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Do They Really Need The Help? Dave Franco, Conan Join Tinder (Video)

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 9:22pm PDT

Do They Really Need The Help? Dave Franco, Conan Join Tinder (Video)OK, maybe Conan O’Brien could use a little help on the hookup from time to time, given that Nike-worthy swoosh of red hair atop his 6’5″ frame, but really, does any member of the Franco clan, especially young Dave Franco, need to worry about whipping out the Tinder mobile app to connect with comely cyber-denizens interested in more-than-virtual meetings? They have a lot of fun filling out their fake profiles as “Chip Whitley” and “Jengis Roundstone,” but remember folks, don’t try this at home. It could be a Tinder trap. Check out the video here:

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Nigerian Censor OKs ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Release; ‘My Man Can’ Headed To France; More

Global Showbiz Briefs: Nigerian Censor OKs ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Release; ‘My Man Can’ Headed To France; MoreNigerian Censor OKs ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Release
Nigeria has given a greenlight to the distribution of Chiwetel Ejiofor starrer Half Of A Yellow Sun. The drama will be released August 1, after being certified by the National Film and Video Censors Board. It previously was due to open in April, but some scenes were deemed objectionable at the time, the BBC notes. Thandie Newton also stars in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel. Set in 1960s Nigeria, the story brings audiences into a country torn apart by civil war and shows how the interwoven lives of four central characters intersect during a struggle to establish an independent republic of Nigeria. Biyi Bandele is the director. In a statement, Shareman Media and FilmOne Distribution thanked Nigerians for their “patience and support”.

‘My Man Can’ Game Show Headed To France
my_man_can_logoFrench television network NRJ 12 has ordered a local version of Red Arrow International’s game show format My Man Can. The premise sees four women gamble with the abilities of their partners, putting their man’s courage and skills to the ultimate test. It’s been sold to more than 30 countries worldwide. In France, Enibas Productions will produce it under the moniker, Cheri T´es Le Meilleur (Sweetie, You’re The Best).

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EMMYS Q&A: Conan O’Brien On Rediscovering His Mojo In A Social Network World

By | Friday June 20, 2014 @ 8:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

EMMYS Q&A: Conan O’Brien On Rediscovering His Mojo In A Social Network WorldWatching the classy late-night transition from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman to Stephen Colbert, it is hard not to feel a little badly for Conan O’Brien and the way he was set on fire several years ago when Leno grudgingly handed off the Tonight Show torch to him — and then refused to go away. NBC’s unwillingness to commit to O’Brien despite his lengthy tenure in the 12:30 slot created the biggest bungle in late-night history. A large financial settlement didn’t ease the sting of O’Brien realizing his dream of filling the seat once occupied by his idol Johnny Carson, only to lose it seven months later. O’Brien’s long past that, now, and comfortable and confident in his 11 PM slot at TBS with a show as strong in quality viral video bits as Fallon’s and Jimmy Kimmel’s, and a mischievous spirit that seemed to have gone missing when O’Brien tried catering to the masses from that cavernous Tonight Show set. His show is as sharp now as any time since the lanky redhead came from The Simpsons writers room to NBC in 1993 and honed his distinctive, self-deprecating style for the college and insomniac crowd. Here, O’Brien talks about his place in the shifting late-night landscape, and how social media has played to his strength.

conan ice cubeDEADLINE: Your TBS show recaptured something lost during the Tonight Show stint, that “I can’t believe we’re getting away with this, don’t tell the grown-ups” vibe. What’s the biggest difference between the show you do now and the one you did for so long at NBC?
CONAN O’BRIEN: The biggest difference is how much social media has changed the DNA of what I do. I came up in the old system 21 years ago, when Carson had just retired and there were only a couple of us doing this. It felt then like I was the awkward kid in the tree house, looking down on the adults. When we started the show at TBS, I had to jump into social media overnight. I didn’t even have a Twitter account, but it was so important in launching my national tour and how I stayed alive during that down period after The Tonight Show. Read More »

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TBS Cancels ‘The Pete Holmes Show’

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

PeteHolmesAnother late-night host is available to take Craig Ferguson’s place at CBS. TBS revealed today  — Take-Out-the-Trash Day (Friday before holiday weekend) – that Conan O’Brien’s late-night companion series, starring Pete Holmes and exec produced by O’Brien, will end its run on June 5, owing to its ratings.

Related: TBS Renews ‘Conan’ Through 2018

Presumably, TBS discussed its thoughts about The Pete Holmes Show ratings during its contract conversations with O’Brien; the network announced with fanfare at its Upfront Week presentation last week that it had re-upped Conan through 2018, but did not mention that Holmes’ show was toast. TBS initially ordered 7 weeks of The Pete Holmes Show in January 2013, and the show launched that fall; this past January, the network picked up an additional 13 weeks — an order that wraps in mid June. Read More »

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TBS Renews ‘Conan’ Through 2018

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 6:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Conan O’Brien launched his late-night show on TBS in November 2010. Fifteen months later, the show was extended though April 2014. Now TBS is making a big statement that O’Brien is there to stay, renewing Conan through 2018. With Jay Leno retiring this spring and David Letterman set to follow him, O’Brien next year will become the new doyen of late night where he TBS / TNT Upfront 2014 - Presentationrecently marked his 20th anniversary. Year to date, Conan is averaging a modest 862,000 viewers in Live+7. His strength is in younger viewers, topping a number of late-night competitors among adults 18-34 including The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Arsenio Hall Show, Chelsea Lately and Watch What Happens: Live. Conan also has been a digital juggernaut, with O’Brien counting 10.7 million Twitter followers, more than any other late-night star on cable. Last year, O’Brien expanded his late-night presence on TBS with a companion, The Pete Holmes Show, which is produced by his company Conaco.

Related: TNT & TBS Upfronts Presentation 2014: Live-Blog

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Team Coco To Launch Comedy Label

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT

conan logoConan O’Brien‘s Team Coco is set to launch a new comedy label this summer, beginning with the release of the debut stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed. The album was recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8 and will be released in June. Team Coco says the concept for the new record label was born of a desire to help shine a spotlight on rising comedians while allowing them more creative control and a greater stake in the success of the release. Over the past 20 years, O’Brien has used his late-night franchise as a platform for launching groundbreaking stand-up comedy. Since debuting in 2010 on TBS, Conan reps say their show has featured more performances from stand-up comedians than any other late-night program on TV. In addition to inviting comics to perform on Conan, Team Coco has produced comedy specials like Team Coco Presents: The Conan Writers Live and has spotlighted some of the show’s favorite comedians on Conan After Hours, hosted by Pete Holmes. Read More »

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Joel McHale Has Hard Acts To Follow

When Joel McHale entertains at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, these are the recent previous entertainers the room will remember — and against whom McHale will be judged:

Conan O’Brien in 2013:

Jimmy Kimmel in 2012:

Seth Meyers in 2011:

And, of course, the one the White House Correspondents’ Association would rather everyone forgot –  2006, when Stephen Colbert torched the place:

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Chelsea Handler on ‘Conan’ — ‘Everything’s An Option’: Video

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 7:43pm PDT

From the Interesting Timing department: The same day Craig Ferguson tells his audience he’s leaving The Late Late Show in December, Chelsea Handler turns up a guest on TBS’ Conan. There’s been no shortage of chatter about what the future holds for the soon-to-be-former host of E!’s Chelsea Lately. Several days ago on Ellen, Handler ended her teasing about a CBS late-night gig, saying she “would never be on a regular network”. And when Conan O’Brien mentions the scuttlebutt about Handler being close to signing to do a Netflix show, she retorts, “Everything that’s been printed about me is a lie.” Later, in something of a backpedal/attention getter, she adds, “Everything’s an option, honestly.” But O’Brien gets the last laugh in this clip — literally. Have a look:

Related: Chelsea Handler: Crankiest Talk Show Guest Ever?

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MTV Movie Awards Down Double Digits In Viewers & Demo From 2013

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 7:13pm PDT

MTV MOvie AwardsAbout 2.8 million people tuned in to Sunday’s Conan O’Brien-hosted MTV Movie Awards, a million fewer viewers (-27%) than last year’s show. The 2013 trophy show clocked 3.8 million total viewers — up compared to previous year’s 3.2 million even though big winner Jennifer Lawrence didn’t show up, and Parks And Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza got thrown out. Those who watched Sunday’s fan-voted awards saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cop movie of the year, Mila Kunis hide her baby bump, Zac Efron lose his shirt and Mark Wahlberg score the MTV Generation Award — or, as he called it, the You’re Too Old To Come Back Award — and Eminem and Rihanna doing the TV debut of their hit “The Monster.”

Related: Oscar, Schmoscar: MTV Votes ‘Catching Fire’ Best Movie

Sunday’s show also was down by double digits in the network’s core 12-34 demographic, pulling a 2.6 compared with last year’s 3.4 — a 23% drop — and the previous year’s 2.8. In 2012, the MTV Movie Awards pulled in 3.2 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in 12-34. That had all been good news because 2012 was down a troubling 28% in the demo from the 2011 show. Additionally, last year’s show was up 45% among adults 18-34 and up 44% with adults 18-49 compared to ’12.

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Conan O’Brien Endorses Stephen Colbert For ‘Late Show’ Host Gig

By | Saturday April 12, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

In an AP video today making its way around the web, latenight talk show host Conan O’Brien gave a warm thumbs up to Stephen Colbert taking over David Letterman’s seat on CBS’ Late Show. “I wasn’t up for it,” said the former Tonight Show host on whether he interviewed for the gig, “I’m very happy where I am. But I love Stephen. Stephen is great. I’m a huge fan of his as a comic and a human being. I think it’s fantastic and I’m really glad he got the job, and I look forward to seeing his show. It’s going to be fantastic.” O’Brien also comments about his hosting gig tomorrow night at the MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Take a look:

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Conan O’Brien To Broadcast TBS Show From Comic-Con 2015

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 2:11pm PDT

comic-con-2013__130716202600__130720233914Talk about planning ahead. He’s hosting the MTV Movie Awards for the first time on April 13 and now Conan O’Brien is climbing another pop culture mountain by heading to Comic-Con next year. The TBS 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivalslate night host plans to broadcast his show from July 8 – 12, 2015 when the studios, the networks and hundreds of thousands of the geekest geeks in geekdom all head to San Diego. In the first time a late night show has broadcast from Comic-Con, CONAN will take over the downtown Spreckels Theater. The production closed the deal on the theater today, a source tells me.Additionally, this is the clearest indication that Conan truly isn’t in the running to take over CBS’ Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. While this is the first time a late nigh show has aired from Comic-Con, this won’t be the first time O’Brien has been to the confab. He was down there in 2011 to promote his animated alter ego the “Flaming C “during a panel for the Green Lantern Animated series panel.

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Conan O’Brien To Host MTV Movie Awards

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 8:22pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

conanmtvComedian/late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, who has hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards, is now taking on emcee duties for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. O’Brien will make his MTV hosting debut at the April 13 ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, which will air live at 9 PM. “After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV’s second most prestigious awards show,” O’Brien deadpanned. The MTV Movie Awards is staying in April where they moved last year after a long history of airing after Memorial Day. The show, which drew 3.8 million viewers, was hosted by Rebel Wilson, whose ABC comedy series is executive produced by O’Brien. The 2014 MTV Movie Awards is exec produced by Jesse Ignjatovic.

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Gets Ratings Bump With Guest Michelle Obama

Nellie Andreeva

Michelle-ObamaAs expected, the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama gave The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a bump, with the broadcast drawing a 5.3 household rating in the metered markets, up a tenth from Wednesday. In comparison, both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno saw their ratings steadily decline every night during their first week starting/returning to The Tonight Show in 2009/2010. What’s more, Fallon’s ratings have been steady after the second-night drop from the 7.1 for the premiere: 5.3, 5.2, 5.3. Interestingly, Fallon accomplished a similar feat during the premiere week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with his Thursday household rating (2.0) rising from Wednesday (1.8) to match the Tuesday performance. Tonight once again dwarfed the late-night broadcast competition, though ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.0 in households) was up 25% from Wednesday with the “Wolf in Sochi” hoax, while CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (2.0) was down 9%. In the markets with Local People Meters, Fallon averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49, up from both Wednesday (2.2) and Tuesday (2.3) to post the highest demo result since the premiere (3.4). The show’s highlight was a Saturday Night Live-style skit featuring Fallon, and guests Obama and Will Ferrell:

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UPDATE: Night 3 Of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’ Hits 10-Year High For Wednesday Viewers

By and | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

Jimmy-Fallon-Bradley-Cooper-Charades-VideoUPDATE, 11:20 AM: Jimmy Fallon‘s first Wednesday as host of The Tonight Show may be one he will long remember. Certainly NBC will because with 7.274 million viewers, it marks the highest Wednesday Tonight Show has done in more than 10 years. The last time the late-night franchise had a Wednesday that good was on February 2, 2004, when 7.69 million tuned in. Also Fallon pulled off the rare trick of actually going up in the adults 18-49 demo from his second night to third night. Nielsen has last night’s show drawing a 2.4 rating. That’s better than the 2.0 of Conan O’Brien’s third night of his Tonight Show gig on June 3, 2009 , and it’s a 4% rise from the 2.3 result in the demo Fallon got Tuesday. A rise, however slight, is a feat that neither O’Brien nor Leno could pull off. Both O’Brien in 2009 and Leno in his 2010 return saw their demo ratings dip from night 2 to night 3. O’Brien was down from the 2.3 of his Night 2, while Leno slipped from a 1.6 on March 2, 2010 to a 1.5 on March 3 of that year. Read More »

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Debut Ratings On Par With Conan O’Brien’s 2009 Premiere, Beats Jay Leno’s 2010 Return

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

Fallon Will SmithPREVIOUS, 6:59 AM: A week and a half after ending his stint on NBC’s Late Night with record ratings, Jimmy Fallon last night began his Tonight Show hosting gig in strong form. The midnight premiere of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drew a sturdy 7.1/20  in overnight metered-market results. That’s tied with the 7.1/17 metered-market rating that Conan O’Brien pulled on June 1, 2009 when he began his short-lived run as host. (UPDATE 11 AM: The final numbers are in, and last night’s Fallon debut actually edged O’Brien’s opener in total viewers, 11.31 million vs. 9.17 million. Among adults 18-48, the two were tied at a 3.8 rating)

Fallon’s debut is also up from the 5.4/14 metered-market rating that Jay Leno garnered on March 1, 2010 when he returned to fronting the venerable NBC franchise after O’Brien’s brief stint. Leno’s return received a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and was watched by an audience of 6.67 million. Late night rivals David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel were far behind Fallon last night with both having metered-market ratings of 2.0/5.

Related: Jimmy Fallon’s First ‘Tonight Show’: Will Smith, U2, Robert De Niro & Olympic Fever
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Conan O’Brien To Celebrate Sid Caesar With Guest Mel Brooks

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 9:56am PST

Conan O’Brien will devote most of his TBS show Tuesday to guest Mel Brooks, who will conan logotalk about close friend Sid Caesar, who died this week at age 91. Brooks famously worked with Caesar on historically significant TV programs including NBC’s comedy series Your Show Of Shows, which aired in the early ’50s and boasted a writing staff that included Brooks, Neil Simon and Carl Reiner, among others. Conan boasts the youngest-skewing audience of the late-night talkers. Back in the fall of 2013, O’Brien did a Serious Jibber Jabber with Brooks about the latter’s long career in film and TV. Watch here:

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Jay Leno Bows Out With Biggest ‘Tonight Show’ Week In Decades; Ditto Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Late Night’ Swan Song

Jay Leno‘s Tonight ShowLeno_lastshow__140207022124-575x388 swan song churned up the franchise’s biggest weekly crowd since the week of NBC’s Cheers finale in ’93. Meanwhile, his replacement, Jimmy Fallon wrapped his Late Night hosting gig with that show’s biggest weekly haul since it followed Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show farewell, in May of  ’92.

Leno’s actual Thursday night finale last week clocked the biggest crowd for an individual Tonight show broadcast since Jerry Seinfeld turned up after his primetime hit’s so-long episode, on May 14, 1998. Read More »

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‘Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ Draws Largest Audience In 4 Years With Final Full Week

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 1:07pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Leno-monologue__130404173359__130509220741In its final full week on the air, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno drew 5 million viewers from January 27-31, the show’s largest audience since the week of March 1-5, 2010, Leno’s first week back on The Tonight Show. Its adults 18-49 average, 1.4 million, was the biggest since the week of November 22-26, 2010. Leno’s farewell continues to boost the ratings for his successor, Jimmy Fallon, who garnered 2.4 million viewers last week, his highest Late Night average since May 25-29, 2009, the final week before Conan O’Brien took over Tonight. Late Night averaged 932,000 adults 18-49, the biggest weekly 18-49 viewership for the show since September 6-10, 2010 (with an NFL overrun, 952,000). Both Leno and Fallon dominated their late-night broadcast rivals.

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Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Exit: Carefully Orchestrated Do-Over

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198On Thursday night, Jay Leno once again will hand over The Tonight Show to NBC’s younger-better idea – this time it’s his lead-out, Jimmy Fallon.

Most of the coverage has been about Leno taking with him a commanding ratings lead in late-night, not only among total viewers but also in the 18-49 age bracket advertisers covet.  And in the days leading up to his exit, The Reporters Who Cover Television dusted off think pieces about Leno leaving the show in the wake of a demographic shift affecting millions of baby boomers who are being pushed aside to make way for a younger generation with different sensibilities. In many ways, Leno’s handoff to Fallon does mirror the first time the press wrote those think pieces, when NBC replaced Leno withJay Leno NBC his lead-out, Conan O’Brien in 2009 – a plan that famously flamed out over seven months.

Related: Jay Leno Hazes Jimmy Fallon On ‘Tonight Show’ (Video)

But the bigger news here is the incredible gift Leno’s been given: a handoff do-over.

It’s a loaded gift for Leno.  He owes much of his ratings success, and longevity, to the fact that he’s much adored in flyover country — Leno won last month’s 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll asking which late-night host was most likely to make you laugh, handily beating his latest replacement Fallon, his first replacement O’Brien, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Craig Ferguson. But the media doesn’t like Leno so much, having pegged him decades ago as the closet-hiding, eavesdropper who backstabbed their late-night crushes Letterman and, later, O’Brien.

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