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Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Conan O'Brien announces Comic-Con programming for his "ConanCon" Instagram channel
Conan has partnered with DirecTV Now for behind-the-scenes coverage that includes a nightly Comic-Con recap show.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
Conan at Comic-Con will feature the casts of Breaking Bad and Aquaman
Conan O'Brien's annual four nights in San Diego will also include visits with the casts of The Predator and M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable/Split sequel Glass.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's Trump response cold open amounted to "lowball banter"
"Just on the merits of the actual jokes, Tuesday’s cold open was a collection of low-hanging fruit—Colbert and Fallon adopting Trump’s 'lowlife' and 'lost soul' monikers (neat!), a stray, topical mention of Red Hen (timely!)," says Miles Surrey. "But beyond the lack of ingenuity, the skit itself begged the question of why the late-night hosts engage in the first place, and whether this sort of exercise is even vaguely worthwhile. Frankly, there are no winners here. The prestige and Emmys consideration Colbert seeks, the ratings boost Fallon yearns for, and the general reminder of his existence that Conan hopes to attain will never be found via a stunt like this. What it ultimately achieves—especially for a host like Colbert, who has engaged in plenty of political fervor—is a feedback loop for the hosts’ (overwhelmingly liberal) viewerships, and a distraction Trump and his base is more than happy to indulge in. The solution isn’t attempting to bridge the increasingly large gap between these two poles—or god forbid, trying to be 'civil.' Maybe there isn’t a good solution at all. But at least beacons of late-night comedy could recognize how meaningless, and most of all exhausting, this lowball banter with Trump is. And at least they could stop looking so damn excited about having a new feud to latch onto." ALSO: Colbert spearheaded the skit and tried to get Jimmy Kimmel and Samantha Bee involved, but they're off this week.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Stephen Colbert responds to Trump's "lowlife" slam with a clip of Johnny Carson mocking him
President Trump was speaking in Colbert's home state of South Carolina on Monday when he attacked late-night hosts describing The Late Show host as a "lowlife," adding that "this guy on CBS has no talent." Colbert responded: "I think he called me ‘the guy on CBS’ because he’s afraid to say my name. Yeah. This rally was in South Carolina… I am South Carolina to the core!… I am South Carolina’s second favorite celebrity right after the Confederate flag.” To prove how talented he is, Colbert did a trick contorting his face. Colbert also played more footage of Trump bashing late-night hosts, saying: "They're not like talented people. Johnny Carson was talented." To which Colbert responded by playing a 1992 Tonight Show clip of Carson making a "Donald Trump backup mistress" joke. "He really was ahead of his time," Colbert said of Carson. "That guy's funny." ALSO: Conan O'Brien says Colbert reached out to him Tuesday morning to film the video chat sketch with Fallon.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien video chat over Trump's bashing of late-night hosts
Colbert's Late Show and Fallon's Tonight Show jointly produced a cold open tonight featuring them commiserating with Conan over video chat in response to President Trump's bashing of late-night hosts on Monday night at a South Carolina rally. “The guy on CBS, what a lowlife," Trump said. "I mean, honestly, are these people funny? I can laugh at myself” He also called Jimmy Kimmel "terrible" and Fallon a "lost soul." The cold open will kick off the Tuesday editions of The Tonight Show and The Late Show. (Conan is on hiatus this week.) In the video, Fallon tells Colbert Trump called them “no-talent, lowlife, lost souls,” Colbert objects: “That’s not right… that’s Conan!” That's when Conan joins the video chat.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
TBS cancels Wyatt Cenac's People of Earth after two seasons despite renewing it for a third season
Creator David Jenkins revealed on Twitter that even though the third season of the Conan O'Brien-produced sitcom was "already written," it "will not be shot."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Ashton Kutcher is okay with losing his hair
The Ranch star, who turned 40 in February, tells Conan he initially tried to fight going bald, but he's come to accept it. "I'm a baseball cap guy, so I think I'm OK," he says. "I've established myself as a baseball cap wearing individual."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Conan O'Brien: "Doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff"
Citing the movie Die Hard, Conan says in a lengthy interview with Vulture that TBS was initially reluctant with his plan to downsize to 30-minute shows. "The truth is that the initial resistance to half an hour came from the business side," he says. "They didn’t want to stop selling an hour’s worth of ads. But we’re not going to be giving them less content. We might even be making more content and just putting more of it directly online." He adds: "There are parts of late night that feel very pro forma. At this stage in my career doing half an hour could shock me into coming up with new stuff." In a lengthy Die Hard analogy, Conan says that from his years of experience, he's learned that executives are committed to a plan, even when things change. "Sometimes my experience with executives is as if they’re Hans Gruber and the internet is Bruce Willis," he says says. The veteran host also discussed how he's gotten over The Tonight Show debacle, saying: "Without getting into specifics, there were a few people who I felt were not being good human beings. But I see that what happened was an inevitable clusterf*ck. I had a bad feeling the minute NBC said, 'You’re going to go do The Tonight Show but Jay’s also going to be on at 10 doing a Tonight Show before your Tonight Show.' It’s like when the Bachelor can’t decide: All three of us were not going to fit in that hot tub."
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Carol Burnett recalls being told "variety is a man's game" when trying to launch her legendary variety show
Burnett tells Conan O'Brien if it weren't for a CBS contract requiring 30 episodes to be filmed, The Carol Burnett Show might not have happened.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
TBS renews Final Space
The Conan O'Brien-produced animated comedy from Olan Rogers will return for a second season.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Conan O'Brien on shrinking his talk show to 30 minutes "I’ve been pushing for this for a while"
Conan says his new show will still likely have a monologue and at least one celebrity guest, but he wanted to do "something that fits the modern landscape, that certainly fits the way I interact with my fans more. I was looking for something more lean and agile.” TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly pointed out that the 30-minute show wouldn't necessarily mean less content. There will be more opportunity to do non-show things like an upcoming live tour with his Team Coco comedians and "Clueless Gamer" segments, as well as "Conan Without Borders." “It’s not going to be a whole new Conan with a shaved head and an eye patch and a falcon on his shoulder,” says Conan.
- Conan says doing "Conan Without Borders" inspired him to make the change: "At this stage in my career I’d like to do much more of the stuff I love and am passionate about"
- Conan briefly considered an hourlong weekly format, but he ultimately "felt more comfortable" with a daily 30 minutes
- Watch Conan and Bill Hader tackle God of War for "Clueless Gamer"
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 12:55PM EDT
Conan will shift to a 30-minute "less structured" talk show format in 2019
Conan O'Brien will continue to host his TBS talk show four nights a week, but the reduced workload will allow him to do more work outside the studio, including "Conan Without Borders" episodes that he has excelled at in recent years. The Conan makeover is part of TBS' long-term plan for the late-night host. “Since I inherited my Late Night show in 1993, TV has changed exponentially,” Conan said in a statement. “I’d like to think I have evolved with many of these changes, but now it’s time to take the next leap. A half-hour show will give me the time to do a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love and that seems to resonate in this new digital world. It’s still going to be me hosting a very silly show, but I want segments on my half-hour program to link to digital content, deepening the experience for my younger fans, and confusing my older ones.” ALSO: Conan's entire Late Night with Conan O’Brien NBC archives will soon be available on Team Coco -- including the Masturbating Bear.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shares a Conan monologue joke about him on Instagram
The billionaire endorsed Conan O'Brien gently ribbing his plans to "spend the majority of his fortune getting himself into space."
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Check out a compendium of Conan O'Brien's monologue transitions
Comedian and longtime Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin tweeted a compilation of the transitions she and her fellow writers use in in putting together the late-night host's monologue. ALSO: Conan jokingly credits "Conan in Korea" for paving the way for the Korean peace process.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Jim Carrey crashes Jeff Daniels' Conan interview
The Dumb and Dumber co-stars had an impromptu reunion Tuesday with the help of Conan O'Brien.