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Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
Conan O'Brien returns to NBC, appearing in a TeamCoco ad during SNL
Next month will mark the 9th anniversary of Conan's controversial exit from NBC's The Tonight Show. January will also mark the release of Conan's entire 25-year late-night archive online, which was promoted in his TeamCoco ad during Saturday Night Live. Conan previously served as a writer on SNL years before Lorne Michaels tapped him to succeed David Letterman as host of Late Night. NBC's former longtime head of late-night programming Rick Ludwin, who oversaw Conan's show, tweeted: "Good to see a #TeamCoco @ConanOBrien commercial spot in #SNL just now."
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 1:08PM EST
Watch Conan O'Brien rent a family in Japan
On the latest Conan Without Borders special, Conan explored a family rental agency in Tokyo, hiring a new wife, daughter and father.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Conan O'Brien wanted to avoid the usual Japanese tropes with Conan Without Borders: Japan
Source: TV Insider
The TBS host's visit to Japan, airing tonight as a one-hour special, will focus instead on the newer societal aspects of Japan, like kawaii, the country’s cuteness culture. Conan also had the surreal experience of renting a family. "There are services for people who want companionship," he explains. "I was intrigued by this, so I rented a wife, daughter and husband. I made my Japanese father apologize for things my father had done in the '70s."
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
Conan O'Brien's half-hour revamped talk show plans to shoot beyond its timeslot, edit it down and put the extra content online
Conan, in the midst of a cross-country tour, spoke about his plans to reduce a 44-minute show to 22 minutes in conversation with Jake Tapper at the New York Comedy Festival. “We’re still playing with it a lot because I’ve wanted the tour and this experience to inform it,” he said, noting that "shorter” doesn’t necessarily mean easier. “What I’d like to do is shoot the show a little longer than 30 minutes, have it be very loose and playful, put out the best version of the linear show, and put the rest out online, so they work off of each other.” He added: “Part of what we’re trying to do with this new shift is, you should be able to see what I’m up to pretty much 24 hours a day. And if we have something funny that we can comment on in the moment, that should be put out there at 3:00 in the afternoon. I don’t want to be killing time. Especially in a world where there’s 175 late-night shows, and people are experiencing them in a different way (online). I want the linear show to match what we experience digitally.”
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 9:58AM EST
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog mocks Ted Cruz to his face while reporting for Stephen Colbert
Source: The Daily Beast
Since Conan O'Brien is on a late-night hiatus, he loaned Triumph to The Late Show to cover the Texas U.S. Senate battle between Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. While Triumph was easy on the Democrat candidate, he had quite a few barbs for Cruz, whom he "stalked" nearly three years ago when the U.S. senator was running for president. “Ted, is it true you will defend the Constitution at all costs except for when Donald Trump calls it ugly on Twitter?” Triumph said, referencing President Trump's tweet making fun of Cruz's wife's looks. “Let’s be civil here, OK, because this man—nobody should be yelling at this man in a public place,” Triumph added. “I mean, doesn’t this man have the right to sit down in a restaurant and enjoy a meal that five waiters have spit in?” Cruz responded by saying that it was the Democrats who took him to get fixed. Triumph shot back, “I support spaying and neutering, just like Trump did to you!”
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
Conan O'Brien says goodbye to the one-hour format and his beloved house band after 25 years
Source: The Washington Post
Thursday was Conan's last one-hour edition of TBS' Conan before taking a break, going on tour and returning to a 30-minute, band-less talk show in January. Conan choked up as he paid an emotional tribute to his house band, which has been with him since his Late Night debut on Sept. 13, 1993. Originally called "The Max Weinberg 7," Conan's house band was rebranded as "Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band" upon Weinberg's departure when Conan moved to TBS in 2010. Guitarist and band leader Jimmy Vivino, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, Jerry Vivino, Mark Pender, Scott Healey and Mike Merritt have been with Conan since Day One. Drummer James Wormworth, who subbed for Weinberg in the 1990s and 2000s when the E Street band drummer would go on tour with Bruce Springsteen, joined the band full-time on TBS. “Since we began this journey 25 years ago, my band has been a daily source of joy in my life. These remarkable musicians have given their talent, energy, enthusiasm and incredible showmanship for over 4,000 hours,” Conan said. “They have been with me through all of the incredible highs and lows of Late Night, The Tonight Show and these past eight years at TBS.” Even though Conan is taking a three-month break from his show, he has a lot on his plate, including the release of a website featuring digitally remastered episodes of his old Late Night shows. Earlier Thursday, Conan also announced he will be launching a podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, in November. As previously announced, Conan will be embarking on an 18-city tour starting Nov. 2. He will also release another "Conan Without Borders" episode featuring his trip to Japan's Conan Town on Nov. 28. “I’m going to a half-hour so I can spend more time on the things I really love. I’m not talking about my wife and children – that ship sailed a long time ago,” he joked to his studio audience. “No, I’m talking about travel shows around the world; silly remote pieces; interviewing brilliant, distinct people. Really just focusing on the stuff that we love the most.”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Conan O'Brien is going on his first standup tour since 2010
The 18-city "Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips" will kick off in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 2 and run through Dec. 15 in San Francisco. Conan is going on tour in advance of his TBS Conan show going to a 30-minute format starting in January. Conan's last tour was 2010's "The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" that spanned 42 shows following his exit from NBC's The Tonight Show.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Conan O'Brien's trip to Japan's Conan Town ends peacefully
Source: Japan Times
The city that named itself after anime series Detective Conan named the TBS host mayor for the day.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Burt Reynolds, Emmy-winning acting icon, dies at 82
The legendary movie star and sex symbol, who died this morning from cardiac arrest, was best known for his big-screen work, but also he won accolades for starring on the CBS sitcom Evening Shade for four seasons, from 1990 to 1994. Reynolds was nominated twice for the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, winning once, and nominated three times for the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a TV series, comedy or musical, also winning once. He also lent his voice to the late 1980s fantasy sitcom Out of this World, playing the alien father of a half-human, half-alien girl. Reynolds death comes six months after he sat for an extended interview with Conan O'Brien, where they touched on everything on him being "in love" with Johnny Carson to his friendship with Marilyn Monroe.
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Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Conan O'Brien keeps getting rejected by his dream guest: Pulitzer-winning biographer Robert Caro
Source: The New York Times
The late-night host has become obsessed with booking Caro, who's famous for his epic multi-volume biography of former President Lyndon Johnson. When Conan moved to TBS in 2010, he tried to book Caro, to no avail. He even created a Charlie Rose-style online extended interview show called Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O'Brien in hopes of luring Caro. “I pretty much made this thing as a bear trap to catch Robert Caro,” says Conan. “I keep getting other people who are great. But no Robert Caro.” ALSO: Conan is now feuding with Japan's Conan Town over Detective Conan.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Conan O'Brien "calls out" Detective Conan
“I just found out that in Japan the first that comes up when you Google ‘Conan’ is an anime character named Detective Conan,” the late-night host said on his talk show, joking that Detective Conan, which debuted in 1994, has been ripping him off for decades.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Conan will cut music performances when switching to a 30-minute format in January
Music booker Roey Hershkovitz, who has worked for Conan O'Brien's various talk shows since 1999, will depart as part of the change. But he might work on music-related content that involves Conan's show and Team Coco digital platform.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Watch Marvel superheroes bully Conan O'Brien as Batman
Conan kicked off his annual trip to Comic-Con by visiting the Marvel Cafeteria as the famous DC Comics Caped Crusader, with Andy Richter playing Robin.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Conan O'Brien announces Comic-Con programming for his "ConanCon" Instagram channel
Source: Team Coco
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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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.