Upfronts: Video Snafus Send TNT-TBS Execs Scrambling

By | Wednesday May 18, 2011 @ 8:40am PDT

TNT & TBS Upfront News: ‘Closer’ Spinoff, ‘Wedding Band’, ‘Wedding Band’ Picked Up To Series, ‘Conan’ To Hit The Road, Development Slates Announced

UPDATE, 8:35 AM: Turner executives’ nightmare is over. Koonin returned to the stage to tell advertisers that TNT and TBS plan a major campaign to appeal to viewers who want to watch shows on mobile devices. The networks will advertise that they offer “drama on demand” and “comedy on demand.” Koonin paraphrased crooner Richard Marks: “Wherever you go, whatever you do, TBS and TNT will be there waiting for you.”

PREVIOUS, 8:20 AM: Video came back about 15 minutes ago and appears to be OK. Whatever happens, the technical woes gave Conan O’Brien more ammo for a routine that took several jabs at Turner Entertainment. When the breakdown ruined one of his gags, he said, “You know I love working at TBS — the commitment to detail.” After a stagehand told him to skip the routine with the clip, he added: ”Alright, I guess I’ll do what I’m told. Beggers can’t be choosers.” Earlier he said,I did this upfront last year. Frankly, I don’t know why TBS doesn’t do what it does best and run it again -– four freaking times.” Also: “We’re already No. 1 in TBS’ key demographic: People who can’t afford HBO.” Read More »

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DVR Viewing Boosts ‘Conan’ To The Top In Young Demos

Nellie Andreeva

According to TBS, Conan got a significant lift from DVR viewing for the period from its Nov. 8 premiere til the end of the year, adding some 361,000 18-49 viewers and 236,000 viewers in the 18-34 demographic. With the time-shifted viewer numbers included, Conan is topping the rankings of all late-night shows on broadcast or cable in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos. (He is behind his broadcast counterparts in total viewers.) Here are the lists: Read More »

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Conan Issues Apology Over Rudolph Snafu

Nellie Andreeva

Last night, we were the first to point out the striking similarities between a video on Conan last night about Sarah Palin shooting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a similar skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live 2 weeks ago. Now, Conan O’Brien has issued a video apology to the folks … Read More »

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Late-Night Ratings: Leno & Fallon Hit Highs In Viewers, ‘Nightline’ Takes Season Lead

Nellie Andreeva

NBC won three nights in primetime last week, and its ratings gains also carried over to late-night. Both Jay Leno (4.2 million viewers) and Jimmy Fallon (1.9 million) hit season highs in total viewers. for the … Read More »

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Conan’s ‘Harry Potter’ Voldemort Parody

By | Monday November 22, 2010 @ 6:39pm PST

On his TBS talk show tonight, Conan O’Brien spoofs the latest Harry Potter movie:

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Conan Blimp Flies Over ‘The Tonight Show’

By | Monday November 15, 2010 @ 5:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The orange blimp promoting Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show on TBS hovered over Conan’s former stomping grounds at NBC Universal this afternoon. Here is a photo capturing the blimp as it flies above Burbank and Universal. Sources say the blimp … Read More »

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LATENIGHT RAT RACE: Conan Slides Again on Thursday; His First Week Tally Still Solid

Nellie Andreeva

Conan just wrapped his first week on TBS slightly above … Read More »

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‘Conan’ Ratings Drop 30% In Second Airing

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 9:45AM: The fast nationals for Conan’s second show on TBS are in. It drew 2.8 million viewers, down 33% from its premiere audience and lower than its broadcast counterparts. Despite the decline, Conan is expected to once again … Read More »

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Tom Hanks Makes Big Splash On ‘Conan’

By | Tuesday November 9, 2010 @ 7:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tom Hanks was a frequent guest on Conan O’Brien’s late night shows on NBC and also appeared on Conan’s final Tonight Show,. Tonight, he experienced some second-hand Splash experience on Conan’s new TBS show. (Recall that mermaid he starred in?) Here are the opening jokes from Conan’s monologue, both … Read More »

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UPDATE: 4.2 Million Watch Conan’s Debut Which Beats Leno, Letterman, Stewart & Colbert

Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE: It was a great opening for Conan O’Brien on TBS last night. The comedian’s eponymous talk show drew big 4.2 million viewers and massive 3.3 million adults 18-49 and 2.5 million in 18-34 to rank as the top-rated latenight show on TV – broadcast or cable – last night. This was an impressive 2/3+ of the audience he attracted for his debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show in May 2009. Conan ranked as the No.1 latenight talk show telecast of all time on basic cable, beating The Daily Show‘s Oct. 29, 2008 edition. It also topped all other latenight telecasts in basic cable history. The show’s median age was also impressive: 30, the lowest among all latenight shows and half of that for the big broadcast latenight franchises.

Conan towered over its direct competition, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1.3 million; 690,000 in 18-49) and The Colbert Report (1 million; 550,000 in 18-49) and also beat its broadcast counterparts, Leno (3.5 million, 952,000 in 18-49) and Letterman (3.4 million; 1.3 million in 18-49). While Leno and Letterman are not direct competitors as their airtime is shifted by a half-hour, beating soundly The Tonight Show must have been gratifying for Conan following his dismissal from the show 9 months ago. Despite having direct latenight show competition for the first time, The Daily Show was pretty resilient in total viewers, down a modest 13% from its season-to-date Monday viewer average. The hit was bigger in the 18-49 demographic, 21%. Colbert at 11:30 PM followed a similar pattern (down 12% in total viewers, 25% in 18-49 from its season average.) Stewart opened his show by congratulating O’Brien on his return to TV until he “realized” Conan was airing opposite him. (video below the chart.) Read More »

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Conan’s Monologue & Cold Open On TBS

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What Ratings Will Make ‘Conan’ A Success?

Here is a transcript of Conan O’Brien’s opening monologue as well as the opening video at tonight’s premiere of his late-night show on TBS.  The clip features dramatizations of Conan’s telling NBC brass to “go … Read More »

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Fans Start Camping Out For Conan Launch

Team Coco says 5 of “our most die-hardest-ever fans” are already camped out for standby tickets on Forest Lawn Drive outside the Warner Brothers lot in advance of Conan O’Bren coming back to late night television Monday at 11 PM ET/PT. “We popped over and took them some soda, granola … Read More »

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Conan O’Brien Debuts ‘Show Zero’

Nellie Andreeva

Here is Conan O’Brien’s sneak peak at his new talk show at TBS aka Show Zero, which he did online last night. Judging by the 5-minute preview, the new show will be a lot like any other late-night talk shows, with a monologue, celebrity and musical guests. Hopefully there will … Read More »

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Conan To Air Warm-Up Show Online

Nellie Andreeva

It will be just like the real thing, with celebrity guests, members of the Basic Cable Band and sidekick Andy Richter, but online and a week earlier. On Monday, Nov.1, exactly one week before Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show … Read More »

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Conan Draws Viewers With ‘Live Cam’ Stunt

Nellie Andreeva

Conan O’Brien got a solid pre-launch sampling with the 24-hour broadcast of the Live CoCo Cam from the offices of the comedian’s upcoming late-night show on TBS. According to preliminary estimates, some 660,000 viewers tuned in to check out the … Read More »

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Seth Rogen, Tom Hanks And Jon Hamm Among First Conan Guests

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 8:34am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Conan‘s bookers may still be shooting for the Pope and Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first guest spot that is being determined by a fan poll but they went with Hollywood types for the … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Conan’ Polls Fans For First Guest, Show’s Band Gets Name, New Bandleader

By | Tuesday October 19, 2010 @ 9:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: In a pre-launch stunt, Conan O’Brien’s team has started a poll to determine who the first guest on O’Brien’s TBS show will be. Fans can chose among 12 potential guests ranging from Pope Benedict XVI and Russian Prime … Read More »

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Conan O’Brien’s Explosive New TBS Promo

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 5:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Conan O’Brien has really broken the bank with the latest promo for his upcoming TBS latenight talk show. In the just-released video, the comedian drives an explosives (and popcorn)-filled car off a cliff in the desert while a chamber orchestra plays nearby. The promo was directed by top commercial director … Read More »

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Andy Richter Joins Conan On TBS Show

By | Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 7:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Conan O’Brien’s longtime sidekick Andy Richter will join him on O’Brien’s upcoming late-night talk show on TBS, which premieres on November 8. Richter rose to fame on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC where he spent 7 years … Read More »

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