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The Next Step for Team Coco

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 26th 2010 10:42AM

Now that it's official - Conan O'Brien's job at NBC is over as of Friday - it's time for Conan to think about how he wants to spend the next few months. He's free to take a new job as of September 1st, but in the meantime, if there's nothing to prevent him from taking part-time gigs, I have a few ideas of how he could spend his time.

'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' and Conan

I give Mark Critch full credit for this idea. Last week, he finished up a broadcast by inviting the beleaguered O'Brien to join the cast of '22 Minutes.' Conan should do it.

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Conan O'Brien and Fox not a done deal yet

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 5:00PM
Fox logoFox might be the odds on favorite for Conan O'Brien to land on his feet, but he hasn't scored a safety net just yet.

Even though the network clearly wants O'Brien to do a show on their lackluster late night schedule, the network has to convince its 200-plus affiliates that it is a good idea.

The network would also have to compensate their affiliates for any lost revenue from syndicated shows and local programming to make room between 10 and 11:30 p.m. to give the new show enough momentum for advertisers.

Still, I'm guessing that Conan has generated enough buzz and free advertising to give such a show enough momentum well into next September. And Fox has enough money to convince God to take care of their affiliates' concerns.

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Conan O'Brien's most awesome offer yet

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 2:02PM
Conan O'Brien is one lucky son of a bitch. He may have lost one of the greatest jobs in the history of show business but he's got more awesome offers on his plate right now than Anthony Bourdain at an all-you-can-eat exotic animal buffet.

He's gotten an offer to appear on next season's Sons of Anarchy as an IRA tough guy. A station in Fargo, North Dakota wants him to be the sidekick on their wacky morning zoo show. He's been offered his own starring role in a porno film. That last one doesn't say if they'll also get Andy Richter as a "package" deal (insert "bow-chika-wow-wow" music here).

This one may just be the most awesome of them all. The Washington Generals have offered both Conan and Andy a starting spot on this season's team against the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Conan, if you don't take this offer, I WILL.

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Conan O'Brien's Ideas for 'The Tonight Show' Studio (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 23rd 2010 4:05AM
Conan O'Brien says goodbye to 'The Tonight Show'There are plenty of changes afoot for NBC's late-night programming, and we're not just talking about the shuffling of people.

Wondering what's going to happen to 'The Tonight Show' studio once Conan O'Brien leaves? He's got a few ideas, starting with using it as the site of Tiger Woods' 1st Annual Mistress Reunion.

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Conan O'Brien Says Goodbye (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 23rd 2010 3:15AM
Conan O'Brien Says Goodbye There's been plenty of negativity surrounding NBC's late-night changes, but Conan O'Brien gave a heartfelt and upbeat goodbye on his last episode of 'The Tonight Show.'

He took the high road, noting that between 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' and 'The Tonight Show,' he's worked with NBC for more than 20 years.

"I'm enormously proud of the work we've done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible," he said. "Walking away from 'The Tonight Show' is the hardest thing I've ever had to do ... but I have had more good fortune than anyone I know."

O'Brien thanked the fans for all of their support and broke down a little as he said, "You made a sad situation joyous and inspirational, so to all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me. I'll think about it for the rest of my life."

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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NBC gets in one last jerk move against Conan O'Brien

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 22nd 2010 6:34PM
Now that Conan O'Brien only has one show left to go, that NBC only has a few hours to left to screw with the guy before he's no longer in their "To Screw" work bin.

The other night, O'Brien unveiled a new segment on The Tonight Show: bits that aren't funny but are incredibly expensive and therefore are incredibly funny. The first bit involved a Bugatti Veyron, one of the world's most expensive and sought after supercars, dressed up as a mouse to the tune of the original press recording of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." The bit in total cost approximately $1.5 million.

Apparently, NBC wasn't as amused as I was at the bit. They have refused to put the sketch on the show's Hulu site and on the show's official website, both as a clip and from the full episode. NBC's jerk-quotient is doubled when you realize the bit didn't even cost nearly that much.

That's why God invented YouTube.

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Jay Leno's Oprah Moment

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 22nd 2010 5:25PM
The battle of the late-night hosts is moving to daytime.

Jay Leno is set to appear on'The Oprah Winfrey Show' next Thursday in a one-on-one interview, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly.

The interview comes after weeks of recriminations and negotiations involving Leno's 10 p.m. 'The Jay Leno Show' and Conan O'Brien's 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' and NBC execs, who determined that both shows were not performing as they had hoped. The end result is that Leno is returning to 'The Tonight Show,' which he hosted from 1992 to 2009, and O'Brien, who has been the host of 'The Tonight Show' for almost eight months, will exit the network.

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Conan O'Brien's Best Moments

by Jane Murphy, posted Jan 22nd 2010 4:00PM
Conan O'Brien"This is hard for me. I've been with NBC a long time," said Conan O'Brien in Thursday's 'Tonight Show' monologue. "Remember 'The Cosby Show'? I was Rudy." It was a long wait for O'Brien to assume hosting duties on 'The Tonight Show,' but the goodbye will be short and sweet -- the last show of his seven-month run will air tonight.

It's as good a time as any to review some of the highlights of Conan O'Brien's career as a host, a comedy writer and an enabler of libidinous wildlife.

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Pee-Wee Herman Uses Toys to Illustrate NBC's Late-Night Fiasco (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 22nd 2010 12:30PM
Pee-Wee Herman used stuffed animals and action figures to illustrate NBC's late-night fiasco on 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien' last night.

Herman used a stuffed giraffe with an impressive plume of red hair to signify Conan O'Brien, and a plush version of the NBC peacock logo to represent the network. Both engaged in an all-out struggle, then called upon the action figures of Optimus Prime and a mechanized suit from 'Avatar' to aid them in their battle.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Robin Williams Serenades Conan O'Brien With Profanity-Filled Irish Jig (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 22nd 2010 9:30AM
Last night on 'The Tonight Show,' Robin Williams serenaded Conan O'Brien with a profanity-filled Irish jig expressing a none-too complimentary opinion of NBC and its executives.

Williams appeared on the penultimate 'Tonight Show' featuring O'Brien as host and belted out the dirty ditty, which came complete with rude hand gestures and Irish step dance.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Hulu users are not big Jay Leno fans

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:30AM
jay leno hulu tags
I was on Hulu this morning looking for a clip from The Jay Leno Show for another post I'm doing, and I quickly found out that Hulu users are not on Team Jay. I let my cursor rest on one of the episodes (his January 19th one featuring Chelsea Handler), and some information about the show popped up, including user-generated tags. The above picture is a screenshot from Hulu, and if you can't read it, the tags say, "hack," "thief," "unfunny," "has been," and "backstabber."

If you scroll all the way down on the Jay Leno Show page on Hulu, in addition to a pretty nasty comment thread about how he stole The Tonight Show from Conan, you'll see a place where you can tag videos. Currently Leno has 51 tags, and the ones I mentioned above aren't even the worst ones. They're ranked by order of use, and "hack" is number 1, having been used 66 times. However, "nicest guy in tv" has been used four times, so that's something, right?

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Adam Sandler Commiserates with Conan O'Brien (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 21st 2010 9:30AM
Last night on 'The Tonight Show,' Adam Sandler commiserated with Conan O'Brien over his NBC woes by relating a story of when he and Chris Farley were fired from 'Saturday Night Live.'

"My manager kept calling me, saying, 'You know, we should look for something else to do.' And I was like, 'No, I like 'Saturday Night Live.' It's fun there,'" Sandler said. "And then, all of a sudden, [Chris] Farley ran into my office and is like, 'We're getting fired!'"

Watch the video after the jump.

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NBC Confirms O'Brien Will Exit 'The Tonight Show'; Jay Leno to Return

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 21st 2010 7:39AM
Conan O'BrienIt's all over.

After weeks of feuding and negotiations, NBC has finally reached a deal with 'Tonight Show' host Conan O'Brien. According to the NY Times, O'Brien will leave the show as expected and will be replaced by his predecessor, Jay Leno.

As part of the deal, Conan will receive more than $33 million, with the rest going to his staff.

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Norm MacDonald Congratulates Conan O'Brien ... 7 Months Ago (VIDEO)

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 20th 2010 11:40AM
That Norm MacDonald sure has some timing. Last night on 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,' he gave Conan O'Brien a card and basket he bought back in June, congratulating Conan for getting his "permanent" dream job as host of 'The Tonight Show.' He proudly called Conan the "new king of late night."

Guess MacDonald hasn't heard the news?

Oh well, it's the thought that counts.

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Letterman finally weighs in on the battle between Conan and "Vintage Jay"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 11:30AM
One man who has been suspiciously quiet about the never-ending battle over NBC's late night lineup is David Letterman. Sure he's mentioned it here and there in a monologue joke or a fake commercial, but he hasn't really let loose with the kind of spittle flying tirade that makes television worth watching.

Last night, the levee finally broke and Letterman's true feelings flowed out of him like a fine, smooth wine in a box with a wide mouth spout. No one was safe, not even Late Night host Lonnie Donnegan.

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