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Conan And Kimmel With Dueling Bits On Sarah Palin Shooting Rudolph

By | Wednesday December 22, 2010 @ 10:28pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: It is probably best that Sarah Palin doesn’t hunt at the North Pole. Here is a Holiday-themed video from tonight’s Conan on TBS, which features a chance encounter between the former Vice Presidential candidate and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But as a commenter pointed out, Jimmy Kimmel did a similar bit on his ABC show 2 weeks ago, on Dec. 7. (Coincidentally, that episode was rebroadcast tonight right after Conan went off the air.) This is actually Kimmel’s second Palin-killing-Rudolph skit. He first tackled the subject in December 2008 with a claymation Palin. Here are Conan and Kimmel’s clips from this month as well as Kimmel’s 2008 video:

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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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It’s Official: ‘Conan’ Topped All Late-Night Shows In Its First Week

Nellie Andreeva

It was widely expected but, since the weekly numbers for the broadcast late-night shows are not released until the following Thursday, Conan O’Brien’s weekly victory did not become official until today. For his first week on TBS, Conan drew a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 vs. a 0.9 for Letterman and Leno, who were tied for a second straight week. Leno also tied the demo performance of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien the same week last year. In his current second week, Conan has been averaging a 1.0-1.1 demo rating, so he will probably once again top his broadcast rivals for the weekly victory.

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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 was visible from the NBCU offices as well as the Burbank set where The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is taping. Conan goes against Leno and the rest of his late-night rivals tonight when he will kick in his second week on TBS.

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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 dominate the young demos with 2.1 million viewers in 18-49 (down 35%) and 1.4 million in 18-34 (down 42%). Its median age stayed steady at around 30, probably still the youngest in latenight.

PREVIOUS 7:30AM: A ratings dropoff after the big Monday night premiere of Conan was inevitable: the question was how steep it was going to be. In the metered markets, the TBS show posted a 2.1 rating last night (when adjusted for Mountain time zone), down 28% from the premiere, which beat all latenight shows. Last night, Letterman drew a 3.0/8, Leno 2.5/7, and Nightline 3.2. More data will be available soon.

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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 about his new network. “That’s right – the whitest man in show business is back — on the second blackest channel on TV…. You know what’s great? Now that we’re on the air, TBS can finally stop running promos for our show. Unfortunately, that leaves an 18-hour hole in their schedule.”

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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

Nellie Andreeva

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 to hell” for trying to move him to 12:05 AM and of him taking TBS’ offer for “much less” as well as a Godfather spoof and scenes with Jon Hamm as  Don Draper from Mad Men and Larry King as Conan’s guardian angel.

Thank you.  Thank you and welcome to my 2nd Annual first show.

Yes, I know what you guys are thinking, “Hey, it’s the guy from Twitter.”

Welcome to my new show, “Conan.”  People ask me why I named the show “Conan.”  I did it so I’d be harder to replace.

This is an exciting night.  I’m glad to be on cable.  The truth is, I’ve dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since I was 46.

And things are going well already.  I’m happy to report that we’re already #1 in TBS’s key demographic — people who can’t afford HBO.

I’m going to be honest:  It’s not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding.  So that’s why I left NBC.

But the weird thing is this:  I put myself and my staff through a lot because I refused

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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 bars, and these crazy giant TBS buttons that *laugh* when you squeeze them.” You’d think the TBS publicists could have at least collected a crowd:



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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 be some tweaks to the stodgy format or at least more of the jokes/guests and less of the intrusive Diet Coke plugs that take up most of the time in the Show Zero video.

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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 Conan is slated to premiere at 11 PM, the comedian will host Show Zero at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT, which will be streaming on TeamCoco.com, YouTube.com, and Facebook.com. The webcast, which will originate from the the production offices of O’Brien’s company Conaco at Warner Bros. studios, follows the successful Live Coco Cam, a 24-hour look behind-the-scenes look at the Conan offices.

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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 live stream at some point during the 24-hour window, which ended earlier today. For comparison, that is the average audience TBS gets in the 11 PM hour with George Lopez, so this should be a promising sign for Conan‘s debut on TBS on November 8. The average viewership at any time during the live CoCo Cam stream was 13,000, with thousands more watching the highlight clips on YouTube.

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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 rest of the appearances on the first week of the comedian’s late-night TBS show. Here is Conan‘s first guest lineup:

Monday, Nov. 8 – Guest poll winner (this could turn out to be a joke as the choices include the Pope Putin and the current leader, the elusive Jack Nicholson), Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White

Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden

Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy

Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore

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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 Minister Vladimir Putin to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to such obscure choices as the curator of Nutcracker museum in Oregon and the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner. For those who thought the poll might be for real (BTW, Jack Nicholson, who has not appeared on a talk show in almost 30 years, is firmly in the lead with more than 1,600 votes), here is a disclaimer: “None of these people have actually been booked on our show. For one reason or another, we haven’t contacted any of these people – In fact, we’re kind of hoping that, if someone on this poll starts getting a lot of votes, these folks will actually feel a bit guilty and will agree to be our first guest!!”

PREVIOUS: The house band on Conan O’Brien’s upcoming TBS talk show will be called The Basic Cable Band. Traditionally, late-night show bands carry the name of the show they play on, and, while he was the host of The Tonight Show, Conan’s band was called The Tonight Show Band (though he already broke tradition on Late Night where he was accompanied by The Max Weinberg 7). The Basic Cable Band has a nice, off-beat ring … 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 Bryan Buckley who has helmed some 3 dozen Super Bowl commercials, including the 2009 Bud Light spot starring Conan. He won an Emmy for the Animals American Express commercial with Ellen DeGeneres. A slightly different cut of the Conan promo is being shown at movie theaters.

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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 before leaving in 2000 to pursue acting career. Richter reunited with O’Brien last year on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and on this summer’s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. He was recently seen on TBS hosting Team Coco Presents: The Conan Writers Live. “I’m thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS,” Richter said. “However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again.” Conan O’Brien added, “This decision was made without my authority.  I will get to the bottom of this.” Conan will originate from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios and will be produced by Conaco LLC.  Jeff Ross is the executive producer.

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TBS Takes To The Sky To Promote ‘Conan’

By | Wednesday October 6, 2010 @ 8:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There will probably be a lot of boys watching the baseball playoffs on TBS and wondering what the Nickelodeon blimp is doing at the games. TBS revealed today a new marketing stunt for Conan O’Brien’s upcoming late-night talk show on the cable network that will include an orange blimp with the name of the show, Conan, flying over the playoff games. “Finally, subtlety in advertising,” O’Brien tweeted. While not very original, the stunt is at least less awkward than Fox’s marketing decision a few years ago to disperse the casts of its new shows throughout the stadium audience during the World Series. Who can forget the horror in the eyes of the girls form the cast of David E. Kelley’s girls club every time the director of the game broadcast cut to them for a candid shot.

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TBS Releases First Promo For ‘Conan’ That Finally Features Conan O’Brien

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 2:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a series of Missing You teasers featuring oddball characters, here is TBS’ first promo for Conan O’Brien’s new late-night talk show starring the comedian. It appears to be a send-up of Paris Hilton’s infamous Carl’s Jr car-washing commercial. Conan premieres November 8th.

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Warner Bros To Distribute ‘Conan’ Abroad

By | Wednesday September 29, 2010 @ 10:41am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

No surprise there –  ever since Conan O’Brien landed at TBS for his new late-night talk show, he has kept all business at Time Warner. His show, Conan, will be be shot on a sound stage on the Warner Bros. lot, and O’Brien’s production company Conaco is based at Warner Bros. TV with an overall deal. Now Warner Bros. International TV Distribution will handle the talk-show’s international sales. Conan premieres Nov. 8. Here is the show’s logo released this morning.

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