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Conan O'Brien Is Surprised on 'TMZ' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 14th 2010 10:35PM
Conan O'Brien Is Surprised on 'TMZ'Conan O'Brien is back! It's official -- after leaving "The Tonight Show," the comedy star will be hosting a new late-night show at 11PM on TBS. A 'TMZ' reporter surprised O'Brien with a question related to that news. In fact, 'TMZ' (weekdays, syndicated) managed to "zing" O'Brien. "Did you hear the news?" the reporter said to O'Brien. "TBS signed Jay Leno! 10:30 program every night!"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Microsoft Courted Conan to Plug His Show Into XBox Live

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2010 9:03AM
Conan O'Brien in front of the Mario Bros. backdrop
Conan O'Brien's deal with TBS
may have thrown every TV pundit and pontificator for a loop, but here's one that will make your head spin clear around your neck. (WARNING: TV Squad and its parent companies will not be held responsible for any head and/or neck trauma that may occur while reading this article).

While everyone thought Conan would simply jump to Fox because it was the last remaining network without a strong late night slot, Coco and company were being courted by all sorts of networks and media outlets, including ... Microsoft???

That's right, the technology giant had been talking to Conan about a deal that would have brought his nightly talk show to their XBox Live service.

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George Lopez "Really Happy" Over Conan O'Brien's Move to TBS (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:24AM
George Lopez Talks Conan O'BrienGeorge Lopez wants to set the record straight on how he feels about Conan O'Brien returning to late-night with a show on TBS, the same network as his 'Lopez Tonight' (Weeknights, 11PM ET).

"I'm really happy! And I'm a Latino -- I'm never happy!" said Lopez on last night's show. "I see so much doubt in people's eyes. I haven't seen that much doubt since I told them I needed a kidney."

Speaking of kidneys, O'Brien happens to be the same blood type.... If need be, the Team LoCo relationship could reach "a whole new level."

Watch the video after the jump.

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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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Four Reasons Why Conan Will Thrive On TBS

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 13th 2010 2:37PM
Coco is with TBS promoIt goes without saying that when Conan O'Brien announced that he had signed with TBS to do a new late night show, mostly everyone who follows these things was shocked. TBS? Didn't they already have George Lopez at 11PM? What happened to Fox, FX and Comedy Central? Is anyone even going to see Conan on cable?

But it didn't take long to realize that going to TBS was the right move for Conan, especially after some of the details of the deal were revealed. In fact, the longer you look at it, the better the deal looks, for these four reasons.

1. Conan will own the show. This is a big one. TBS had no problem letting Conan own his show and just paying him a licensing fee to air it. Fox was never going to allow him to do that. And control was a big deal to Conan, according to The Daily Beast's Peter Lauria, especially after everything he went through with NBC and 'The Tonight Show.'

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Is Conan's New TBS Home a Good Fit?

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 13th 2010 10:20AM
Conan O'BrienThe epic news that Conan O'Brien will host a late-night talk show on TBS was momentous in that it didn't place the ousted talk-show host at Fox, as widely speculated, and that the whole deal was cobbled together in a hush-hush effort in a little over a week. Equally as shocking, however, was Conan's decision to park his late-night desk over at a basic cable network.

No doubt that this is a huge get for TBS, and one that allows the network to increase its stake in late-night TV when O'Brien's show airs back-to-back with George Lopez's 'Lopez Tonight' this November.

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'Castle' - 'The Late Shaft' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2010 12:45AM
castle, nathan fillion, tom bergeron
First of all, 'The Late Shaft?' really? That has to already be a porno,right? If it isn't already, I'm sure it's going to be now. After the endless media scrutiny, and of course after Conan's big news, it's really fun to see a new spin on the Late Night Wars. Things got pretty heated between Conan and Jay, so someone getting killed with balsamic vinegar was really the natural progression of the whole thing.

Also, balsamic vinegar? I watch enough Big Pharma commercials to know about MAO inhibitors, but fermentation? Come on, Internet doctors, help me out. Is this even possible in a parallel universe? And if so, why isn't everybody killing everyone this way all the time? Also, a salad sounds pretty good right now.

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Conan O'Brien to Host Late-Night Talk Show on TBS

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:54PM
Conan O'Brien TBSTBS is about to live up to its "very funny" slogan.

According to an exclusive report from TV Guide, Conan O'Brien will make his official return to late night this November on TBS, following the World Series.

TBS has since confirmed the news via a press release.

The one-hour show will run Mondays through Thursdays at 11PM, and will be followed by 'George Lopez Tonight.'

According to the LA Times, the deal is for five years and was pulled together in about 72 hours.

"In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly," O'Brien quipped in a statement.

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Fox Affiliates Tell Conan: Meh

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:30AM
As Conan O'Brien prepares to take the stage tonight to kick off his live comedy tour, word has come that negotiations between the erstwhile late-night host and Fox are progressing nicely, leading to broadening speculation that O'Brien could find himself back on the air within the year. There's just one hangup: Many Fox affiliates don't want him.

That, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is now the biggest obstacle remaining in a proposed deal between O'Brien and Fox. At issue is the fact that most affiliates will be required to pay a higher retransmission fee to the network, since they will be gaining additional content -- content that may not be as profitable as the low-cost syndicated shows and reruns most affiliates currently air in the proposed 11PM time slot.

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Four Reasons Why Leno Got His Audience Back So Fast

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 9th 2010 5:02PM
Jay Leno on his first day back on 'The Tonight Show' on March 1, 2010We at TV Squad have been accused of having an bias against Jay Leno. That might be true; after all, our writers are free to post their opinions on any and all news stories, and my guess is that most of our staff are not big Leno fans (in fact, Bob has said many, many, many times how much he dislikes Jay).

But, one thing we've never denied is that the man can get an audience at 11:35. And, if anyone was fretting that Leno's audience wouldn't follow him back to 'The Tonight Show,' you needn't have worried.

According to Media Life Magazine (via TVWeek), Leno averaged 4.2 million viewers per night last week. Yes, that's one million viewers less than he had a year ago, but it's still a million more than Letterman, whose 'Late Show' has lost about 900,000 viewers since Leno came back. And Leno's pulling almost 1.5 million more viewers than Conan did.

So, why did most of the viewers come back so soon? Four reasons come to mind:

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Does Max Weinberg Want to Leave Conan for Jay?

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 7th 2010 7:27PM
Max Weinberg is on Team Conan... for now.Let's hear it for high profile defections. According to Movieline, rumor has it that longtime Conan O'Brien bandleader Max Weinberg is seeking the coveted position of bandleader for 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', a role that is soon to be abandoned by Kevin Eubanks.

While it's somewhat understandable that Weinberg would want the position, it is a bit of a slap to Conan. On the other hand, it's all about what's best for Max Weinberg and while things with Conan are currently up in the air, 'The Tonight Show' is a pretty solid position to be in. Like it or not, there are still a lot of viewers on Team Jay and he continues to pull in ratings despite his brief absence from the 11:30 spot.

At least Weinberg would also now have a lot to talk about with Stuttering John Melendez, who defected to Jay from 'The Howard Stern Show' ages ago.

[via TVWeek]

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Jay Leno Continues to Lose in the Court of Public Opinion

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 4th 2010 4:43PM

About a year ago, Jay Leno traveled to Michigan to do a show for unemployed auto workers. It got him some good PR, and I'm sure the folks in attendance enjoyed themselves. It was a pretty positive experience all around. Since then, very little has gone right for Leno PR-wise, and now, a year later, he's even screwing things up in the Wolverine State.

In March of '09, Jaws Jumbo Burgers, a burger joint in Farmington Hills, Michigan, made a "Thank You Jay Leno" burger as a way to thank the late night host for doing those free shows. They offered Leno an all-expense-paid trip back to Michigan to try the burger out, but they never heard back from him.

They sent him emails, hand delivered packages, took out an ad in a newspaper; still nothing. They even started a blog,documenting the process of trying to get Jay to acknowledge them, but it was still radio silence. So now Jaws Jumbo Burgers is about to defect to Team CoCo.

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Leno: 'Conan Got Screwed'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:11AM
Joy Behar from CNN's sister station HLN stopped backstage at the "what's old is new again" version of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' and managed to snag an interview with Jay. Jay ended up stating how both he and Conan got screwed by the situation at NBC with 'The Tonight Show.' While there is a great deal of truth to his words, Jay is selectively editing history by leaving out his responsibility regarding Conan's tumultuous departure. Here's the video:

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Coco Says No-No to the Tonys, But I Say Whoa!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 1st 2010 9:02AM
Conan O'BrienAwards shows are just an lazy way for networks to eat up hundreds of minutes of airtime. They also sell big chunks of advertising that no one will see because the kind of people who watch every single minute of airtime either never leave their house or don't have the cognitive faculties to understand the concept of money.

The worst of the worst is the Tonys. They seem to go out of their way to make the whole affair uninteresting and over the heads of their viewers who are located outside of the Broadway area, give or take a few blocks. Why even air them? Is there a beet farmer in Bumblecrack, Ark. who just can't wait another night to find out if Hope Davis took home the Best Actress nod for 'God of Carnage?'

This year, an orange glow of hope came down from the heavens when the people behind the awards show offered the hosting job to Conan O'Brien, an honor he turned down just as fast.

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Conan O'Brien Not Hosting Tony Awards

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 29th 2010 4:52PM
For decades, the Tony Awards have been the pinnacle of American theater, bringing attention to and bestowing praise upon some of the most talented and classiest performers of the stage. Beloved composer Stephen Sondheim. Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. And, of course, the Masturbating Bear.

Actually, scratch that last one.

Yes, according to Entertainment Weekly, representatives for Conan O'Brien have announced that the lanky comedian has decided not to host the Tony Awards. Rumors had surfaced over the weekend that CBS, which airs the show, had contacted O'Brien regarding the emcee position, which last year was ably handled by Neil Patrick Harris.

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