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Conan O'Brien Officiates Gay Wedding for Staffer on 'Conan' (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 4th 2011 8:45AM
Conan officiates gay weddingIn case you hadn't heard, Conan O'Brien decided to "push the envelope" on late night TV last night, when he celebrated the one year anniversary of his TBS show by officiating the marriage between 'Conan' costume designer Scott Cronick and his partner David Gorshein.

The ceremony marked the end of O'Brien's visit to New York City, where the comedian hosted 'Late Night' on NBC for 16 years.

Apparently, Cronick and Gorshein were already planning to wed while the show was visiting New York, since gay marriage is still not legal in California, but instead of marrying at city hall, O'Brien suggested they perform the ceremony on stage at the Beacon Theater instead.

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Conan O'Brien to Officiate Gay Wedding on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 12:30PM
Conan O'Brien Gay WeddingConan O'Brien's return to New York will be quite a memorable trip. According to Vulture, O'Brien will celebrate the one-year anniversary of his TBS series, 'Conan,' by officiating a gay wedding as part of his show.

O'Brien isn't just marrying two random men, he'll be conducting the ceremony of a longtime staff member and his partner.

Gay marriage became legal in New York in July.

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Louis C.K. Discusses 'Louie's' Success and His Dark Worldview on 'Conan' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 19th 2011 11:30AM
Season 2 of 'Louie' has pushed the boundaries of the type of comedy we're used to seeing on TV. The show is adept at finding the twisted hilarity in life's depressing situations: a bum getting hit by a truck, unrequited love, and reuniting with an old friend who's contemplating suicide have all served as fodder for the show's unique blend of drama and black humor.

Louis C.K. was on 'Conan' last night, and talked about 'Louie's' success, its two Emmy nominations, and his bleak, hilarious worldview that permeates the entire show.

"I don't expect any of it to keep going. You can't ... I think life is pretty ... I don't think it's so awful, I don't think you should expect anything to go well, but the only thing you really have coming to after you're born is death," he said, remaining stubbornly skeptical that his hard-won success can last.

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Anne Hathaway Won't Give Away Catwoman Details, But Will Talk About Rapping and Mooning (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 18th 2011 3:30PM
Anne Hathaway watches her 'Conan' performance on 'Today'Anne Hathaway wouldn't reveal too much about her role as Catwoman/Selina Kyle in the new 'Dark Knight Rises' film on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). But if Catwoman is anything like Hathaway, she's a paparazzi-hating rapper who's prone to mooning her friends. She addressed all of those issues in her interview with Matt Lauer.

Lauer asked how her Catwoman would be different from those past. "That's getting a little too specific," she said. "All I can say is Chris Nolan has directed 'Batman' movies, and my version of Selena Kyle fits into Chris Nolan's Gotham City."

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George Lopez, Conan O'Brien React to 'Lopez Tonight' Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 11th 2011 10:45AM
Conan O'Brien, George LopezWhen TBS announced that Conan O'Brien would be taking over George Lopez's 11PM time slot for his new late night show last year, the first person to congratulate Coco on his new job was Lopez himself, whose 'Lopez Tonight' was pushed an hour later to midnight.

TBS announced yesterday that it had decided to cancel 'Lopez Tonight' instead of ordering a third season of the talk show, and Thursday's show will be the series finale. "TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of 'Lopez Tonight.' Thursday will be the final episode of the show," the network said in a statement.

Ever the comedian, Lopez told viewers on his show Wednesday night that he'll be okay ... sort of. "Like every TV star before me, I'mma find some crack. I'mma get on the pipe! Lose that unwanted 110 pounds I wanted to lose," he joked. "But I'm taking it good, I'm straight, believe me. I'm fine. My goddesses are a wreck."

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Conan O'Brien Books 'How I Met Your Mother' Extra Gig

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 21st 2011 1:15PM
Conan O'Brien, Neil Patrick HarrisNext season, keep your eyes peeled for a tall, awkward redhead in the back of a 'How I Met Your Mother' scene -- it'll actually be Conan O'Brien.

O'Brien revealed on his TBS late night talk show 'Conan' last night that he won the role via a charity auction.

The producers offered to write a character for O'Brien, but he declined. "I think it's much funnier if I'm in the bar, in the background," O'Brien said.

Watch the video of 'HIMYM' star Neil Patrick Harris' chat with O'Brien below.

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Checking Up On Conan O'Brien

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 7th 2011 5:00PM

It was about a year ago that Conan O'Brien was basically ousted from his newly minted role as host of 'The Tonight Show.' For me, the whole incident is forever tied to the Vancouver Olympics, since as soon as the Games were over, we all knew that Jay 'Lantern Jaw' Leno would be back in his old seat at NBC.

Like many others, I supported O'Brien's cause. Looking back on it now, I realize I was incensed on behalf on my generation; Conan's plight was a vivid example of how we young folk labor for years under the promise of an eventual promotion, only to have it snatched away (or, at least, we feel like that's what happens). If NBC was truly bowing to audience pressure in reinstating Leno as host, it was a clear victory for the boomers in the intergenerational war.

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Discovery's Michael Jackson Autopsy Special Raises Ire, Writer Aron Abrams Dies at 50 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 30th 2010 1:00PM
Michael JacksonDiscovery Communication's planned UK special, 'Michael Jackson: L'Autopsie,' has angered the co-executors of Michael Jackson's estate.

The European program set to air Jan. 13 will reportedly feature a recreation of Jackson's autopsy. According to the Wall Street Journal, Jackson estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain have called for Discovery to pull the special before broadcast.

"Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family, and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have some serious medical value," the two wrote in a letter to Discovery.

In other TV news ...

Veteran sitcom writer/producer Aron Abrams has died. Known for his work on shows such as '3rd Rock From the Sun' and 'Grounded For Life,' Abrams died of a heart attack at the age of 50 on Christmas Day. [Deadline Hollywood]

Conan O'Brien is closing out the year with high ratings amongst the 18-34-year-old crowd. During the first six weeks of 'Conan,' the median age of the audience was 33 years old. [EW]

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Six Late-Night Talk Show Hosts: Winners and Losers

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 18th 2010 2:00PM
'I'm With Coco' PosterCountdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the sixth day of Festivus, TV gave us to ... six late-night talk show hosts battling.

Hard to remember, but at this time a year ago, David Letterman was facing one of the biggest crises of his career in the wake of his sex-and-blackmail scandal, Conan O'Brien was just settling into his job at 'The Tonight Show,' Jay Leno was tanking in primetime and Jimmy Fallon was still finding his voice as a late-late-night host.

The late night landscape has changed a bit since then.

It was clear a year ago that there was trouble on the horizon, but few (save, perhaps, for Andy Richter) anticipated the earthquake to come. Most of the cataclysm occurred in January, when NBC decided to bring Leno back to 11:35, and O'Brien decided to take a golden parachute after just seven months on the job rather than follow Leno at 12:05.

The aftershocks from that event, which continue to this day, affected not just the two of them, but also Letterman, Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Craig Ferguson. (Not to mention a supporting cast of millions, including network bigwigs, obstinate local stations, and angry fans nationwide.)

Miraculously, all six night owls are still working -- though maybe not for much longer. How did the rollercoaster year shake out for each of them? Let's see ...

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Conan Wears Jeggings, Leaves Little to the Imagination (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 3rd 2010 2:00PM

Conan O'Brien makes good on a promise he made during an interview with Tim Gunn to wear a pair of Jeggings for the length of an entire show on 'Conan' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS.)

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'Glee's' Chris Colfer Shows Off His Ninja Skills on 'Conan' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 30th 2010 3:45AM
'Glee's' Chris Colfer Shows Off His Ninja Skills on 'Conan'Actor Chris Colfer can sing and he can dance ... but does he have secret shinobi skills? We'll find out on the latest episode of 'Conan' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS). The 'Glee' star showed up and told Conan O'Brien that he had been studying the ancient "art of ... 'ninja.'" The 20-year-old stuttered as he said that last bit, and okay -- that's not the correct term. As Conan pointed out, "ninjutsu" is the actual name for the martial arts that ninja assassins practice.

Conan seemed skeptical about the whole thing already -- and that was before Chris revealed that his training was inspired by ... the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "Clearly, you've studied this thoroughly," the host quipped. Which would have been okay, him being inspired by a cartoon like that, but then the dangerous stabbing weapons came out. Which is when things got a little more dicey.

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Harrison Ford Is on 'Conan' Tonight ... and Maybe 'Glee' in the Future?

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Nov 16th 2010 7:30PM
Harrison FordMega-star Harrison Ford will be stopping by 'Conan' in the show's second week to promote his new movie, 'Morning Glory,' and he was glad to try to help boost the ratings of newly-returned host Conan O'Brien.

"Yeah, I've done his show before and I'm quite happy to do it again," Ford told us exclusively. "I'm in 'beating the drums' mode for the film ... and he's got an important segment of the audience. He's fun."

By "important segment of the audience," Ford was probably referring to young viewers. In his first week, O'Brien proved his ability to draw in adults 18-49, an advertiser-coveted demographic.

We also asked Ford about guest starring on another show highly sought out by actors -- 'Glee.'

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Conan O'Brien Rocks: Memorable Music Moments From the 'Late Night' Days

by Steve Baltin, posted Nov 14th 2010 7:00PM
Conan O'Brien and Jack WhiteNo late night show was or is complete without a great soundtrack and 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' was no different.

With the E Street Band's drummer, "Mighty" Max Weinberg as the musical director and band leader, the show had a lot of credibility to attract the biggest names in music. O'Brien (a devout music lover and guitar player in his own right) took full advantage of that to create some memorable music moments, including devoting full weeks to artists like Neil Young and the White Stripes.

And he looks to bring some of that music magic to 'Conan,' as proven by his performance with Jack White on his new TBS show's premiere episode.

As we welcome Conan back to TV, we remember the greatest musical moments from his 'Late Night' history.

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Conan's First Week: How'd He Do?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2010 1:33PM
ConanSo Conan O'Brien is done with his first week. How'd he do?

While it's probably good that Conan's most loyal fans get to see him on television again, it's not really a show to go out of your way to watch.

It's probably not fair to judge a talk show after watching one episode or even one week -- especially since that format lends itself drastic changes -- but it's fair in Conan's case. He's been doing a talk show (actually, three!) for close to 20 years, and what we've seen from Conan this week is probably what we're going to see a year from now.

The ratings for 'Conan's first week followed early predictions.

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Julie Bowen's Toddler Son Put His Twin in the Dryer (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 12th 2010 4:45AM
Julie Bowen Talks Twins on 'Conan'From the moment they were born, Julie Bowen's twins were easily distinguishable: one is pudgy and cute but "not the brightest," and the "tiny one" uses "his noodle" to make up for his size. Now 18 months old, the boys are already working together to terrorize entertain their mother, she explained on 'Conan' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS).

During a recent afternoon of laundry, Bowen discovered "the smart one had gotten the fat cute one in the dryer -- I don't know how!" Conan O'Brien joked, "You should learn their names!"

Her gut reaction was not to take him out but to take a photo. "Wait a minute!" exclaimed the host. "That's your first instinct, is get a picture? A dryer is an oven that moves! You get Fatty out!" Yes, but it's a really cute picture. (See the clip.)

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