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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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Poll: What's Your Favorite Late-Night Talk Show?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 12th 2010 12:20PM
Late-night hosts
Now that we've had a full week of 'Conan,' it's time to assess the late-night battlefield.

Life & Style and AOL TV want to know: What's your favorite late-night talk show? Are you a 'Chelsea Lately' kind of person? Maybe you prefer the 'Daily Show.' Late-night presents something for everyone.

Vote in the poll below and let us know what's your favorite program. Results will appear in an upcoming issue of Life & Style.

Life & Style and AOL TV want to know what's your favorite late-night talk show?
'Chelsea Lately'208 (8.6%)
'Conan'891 (37.0%)
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'641 (26.6%)
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'151 (6.3%)
'Late Show with David Letterman'279 (11.6%)
'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'237 (9.8%)

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Joaquin Phoenix Facing Letterman Again

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 13th 2010 4:30PM
Joaquin PhoenixMark your calendars: Phoenix vs. Letterman, round 2, will take place Sept. 22.

The last time Joaquin Phoenix appeared on the 'Late Show with David Letterman,' the interview was testy and awkward, and helped add yet another wrinkle to Phoenix's bizarre transformation from respected actor to amateur rapper. But things are bound to get a whole lot weirder come next week.

Phoenix will appear on the late night talk show Sept. 22, marking his first sit-down with Letterman since February 2009.

Casey Affleck's (faux?) documentary on Phoenix's transformation, called 'I'm Still Here,' is in theaters now and strangely enough includes the original interview with Letterman. It's very possible that Phoenix will plug the film on Letterman's show by airing a clip of himself talking to Letterman on Letterman's show. Mind blown?

Watch their last chit-chat after the jump!

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Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Return Is a Ratings Winner

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Jay LenoMeet the new boss, same as the old boss.

To no one's surprise, Jay Leno's much-heralded return to 'The Tonight Show' on Monday was a ratings success, at least according to early overnight numbers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, advance numbers show Leno winning his timeslot with a 5.4 rating in metered market households and a rating of 2.0 among adults 18-49. That easily beat the 3.0 household rating for 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on CBS and the ABC ratings (cited by Entertainment Weekly) of 3.4 for 'Nightline' and 1.8 for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

Leno's return had coattails too. Following 'Tonight,' NBC's 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' posted a 2.1 rating, twice its fourth-quarter 2009 average and enough to beat usual timeslot victor 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson' by 40 percent.

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Jay Leno Celebrates 'Tonight Show' Return With Betty White

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 2nd 2010 9:00AM
Tonight Show with Jay LenoIt was mostly business as usual when Jay Leno returned to 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET, NBC) Monday night. The late night host joked, "I'm Jay Leno, your host ... at least for a while," alluding to the battle for the coveted NBC time slot with short-lived tenant Conan O'Brien.

Leno even mocked his return with an opening skit paying tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz,' in which he awoke saying, "There's no place like home." Eventually, Betty White who brought him back to reality.

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Letterman Unveils the New Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 9th 2010 7:52PM
Are you the kind of guy who waits with nervous anticipation to find out who's on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Do you find who can't focus until you know who's covered boobs are gracing the cover? If so, please seek professional help immediately.

Also, enjoy this unveiling of the new cover on last night's 'Late Show with David Letterman.' WARNING: don't remove your pants until the very end of the video.

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The Late Night Wars: Winners and Losers

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Now that the battle over 'The Tonight Show' is officially over, with Jay Leno taking back his old job and Conan O'Brien all but out the door with an eight-figure severance check, it's time to sift through the rubble to see who's come out on top. Surprisingly, the debacle has turned out to be a win for almost everyone involved, with three glaring exceptions.

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NBC to Conan: don't you dare take the masturbating bear!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 16th 2010 2:06PM
ConanOh great, now people searching for "masturbating bear" will find this site.

Rumors are swirling that NBC and Conan are either making a deal right now or have already made a deal so he can leave NBC and go somewhere else (and Leno can take over The Tonight Show again). And now The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that NBC is going to keep some of the characters and sketches that Conan has used on his two shows over the years because they are the intellectual property of the network, including the Masturbating Bear, Pimpbot, Conando, and even the popular In The Year 3000 bit. No word yet on who owns Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. Wow, wouldn't it be horrible if somehow NBC owned him?

Something tells me that even if NBC says Conan can't take these things, he and his writers will have no problem coming up with more characters and sketches. How about The Masturbating NBC Exec?

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What You Missed Last Night: Conan gets kicked in the chest

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 15th 2009 11:30AM
A lot of Conan O'Brien's bits go on way too long. This segment is a lot longer than I thought it would be, but it's okay because there are some great payoffs. Stuntman Steven Ho showed up on The Tonight Show last night to punch and kick Conan and to make him jump through a window. This was practiced, of course, but it could have gone wrong. Conan is pretty funny with stuff like this.

(Side note: TV Tattle wonders if Conan is having trouble getting guests since this is Ho's third appearance since June. Or maybe Conan just loves doing stunts.)

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What are you watching tonight after your local news?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2009 11:34AM
So Conan O'Brien takes over The Tonight Show tonight, and I was wondering, what are you going to watch tonight? Conan? Letterman? Nightline? Something else?

I'm going to assume (if I may be so bold) that a lot of people are going to be watching Conan tonight. Not just old fans of Late Night or even fans of The Tonight Show. I bet there will be a lot of David Letterman fans watching and maybe even people who don't regularly watch late night television. Tonight is an institution and a lot of TV fans are going to be interested in seeing what exactly Conan is going to do on his first night.

I'm going to predict here and now that he'll thank Jay Leno (unlike Leno, who didn't thank Johnny Carson on his first show). So what are you going to watch?

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Conan gives Jimmy Fallon the pickle - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 25th 2009 5:06PM
FallonDid you know that there was a late night television tradition over at NBC of late night hosts giving each other the pickle? It's true!

Conan O'Brien has given the giant green pickle to new Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. The tradition was started by David Letterman, who gave the pickle to O'Brien when O'Brien took over Late Night all those years ago and Letterman went over to CBS. The pickle was delivered by someone on Conan's staff and included a nice note from the new Tonight Show host, asking that Fallon give it to the next person. Conan was sure to say that would be many years from now.

OK, now that I've done a post like a third grader by including the words "pickle" and "staff" as much as possible, here's the video that Fallon made for his blog showing the pickle and the note. I'm assuming it won't show up on ebay at some point.

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Carson Daly wants to stay at NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2009 5:02PM
DalyThere's been a lot of talk about Conan taking over for Jay on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon taking over the 12:35 slot and ABC possibly canceling Nightline and moving Jimmy Kimmel to 11:35 and Jay moving to 10pm. But there's one person who has sort of been forgotten in all of the late-night talk show talk: Carson Daly.

It's not hard to forget Last Call with Carson Daly, mind you. If you're up at 1:35am and want to watch a good late-night talk show, Daly's isn't it. It's just so trivial and boring and unexceptional that you sit there and wonder why the hell it's even still on television. And then you realize it's almost 2am and that's probably the reason why it's still on television. If it was on a lot earlier it probably would have been canceled a while ago. That's probably the reason why Daly didn't get Conan's 12:35 slot.

But Daly wants to stick with NBC, and NBC still wants him.

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Norm MacDonald explains Leno's moves to Conan - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2009 5:04PM
ConanI think last night, Norm MacDonald expressed the thoughts of a lot of television viewers.

He was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and he started off by talking about how he started on Saturday Night Live the same year that Conan started on Late Night. Then he told Conan that it was "stunning how Jay Leno outfoxed you again." Conan tries to laugh at all of it, but you can sense it's sort of an uneasy, "oh no, where is Norm going with this?" sort of laugh. MacDonald says that everyone thinks Leno is the funny, high-pitched voice guy, but he's incredibly shrewd, because he beat Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and now Conan in the late night wars. "You're in good company."

The funniest part is when MacDonald reenacts a conversation that NBC had with Conan: "remember that discussion we had where you said I'll never have to f***ing follow Leno ever again?" Conan laughs again but quickly (and oddly) changes the subject to the bad economy. Video after the jump.

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What are your TV New Year's resolutions?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2008 3:00PM
Every year around this time we all make our New Year's resolutions. We're going to lose weight, stop smoking, not bite our nails, be nicer to each other, make more money, and generally become the most perfect, awesome people in the world. It doesn't usually work out, of course, and we're forced to come up with more realistic resolutions ("I cut down on the number of mocha lattes I have each day from 5 to 4!").

But we can make TV resolutions too. Here are mine.

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