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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 Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Samantha Bee announces a Christmas special "on I.C.E."
Full Frontal Presents "Christmas on I.C.E." will air Dec. 19, promising “a less-godless-than-the-usual-liberal Christmas variety spectacular. Featured guests will include Olympic medalist Adam Rippon.
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 Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
TBS teams up Shaquille O'Neal and Ken Jeong for a reality show pilot
The NBA legend and the comedian were such a hit on TBS' Drop the Mic -- garnering more than 7.5 million views on YouTube -- that they are teaming up for a reality show titled Unqualified that will have them working a variety of odd jobs, from playing rent-a-cops to teaching kindergarten to working as party clowns. “These guys made magic on Drop the Mic together. Their chemistry is undeniable.” says TBS and TNT reality boss Michael Bloom. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.” O'Neal and Jeong said in a joint statement: “We are built to hustle. We’re thankful to TBS for giving us the opportunity to embrace any challenge that comes our way and we hope to surprise everyone with our ability to learn the ropes on the fly.”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal trivia game app launched to donate money to NAACP
The new game for "This is Not a Game: The Game" was "intentionally unwinnable" for players so that the money could instead go to the NAACP.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Samantha Bee is doing two Full Frontal episodes next week to cover the midterms
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bee's weekly late-night show will air on Monday to preview the midterm elections and Wednesday to respond to the aftermath. ALSO: Bee releases voter guide with soothing imagery.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Samantha Bee celebrates Halloween by brewing man parts in a witches' cauldron
Source: ET Canada
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble,” Bee and fellow Full Frontal colleagues Ashley Nicole Black and Allana Harkin chanted while they dropped man parts in a cauldron. The rest of the Halloween Full Frontal episode was "actually an all-boo episode because nothing is scarier than our current reality,” Bee said. “We’ll be checking in on America’s horrifying history of antisemitism and, though it is Halloween, we’ll be covering the white supremacists who choose to wear their sheets year round.”
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.