One lucky fan of The Simpsons is going to see his dream come true when the show turns his spec script into an episode that will air on TV. He’s no contest winner, though: He’s Judd Apatow. READ FULL STORY
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Conan O’Brien, who once replaced David Letterman as host of NBC’s Late Night and later went head-to-head with his idol during his short stint as host of the Tonight Show, will visit Letterman’s CBS program on Thursday night. It will be the first time the now-TBS late-night host has guested on Letterman’s program in 13 years. Both men, of course, famously lost very public battles with Jay Leno, who ultimately edged Letterman to succeed Johnny Carson as host of the Tonight Show in 1992 and then returned to the late-night showcase after O’Brien failed to generate high-enough ratings.
Conan O’Brien’s late-night talkshow has been extended by TBS through April 2014, the network announced today. “We are proud to be in business with Conan O’Brien for the long run,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience. As if that weren’t enough, they have also built a dynamic online presence that keeps fans engaged like no other show in late night.” READ FULL STORY
An old friend is visiting Conan O’Brien tonight. For the first time since moving to TBS last year, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog will join O’Brien on the talk-show stage. O’Brien tweeted the news from his temporary offices in New York City, where the show is visiting this week (here’s an interview with O’Brien all about that).
Technically, O’Brien’s creative content from his NBC days remains the broadcast network’s property. But the host has flirted with that restriction in the past (the Masturbating Bear has been on the TBS show twice). Below is the photo. O’Brien doesn’t look entirely pleased by Triumph’s appearance. Perhaps not looking forward to picking up the poop? READ FULL STORY
Conan O'Brien on his return to New York: 'I'd be surprised if an old favorite from 'Late Night' didn't show up'
It’s Homecoming Week for Conan O’Brien: The man who hosted Late Night from 1993 to 2009 in New York returns tonight to the Big Apple to host five nights of his TBS talk show, Conan. O’Brien recently chatted with EW about the New York shows, the difference between audiences in New York and Los Angeles, and the painful regret of the jeggings incident.
On the vibe of his New York shows:
“When we travel with the show, we like the DNA of the show to change. It’s really important to me that these feel like New York shows, so one of the key components was to make sure that I’m out amongst the people, and that it’s not something where it’s just, ‘Okay, he’s in the Beacon Theatre, but he’s doing the same old crap.’ This will be me going outside and doing the same old crap, which will be a whole new way of looking at it. In the four days that I was shooting [pre-taped segments] there, I got to just about every part of New York City, which was really fun. I could not pass a street corner where the ghost of an old remote that I had shot in the 90s would [appear]… I would pass a corner and look out the window and see Riverside Park and think, “Oh right, I was dressed as a woman on a unicycle.” We’ll be down in the Garment District and I’ll look out the window and be like, “Yeah, I remember wearing an antelope head, riding on Andy Richter’s back in ’98.” It’s all these old war stories coming back.
“This is my first time back in New York as a tourist. So it’s that cliché where I’ve never gone to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty when I lived in New York, so now we’re actually taking the show to New York as guests, which is a fascinating new experience. I’m going to be terrified of Central Park. I’m going to be complaining about the urine smell. I’m going to be horrified that my half a bagel with cream cheese costs $35. And I’m going to walk around with a cardboard suitcase and look up at the skyscrapers and marvel at ‘them moving boxes’ that take you from one floor to the next. I’m going to look at New York with a fresh eye.” READ FULL STORY
Conan O’Brien may soon have a second show on TBS. The network announced today that it has ordered a pilot from the talk show host’s production company, Conaco. The untitled multi-camera comedy will revolve around a family guy who leaves his job and returns to his childhood neighborhood, where he meets up with his old best friend. Ben Wexler (Still Standing) has been tapped as showrunner and co-writer of the project; O’Brien is also serving as an executive producer. The pilot will be shot later this year.
Conan O’Brien is bringing his late-night act back to New York, where it first began. TBS announced today that O’Brien’s show will spend four nights at New York’s Beacon Theater, beginning Oct. 31, to celebrate his cable show’s one-year anniversary. In 2012, Conan will hit the road again, with a trip to Chicago.
Will Ferrell is taking his threats against Conan O’Brien’s beard to the next level in two new videos. For those who haven’t been following the Beardpocalypse, Ferrell is terrorizing the talk show host with his promise that he will sheer those post-NBC whiskers when he’s a guest on Conan’s show May 2. Here’s the latest: READ FULL STORY
Jon Cryer went on TBS’ Conan tonight to address comments his former Two and a Half Men costar Charlie Sheen recent made about him, namely that Cryer is, among other things, a “troll.” Although Cryer did recently appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a receptionist because he “needed the work,” this marks the first time the actor has directly addressed the Sheen media maelstrom of the last two weeks. And frankly, his remarks are quite shocking. Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY
Below is a really funny exclusive clip from the upcoming Hallmark Channel primetime interview special, Martha Stewart Presents: Men Who Make Us Laugh, during which Stewart joins O’Brien for a joint session in those Brookstone full-body massage chairs.
“It’s squeezing my bottom again.”
“I have to tell you this chair did do time in prison.”
Conan O’Brien is returning to network television — well, sort of. CBS has picked up the multi-camera comedy pilot Vince Uncensored, which the late-night talk show host is exec producing, with creator Phoef Sutton (Cheers, Terriers) writing the pilot. The show, which is contingent on cast and was bought on spec, centers on a man who opts to take a more candid approach to life following a life-changing experience. In addition to TBS’ Conan, O’Brien’s production company, Conaco produced the short-lived 2010 NBC drama Outlaw and the 2007 NBC comedy Andy Parker P.I.
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Ratings for Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show may have dropped notably since his mega-hyped fall debut, but that doesn’t faze his network’s programming chief.
Michael Wright, head of programming at TBS, says that O’Brien’s current nightly average (around 1 million adults 18-49), and his relatively youthful median audience age (33), is good enough to keep renewing the show.
“I discount the first week’s ratings, as anybody should for a talk show or even a scripted program,” said Wright after entertaining TV critics visiting the Conan set. “It’s landing right about where we expected it to. At this number, Conan will run as long as he wants it to.”
Which sounds great for Coco fans, but also prompts a follow-up: How long does O’Brien want to continue as a talk show host?
Luckily, O’Brien was standing ten feet away, and had something to say on the subject — and a few words David Letterman, Jay Leno, NBC and whether he’s a sex symbol too. READ FULL STORY
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