From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
It happened again today during a lunchtime Funny Women of 20th comedy panel – staged as part of the TCA event on the Fox lot – that featured Jimmy Kimmel moderating a lively Q&A session with Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara of ABC’s Modern Family, Jane Lynch and Lea Michele of Fox’s Glee, Alyson Hannigan of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, and Martha Plimpton of Fox’s Raising Hope.
The moment in question happened toward the end of the 45-minute discussion when a question was asked about what the women saw as the trick to having a successful late-night talk show appearance. Kimmel mentioned how absurd it’s gotten with the need to be funny, that “it doesn’t matter if you bring Dr. (Jack) Kevorkian on. It’s, like, what anecdotes does he have to share with us?”
That’s when Hannigan chimed in that, well, it all really depends on the host. “Certain hosts have you do your pre-interview and then you have to go on the show and retell every story verbatim or you’re not coming back,” Hannigan said. “Every show is different that way.”
And which show is it that forced you to repeat every pre-interview anecdote verbatim? “I’m not saying,” Hannigan replied, …
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 from Jimmy Kimmel:
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:
UPDATE: The jig is up: reps for George Lopez confirmed this was a shtick and Lopez is not seriously considering running for Mayor.
PREVIOUS: Comedian and late-night talk show host George Lopez talked about his political aspirations on Fox11′s Good Day LA this morning. “I intend to run for Mayor of Los Angeles… in 8 years… I want to be Mayor of Los Angeles. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor, why can’t George Lopez be the mayor of Los Angeles.” Jokes involving President Barack Obama and change ensue. Here is the clip:
EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Kimmel has signed a new two-year extension with ABC to continue as the host/executive producer of the network’s late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which will continue to air at 12:05 AM for the time being. The new deal will take the show into its 10th season. Kimmel’s current pact was up next month. During this past November sweep, Jimmy Kimmel Live posted year-to-year increases in both total viewers and adults 18-49, growing its audience for the 4th time in the past 5 years. In total viewers Kimmel (1.86 million) outdelivered Jimmy Fallon (1.79 million) or CBS’ Craig Ferguson (1.79 million). The best news about the renewal – Kimmel can continue to be a fixture at ABC’s May upfront presentation in New York.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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:
Conan made his first television appearance last night – a “surprise” visit to Lopez Tonight in advance of the Monday launch of new TBS late-night show.
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.