off The Tonight Show, however you want to look at it. It was kind of a s—y thing, so we’re adjusting, and in reaction to that, we’re now feeling like, “You know what, let’s just have some fun. Let’s just do a show now that we’re not replacing anybody. We’re not replacing David Letterman. We’re not replacing Jay Leno. We’re just startin’ up a show from scratch, which we’ve never gotten to do before. There’s no precedent. There’s no shoes to fill. We just get to do what we want.” The way the show has been built hasn’t been through some grand plan about some philosophy that we’re trying to follow. We’re just thinking up bits. “We got a studio. We got a desk. We got a band. What are some funny things we can do in that space?” READ FULL STORY »
Conan First Guest Poll will have been put to good use. Nonetheless, there seems to be a ton of other guests during the show’s first week who will bring me as much — if not nearly as much — pleasure as seeing the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner. I guess I’ll take Jon Hamm. (Please excuse me as I rub my hands together in happy anticipation.)Unless there’s a late push, it doesn’t look like my vote for Gerhard Ertl in the
Here’s the full lineup for Conan‘s premiere week:
- Monday, Nov. 8 – First Guest Poll winner, Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White
- Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden
- Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy
- Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore
Who are you most excited for, PopWatchers? And who’s your DREAM Conan guest?
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