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Conan's Tour Kicks Off in Eugene, Oregon

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2010 7:05PM
Conan O'Brien on tour in Eugene, Oregon
Conan O'Brien's 'Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television' Tour might be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but that doesn't mean it isn't bound by the laws of concert tours.

Those are the unspoken laws of live entertainment physics that affect every staged entertainment venue across the globe. And just like actual physics, they are cruel mistresses with no pity for people who dare to challenge them or go outside their boundaries of motion, inertia and box office receipts.

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'The Late Shift 2': Who Should Play Whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 11:06AM
News that New York Times reporter Bill Carter is working on a pseudo-sequel to his groundbreaking book The Late Shift' made a smile creep across my face. I haven't yet read the book, but the buzz it caused and the weird stories that came out of it just by word of mouth gave it an aura of mysterious wonder that made the television industry infinitely more fascinating than it already was.

It also spawned a pretty decent made-for-TV HBO movie. Now I don't know what kind of craziness "Round Two" has to offer, but the players involved are definitely going to have all sorts of wild secrets revealed from Carter's work and when it does, HBO is going to want the movie rights. So here's who should play who in this new tragic merry-go-round of television programming hilarity that shall be called 'The Late Shift 2'.

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White People Like Coco O'Brien

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 10th 2010 9:02PM
Are you a fan of Conan O'Brien? Were you so incensed at NBC's treatment of him that you considered launching some kind of letter writing campaign that, at best, could cripple NBC's mailroom department and force them to take a half day? Chances are you're also really white.

Christian Lander's hilarious Stuff White People Like blog featured the former 'Tonight Show' host the No. 113 thing that white people, presumably, like.

Lander said the lighter skinned people of the universe are behind Coco because "he embodies so many of the things they already like before he even opens his mouth: Ivy League Schools, Red Hair, the Boston Red Sox, Self Deprecating Humor, The Simpsons, and Bad Memories of High School (likely, but not confirmed). Seeing him on television five nights a week is a comforting reminder of community to the white people who still have televisions."

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Jay Leno hosting White House Correspondents Dinner

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 27th 2010 8:00PM
Does it seem like in this wintry economic climate that all the guys who have the jobs are the ones who keep ending up with more jobs?

Soon-to-be former Jay Leno Show host Jay Leno has been tapped by the White House to host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

Please don't tell me that Conan O'Brien wasn't available. And besides, I thought O'Brien and President Obama were friends?

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Jay Leno Goes to Washington

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 22nd 2010 12:15PM
Jay LenoJay Leno is on a roll.

Following NBC's announcement yesterday that he's getting his 'Tonight Show' gig back, USA Today has confirmed that Leno will also host the annual White House Correspondents Dinner on May 1.

According to the Washington Post, the deal was reportedly wrapped well before the network's late-night war began.

This will be Leno's fourth time hosting the event, which aims to raise money for journalism scholarships. If anything, it could be a chance for him to fire back at writers who have recently criticized him for taking the 'Tonight Show' back from Conan O'Brien.

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In the Late Night Wars, Where Are the Women?

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 21st 2010 2:00PM
PeahenIn 2004, NBC took a look at the aging Jay Leno and decided that late night's future was... another middle-aged white guy from Boston.

What if NBC had done something truly groundbreaking and given 'The Tonight Show' to a woman -- perhaps turning the proud Peacock logo into a female Peahen (as seen to the right)? Would the Great Late Night War of 2010 even happened?

The late-night field has been a notorious boys' club for decades (a situation underlined in recent months by the David Letterman scandal and the battle between Leno and Conan O'Brien over 'Tonight'). Now that women late-night hosts such as Wanda Sykes, Chelsea Handler and Mo'Nique are flourishing off the network weeknight grid, doesn't it seem like NBC could have avoided its current late-night disaster if it had decided, back in the day, to groom a woman for the job?

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Fans rally for Conan outside Universal Studios

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 19th 2010 9:00AM
Debris filled the streets after the rally to support Conan O'Brien outside Universal Studios.If you live in Los Angeles, be prepared to run into a lot of Conan O'Brien fans with severe colds over the next week.

Hundreds of dedicated "Cone-heads" braved some of the nastiest weather LA has seen in years to gather outside Universal Studios to show support for O'Brien and opposition over NBC's decision to remove him from The Tonight Show.

As multiple rain storms swept through the area, intersections flooded and cars choked out in waste-deep water. Wind gusts tore palm trees frond from frond, and flood channels threatened to overflow their drainage pipes.

But, throngs of orange-clad O'Brien enthusiasts gathered outside Universal's main gate -- urging the passing motorists to honk if they supported Conan's quest to hang on to the 11:30 PM slot on NBC.

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Conan O'Brien breaks down NBC's late night breakdown with vampires

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:00AM
Personally, when it comes to describing the decisions of drooling, mouth-breathing TV executives, vampires are the most appropriate literary metaphor until someone invents a teen novel series involving mutant bloodsucking teenage leeches in love. Trust me, it's in the works.

Conan O'Brien used his undying vampire assistant and the Avatar aliens to breakdown the brouhaha over NBC's late night schedule during last night's Tonight Show.

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Will NBC put Jerry Seinfeld behind Conan O'Brien's desk?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 18th 2009 9:02AM
Conan O'Brien, Jerry SeinfeldNBC has made a lot of boneheaded moves when it comes to late night, some that have even the thickest of skulls still scratching their heads over. But this rumor, if indeed true, would have those people scratching so hard, they might actually strike brain.

Some anonymous executive sources have said the network is thinking about dumping Conan O'Brien and putting Jerry Seinfeld in The Tonight Show's host chair.

The anonymous source (whom I always imagine as Hal Holbrook) told PopEater's Rob Shuter that Conan's viewership has dropped a whopping 52 percent and that replacing him with the comedian is one option that's being kicked around the NBC offices.

Take it as a rumor, but is this idea a good one?

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Adult Swim picks up sitcoms from Conan O'Brien, Rob Corddry

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 23rd 2009 9:32AM
Rob Corrdry on Childrens' HospitalTwo very unique comedies will get a time slot on an equally unique cable network.

Conan O'Brien's "Conaco" production company and actor Rob Corrdry both scored spots on Adult Swim for two new live-action sitcoms.

O'Brien's company won a spot for
Eagleheart, a show about a fading TV star who wins a chance for glory once more on a production in Texas, but constantly clashes with the low-level TV exec in charge of the show.

Corrdry's medical drama spoof web series Childrens' Hospital will also go to Adult Swim. The channel will show re-edited versions of the episodes that aired on TheWB.com as well as produce new ones. Corrdry originally pitched the show to Comedy Central, but negotiations broke down with the network, probably because the show didn't have enough bimbo strippers and shirtless fat guys to fill their quota (cough, Secret Girlfriend, cough).

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Conan eases back into late night with The Tonight Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 2nd 2009 2:47AM
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien's return to late night television as the fifth host of NBC's The Tonight Show (six if you count comedy genius Ernie Kovacs) felt like a jogger who is pacing himself for a long marathon.

That might sound like a bad review. But compare that to Conan's constant high energy Late Night and that makes The Tonight Show a Jack Russell Terrier on at least three Starbucks espressos.

Conan put aside the puppets and characters for his opening night on the Universal Studios lot for a very enjoyable transition to the new Tonight Show that's sure to get better in the months and years to come.

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Conan talks to reporters about "feeding the dragon" on the new Tonight Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 27th 2009 1:08PM
Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien
The world's armchair TV executives proudly proclaimed that the only way Conan O'Brien's cavalcade of foul-mouthed puppets and surreal pop culture mechanes could work every night at 11:30 p.m. is with a potent injection of Ritalin (present executive included).

O'Brien noted, however, that television has broken the time barrier.

"I think especially now, people don't watch an episode of Lost when they are supposed to watch it," he said during a recent conference call. "DVRs changed everything. The Internet has changed everything. People are getting it off Hulu and watching shows on their iPhone. What's most important to me with The Tonight Show is it needs to be funny so people can experience it at 11:30 or watch it the next morning while they're eating their oatmeal."

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Andy Barker P.I. coming to DVD

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 1st 2009 11:03AM
Andy Richter in Andy Barker P.I.The DVD shelves have become a heaven of forgotten shows that barely saw the light of day.

Get ready to welcome one that got less sunlight than your goth cousin gets in a year.

The Late Night Insider blog
, the underground blog of the former Late Night with Conan O'Brien, reported that O'Brien and former and returning sidekick Andy Richter are recording commentary tracks for a new Andy Barker P.I. DVD.

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Fallon cuts his eye to win one for Adrian, er, NBC

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2009 10:01AM

A lot of the Jimmy Fallon haters out there have been ripping his chances before the man has even had a chance to make a footprint on NBC's late night lineup.

It's a little unfair. Sure, he's had a checkered path of success post-Saturday Night Live, but Conan O'Brien wasn't even a gleam in the public's cornea when he took over for Letterman and everyone was writing his obituary before the show reached the third trimester.

After watching this video blog on his Late Night with Jimmy Fallon site, it's clear that man is, if anything, committed to proving his naysayers wrong by letting a virtual strangler mutilate his eyeballs.

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