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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
The 2007 TV writers strike ended 10 years ago this week: Here's how it changed TV forever
The three-month strike that lasted from November 5, 2007 through February 12, 2008 resulted in David Letterman and Conan O'Brien growing strike beards and the cancelation of the Golden Globes. The strike also unintentionally benefitted shows like Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Watch a preview of Conan in Italy, at Carnevale
Conan O'Brien and producer Jordan Schlansky visited Italy's Mardi Gras celebration as part of "Conan Without Borders."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Kevin Hart's new YouTube series sends celebrities like Conan O'Brien and Chance the Rapper outside their comfort zones
The comedian's Laugh Out Loud Network has announced What the Fit, which will have celebrities try out unusual fitness routines. Conan will try sumo wrestling, while Leslie Jones will take a spin at the rodeo. Other celebrity participants include DJ Khaled, Joel McHale, Tiffany Haddish, Khloé Kardashian and Niecy Nash. What the Fit premieres March 8.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
Conan O'Brien is already filming his next "Conan Without Borders" special in Italy
Conan shared some footage from his Italy trip on Instagram, including a language lesson he took with his longtime producer Jordan Schlansky.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Andy Richter undergoes knee surgery
Conan O’Brien’s sidekick this morning tweeted “Let’s party” before his surgery, adding hours later: “Success! I'm awake and just walked unassisted to take a leak. Feeling fine.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Conan O'Brien says the Trump era is difficult for comedy : “It’s very hard to find a joke that’s more absurd than what’s actually happening”
“Comedians, usually in a normal era, are supposed to take these serious situations and find the comedy in them and stretch them a little bit,” said Conan in an interview Friday with CNN's Jake Tapper. “In the Trump era, we’re essentially dealing with — I mean, every day there is such a mother lode of, I don’t know how else to say it, surreal news.” Conan added: “It’s very hard to find a joke that’s more absurd than what’s actually happening. It’s really hard to take what’s happening right now and make it somehow more absurd than it really is. So, it’s a challenge for comics. People think it’s easy but it’s actually a little more difficult I think right now.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Conan’s Haiti trip is getting a fast turnaround time, premiering next week
Conan O’Brien boarded a plane to Port-au-Prince just yesterday to shoot his “Conan Without Borders” Haiti special, and today TBS announced it will air in primetime next Saturday Jan. 27. Previous installments of “Conan Without Borders” have taken much longer to produce, but presumably the timeliness of this trip (which was inspired by President Trump's reportedly negative comments about Haiti last week) hastened its airing. Conan posted his first video from Haiti this morning.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Conan introduces himself to the people of Haiti
“I am not an albino rooster come to life,” Conan O’Brien said, according to a “translation” of his remarks for the people of Haiti.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
Conan O’Brien explains why he’s going to Haiti
“I’m sure I’m gonna love Haiti, mainly because Trump hates it so much,” Conan said on his TBS show last night, formally announcing his “Conan Without Borders” episode.” “You see, what I’ve noticed is whenever that guy hates something, I wind up loving it.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Conan O’Brien is going to Haiti following President Trump’s “very negative Yelp review”
The Washington Post reports that there’s an internal debate in the White House over whether President Trump said “sh*thole” or “sh*thouse.” But regardless, Conan has announced that his “Conan Without Borders” series is headed to Haiti following the president’s controversial comments. “Still reeling from @realDonaldTrump’s very negative Yelp review of Haiti, which means I’ll love it,” he tweeted. “Headed to Haiti later this week to explore and make some new friends. Stay tuned for my report. #ConanWithoutBorders”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Conan O’Brien on Peak TV: “Let’s be honest: a lot of stuff that isn’t worth your time”
“TV has changed seismically 35 separate times since I got involved in it, in the last two dramatically with the Netflix Factor and how much more content there is now,” Conan said while promoting his new TBS animated show Final Space at the TV press tour. He added: “The bottom line is that the good is always going to be rare.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
TBS renews American Dad! for two more seasons
The animated comedy returns Feb. 12. On Feb. 26, it will be joined by the Conan O’Brien-produced animated intergalactic space saga Final Space.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 9:24PM EST
Report: NBC News bosses questioned Matt Lauer “multiple times, in multiple ways (and) in multiple settings” in recent weeks
The former Today anchor was grilled in the days before a formal complaint was filed against him. Lauer responded that he was “racking his brain and couldn’t think of anything at all” when confronted by NBC News chairman Andy Lack and NBC News president Noah Oppenheim in the two weeks before he was fired, reports Paul Farhi. Both executives weren’t contacted by Variety or The New York Times, which were investigating Lauer. But both publications did reach out to lower-level staffers, who tipped off their bosses, prompting their questioning of Lauer. As Farhi, reports, “in addition to asking Lauer about the rumored allegations, the network searched its human-resources and legal archives to see if there were any complaints or settlements involving Lauer...They found none..."
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Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 9:24PM EST
Barack Obama and Joe Biden will time travel on Barry & Joe: The Animated Series, from producer Conan O’Brien
O’Brien will serve as executive producer on the time travel series that takes its inspiration from Quantum Leap.
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Late-night hosts tended to discuss Matt Lauer’s firing by mentioning President Trump
Stephen Colbert opened his Late Show monologue by saying “I am one of the few men still allowed on television.” Jimmy Kimmel weighed in saying, “If anyone knows about inappropriate behavior at the workplace at NBC, it’s Donald J. Trump. Is he aware that he’s him? I don’t think he is. I think he sees Donald Trump on TV and goes, ‘I like that guy.'” Colbert and Jimmy Fallon also brought up how Trump tweeted about the fired Today show host.
TOPICS: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Lauer, Trevor Noah, Late Night, Sexual Misconduct