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Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 5:51PM EDT
Louie Anderson joins Search Party
The Baskets star will recur on the TBS comedy as Bob, "a sweet but extremely absentminded old-school lawyer from Chicago. He’s warm, sentimental, and optimistic but can’t seem to remember his clients’ names and is maybe dying."
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 9:10PM EDT
Shalita Grant boards Search Party
The NCIS: New Orleans alum will join Season 3 of the TBS comedy as "a superficial law school grad with vocal fry and arrested development who is addicted to the fast lane."
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 Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
TBS' Ernie Johnson announces he won't cover the Major League Baseball playoffs due to blood clots in his legs
Johnson said in a Twitter video that doctors have ordered him to not fly on planes while he is treated for the blood clots in both of his legs.
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 Friday 9/21/18 at 3:50PM EDT
Michaela Watkins joins Search Party for Season 3
The Casual star will play a lawyer in six episodes of the TBS comedy as a tightly-wound federal prosecutor intent on putting Alia Shawkat and Josh Reynolds' characters behind bars.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
TBS' The Guest Book gets a Season 2 premiere date, a new town and new series regulars
The Greg Garcia comedy, returning Oct. 23, will feature guest appearances by Pete Davidson, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Allison Tolman and other big names.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal midterm app was so popular it crashed
"Normally we love it when something goes down on us, just not our own app. We’ll be back TOMORROW!" Bee tweeted last night after the “This is Not a Game” app proved to be too popular. ALSO: Bee created the app after realizing 54% of her viewers aren't registered to vote.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
AT&T boss: We should spend more money on HBO and less money on TBS and TNT
Source: The Wall Street Journal
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he wants to shift the resources for creating original shows on TNT, TBS and other Turner Networks to HBO. He tells The Wall Street Journal that the Turner channels would use some of that freed-up program time to air HBO reruns, which would help deliver more viewers to HBO. “A lot of the content spend is in Turner, specifically TNT and TBS," he says. "Is that really the highest and best use of capital? Or is it more appropriate and best use to put it toward HBO?” The plan would help boost HBO and make it a stronger competitor to Netflix.
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 10:03PM EDT
Samantha Bee's midterms election app is now available to download
Source: Marie Claire
Full Frontal's "This Is Not a Game: The Game" was first announced in May. “It felt like somebody had to try something...to drive voter turnout,” says Bee. “We don’t have a clue if it’s going to work or succeed or fail. It’s been a grand experiment.”
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 10:45AM EDT
Conan O'Brien is going to Japan to claim his Detective Conan royalties
Source: Anime News Network
Conan last night announced his next "Conan Without Borders" trip is to Conan Town in Japan.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Samantha Bee: Full Frontal's new set will reflect our aim "to take up more space in the world"
Source: The Daily Beast
Bee tells The Daily Beast "it felt like a time for a bit of a refresh for our aesthetic," especially for her show's coverage of the midterms. "I’m very happy where we are," she says. "I think with anything, after two some-odd years you walk on stage and go, it seems small now, maybe we need something bigger. It’s not even really expanding the message of the show, I just think we’re ready for something bigger in that space. I think we’re ready to take up more space in the world and so why not have a set that reflects that?" Bee also addressed her C-word controversy, saying: "I was very regretful that that moment really took away from what I was trying to say with the segment. And the segment really effectively disappeared, you can’t find it anymore."
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
Samantha Bee finds Michelle Wolf and Robin Thede cancelations "very disheartening"
Source: The Daily Beast
“I’m really, really sad about it,” the Full Frontal host says of BET canceling The Rundown with Robin Thede and Netflix axing The Break with Michelle Wolf over the past month. Bee tells The Daily Beast: “You have to take time as a network to develop things. If it’s not working for you in the time slot or whatever, you have to give a show more than 10 episodes to find its legs. It’s brutal. Shows need time to find their audience and they need adequate advertising. They need adequate promotional pushes to make that happen.”